Six UK ISP's block a Wikipedia article locking out Wikipedia edits
According to Wikipedia administrators, six ISP's in the UK are now routing Wikipedia traffic through transparent proxies after Wikipedia was added to the Internet Watch Foundation child-pornography blacklist.
The site was added to the blacklist due to an image of Scorpions' original album cover for Virgin Killer which features a naked prepubescent girl. Thus far administrators have declined to remove the image due to Wikipedia policies and lack of clarity from the IWF regarding unacceptable content. Following is the excerpt from the image discussion:
Yes, normally we close such requests as Keep via WP:NOTCENSORED, but as I said originally, in this case that's not the overriding reason. At the time of this IFD, we were (and still are, to an extent) unaware whether this was the only image that had been filtered by the IWF, and therefore whether removing it would cause WP to be removed from their blacklist. The issues of a number of other images were raised, which could be taken to be indecent (and possibly illegal in some jurisdictions).
Currently, if a user connects to Wikipedia through one of the six UK ISPs they will receive a blank page or 404 error on the Virgin Killer page. The major problem is that due to all ISP traffic routing through proxies, Wikipedia sees any of these users as belonging to the same IP. The inability to distinguish individual users means that the editing function is blocked for these users.
When attempting to edit an article anonymously we received the following error:
You are currently unable to edit pages on Wikipedia.
You can still read pages, but cannot edit, change, or create them.
Editing from 188.8.131.52 (your account, IP address, or IP address range) has been disabled by Lucasbfr for the following reason(s):
Anonymous editing from your Internet Provider is disabled, please log in.
Wikipedia has been added to an Internet Watch Foundation UK website blacklist, and your Internet service provider has decided to block part of your access. Unfortunately, the method they are using makes it impossible for us to differentiate between legitimate users and those abusing the site. As a result, we have been forced to block several IP addresses from editing Wikipedia.
As the error message notes, registered users are still able to edit as normal. The IP block only affects anonymous ad hoc edits.