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Posted by: Alex Fri 23rd February 2007, 4:36pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Deletion_review/Log/2007_February_23#Daniel_Brandt Deleted by Yanksox, speedily endorsed by our friend Gaillimh. Three cheers all round? cool.gif

Posted by: gomi Fri 23rd February 2007, 4:53pm

Bravo. Now I want a box seat for the inevitable wheel war.

Posted by: Alex Fri 23rd February 2007, 4:55pm

QUOTE(gomi @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 4:53pm) *

Bravo. Now I want a box seat for the inevitable wheel war.

It's currently being http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Daniel_Brandt_%2812th_nomination%29, but I expect it'll produce a similar result.

Posted by: Somey Fri 23rd February 2007, 5:12pm

QUOTE(Alex @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 10:55am) *
...I expect it'll produce a similar result.

Similar = deleted, or similar = restored?

I think there's actually reason for optimism this time. Some of the "heavy hitters" are clearly fed up, and maybe this whole Fuzzy Zoeller business has affected their thinking somewhat - there's going to be a LOT of scrutiny of WP's BLP policies and procedures over the next couple of weeks, and deleting this now will help them enormously on that score.

I just wonder what we'll talk about here once that article is gone... Anybody know any good bran-muffin recipes? smile.gif

Posted by: Anonymouse Fri 23rd February 2007, 5:41pm

Now it's on WP:DRV, and staying deleted. Here's a permalink, decide for yourself: http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:l9nE4AhDCB0J:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Brandt+Daniel+Brandt&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us&client=firefox-a

Posted by: taiwopanfob Fri 23rd February 2007, 5:42pm

QUOTE(Somey @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 5:12pm) *

I think there's actually reason for optimism this time. Some of the "heavy hitters" are clearly fed up, and maybe this whole Fuzzy Zoeller business has affected their thinking somewhat - there's going to be a LOT of scrutiny of WP's BLP policies and procedures over the next couple of weeks, and deleting this now will help them enormously on that score.


Wales and company must be quite relieved that Wikipedia was not listed as a defendant. But I suspect that if one quietly asked the plaintiff it may have been more to do with not wanting to suffer the image of being the guy who takes on (and perhaps down) WP than any legal hand-waving about section 230.

Anyways, a reasonable prediction of the theory is a spike in AFD's for borderline bios begins soon. Definitive evidence being an WP:BLP edit to the effect of "subject deletion requests honored".

This is an excellent opportunity for Wales to actually assert some executive authority.

Posted by: No one of consequence Fri 23rd February 2007, 5:45pm

Well, so far they're holding a clusterfuck over where the real clusterfuck should be held. The sleeper issue here is the super secret admins-only IRC channel. Can one deletion lead to 3 CFs on the same day? How about 4?
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Administrators%27_noticeboard&diff=110367182&oldid=110348324

Posted by: Unrepentant Vandal Fri 23rd February 2007, 6:25pm

QUOTE(No one of consequence @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 5:45pm) *

Well, so far they're holding a clusterfuck over where the real clusterfuck should be held. The sleeper issue here is the super secret admins-only IRC channel. Can one deletion lead to 3 CFs on the same day? How about 4?
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Administrators%27_noticeboard&diff=110367182&oldid=110348324


Wikipedia is living in interesting times, and I'm loving it biggrin.gif

Posted by: thekohser Fri 23rd February 2007, 8:26pm

QUOTE(taiwopanfob @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 12:42pm) *


This is an excellent opportunity for Wales to actually assert some executive authority.


Uh, oh. That's a surefire recipe for Mixed-signal-talky-out-of-one-side-of-my-mouth-but-me-do-different-thing-altogether-with-other-side-of-my-mouth Disease.

Please -- this is an excellent opportunity for Brad Patrick and the Board to grow some gonads and actually set a policy that is decidedly NOT of the typical knee-jerk variety!

I'm not holding my breath, though. That would subvert the power of the God-King, so it's not likely to happen.

Greg

Posted by: Alkivar Fri 23rd February 2007, 8:35pm

Look Jimbo wading in is probably a bad idea... we all know a fiat declaration will not be a popular thing.

The best thing that could happen is a public discourse at DRV (and not AFD) concludes with a keep deleted. the community at large (and quite a few of the admins) dont think the article is worth it.

Some likely voted delete/keep deleted in hopes they'd get off the hivemind, others because they feel brandt is non notable. Me its because i'm sick of seeing common sense fail to overcome the wiki-lawyering process.

So best of luck to you DB... hopefully the status quo of delete... remains the status quo.

Posted by: anon1234 Fri 23rd February 2007, 9:10pm

QUOTE(Alkivar @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 8:35pm) *
The best thing that could happen is a public discourse at DRV (and not AFD) concludes with a keep deleted. the community at large (and quite a few of the admins) dont think the article is worth it.

Some likely voted delete/keep deleted in hopes they'd get off the hivemind, others because they feel brandt is non notable. Me its because i'm sick of seeing common sense fail to overcome the wiki-lawyering process.
While this is a solution to this article, it isn't a globally optimal solution. What this is, is an instance where sustained retaliation and pressure resulted in an article being removed. Most individuals who end up in Brandt's situation do not have the time or research ability to do this. A consistent policy that allows for intermediately notable people to opt-out of Wikipedia would be a fairer solution. While it would be difficult to craft, it would allow for more consistency in this current grey area. Wales shouldn't have to intervene every time in such situations nor should admins have to take on the risk of being very WP:BOLD as Yanksox did.

There should be a request for opt-out means which results in a way to confirm the request is authentic and then triggers an AfD. In that AfD people then argue whether or not the individual meets the higher degree of notability required in order to keep the article against the wishes of the article's subject. If a non-notable individual then becomes more public one can initiate another discussion of whether the individual is deserving of a Wikipedia bio. Thus integrating into the standard AfD policy framework a means of opting-out.

Posted by: a view from the hive Sat 24th February 2007, 12:38am

QUOTE(anon1234 @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 1:10pm) *

QUOTE(Alkivar @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 8:35pm) *
The best thing that could happen is a public discourse at DRV (and not AFD) concludes with a keep deleted. the community at large (and quite a few of the admins) dont think the article is worth it.

Some likely voted delete/keep deleted in hopes they'd get off the hivemind, others because they feel brandt is non notable. Me its because i'm sick of seeing common sense fail to overcome the wiki-lawyering process.
While this is a solution to this article, it isn't a globally optimal solution. What this is, is an instance where sustained retaliation and pressure resulted in an article being removed. Most individuals who end up in Brandt's situation do not have the time or research ability to do this. A consistent policy that allows for intermediately notable people to opt-out of Wikipedia would be a fairer solution. While it would be difficult to craft, it would allow for more consistency in this current grey area. Wales shouldn't have to intervene every time in such situations nor should admins have to take on the risk of being very WP:BOLD as Yanksox did.

There should be a request for opt-out means which results in a way to confirm the request is authentic and then triggers an AfD. In that AfD people then argue whether or not the individual meets the higher degree of notability required in order to keep the article against the wishes of the article's subject. If a non-notable individual then becomes more public one can initiate another discussion of whether the individual is deserving of a Wikipedia bio. Thus integrating into the standard AfD policy framework a means of opting-out.


Well, it comes down to who actually would want to lookup info about Daniel. No offense, but I highly highly doubt Daniel's going to make Time or Fortune or any sort of public figure list anytime soon. The article was mostly kept because some people were strongly opposed to the tatics Daniel had used, and they wanted "revenge."

On the bright side, I think give it a couple more days and with the way it's going I can close the DRV as endorsed (it'd be too big of an uproar if I did it now and someone would likely wheel war over it...)

Posted by: LamontStormstar Sat 24th February 2007, 2:14am

Brandt's notable for mainly that Seigler(sp?) thing where Brandt found the guy's info.

Posted by: Somey Sat 24th February 2007, 2:35am

QUOTE(LamontStormstar @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 8:14pm) *
Brandt's notable for mainly that Seigler(sp?) thing where Brandt found the guy's info.

And don't forget he won the 1993 Texas Chili Cookoff in the Vegetarian Division. Hell, if it weren't for him, I'd still be using those awful dark red kidney beans...

Posted by: a view from the hive Sat 24th February 2007, 2:59am

QUOTE(LamontStormstar @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 6:14pm) *

Brandt's notable for mainly that Seigler(sp?) thing where Brandt found the guy's info.


I guess your definition of "notable" is something other than mine. I don't consider that notable at all.

Posted by: Somey Sat 24th February 2007, 4:09am

But what about the time in 1997 when he balanced 14 Romanian gymnasts on the tip of his nose? That record lasted almost three years!

Posted by: a view from the hive Sat 24th February 2007, 4:13am

QUOTE(Somey @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 8:09pm) *

But what about the time in 1997 when he balanced 14 Romanian gymnasts on the tip of his nose? That record lasted almost three years!


