Controversial content/Timeline

From Meta, a Wikimedia project coordination wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

This page serves as a timeline for the controversial content debate on Wikimedia wikis.

2003[edit]

2004[edit]

  • Offensive content - a proposal for a filtering or labeling system to hide user-unwanted content.

2005[edit]

February[edit]

English Wikipedia:

April[edit]

meta: End-user suppression of ALL images

en:Wikipedia:Content labeling proposal - failed

A developer initiates the MediaWiki:Bad image list on the English Wikipedia (which restricts the display of certain images), with an autofellatio image as its first entry

May[edit]

Perennial Proposals: Filter or Site for Young Students

August[edit]

proposal en:Wikipedia:Toby - failed

WikiProject Wikipedians for Decency (later "WikiProject Wikipedians for encyclopedic merit") founded on the English Wikipedia (Signpost coverage: "WikiProject VfD spurs controversy, record vote count")

2006[edit]

February[edit]

A poll is held on the English Wikipedia to decide whether to include cartoons of Muhammad in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy article. (Signpost coverage: "Controversial cartoon leads to fierce debate", "Pakistan briefly blocks Wikipedia")


A proposal for simple "no image loading" preference on Wikimedia related sites (formatting broken)

March[edit]

Proposal for potentially offensive images - opposed


May[edit]

Proposal: Disgusting images - opposed

September[edit]

Publicgirluk case on the English Wikipedia (Signpost coverage: "Sexual images spark debate")

2007[edit]

August[edit]

The regional court of Berlin dismisses criminal charges brought by an administrator of the German Wikipedia in April 2005 over alleged violation of the German law against the distribution of pornographic content by a user whose editing activity largerly concerned articles about pornographic actresses. The user had posted a link on a talk page to a web site that was illegal for minors to view. But because of the limited visibility of his edit, which had been made in the middle of the might and was reverted after one minute, the judge ruled that the statute did not apply. (Signpost coverage: "German user acquitted for distribution of pornography", Kurier coverage: "Verbreitung pornografischer Schriften in der Wikipedia – Freispruch für Benutzer:Mutter Erde")

December[edit]

A German politician files criminal charges over the use of Nazi symbols in articles on the German Wikipedia (Signpost coverage: "Wikipedia dragged into German politics over Nazi images")

2008[edit]

January[edit]

proposal for ICRA Content rating - opposed

February[edit]

An online petition to remove images of the Islamic prophet from the corresponding article on the English Wikipedia receives 100,000 signatures within two months (Signpost coverage: "Petition seeks to remove images of Muhammad")

April[edit]

"Safe Search" or "Adult Filter" function proposal (April 2008) - opposed

May[edit]

WorldNetDaily article (Signpost coverage: "Explicit sexual content draws fire")

December[edit]

Virgin Killer case (Signpost coverage: "Wikipedia blocked over concerns of child pornography")


2009[edit]

January[edit]

Commons:Sexual content/2009 Original COM:SEX proposal, started December 2008 with final revision January 2009. (rejected by consensus)

March[edit]

Signpost: "Commons debates hosting offensive cartoons" (Latuff/Dershowitz case)

April[edit]

Proposal: WikiProject Council/Proposals/Virgo, User:Bob the Wikipedian/Virgo (inactive)

May[edit]

en.wiki proposal: Suggestion to resolve the whole "sexual image censorship" eternal kerfuffle - opposed

August[edit]

The longtime controversy about images in en:Rorschach test generates media coverage (Signpost summaries: "Dispute over Rorschach test images", "Doctors argue about meaning of inkblots")

2010[edit]

March[edit]

The German Wikipedia features w:de:Vulva on its main page, including an image. Despite heavy controversy, the editorial decision to use the image is upheld in a 30:29 quick poll. "Principle of Least Astonishment" mentioned.[1] (Signpost coverage: "Explicit image featured on German Wikipedia's main page")

April[edit]

Larry Sanger creates controversy by suggesting that Wikimedia Commons is hosting child pornography. (Signpost coverage: "Larry Sanger accuses Wikimedia of hosting illegal images")

Commons:Sexual content/April 2010 - an evolution of January 2009 proposal. (rejected by consensus)

Commons:WikiProject Erotica/image level demo media filtering

May[edit]

In response to Larry Sanger's comments (and surrounding media coverage), the Wikimedia Board issues a statement about appropriate educational content, Board of Trustee member Jimmy Wales "wheel wars" to delete images[2][3] and eventually relinquished many "rights" at the request of the community. (Signpost coverage: "Porn madness")

June[edit]

The Wikimedia Board directs the Executive Director to commission a study regarding controversial content on Wikimedia wikis. This included a Board resolution. (Signpost coverage: "Board resolution on offensive content")

July[edit]

Requests for comment/ace.wikipedia and Prophet Muhammad images. aceh admins put notice template demanding deletion of Muhammad images on Wikipedia/Wikimedia, ends with desysopping

Requests for comment/Prophet Muhammad images around Wikimedia projects recieved little feedback and closed August 7 with no action due to en:WP:NOTCENSORED.

September[edit]

The results of the study are announced.

December[edit]

commons: Sexual content, Second poll for promotion to policy (no consensus)

2011[edit]

February[edit]

Ryan Kaldari asks the Gendergap mailing list whether "the Principle of Least Astonishment needs to be encoded into some kind of policy or guideline"?[4]

May[edit]

The Wikimedia Board unanimously passes a "Controversial content" resolution that calls for "the Executive Director, in consultation with the community, to develop and implement a personal image hiding feature that will enable readers to easily hide images hosted on the projects that they do not wish to view, either when first viewing the image or ahead of time through preference settings."

August[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation holds an image filter referendum. (15 August - 30 August 2011)

The German Wikipedia hosts a poll regarding an image filter. (25 August - 15 September 2011)

September[edit]

Results of the image filter referendum are announced.

heated panel discussion of image filter with WMF Board member on German WikiCon

The German Wikipedia poll finds 86% opposed to image filter.

Sue Gardner blogs about her views on the discussion surrounding the image filter.

October[edit]

French Wikipedia poll on image filter. 81% opposed

Board of Trustees sends a letter to foundation-l. ("We are not going to revisit the resolution from May, for the moment: we let that resolution stand unchanged.")

News from Germany: White Bag protest movement against the image filter and thinking about a fork

German Wikipedia starts fork discussion (not an official poll)

Spanish Wikipedia holds a poll on image filter majority opposed

Sue Gardner says she is no longer planning to create a category-based image filtering system.

November[edit]

In an interview with Zeit Online (in German), Sue Gardner assures she will go for a new filter concept and will not install an image filter against the declared will of the German community. Also, she gives a presentation in Hanover (in English) covering the issue on slides 15-23: [5]. Transcript of the relevant part.

December[edit]

RfC on the English Wikipedia for the adoption of the "principle of least astonishment" in dealing with controversial content (rejected as proposed).

2012[edit]

February[edit]

Content rating (again) clear consensus against this proposal


July[edit]

Image filtering proposal from Jimbo Wales