On 13 June 2012 21:56, Nathan <nawr...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Earliest I have it on a Wikimedia list is from WikiEn-L on 2/11/08 from Ian
> Woollard (written as principle of least surprise), in the context of a
> Muhammad images thread started by Jimbo -- but my logs only go back to the
> summer of 07.

Bingo - and he specifically invoked it to "minimise offence".

> On-wiki, I see it being used in naming convention arguments for years, as
> early as April 2005.

Yeah, that's arguably a user interface issue (with arguments being
somewhat alleviated by a forest of redirects). I see it's been
commonly used around user interface issues in Wikimedia for many

- d.

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