Wikipedia tries to contain only factual information. Perhaps The Wikipedia Review should try the same smile.gif

Try the truth, it looks better smile.gif

Posted by: Somey Sat 24th February 2007, 5:21am

QUOTE(a view from the hive @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 10:13pm) *
Try the truth, it looks better smile.gif

Do you have reliable sources that can verify that he didn't balance 14 Romanian gymnasts on the tip of his nose?

Besides, if the truth looks better, how do you explain my driver's license photo?

Also, I'm concerned about the fact that Everyking seems to be voting to overturn the deletion. I can only assume our lack of positive Ashlee Simpson coverage has turned him against us.

Posted by: a view from the hive Sat 24th February 2007, 6:27am

QUOTE(Somey @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 9:21pm) *

QUOTE(a view from the hive @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 10:13pm) *
Try the truth, it looks better smile.gif

Do you have reliable sources that can verify that he didn't balance 14 Romanian gymnasts on the tip of his nose?

Besides, if the truth looks better, how do you explain my driver's license photo?

Also, I'm concerned about the fact that Everyking seems to be voting to overturn the deletion. I can only assume our lack of positive Ashlee Simpson coverage has turned him against us.


I believe the onus is on you to prove that he did not the contrary. One is innocent until proven guilty (we hope) and I think we can express the same to facts.

Posted by: the fieryangel Sat 24th February 2007, 11:01am

Regardless of HOW the article was deleted, the fact that it was deleted doesn't really solve the problem. Daniel was slandered by months by Wikipedia and its editors. Just because they're yanking the article doesn't fix any of that.

If I were Daniel, I'd expect a public apology from Jimbo right now. And I'd also expect to receive some sort of settlement for damages.

So, I don't think that this really ends anything. It's just a step in the right direction.

Posted by: guy Sat 24th February 2007, 11:33am

QUOTE(a view from the hive @ Sat 24th February 2007, 4:13am) *

Wikipedia tries to contain only factual information.
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On the contrary, it tries to contain only information verifiable from supposedly reliable sources. As the Daniel Brandt case shows, that's not the same thing.

QUOTE
Perhaps The Wikipedia Review should try the same

Special allowances are needed for Somey's sense of humour.

Posted by: Herschelkrustofsky Sat 24th February 2007, 4:04pm

QUOTE(a view from the hive @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 8:13pm) *

Wikipedia tries to contain only factual information. Perhaps The Wikipedia Review should try the same smile.gif

Try the truth, it looks better smile.gif


One of the members of the ArbCom explicitly told me, on Fred Bauder's user talk page, that Wikipedia did not aim for the truth, but rather only verifiable material from what are euphemistically called reliable sources. Wikipedia aims to be the semi-official voice of the Establishment.

Incidentally -- and we should probably start a new topic for this -- Wikipedia's discouragement of Primary Sources reflects a growing sort of corruption in the academic world. I am told that there are now rules in place in many universities that papers submitted must significantly cite published Secondary Sources, which means that the student must demonstrably be reflecting views that have been certified as orthodox.

Posted by: thebainer Mon 26th February 2007, 7:32am

QUOTE(a view from the hive @ Sat 24th February 2007, 1:59pm) *

QUOTE(LamontStormstar @ Fri 23rd February 2007, 6:14pm) *

Brandt's notable for mainly that Seigler(sp?) thing where Brandt found the guy's info.


I guess your definition of "notable" is something other than mine. I don't consider that notable at all.


There's a few things about Brandt that could be considered notable:

Note that I have no idea how rare the first thing actually is, I have no idea how many draft resisters were able to successfully appeal their convictions. Can anyone inform me?

Now, I'm a mergist; that is, I think that "http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mergism" The main reason I hold this view is that one of the biggest problems with Wikipedia is the large number of short pages with little context. Many of them could be merged together, with no other changes, and become quite good articles because there would simply be more context to help understand the information.

You'll note that much of the stuff that could potentially be notable about Brandt is not really about him at all, but about something else: about conscription, about Google Watch, about the Seigenthaler controversy. So really, it should be entirely feasible to move all of the Google Watch information into Google Watch, move all of the Seigenthaler material into John Seigenthaler Sr. Wikipedia biography controversy and so on. The rest is mostly self-referential and can be discarded.

Now I don't care enough about Brandt to have followed the whole saga around the article, but can recall if a serious merge proposal has been put forward before?

Posted by: Somey Mon 26th February 2007, 5:02pm

I dunno, Stephen... There seems to be almost no point in discussing Wikipedia's notability standards (or whatever they're called) on an "external" forum like this. From an outside perspective, those standards are basically a joke. And it's not just me - there's a discussion about this on WikiEN-L going on right now, along with several articles on the subject in the press, etc...

Essentially, you've got exhaustively detailed articles about multiple Japanese anime artists and Silicon Valley video game designers and various people in various social movements whom I've never heard of, indeed whom hardly anyone outside of their immediate circles and fanbases have heard of. Meanwhile, I own three fine CD's by a now-defunct shoegazer band called An April March. I love this band, can't say enough good things about 'em. But there's no article on WP for them - I guess they're not "notable" enough, which I can certainly understand (they're hardly famous), but I can hardly condone it.

I just think WP'ers have got to get off their high horses, start thinking about these things in terms of real human and social impact, and stop acting like it's their God-given right to invade the privacy of whoever they please with amateur-written crap that anyone can vandalize at will, with only the flimsiest assurances imaginable that something will be done about it before those vandalizations get picked up by all the major search engines. Not to mention the fact that their actions (and inactions) represent a substantial risk to the entire concept of anonymous free speech on the internet, in general.

Nevertheless...

QUOTE(thebainer @ Mon 26th February 2007, 1:32am) *
Note that I have no idea how rare the first thing actually is, I have no idea how many draft resisters were able to successfully appeal their convictions. Can anyone inform me?

As the WP article states, one of the first things Jimmy Carter did upon being inaugurated in 1977 was to sign an order providing amnesty to pretty much all Vietnam-era draft evaders, so if you include that, then pretty much all such convictions were overturned en masse. Assuming the rest of it is correct and Brandt's appeal was based on an argument that he should have been given a student deferment, that wasn't the least bit unusual either, prior to 1977. Nor was it unusual to see successful appeals based on various physical or mental ailments, family obligations, or war casualties already suffered by the same family (a la Saving Private Ryan).

So, after that you have Namebase and Google Watch (not to mention Wikipedia Watch) - both of which are interesting, if not "notable," websites - but as you've stated, the notability of the sites doesn't imply notability of the sites' creator. Particularly if that person hasn't shown a propensity for seeking personal publicity, either from the sites themselves or from the media in general.

QUOTE
Now I don't care enough about Brandt to have followed the whole saga around the article, but can recall if a serious merge proposal has been put forward before?

Yes, by Brandt himself. Perhaps that's rather suggestive...? dry.gif

Posted by: guy Mon 26th February 2007, 8:29pm

No doubt I'll be accused of partisanship, but it constantly amazes me when I have to add an article about yet another eminent but overlooked Methodist. None of them has ever had an AfD proposal, let alone delete, so nobody contests their notability once it's pointed out.

Posted by: Somey Mon 26th February 2007, 9:24pm

QUOTE(guy @ Mon 26th February 2007, 2:29pm) *
No doubt I'll be accused of partisanship, but it constantly amazes me when I have to add an article about yet another eminent but overlooked Methodist. None of them has ever had an AfD proposal, let alone delete, so nobody contests their notability once it's pointed out.

Whaddya mean, "partisanship"? Aren't all Methodists and Lutherans considered "notable" by default?

Baptists and Presbyterians, of course, should all have to undergo a thorough physical examination.

Posted by: Somey Wed 28th February 2007, 6:47pm

As predicted, the article's back, with the DRV closed by our very own User:Thebainer. But they're promising to "relist" it in a week's time, at which point the endless partisan bickering presumably starts all over again.

QUOTE(bainer @ 13:55, 28 February 2007 (UTC))
How do we proceed from here? There is no apparent consensus in this debate other than that if the article is to be deleted (and there is significant support for that outcome) it ought to be done properly, allowing sufficient opportunity for rational and reasonable debate. I note here that several editors have commented that while there seem to have been many previous debates about deleting this article, in reality, only one of them (the second) could really be considered to have resulted in a consensus (most were speedily closed for various reasons) - and that was November 2005; their point is that consensus can change, and may well have in that amount of time. This matter has certainly not been wanting for discussion, but it has been wanting for quality discussion.

I have concluded that the article should be listed at articles for deletion. The listing will not be speedily closed, it will be allowed to run its full course (as is the consensus of this debate). Following the suggestion of some editors here, the listing will not open immediately: I will open it in one week's time, to hopefully allow some of the dust to settle, and to allow all the arguments to be prepared properly and fully, and presented in a reasonable fashion. In the meantime the article will be undeleted. Editors should also feel free to submit alternative proposals (for example, proposals for merges) in the meantime.

