Last modified: 2008-01-13 20:49:08 UTC
Random pages may be offensive for pupils and for adults with religious beliefs, because pages may has inappropriated content and are displayed without user option at Preferences. Random pages should disabled by default.
In user preferences (in Miscelanous section?) should option for enablimg it with warning like 'Enabling Random page may display ofensive content'.
May be need after click on 'Random page' in sidebar display confimation page like 'By clicking Yes You may show ofensive content for own risk. We, contributors of this wiki do not responseably for Your mood etc.'
BTW Sorry for my raw English, it is not my native.
Wikipedia content is not censored, at least on English Wikipedia.
I'm very inclined to close this as INVALID, because every page is accessible through wiki, one way or another. Random article is only one of those ways and a perfectly fine one, for that matter. If someone does implement this suggestion about the preferences, I sure hope it's the other way around - people should opt out of random article special page, rather than opt-in.
This reminds me the story (anecdote?) about Robert Cawdrey who wrote the first English dictionary. It is said that when he anounced his book to the public, and old guy said the book shouldn't be published because it contained the meaning of swears and other dirty words. According to the story Robert Cawdrey says: "There are thousands of words in my book; only a dirty mind will look for those words in the first few minutes he is given the book".
My vote: INVALID
I'd go for INVALID as well. Everybody knows or at least suspects that Wikipedia contains content they don't want to read. People clicking "Random page" should keep that in mind.
Waste of effort really, WP is not censored. Also, not practical without some trusted user approved flags and weird DB queries.