Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Wikipedia-nc17.org needed

cellurl (906920) writes | more than 5 years ago

User Journal 2

I tell my son to look at wikipedia when looking for honest answers. But wikipedia also explains porn terms with beautiful pictures, so isn't it time they create a wikipedia.nc17? Filters don't work. When I taught school I had a kid show me how repeatedly hitting an "F" key let him bypass the filters. I am surprised wikipedia doesn't have a "what would Britannica do" litmus test. Do you think most educators allow wikipedia and should they?I tell my son to look at wikipedia when looking for honest answers. But wikipedia also explains porn terms with beautiful pictures, so isn't it time they create a wikipedia.nc17? Filters don't work. When I taught school I had a kid show me how repeatedly hitting an "F" key let him bypass the filters. I am surprised wikipedia doesn't have a "what would Britannica do" litmus test. Do you think most educators allow wikipedia and should they?

cancel ×

2 comments

Fit for print, academic (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 5 years ago | (#27664031)

Granted, the public school I attended couldn't afford Britannica (back when it was printed regularly), we had the World Book Encyclopedia set instead.

I do, however, recall looking up things in the World Book that some might find objectionable for elementary school kids. It had detailed and colorful anatomical illustrations (both male and female). I also recall using the unabridged dictionary in the school library (still elementary school) to look up expletives.

In short I'm not sure that it is necessarily good to try to censor reference material. After all some parents might feel it is reasonable for their children to see that material when it is presented in a reference manner. And of course if you really wanted to, you could establish your own wikipedia-like site that has only the material you feel is suitable. You can even use the code that is running wikipedia if you'd like.

Wikipedia also has a list of online encyclopedias [wikipedia.org] , you might find something there more to your liking?
Check for New Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...