Lucky for them there's copy 'n' paste! Otherwise they'd have to type those votes back in again from scratch!

Also, what really is the "proper" way to delete an article? Should one simply use the mouse to click on the "delete" link, or is it better to use the cursor and tab keys to set focus on that link, and then press the spacebar?

As I've often done, I just want to redundantly reiterate here once again that the only way the internal WP squabbling over this will ever stop is if the article goes away completely. Regardless of what anyone here says about it, there will always be sound moral justification for getting rid of this article, and little or no sound moral justification whatsoever for keeping it. To a large extent, this debate isn't ultimately about "content" or "notability" at all, or even about bad publicity or excessive internal squabbling. It's about morality, and the people voting to delete are the ones who are guided by their sense of morality - at least to a greater extent than the people who are voting otherwise. And sure, Daniel Brandt may be a mean ol' rotten SOB, but so are a lot of folks - and in my experience at least, they usually get that way because other people just won't let them get on with their lives in peace.

Anyhoo, morality isn't something you can just wish away. Some people have it, some people don't. The question is, which side is WP on?

(I mean, obviously we all know how most of us here are going to answer that one...)

We'll just have to see, I guess.

Posted by: Daniel Brandt Wed 28th February 2007, 8:14pm

The thing that strikes me about this DRV, as well as the one or two AfD debates on my bio that allowed some responses instead of getting summarily aborted, is that most of those who vote on the inclusionist side are Wikipedians I've never heard of. They come out of the woodwork just for me, and know nothing about me or the history behind my bio. It's a video game, and those who happen to jerk the joystick in the right direction at the right time see that there's this Big Thing going on, and waltz right in. It's not like they have any of their own interests at stake, apart from their little joysticks driven by their little brains.

That means I'll have to fight to have my biography deleted until the day I die. Every 6 months or so, I can take some satisfaction in knowing that many of those who bitterly fought me 6 months ago, now want to delete the bio. Then I have to concede that there's a bottomless pit of wacky Wikipedians who know nothing at all, and they keep coming at me in waves, and outvote the Wikipedians I've managed to wear down. So it starts all over again...

I predict that the upcoming AfD will be about 50/50, and the person closing it won't have the guts to delete on that basis. That's because there's a myth about "consensus" in Wikipedia, and "consensus" seems to be around 70 or 80 percent.

Posted by: badlydrawnjeff Wed 28th February 2007, 8:20pm

I'm pleasantly surprised, even if it's only because they're afraid given the ArbCom case in place.

It will be very hard for an administrator to close an AfD as delete given Wikipedia's basic "notability" standards. It will really be a test of wills.

Posted by: gomi Wed 28th February 2007, 10:20pm

Doc Glasgow has quit, citing in part the Brandt wheel war. See the http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?showtopic=6178&st=0&gopid=23810&# thread, or his http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Doc_glasgow&diff=next&oldid=111621869.

Posted by: thebainer Thu 1st March 2007, 12:27am

QUOTE(Somey @ Thu 1st March 2007, 5:47am) *

As I've often done, I just want to redundantly reiterate here once again that the only way the internal WP squabbling over this will ever stop is if the article goes away completely. Regardless of what anyone here says about it, there will always be sound moral justification for getting rid of this article, and little or no sound moral justification whatsoever for keeping it. To a large extent, this debate isn't ultimately about "content" or "notability" at all, or even about bad publicity or excessive internal squabbling. It's about morality, and the people voting to delete are the ones who are guided by their sense of morality - at least to a greater extent than the people who are voting otherwise. And sure, Daniel Brandt may be a mean ol' rotten SOB, but so are a lot of folks - and in my experience at least, they usually get that way because other people just won't let them get on with their lives in peace.


If you read the rest of what I wrote, you'll realise that really the majority of people who actually expressed an opinion about the article were in favour of deleting it. Hardly anyone thought the article should be kept; the rest wanted the deletion overturned because it was "out of process". I hate the bureaucracy as much as the next man but there was no way to ignore them without starting another giant shitfight. This time there is a mandate for a full debate (which won't be speedily closed) and I think the consensus is moving towards deleting the article.

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Thu 1st March 2007, 7:14am) *

The thing that strikes me about this DRV, as well as the one or two AfD debates on my bio that allowed some responses instead of getting summarily aborted, is that most of those who vote on the inclusionist side are Wikipedians I've never heard of. They come out of the woodwork just for me, and know nothing about me or the history behind my bio. It's a video game, and those who happen to jerk the joystick in the right direction at the right time see that there's this Big Thing going on, and waltz right in. It's not like they have any of their own interests at stake, apart from their little joysticks driven by their little brains.


That's a fair assessment. Few of the "regulars" still want to keep the article. Also note that the vast majority of those in favour of keeping the article deleted were long-term users or admins.

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Thu 1st March 2007, 7:14am) *

I predict that the upcoming AfD will be about 50/50, and the person closing it won't have the guts to delete on that basis. That's because there's a myth about "consensus" in Wikipedia, and "consensus" seems to be around 70 or 80 percent.


I plan to close it. I seem to do fairly well at closing otherwise controversial debates and making the result stick. I deleted Gregory Lauder-Frost's article, for example, when the debate was split 50/50 on the numbers, and when there had been dozens of previous conversations that didn't get anywhere.

Posted by: a view from the hive Thu 1st March 2007, 1:01am

QUOTE(thebainer @ Wed 28th February 2007, 4:27pm) *

I plan to close it. I seem to do fairly well at closing otherwise controversial debates and making the result stick. I deleted Gregory Lauder-Frost's article, for example, when the debate was split 50/50 on the numbers, and when there had been dozens of previous conversations that didn't get anywhere.


Good, glad to know I'm not the only one who can delete stuff and have it stick. I was actually going to go nuts about the closure of the DRV, I would have just said endorse and salted the earth.

Posted by: Daniel Brandt Thu 1st March 2007, 1:49am

QUOTE(thebainer @ Wed 28th February 2007, 6:27pm) *

I plan to close it. I seem to do fairly well at closing otherwise controversial debates and making the result stick. I deleted Gregory Lauder-Frost's article, for example, when the debate was split 50/50 on the numbers, and when there had been dozens of previous conversations that didn't get anywhere.

That's good news. I might recommend that over the next six days, the deletionists can chip away at the article, sentence by sentence and footnote by footnote. It seems that some have already started doing this. By the time the AfD opens, it will be little more than a stub. Squeakbox and Jokestress will be all worn out, and no one else will care about one puny little article. The heavies who are almost deletionists on this article but don't want to get involved, might just watch from the sidelines, realizing exactly what's happening, and let it happen.

Trickle-down deletionism.

Posted by: Truth Man Thu 1st March 2007, 3:48am

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Wed 28th February 2007, 3:14pm) *

It's a video game, and those who happen to jerk the joystick in the right direction at the right time see that there's this Big Thing going on, and waltz right in. It's not like they have any of their own interests at stake, apart from their little joysticks driven by their little brains.


Dan, you just nailed in on the head. I couldn't agree more. I find this to be the most disturbing thing of all, and it is symbolized by Essjay.

Posted by: Somey Thu 1st March 2007, 5:37am

It's probably pointless to discuss this like it's some sort of election, but after counting the votes, I came up with 76 endorsing deletion, and 111 to overturn. Of the 111, 7 explicitly indicated they would probably vote to delete on the subsequent AfD. So that's 83 votes to delete, and an unknown number to keep, but judging by what people were writing, I'd have to say the results will probably come out almost dead even... If I had to guess, I'd say there'll probably be a slim majority wanting to keep the thing, not that it should ever have to come to a vote in the first place.

Yanksox had the right idea - one of the few people there who did, and one of only a handful willing to act on that right idea.

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The thing that strikes me about this DRV, as well as the one or two AfD debates on my bio that allowed some responses instead of getting summarily aborted, is that most of those who vote on the inclusionist side are Wikipedians I've never heard of. They come out of the woodwork just for me, and know nothing about me or the history behind my bio.

I bore this in mind while I was counting... I came up with just under 50 of the 111 whose names I actually recognized. Of course, I've never had an account on WP - I just read people's talk pages and such when there's a "problem." So I guess I'm not one to say, but it did look an awful lot like The Attack of the Jimbodrones to me too!


Posted by: Jonny Cache Thu 1st March 2007, 5:44am

QUOTE(Somey @ Thu 1st March 2007, 12:37am) *

... slim majority ...


Good one !!!

So riddle me this:

How many votes in a slim majority ???

Jonny cool.gif

Posted by: Daniel Brandt Thu 1st March 2007, 6:05am

QUOTE(Jonny Cache @ Wed 28th February 2007, 11:44pm) *

How many votes in a slim majority ???

One, although this time she's on my side. But she's clever (no one has ever accused her of not being clever - check the record). She knows when to take a back seat. Perhaps that should read, "She knows when to ostensibly take a back seat." We're not privy to all the emails flying around, and the possible backroom deals.

