<CPOV> post-10 years' celebrations, the add debate once again?

Dror Kamir dqamir at bezeqint.net
Sun Feb 6 09:01:40 CET 2011


I tend to agree with the first talkback - This idea is even worse than 
introducing ads, it is actually a proposal to introduce covert advertising.
Ads are not merely an aesthetic nuisance (on the contrary - in many 
cases they are very artistic and aesthetic). Ads are a tool used for 
persuading people, and as such they can turn into harassment (like 
having a group of people going with you wherever you go, each of them 
try to persuade you to do something or think something. Unless these 
"people" are ads, such an experience justify calling the police or 
having a psychiatric examination). Ads are also, by definition, biased, 
while Wikipedia still tries to adhere to neutral point of view (hopefully).
Marking ads and/or separating them from the regular content of 
newspapers, magazines, TV shows etc. is a common practice to ensure 
fairness. Commercial productions sometime use covert advertisement, but 
WP is not a commercial production, and if regular ads seem inappropriate 
to many Wikipedians, covert advertisement would be even worse.


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