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While uploading some Wikipedia articles that I thought were useful under the creative commons license, I was stunned that the article on the "Respiratory system" would be considered offensive. Would it be true that Spanish and/or Portuguese and/or Italian and/or French speakers would not have the right to learn about something as offensive as that?

June 27, 2013



Terms and conditions disallow content that is "libelous, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harassing, hateful, offensive or otherwise violates any law or infringes upon the right of any third part". While I understand the rationale behind this restriction, it can, by a properly motivated person, be used to exclude pretty much anything: Bukowski's entire opus, every religion's scripture, most politicians' utterances, stock market reports and Shakespeare's sonnets.

Would it not be better to create tags for this kind of content (racist, sexual, political, religious...) and let people decide which tags they don't want to look at? We are, many of us, adults, after all.


I agree - I attempted to upload an article that dealt with feminism, and it was deemed offensive.


I added this suggestion on the support site. Let's see what happens.

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