Posted by: a view from the hive Thu 1st March 2007, 6:50am

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Wed 28th February 2007, 10:05pm) *

QUOTE(Jonny Cache @ Wed 28th February 2007, 11:44pm) *

How many votes in a slim majority ???

One, although this time she's on my side. But she's clever (no one has ever accused her of not being clever - check the record). She knows when to take a back seat. Perhaps that should read, "She knows when to ostensibly take a back seat." We're not privy to all the emails flying around, and the possible backroom deals.


Nothign flying around on the lists I get - not even the closed ones.

Posted by: everyking Thu 1st March 2007, 7:10am

QUOTE(thebainer @ Thu 1st March 2007, 1:27am) *

QUOTE(Somey @ Thu 1st March 2007, 5:47am) *

As I've often done, I just want to redundantly reiterate here once again that the only way the internal WP squabbling over this will ever stop is if the article goes away completely. Regardless of what anyone here says about it, there will always be sound moral justification for getting rid of this article, and little or no sound moral justification whatsoever for keeping it. To a large extent, this debate isn't ultimately about "content" or "notability" at all, or even about bad publicity or excessive internal squabbling. It's about morality, and the people voting to delete are the ones who are guided by their sense of morality - at least to a greater extent than the people who are voting otherwise. And sure, Daniel Brandt may be a mean ol' rotten SOB, but so are a lot of folks - and in my experience at least, they usually get that way because other people just won't let them get on with their lives in peace.


If you read the rest of what I wrote, you'll realise that really the majority of people who actually expressed an opinion about the article were in favour of deleting it. Hardly anyone thought the article should be kept; the rest wanted the deletion overturned because it was "out of process". I hate the bureaucracy as much as the next man but there was no way to ignore them without starting another giant shitfight. This time there is a mandate for a full debate (which won't be speedily closed) and I think the consensus is moving towards deleting the article.

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Thu 1st March 2007, 7:14am) *

The thing that strikes me about this DRV, as well as the one or two AfD debates on my bio that allowed some responses instead of getting summarily aborted, is that most of those who vote on the inclusionist side are Wikipedians I've never heard of. They come out of the woodwork just for me, and know nothing about me or the history behind my bio. It's a video game, and those who happen to jerk the joystick in the right direction at the right time see that there's this Big Thing going on, and waltz right in. It's not like they have any of their own interests at stake, apart from their little joysticks driven by their little brains.


That's a fair assessment. Few of the "regulars" still want to keep the article. Also note that the vast majority of those in favour of keeping the article deleted were long-term users or admins.

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Thu 1st March 2007, 7:14am) *

I predict that the upcoming AfD will be about 50/50, and the person closing it won't have the guts to delete on that basis. That's because there's a myth about "consensus" in Wikipedia, and "consensus" seems to be around 70 or 80 percent.


I plan to close it. I seem to do fairly well at closing otherwise controversial debates and making the result stick. I deleted Gregory Lauder-Frost's article, for example, when the debate was split 50/50 on the numbers, and when there had been dozens of previous conversations that didn't get anywhere.


Due to the views you're expressing in this post, I think you shouldn't be the one to close it. Frankly, it sounds like you are set on deletion. If you want to do it yourself, you should set a percentage figure in advance for what it would take to delete, and hold to it absolutely. I propose 67%.

Posted by: Daniel Brandt Thu 1st March 2007, 7:19am

QUOTE(everyking @ Thu 1st March 2007, 1:10am) *

you should set a percentage figure in advance for what it would take to delete, and hold to it absolutely. I propose 67%.

Okay, but I get 200 votes because I'm the subject of the article and I'm the one who has to live with it.

Posted by: thebainer Thu 1st March 2007, 2:26pm

QUOTE(everyking @ Thu 1st March 2007, 6:10pm) *

Due to the views you're expressing in this post, I think you shouldn't be the one to close it. Frankly, it sounds like you are set on deletion. If you want to do it yourself, you should set a percentage figure in advance for what it would take to delete, and hold to it absolutely. I propose 67%.


The Lauder-Frost debate was just one example. I have also closed AfDs as keep where a purely numerical approach would lead to deletion or no consensus. The point I was illustrating is that I seem to be relatively successful at closing debates based on the merits of the arguments over the pure numbers.

My personal preference would not be to delete the page but to merge relevant content with other articles (the articles on Google Watch, and on the Seigenthaler controversy, and so forth), as I suggest http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?showtopic=6979&st=20&p=23626&#entry23626.

Posted by: everyking Thu 1st March 2007, 3:14pm

QUOTE(thebainer @ Thu 1st March 2007, 3:26pm) *

QUOTE(everyking @ Thu 1st March 2007, 6:10pm) *

Due to the views you're expressing in this post, I think you shouldn't be the one to close it. Frankly, it sounds like you are set on deletion. If you want to do it yourself, you should set a percentage figure in advance for what it would take to delete, and hold to it absolutely. I propose 67%.


The Lauder-Frost debate was just one example. I have also closed AfDs as keep where a purely numerical approach would lead to deletion or no consensus. The point I was illustrating is that I seem to be relatively successful at closing debates based on the merits of the arguments over the pure numbers.

My personal preference would not be to delete the page but to merge relevant content with other articles (the articles on Google Watch, and on the Seigenthaler controversy, and so forth), as I suggest http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?showtopic=6979&st=20&p=23626&#entry23626.


I don't believe in closing according to "the merits of the arguments"; I feel that places the power in the hands of the closing admin and not the community. You didn't respond to my proposal to set a percentage, which would make it very simple and uncontroversial--just count up the votes, exclude the socks and new users, and there's an objective result nobody can argue with. Why do you want to control this whole thing: closing the DRV, opening the AfD, and closing the AfD? You're trying to establish a high level of control over the process while openly expressing your own views here, and I don't feel comfortable with that.

Posted by: JohnA Thu 1st March 2007, 3:33pm

If the Daniel Brandt article has been deleted then why can I still see it?

Posted by: guy Thu 1st March 2007, 6:01pm

QUOTE(JohnA @ Thu 1st March 2007, 3:33pm) *

If the Daniel Brandt article has been deleted then why can I still see it?

Because it's been undeleted to allow yet another debate. mad.gif

Posted by: Jonny Cache Fri 2nd March 2007, 5:06pm

QUOTE(guy @ Thu 1st March 2007, 1:01pm) *

QUOTE(JohnA @ Thu 1st March 2007, 3:33pm) *

If the Daniel Brandt article has been deleted then why can I still see it?


Because it's been undeleted to allow yet another debate. mad.gif


The http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Daniel_Brandt&oldid=112101724#IAR_split.2C_merge.2C_stub_and_protect, namely, WP:Ignore All Rules, makes it clear, once and for all, that Wikipedia simply has no policies about anything.

Jonny cool.gif

Posted by: Somey Fri 2nd March 2007, 6:25pm

QUOTE(Jonny Cache @ Fri 2nd March 2007, 11:06am) *
The http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Daniel_Brandt&oldid=112101724#IAR_split.2C_merge.2C_stub_and_protect, namely, WP:Ignore All Rules, makes it clear, once and for all, that Wikipedia simply has no policies about anything.

Well, no coherent policies, anyway!

This http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Daniel_Brandt#IAR_split.2C_merge.2C_stub_and_protect at "breaking the logjam" by User:Zocky is interesting - and I won't lie and say it isn't an improvement, though of course I can't speak for Daniel himself. Technically it's similar to what they did for Rachel Marsden, though of course the situation was completely different - in Marsden's case they were helping her hide unpleasant aspects of her private life that she didn't want continuously exposed, whereas in Brandt's case they're trying to extend the already unending agony for everyone concerned, in the hopes that Wikipedia will eventually be destroyed completely by the actions of just one guy whom they couldn't come to terms with over a matter of principle in which they were morally in the wrong, by almost any objective criterion.

Still, it's getting some fairly broad support! So far the most offended person seems to be Mr. Jeff, who appears to be drawn unusually badly today because of the situation, even to the point of suggesting that Zocky be "recalled." Zocky, who is from Slovenia, probably should have removed that category from his user page first, and only then stubbed the Brandt article.

Must think ahead, folks!

Posted by: Jonny Cache Fri 2nd March 2007, 6:54pm

QUOTE(Somey @ Fri 2nd March 2007, 1:25pm) *

QUOTE(Jonny Cache @ Fri 2nd March 2007, 11:06am) *

The http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Daniel_Brandt&oldid=112101724#IAR_split.2C_merge.2C_stub_and_protect, namely, WP:Ignore All Rules, makes it clear, once and for all, that Wikipedia simply has no policies about anything.


Well, no coherent policies, anyway!

<WR:Ignore All Required Reading If You Find It Impairs Your Ability To Operate High Voltage Electronic Devices>


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<WR:IARRIYFIIYATOHVED>

Must think ahead, folks!


