Copyright©2009 Antony Williams
There are challenges when you run a service allowing people to deposit information for the public to see. Wikipedia editors will tell you that some “fun and obnoxious images” have been known to show up on Wikipedia articles. By all accounts the image of George Bush has been replaced with a few interesting images over the years. With ChemSpider we allow people to deposit structures, spectra, identifiers and OF COURSE, the most dangerous of all, images. Why dangrous? Well, the imagination doesn’t have to stretch too far to imagine what could be posted onto our site to cause offense. Probably Katie Crow didn’t think we’d find her picture quite so quickly and we have left it there, for now, to see if anyone recognizes her. At least the photo was high-spirited only, not offensive.
About an hour ago this email popped into the curators file:
“Dear ChemSpider Curator,
Record #8177 has been changed by *******************. (NAME REMOVED TO PROTECT GUILTY PARTY)
User has added new image:
File: mouse pic.jpg
Open Data: no
All details are available by the following link:
The image was the one shown below. The structure it was associated with is an explosive. Maybe this mouse is dangerous? Maybe it ate some explosive? Maybe it’s just as dangerous as an explosive device. Grrrr…. Either way, it’s an enormous 5 Mbyte file associated with the record that we don’t believe enhanced the record.
What do we do in these situations? That image was deleted in about 2 minutes of deposition, an email was sent to the user asking whether or not the image was uploaded by accident (it could happen…he might not have known how to use a mouse properly …excuse the pun!) and, if there’s no response in 24 hours we remove the registration of the user. Of course registration is not required to search ChemSpider…but is necessary to deposit. For those who believe in the world of Open Data and no barriers/logins to use welcome to some of the challenges.Stumble it!