Samstag, 22. Oktober 2011
News from the German Wikipedia: White Bag movement and thoughts about a fork #wikimedia #imagefilter
As you probably know, the Wikimedia Foundation plans to introduce some form of image filter for dangerous, arousing, cultural unacceptable etc. pictures on their projects. As I and several others have already written, the German (and the French..) community are not happy about this. And while some things at the Board seem to change and Sue Gardner wants to come to Germany in November to talk, the general principle "image filter on all projects" still stands.
Now there are two different developments. A user had the idea that everybody should put a white paper bag on his/her head when Sue comes, as a sign of protest. But since Sues visit will happen some weeks in the future, it sparked a virtuel protest. More than 70 wikipedians now have the White Paper Bag on their user page, most of them long time contributors, admins etc. And the number is still growing. I must admit, the image filter unites the German community in a way that I haven't seen in several years.
In a related development there seems to be some conflict growing about the distribution of donations coming from Germany. So, at the page Wikipedia-Fork we now discuss whether we actually could fork, what it would cost, what it would mean, and whether it is reasonably possible at all.