Yeah, I worried about that all through lunch -- the WikiPepto wasn't strong enough, and now I have wait 4 hours before I can take a WikiPepcidAC -- and I had meant to come back and insert the qualifier meaningful, but then you beat me to it. Of course, either of those hedges would be no-brainers in normal human discourse, but then I keep forgetting who we're talking about.

Jonny cool.gif

Posted by: JohnA Fri 2nd March 2007, 9:58pm

I find myself wondering what the point of getting rid of Daniel Brandt from Wikipedia would be. There are at least a thousand scrapes of Wikipedia that never update and will simply carry on serving up the biography that Daniel has tried so hard to get removed.

Will it be a thousand Cease and Desist Letters?

Posted by: Daniel Brandt Fri 2nd March 2007, 10:51pm

You should http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Daniel_Brandt_(13th_nomination) with my bio. I'm getting mad. Look at that discussion page behind the AfD.

Posted by: Jonny Cache Fri 2nd March 2007, 11:01pm

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Fri 2nd March 2007, 5:51pm) *

You should http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Daniel_Brandt_(13th_nomination) with my bio. I'm getting mad. Look at that discussion page behind the AfD.


Again, absolutely typical. These people simply do not grasp the very concept of Policy, which refers to a set of rules that you have to apply equally to every case, not ad hoc and post hoc as you damn well please.

Jonny cool.gif

Posted by: Somey Sat 3rd March 2007, 2:05am

Yes, this is typical, even classic, Wikipedia. Evil always wins, because evil is what gets rewarded there, I'm afraid... It's the quickest way to the top!

Having said that, I realize that at least two of our own members here at WR are actively arguing and voting in favor of this very evil. That's unfortunate, of course, but it would be wrong of me to treat them any differently here simply because they appear to be evil. Unfortunately, I'm also a highly moral kinda guy, so I can't just do nothing... Tellyawhat, from now on, instead of referring to them here as "Mr. So-and-So," I'll instead refer to them as "Evil So-and-So," with the boldface included (assuming I remember to do it). Sorry about that in advance, but hopefully they'll get the message one of these days! smile.gif

This latest bit of horse-shit started with User:Zocky, an administrator from Slovenia who just couldn't wait to resolve the whole crazy "Brandt issue" - or, more accurately, felt that all the attention focused on the Brandt article was drawing too much attention away from User:Zocky. Heaven forbid!

Zocky, who normally writes about Slovenia, and Balkan history and affairs in general, and who also started the article on the Assassination_of_Archduke_Franz_Ferdinand, proposed that the Brandt article be "stubified" and merged with some related articles, not unlike Mr. Bain's suggestion earlier in this thread. However, this apparently meant changing the http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia_Watch&oldid=112053895 back into an actual article instead of a redirect. User:SlimVirgin certainly http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Zocky&oldid=112209382#A_concern Oh well, that's another name for the Slimmy Shit List... Sorry, Zocky! Don't let the door hit you in the - oh, never mind.

Still, let's take a look at Zocky's reasoning here. He includes, in his section on the "case for keeping" the article, this bit:

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Deleting information about his public actions because of his pestering would send the wrong message and set a bad precedent. Giving in to bullying would also hurt our collective pride.

Now, obviously this is a completely partisan statement, using connotative terms like "pestering" and "bullying," both of which are as ridiculous now as they have been in the past. However, if Wikipedia is susceptible to being dominated by the culture of moral relativism, why not the culture of victimization, too? Makes perfect sense!

Still, for a top ten website that's mentioned in the media almost constantly to claim that one obscure guy is "bullying" them, and for them to worry about their "collective pride" being hurt, well... that's just silly, isn't it?

Zocky goes on to cite four "facts" which he claims are "crucial":

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- he is notable
- we will not give in to bullying
- we can't write a proper article about him
- there is no good single place to redirect

These facts preclude keeping, deleting and redirecting. The only possible solution left is disambiguate. Since this obviously can't be literally disambiguated, I decided to split, merge, stub and protect.

It's a good example of "Wikipedian Logic," which really should have its own article too, at this point... I'll have to write that for Uncyclopedia, though, since they'll just delete it on Wikipedia. I don't think my ego could take that. Also, I don't have an account...

Anyhoo, the real issue isn't what was on Zocky's list of four crucial facts, it's what wasn't on the list:

- Any notion of "notability" is outweighed in moral terms by the fact that WP is publicly editable
- WP (and a handful of users in particular) has bullied Brandt and others since Day One
- WP does not need an article about Brandt or, for that matter, anyone else
- Brandt has successfully harmed WP overall and continues to do so, disrupting the project
- The lack of a "single place to redirect" has never stopped WP from deleting articles in the past

Still, as I mentioned earlier, Zocky's proposal was an improvement, despite the incompleteness of its rationale.

Unfortunately, it still wasn't good enough for newly-minted admin User:Isotope23, whose only original article for WP was about a 1950's-era folk song called "Plastic_Jesus." (Roughly 80 percent of his edits appear to be AfD votes.) As everyone could see, Zocky's proposal had one tragic and fatal flaw: It failed to account for Isotope23's passionately caring sense of humanitarianism! Tellingly, in his http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests_for_adminship/Isotope23, which passed 83/0/0 (I guess they like people who vote in lots of AfD's!), he wrote:

QUOTE(User:Isotope23 @ 18:16, 10 January 2007 (UTC))
When I've acted boldly and been wrong I've apologized and worked with other editors to get it right.
Hmmm. He must'a been drunk!

Earlier today, Isotope23 left a http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Thebainer&diff=prev&oldid=112131362 which, while very politely worded, essentially said "OMFG PWNED":
QUOTE(User:Isotope23 @ 18:55, 2 March 2007 (UTC))
I know your DRV close notes indicated this would go through AfD in a week, but the article was turning into a battleground of speedy deletion nominations, [[WP:IAR]] stub/protect actions and other related editing that was, at least in my fairly outside opinion, a deteriorating situation. That said, I've gone ahead and nominated it for AfD as a procedural action with a request that the AfD be allowed to go the full 5 days with no [[WP:SNOW]] or other early closures. Just thought I'd let you know. Cheers!

I guess seniority and administrative experience doesn't count for much these days, eh, Stephen? Sorry to see that happening. (And y'know, it's funny how Yanksox is still the only admin who's been indefinitely desysopped for "wheel-warring," isn't it?) Anyway, cheers!

So, the AfD proceeded with no advance announcement, no special anti-abuse rules, and no attempted assurances of fairness whatsoever. In fact, the associated talk page, containing a list of the article's references, was nothing more than spam to obtain more "keep" votes. This ensured that the people who normally monitor AfD would vote first, and vote "keep" - giving the impression of a "snowball effect" - in other words, an obvious and blatant attempt to demoralize and silence the opposition, standard tactics used by those lacking moral or even logical justification for their actions.

Situations like this remind me (as if I needed reminding) of why I'm here, and indeed, why most of us are here. Evil must always be fought, and ultimately it must be crushed. And frankly, no amount of bashing is sufficient for people like this.

Whew! That was a long one...

Posted by: Daniel Brandt Sat 3rd March 2007, 4:35am

Somey, that was a brilliant summary. I guess it pays to be a teetotaler. I'm too drunk to write something like that. I start drinking cheap Schlitz Malt when I get too worked up over Wikipedia.

I hate to say this, I really do, but I have to put my faith in users such as thebainer, SlimVirgin and Michael Snow to come up with some trick to torpedo this latest atrocity. All three have indicated strong opposition in various ways. I think -- I pray to God even though I'm an atheist -- that they're up to something.

God help me, I appeal to SlimVirgin to kick some butt on this one. Have I gone to the dogs, or are things so bad that Slim's flesh-eating poodle is the only hope for any of us?

Posted by: Jonny Cache Sat 3rd March 2007, 5:06am

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Fri 2nd March 2007, 11:35pm) *

Somey, that was a brilliant summary. I guess it pays to be a teetotaler. I'm too drunk to do something like that. I start drinking cheap Schlitz Malt when I get too worked up over Wikipedia.

I hate to say this, I really do, but I have to put my faith in users such as thebainer, SlimVirgin and Michael Snow to come up with some trick to torpedo this latest atrocity. They all have indicated strong opposition in various ways. I think -- I pray to God even though I'm an atheist -- that they're up to something.

God help me, I appeal to SlimVirgin to kick some butt on this one. Have I gone to the dogs, or are things so bad that Slim's flesh-eating poodle is the only hope for any of us?


Speaking from the higher plane of a mighty toasty cabernet, I think that we focus way too much on getting Wikipedia to do this or that. That ship has sailed, and no amount of screaming about the icebergs is going to wake the captain or crew. The soluble matter is not to be found in the substance of what Wikipedia is. What it is is something that the Usenet, large parts of the Internet, and your daily mailbog from Nigeria is already chock full of, speaking of coffee, but nobody pays much attention to it — except when it's time to update their spam and virus filters so as to automate the dumping of it. The problem is just What Wikipedia Is Not, What Wikipedia Will Never Be, but What Wikipedia Only Pretends To Be, that is, an encyclopedia, and the fact that not enough people have gotten wise to the scam — yet.

