[Clipart] Re: nazi flag ban called for in the EU by germany post-harry costume

David Illsley david at illsley.org
Mon Jan 17 23:52:12 PST 2005

Hi all,
I submitted this idea a few days ago but my e-mail got lost somewhere 

Why not allow a small group of people (possibly even just one) to 
declare an image "controversial" (marked by that keyword). This doesn't 
say that it is illegal, offensive or immoral but that it is 
controversial with at least 'n' people. Then distribute 2 packages. 1 
full and the other without any controversial images. It is then up to 
the package distributor whether they want to look through all the 
controversial images and pick the ones they want to exclude (for 
whatever reason) or just exclude them all by basing it on the smaller 
Simple, easy, respects everyone's beliefs.


On 18 Jan 2005, at 01:23, Mat Hounsell wrote:

> If the appropriateness of images is a concern, then may I suggest that 
> this
> project take a purely (apolitical) technical/librarian stance.
> If you say "we are going to accept any image" then you open yourself 
> to images
> that members will consider inappropriate, even offensive.
> If you block one image then you will find yourself being asked to 
> block more
> and more images. Not to mention being taken to task for blocking 
> images.
> Perhaps , rather than refusing images, you are better instituting a 
> benefit
> policy.
> E.G.
>   A symbol will be accepted if it
>   * is specified in a (international) standard [e.g. biohazard]
>   * is a professional symbol
>   * is a historical symbol [e.g. nazi flag, ussr flag]
>   etc
>   An image will be accepted if it
>   * conveys a simple universal idea
>   etc
> Yes, it is not terriblely well defined at the moment; but you refine 
> it as you
> go. You look at each image and ask what does this image convey? What 
> benefit
> will it's use give our user?
> A simple litmus test:
> Could thim image help a high school student with a project?
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