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|This page in a nutshell: Wikipedia articles may contain offensive words and images, but only for a good reason. Do not use disclaimers.|
Wikipedia's encyclopedic mission encompasses the inclusion of material that may offend. Wikipedia is not censored. However, offensive words and offensive images should not be included unless they are treated in an encyclopedic manner. Material that would be considered vulgar or obscene by typical Wikipedia readers[nb 1] should be used if and only if its omission would cause the article to be less informative, relevant, or accurate, and no equally suitable alternative is available.
How to treat offensive material in articles
In original Wikipedia content, a vulgarity or obscenity should either appear in its full form or not at all; words should never be
Discussions about whether to include a vulgar or explicit image or verbal expression are often heated. As in all discussions on Wikipedia, it is vital that all parties practice
"Not censored" does not give special favor to offensive content
A cornerstone of Wikipedia policy is that
Especially with respect to images, editors frequently need to choose between alternatives with varying degrees of potential offensiveness. When multiple options are equally effective at portraying a concept, the most offensive options should not be used merely to "show off" possibly offensive materials.
Images containing offensive material that is extraneous, unnecessary, irrelevant, or gratuitous are not preferred over non-offensive ones in the name of opposing censorship. Rather, the choice of images should be judged by the normal policies for content inclusion. Per the
Images should respect the conventional expectations of readers for a given topic as much as possible without sacrificing the quality of the article. For example, editors selecting images for articles like Human body have thousands of images of naked bodies and body parts available to them, but they normally choose images that portray the human body in an unemotional, non-sexual standard anatomical position over more sexual images due to greater relevance to the subject. The more sexual image is not given special favor simply because it is more offensive. Similarly, editors of articles such as Car do not include images of vehicles with naked women posing near them, even though such images exist and "Wikipedia is not censored", due to concerns about relevance. Wikipedia is not censored, but Wikipedia also does not favor offensive images over non-offensive images.
- Official Wikipedia policies
- Wikipedia:Inappropriate usernames
- pedophile advocacy
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not censored
- Other related pages
- Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Images#Offensive images on offensive images
- Wikipedia:Content disclaimer
- Wikipedia:No disclaimers in articles
- Wikipedia:Rating system, a proposal to warn users of possibly offensive content, rejected in 2004
- wmf:Resolution:Controversial content
- Help:Options to not see an image
- Should Wikipedia Use Profanity?
- Category:Wikipedia objectionable content
- MediaWiki:Bad image list
- Here a "typical Wikipedia reader" is defined by the cultural beliefs of the majority of the website readers (not active editors) that are literate in an article's language. Clarifying this viewpoint may require a broad spectrum of input and discussion, as cultural views can differ widely.