But the news is getting out.

When we have induced the Creature from the Blecchhh Lagoon to slither back into the Usenet Scum of Inhuman Witlessness from which it arose, then our problem will be managed as well as we can hope — at least until they dredge up the sequel.

Jonny cool.gif

Posted by: Somey Sat 3rd March 2007, 5:53am

Shall I interpret this to mean you don't see anything positive developing out of this situation? sad.gif

Thing is, this is the point at which someone who's a real leader, a true visionary, someone with real guts would stand up and say, "this is my website, I'm ultimately responsible for what goes on here, and I'm going to put a stop to this nonsense. This is over, done, end of story." Someone with the power to make it stick, too (sorry, Yanksox, though it was a good try). Of course, that would also mean deleting and salting the article, and possibly forbidding any further mention of Brandt anywhere on Wikipedia.

But Wikipedia doesn't have anyone like that, do they?

That's really what's so utterly tragic about this whole situation. People are going to fight for their privacy until their dying breath, and not just people whose privacy has been compromised like Brandt's has. Anyone who cares about it is going to keep fighting, and that's not going to change. But all Wikipedia has to do is have one of a thousand admins click a delete link, and then just get everyone to STFU about it. But it's that last bit that really does them in - they just can't bring themselves to do that one little thing, because then there'd be a huge cacophony of whining from... who, exactly? Nobody knows. It's just really sad, the way they're allowing all that work, put in by all those well-meaning people, to be marginalized and pissed away like this. Absolutely tragic.

They keep talking about a "slippery slope." Well, y'know, at some point they have to realize that they're not at the top of that slope and trying to keep from sliding down. They have to realize they're at the bottom of the slope, and they'll never get back up that slope as long as they keep peeing all over it.

That analogy kinda sucked, didn't it? I'm going to have to work on that one.

Posted by: Jonny Cache Sat 3rd March 2007, 7:04am

Look, for you all know, there's wackos on Usenet saying all sorts of rotten stuff about you. Who knows? Who cares? For a brief time, Google had a button that would search Usenet, but I can't find it anymore if it's still there. Most of the so-called "culture" of this cult came from Usenet -- so much so that Larry Sanger thought it was a big innovation to use real names, when all the academic discussion lists that I've known or heard about never thought to operate any other way. The more light we shine on this slimy critter, the sooner it will jump back into its flaming pit. Who cares if it takes The One Ring with it?

Jonny cool.gif

Posted by: Alkivar Sat 3rd March 2007, 9:28am

For whatever its worth Mr. Brandt...

When this whole debate over your article started I was of the "screw him, lets keep it" camp. I dunno how or why... but I guess at some point the bulb over my head lit up.

this is a shameful disgrace, and I'm sorry.

Posted by: Daniel Brandt Sat 3rd March 2007, 1:23pm

QUOTE(Alkivar @ Sat 3rd March 2007, 3:28am) *

For whatever its worth Mr. Brandt...

When this whole debate over your article started I was of the "screw him, lets keep it" camp. I dunno how or why... but I guess at some point the bulb over my head lit up.

this is a shameful disgrace, and I'm sorry.

It's worth a lot; thank you.

I just discovered that SlimVirgin is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:BLP_courtesy_deletion to get a new policy in place for marginal notables who don't want an article. She worked on this a bit starting at the end of December, but after a few weeks decided it wasn't taking off. This time, thanks to the situation with Essjay, as well as the debacle with AfD, there may be additional interest. Eloquence has made a comment, and I think that there's even a chance that Jimbo might be receptive this time around. It's becoming clearer, I hope, that Wikipedia's best bet for the future (and an option that is easy to implement) is to become much more considerate of the wishes of people with biographies. This doesn't mean that Wikipedia has to let them edit the article in ways that are unencyclopedic, but it means that the person should have veto power over whether there's an bio on him at all.

Another option would be to block all search engines and as many scrapers as you can catch from all of Wikipedia's pages. Now that would also be very honorable, but it's not about to happen given the current state of the web, and the importance of Google for driving traffice to Wikipedia.

It's one or the other: veto power for subjects of bios, or keep the bots out. One is easy and the other will never happen.

The ironic thing is that Jimbo could bless this veto-power policy and save Wikipedia with a few well-chosen words. You might get a few whiners, but it would all be over in a day or two, and the policy would be in place.

Posted by: Somey Sat 3rd March 2007, 6:36pm

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Sat 3rd March 2007, 7:23am) *
I just discovered that SlimVirgin is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:BLP_courtesy_deletion to get a new policy in place for marginal notables who don't want an article....

Unfortunately, and as one might expect, the usual suspects in the Selfish Whiners Brigade is all over that.

Here's where someone named User:Kendrick7 asks "who all these people are" - referring to the small handful of people who object to their WP biography articles - and hyper-officious megatroll User:JoshuaZ responds by giving details about everyone except Rachel Marsden! laugh.gif

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia_talk:BLP_courtesy_deletion&diff=prev&oldid=112267419

I guess ol' Josh didn't want to get instantly permabanned like the last guy who spoke up about Rachel, did he? Too bad - I would've liked to have seen that...

QUOTE
The ironic thing is that Jimbo could bless this veto-power policy and save Wikipedia with a few well-chosen words. You might get a few whiners, but it would all be over in a day or two, and the policy would be in place.

At this point, I think Jimbo probably wants the community to just go away - they've become a huge inconvenience for him, in terms of legal exposure, resistance to banner ads, staff time... Real harmony among the WP'ers, the kind that can only be obtained by imposing these kinds of humane policies that should have been there since Day One, would just lead to more user retention.

Posted by: Jonny Cache Sat 3rd March 2007, 7:24pm

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Sat 3rd March 2007, 8:23am) *

I just discovered that SlimVirgin is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:BLP_courtesy_deletion to get a new policy in place for marginal notables who don't want an article.


I would not trust these people for a second. They have the amazing ability to lie with both forks of their tongue. And that's not even counting the behind-the-scenes orchestrated sock-puppet shows.

Jonny cool.gif

Posted by: The Joy Sun 4th March 2007, 12:25am

The only way Mr. Brandt's article will be deleted, at least in this current debate, is if he's found to be non-notable. As others here have said, as soon as someone provides enough evidence to prove notability, we're back again with the same old arguments.

I really wish I could vote Delete per ethical concerns, but that won't fly at DRV or in Wikipedia in general. As the venerable Doc glasgow said once "Consensus be damned!" and I'm beginning to agree. Mr. Brandt might be lucky enough to get his article stubbed after this debate, but even then, the article is there and the wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round ad infintium.

Only a deus ex machina from Jimbo or the WikiMedia Foundation can end this debate. Preferably with an Opt-Out Policy that will be of benefit to all other living people with articles such as Mr. Brandt.

I don't have faith that the Wikipedia Community, at this time, will go for an Opt-Out Policy. Shame!

Posted by: a view from the hive Sun 4th March 2007, 4:23am

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Wed 28th February 2007, 11:19pm) *

QUOTE(everyking @ Thu 1st March 2007, 1:10am) *

you should set a percentage figure in advance for what it would take to delete, and hold to it absolutely. I propose 67%.

Okay, but I get 200 votes because I'm the subject of the article and I'm the one who has to live with it.


But look at some of the "debate"

KEEP - Out of spite/karma. --Tom 00:06, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

Keep Per SlimVirgin! --Kevin Murray 01:19, 3 March 2007 (UTC)
- SlimVirgin made a rather compelling argument for deletion

How can you argue with such compelling and (in the case of the first one) "revenge" statements. Revenge is such a productive way to operate!
(disclaimer: that was sarcasm)

Posted by: Cobalt Sun 4th March 2007, 5:33am

QUOTE(a view from the hive @ Sat 3rd March 2007, 11:23pm) *

Keep Per SlimVirgin! --Kevin Murray 01:19, 3 March 2007 (UTC)


I read that and laughed.

Posted by: Daniel Brandt Sun 4th March 2007, 5:45am

This AfD was frontloaded with mysterious sockpuppets and full of "he's so notable" propaganda. I'm hoping the unprofessional manner in which it was launched will make people belch. If the "Deletes" start increasing it could get interesting, because it doesn't look like anyone will have the guts to close this one early. But I'm probably overestimating the intelligence of the average drive-by AfD enthusiast.

Posted by: Cobalt Sun 4th March 2007, 6:03am

QUOTE

Keep. He's gotten enough press, both related and unrelated to Wikipedia, that he meats WP:BIO. —Dark•Shikari[T] 05:59, 4 March 2007 (UTC)


My thoughts against this theory are, would you hear/read about him without going out of your way to find any info?

Posted by: Somey Sun 4th March 2007, 6:24am

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Sat 3rd March 2007, 11:45pm) *
This AfD was frontloaded with mysterious sockpuppets and full of "he's so notable" propaganda.

It's kind of ridiculous, actually!

For example, one of the most dishonest and deceitful (and therefore damaging) people in this whole circus has been someone going by the name of User:DennyColt, who went far, far out of his way to re-post a bunch of mostly-bogus article links on the recent premature AfD. Here's a guy who shows up on January 28th, just a month ago, and http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Contributions&offset=20070206143424&limit=500&target=DennyColt, making several dozen rapid-fire edits within the first hour, including this http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Search_for_Alpha_Trion&diff=prev&oldid=103817264, and also creating a new article about comic book artist Tim_Kirk - and by his third day he's already using a script called "Twinklefluff" to revert people! Could he possibly be a sock puppet, perhaps of someone who got banned for, say, link-spamming, or maybe WP:VAIN? Naaaahhh!

His rationale for wanting the Brandt article kept is the same as the others, of course - "Denny" writes biographical articles about obscure comic book writers and artists, and HEAVEN FORBID anyone would ever want to set a precedent that might allow deletion of those. See, those biographies make nice baubles for collectors' websites, where people are trying to sell old comic books and such - "See, this guy's famous! You can read about him on Wikipedia! You should buy these exceedingly rare and sought-after comic books right now, before the prices go waaaay up!" That's how lots of people make their extra money, selling stuff for inflated prices on the internet, along with Social Security... I guess you can hardly blame them, though. Everyone needs extra money, right? Who cares if others have to suffer, eh?

World's biggest spam engine, indeed.

Posted by: Anonymouse Mon 5th March 2007, 1:27am

Someone's offering a bounty for FA status on it http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk%3ADaniel_Brandt&diff=112691954&oldid=112671565

Posted by: Somey Mon 5th March 2007, 2:03am

QUOTE(Anonymouse @ Sun 4th March 2007, 7:27pm) *
Someone's offering a bounty for FA status on it http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk%3ADaniel_Brandt&diff=112691954&oldid=112671565

Wow, just five bucks to help Wikipedia continue destroying itself from the inside out? Sounds like a real bargain!

"Someone" appears to be User:Abeg92, who seems to have given up the idea of editing for content a couple of months ago, in favor of http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Contributions&limit=500&target=Abeg92.

These people just don't know when to stop, do they?


Posted by: Yanksox Tue 6th March 2007, 12:22am

QUOTE(Anonymouse @ Mon 5th March 2007, 1:27am) *

Someone's offering a bounty for FA status on it http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk%3ADaniel_Brandt&diff=112691954&oldid=112671565


I'm just stunned. This is a classic case of group think.

Posted by: Anonymouse Tue 6th March 2007, 1:12am

QUOTE(Somey @ Sun 4th March 2007, 9:03pm) *

QUOTE(Anonymouse @ Sun 4th March 2007, 7:27pm) *
Someone's offering a bounty for FA status on it http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk%3ADaniel_Brandt&diff=112691954&oldid=112671565

Wow, just five bucks to help Wikipedia continue destroying itself from the inside out? Sounds like a real bargain!

"Someone" appears to be User:Abeg92, who seems to have given up the idea of editing for content a couple of months ago, in favor of http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Contributions&limit=500&target=Abeg92.

These people just don't know when to stop, do they?


Someone's gotta do the dirty work smile.gif .

Posted by: Anonymouse Tue 6th March 2007, 1:23am

QUOTE(Yanksox @ Mon 5th March 2007, 7:22pm) *

QUOTE(Anonymouse @ Mon 5th March 2007, 1:27am) *

Someone's offering a bounty for FA status on it http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk%3ADaniel_Brandt&diff=112691954&oldid=112671565


I'm just stunned. This is a classic case of group think.


FULL DISCLOSURE: I AM INDEED abeg92. ph34r.gif

I posted the bounty because I believe that his criticisms of Wikipedia are intellectually dishonest. There are legitimate grounds for disagreement with WP. Mr. Brandt's website contains none.

Posted by: Somey Tue 6th March 2007, 1:55am

QUOTE(Anonymouse @ Mon 5th March 2007, 7:23pm) *
FULL DISCLOSURE: I AM INDEED abeg92. ph34r.gif
Really? Wow, this is too much drama for one evening... smile.gif

QUOTE
I posted the bounty because I believe that his criticisms of Wikipedia are intellectually dishonest. There are legitimate grounds for disagreement with WP. Mr. Brandt's website contains none.

That makes no sense, though. What does intellectual dishonesty have to do with anything? Are you saying he really does want a biographical article on WP about him that anyone can vandalize to their heart's content?

Or, rather, it simply reinforces my earlier, uh, implication, which is that you and various other WP'ers are doing this primarily, if not only, for revenge.

Oh well, it's just five bucks...

Posted by: Anonymouse Tue 6th March 2007, 12:04pm

QUOTE(Somey @ Mon 5th March 2007, 8:55pm) *

QUOTE(Anonymouse @ Mon 5th March 2007, 7:23pm) *
FULL DISCLOSURE: I AM INDEED abeg92. ph34r.gif
Really? Wow, this is too much drama for one evening... smile.gif

QUOTE
I posted the bounty because I believe that his criticisms of Wikipedia are intellectually dishonest. There are legitimate grounds for disagreement with WP. Mr. Brandt's website contains none.

That makes no sense, though. What does intellectual dishonesty have to do with anything? Are you saying he really does want a biographical article on WP about him that anyone can vandalize to their heart's content?

Or, rather, it simply reinforces my earlier, uh, implication, which is that you and various other WP'ers are doing this primarily, if not only, for revenge.

Oh well, it's just five bucks...



I voted keep for one reason and posted the bounty for another.

I voted keep because of the ungodly huge list of sources on the talk page of the AfD debate, which, in my opinion, established not only verifiability but notability, (which, by the way is not a policy).

I posted the bounty for an unrelated reason; I believe Brandt's arguments are dishonest. People post them for random/personal reasons; take a look at [[WP:BOUNTY]].

Thank you.

Posted by: Truth Man Tue 6th March 2007, 12:51pm

QUOTE(Anonymouse @ Tue 6th March 2007, 7:04am) *

QUOTE(Somey @ Mon 5th March 2007, 8:55pm) *

QUOTE(Anonymouse @ Mon 5th March 2007, 7:23pm) *
FULL DISCLOSURE: I AM INDEED abeg92. ph34r.gif
Really? Wow, this is too much drama for one evening... smile.gif

QUOTE
I posted the bounty because I believe that his criticisms of Wikipedia are intellectually dishonest. There are legitimate grounds for disagreement with WP. Mr. Brandt's website contains none.

That makes no sense, though. What does intellectual dishonesty have to do with anything? Are you saying he really does want a biographical article on WP about him that anyone can vandalize to their heart's content?

Or, rather, it simply reinforces my earlier, uh, implication, which is that you and various other WP'ers are doing this primarily, if not only, for revenge.

Oh well, it's just five bucks...



I voted keep for one reason and posted the bounty for another.

I voted keep because of the ungodly huge list of sources on the talk page of the AfD debate, which, in my opinion, established not only verifiability but notability, (which, by the way is not a policy).

I posted the bounty for an unrelated reason; I believe Brandt's arguments are dishonest. People post them for random/personal reasons; take a look at [[WP:BOUNTY]].

Thank you.


Good lord, man, stop drinking the kool aid. Wikipedia is not the almight source for everything, It is not an actual encyclopedia that is required for the existance of human knowledge. You need to realize that it is a geek run encyclopedia by people that are too arrogant to downplay the importance to their own ego.

Posted by: Somey Tue 6th March 2007, 3:59pm

QUOTE(Anonymouse @ Tue 6th March 2007, 6:04am) *
I voted keep because of the ungodly huge list of sources on the talk page of the AfD debate, which, in my opinion, established not only verifiability but notability, (which, by the way is not a policy).

Well then, the usual counter-argument: Who cares about one man's supposed "notability" when the fate of the world's largest online compendium of human knowledge is at stake? (Putting aside the risk to our entire modern conception of personal privacy, just for the moment?)

QUOTE
I posted the bounty for an unrelated reason; I believe Brandt's arguments are dishonest.

Okay, but what arguments are dishonest? And how are they dishonest?

Are you saying that Wikipedia doesn't show up on the first page of most Google searches? Or that Wikipedia isn't "scraped" by hundreds of other websites as a cheap means of obtaining advertising revenue? Are you saying that most admins there aren't anonymous? Or that people don't use blog postings as reference sources in BLP articles?

Or are you just saying his version of the events that led WP to the current impasse are inaccurate in some way?

Do what you want, of course, but it isn't enough to say "his arguments are dishonest," at least without something to back it up.

Posted by: Daniel Brandt Sun 11th March 2007, 9:25pm

For the record, less than an hour ago I added this comment to the current AfD on my article:

QUOTE
Comment: My opinion doesn't count because I've been banned for almost a year, but I nevertheless have an opinion. There are issues which no one has addressed in this farce of an AfD. First, about one-third of my biography is self-referential for Wikipedia. It's the equivalent of the World Book Encyclopedia having an entry on someone associated with Encyclopedia Britannica simply because that someone criticized World Book. No, it's worse than that. It's as if World Book started a negative article on someone who worked at Britannica, and then when that someone criticized the World Book for doing so, the article in World Book got longer and longer, mainly by referring to these criticisms. Either the self-referential material should be deleted, or Wikipedia should stop calling itself an encyclopedia. Second, there is no information on my education, or my three years in graduate school, primarily because such information in not easily found unless the subject of the article consents to the article. Third, there is no information on my employment history for the same reason. Fourth, the information about President Carter's draft amnesty was deleted, but the draft-card burning information was kept, an act that is prejudicial. Fifth, the year of birth was deleted, primarily because no one could figure out whether it was 1947 or 1948. Sixth, no one at Wikipedia has found a photo of me anywhere on the web. Seventh, the Google Watch stuff is about as notable as someone starting a blog on some topic. The only reason it has more than its fair share of citations on the web is because it was the first anti-Google website, and when it started no one could believe that anyone could be anti-Google. Eighth, the NameBase material is biased. It's not a "quirky" index. Ask Oliver North how quirky it is. NameBase led a reporter to the person who put up Oliver North's security gate, which resulted in North's only conviction (for accepting an illegal gratuity). This was covered in the Washington Post. Picking out a quotation that uses the word "quirky" to describe NameBase suggests bias. (The same source also says it was started in the 1960s, which would have been difficult since I would have needed a mainframe and IBM punch cards to start it that early.) Ninth, the cookie stuff at CIA and NSA is trivial. One fax to each agency and the problem was solved. It played in the press because no one understands cookies, which in turn gave the press an opportunity to hype it. The bottom line is that Wikipedia should not pretend that it is competent to write biographies of living persons without the subject's consent and cooperation. Without that cooperation, the article at best ends up as a loose collection of facts, most of which would be irrelevant in a balanced biography. At worst, it ends up as malicious libel that uses verifiability and notability as convenient cover. The motives of those who voted KEEP are clearly suspicious, based on their own justifications. It was front-loaded with a prejudicial list of citations, which is improper. Posters for candidates are supposed to stay a certain distance away from the voting booths -- why doesn't this apply to Wikipedia? Most of those voting KEEP have no familiarity with me or the article, which makes them drive-by voters who only seek to amuse themselves. This is also improper. This entire AfD is a disgrace for all of Wikipedia. -Daniel Brandt

Six minutes later, JoshuaZ deleted my comment and marked it as a "minor" revert.

Posted by: Alex Sun 11th March 2007, 9:31pm

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Sun 11th March 2007, 9:25pm) *

Six minutes later, JoshuaZ deleted my comment and marked it as a "minor" revert.

That's actually admin rollback he used, which is intended for quick reversion of vandalism and such. I think your comment got moved to the talk page.

Posted by: Yanksox Sun 11th March 2007, 9:57pm

QUOTE(Alex @ Sun 11th March 2007, 9:31pm) *

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Sun 11th March 2007, 9:25pm) *

Six minutes later, JoshuaZ deleted my comment and marked it as a "minor" revert.

That's actually admin rollback he used, which is intended for quick reversion of vandalism and such. I think your comment got moved to the talk page.


JoshuaZ essentially admitted to not actually reading this comment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:JoshuaZ&diff=114379657&oldid=114376555

Posted by: Somey Sun 11th March 2007, 10:32pm

QUOTE(Yale senior Josh Zelinsky @ 21:03, 11 March 2007 (UTC))
No. His personal opinion is irrelevant, the AfD is not a soapbox for him any more than the article talk page is. Under the unlikely event that he said anything useful (the comment about the Washington Post may turn up a decent source) one can look in the history.

Brandt's personal opinion is most definitely not irrelevant, although Josh "JoshuaZ" Zelinsky's opinion certainly should be. Of course, since he's basically turned the whole process into his own personal self-promotion platform, the whole thing is essentially irrelevant, not to mention a complete travesty.

And let's not make any mistake about this: Zelinsky is about to graduate from Yale, and I'm sure he'd just loooove to get a nice job with a Web 2.0 company, either as a hatchet-man (he seems good at that) or as a "cyber-enforcer" - the guy who takes over any discussion or rule-making effort to ensure that any opposing or dissenting opinions are quashed by intense browbeating, intimidation, or outright stalking, if we're to use the Wikipedian definition of the term (i.e., the really, really broad one).

What gets me is this: Yale's a good school, so why would he set his sights so low? Why not aspire to be something that's actually useful to society, like a sanitation worker, or maybe a truck driver? Maybe he could move furniture or do landscaping work? Or maybe something more culture-oriented, like being a ticket-taker at the local multiplex? Why go for something that's so, you know, totally shitty?

Unlike most of the people in the Keep Brandt Brigade, Josh has been around for a while, and he should know that this isn't going to end well for Wikipedia. The others are mostly n00bs and occasional users who haven't had to deal with the controversy in any sort of meaningful way - obviously they don't care about the suffering of others, but that's hardly surprising - making other people suffer is, after all, what Wikipedia is all about. Many of them are probably just worried that deleting the Brandt article will set a dangerous precedent for them, whereby their own preferred libel and slander targets might actually have a way to stop them. Heaven forbid something like that might happen!

But Josh... The only reason I can see for him to keep this going is if there's something in it for him personally, like maybe a book deal or a job or something. Nothing else makes any sense whatsoever.

Posted by: Jonny Cache Sun 11th March 2007, 10:38pm

QUOTE(Daniel Brandt @ Sun 11th March 2007, 4:25pm) *

For the record, less than an hour ago I added this comment to the current AfD on my article:
QUOTE

Comment: My opinion doesn't count because I've been banned for almost a year, but I nevertheless have an opinion. There are issues which no one has addressed in this farce of an AfD. First, about one-third of my biography is self-referential for Wikipedia. It's the equivalent of the World Book Encyclopedia having an entry on someone associated with Encyclopedia Britannica simply because that someone criticized World Book. No, it's worse than that. It's as if World Book started a negative article on someone who worked at Britannica, and then when that someone criticized the World Book for doing so, the article in World Book got longer and longer, mainly by referring to these criticisms. Either the self-referential material should be deleted, or Wikipedia should stop calling itself an encyclopedia. Second, there is no information on my education, or my three years in graduate school, primarily because such information in not easily found unless the subject of the article consents to the article. Third, there is no information on my employment history for the same reason. Fourth, the information about President Carter's draft amnesty was deleted, but the draft-card burning information was kept, an act that is prejudicial. Fifth, the year of birth was deleted, primarily because no one could figure out whether it was 1947 or 1948. Sixth, no one at Wikipedia has found a photo of me anywhere on the web. Seventh, the Google Watch stuff is about as notable as someone starting a blog on some topic. The only reason it has more than its fair share of citations on the web is because it was the first anti-Google website, and when it started no one could believe that anyone could be anti-Google. Eighth, the NameBase material is biased. It's not a "quirky" index. Ask Oliver North how quirky it is. NameBase led a reporter to the person who put up Oliver North's security gate, which resulted in North's only conviction (for accepting an illegal gratuity). This was covered in the Washington Post. Picking out a quotation that uses the word "quirky" to describe NameBase suggests bias. (The same source also says it was started in the 1960s, which would have been difficult since I would have needed a mainframe and IBM punch cards to start it that early.) Ninth, the cookie stuff at CIA and NSA is trivial. One fax to each agency and the problem was solved. It played in the press because no one understands cookies, which in turn gave the press an opportunity to hype it. The bottom line is that Wikipedia should not pretend that it is competent to write biographies of living persons without the subject's consent and cooperation. Without that cooperation, the article at best ends up as a loose collection of facts, most of which would be irrelevant in a balanced biography. At worst, it ends up as malicious libel that uses verifiability and notability as convenient cover. The motives of those who voted KEEP are clearly suspicious, based on their own justifications. It was front-loaded with a prejudicial list of citations, which is improper. Posters for candidates are supposed to stay a certain distance away from the voting booths -- why doesn't this apply to Wikipedia? Most of those voting KEEP have no familiarity with me or the article, which makes them drive-by voters who only seek to amuse themselves. This is also improper. This entire AfD is a disgrace for all of Wikipedia. -Daniel Brandt


Six minutes later, JoshuaZ deleted my comment and marked it as a "minor" revert.


Daniel,

Your analogies involving Encyclopedia Britannica and World Book are almost apt but not quite accurate. This is because they start from the premiss that Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, which is the proton pseudos in this whole vat of boiling ointment.

A better analogy is as follows. A cigarette maker wants to advertise their product as having health-giving properties, so they paste a doctored picture of a xophtic model on the package, omitting to get the permission of the model to use the image, much less modify the pose to their purpose. That's a little more like it. Unauthorized representation for the purpose of beefing up a questionable product.

Jonny cool.gif