QUOTE(Piperdown @ Wed 5th December 2007, 1:04pm)
Like in the essjay affair, the story regarding jimbo's organizational reactions are more important than the issues that started the messes, if you are in the WP can and should correct itself camp.
Of course. Jimbo's responses reveal (quite shockingly) that certain values which many other people hold dear, are of no value to him. (And why would he decide to recognize those values now ? To all appearances, he thinks thesaid-values are useless and gives the impression that he thinks that people who hold them are dumb. There's no incentive. Jimbo is a carrot-and-stick guy if there ever was one.). The shock people get in discovering what he really is about is what causes the scandal.
The Essjay scandal wouldn'tve been a scandal had Jimbo reacted differently. Then again, it wouldn'tve happened at all on someone else's watch, and there wouldn'tve been teams of people waiting to catch him in a predictable bad behavior, if he had treated people better. (I dont mean banning people, I mean treating people - some banned, some not - like dirt). He still doesn't get it, and even if they should change, they can't and won't, so we'll be seeing only more and worse train wrecks until some change is inevitable and forced by events. Like Durova**, Jimbo is an accident waiting to happen. Such behavior is not sustainable. If he were *really* king, in an earlier period in history, maybe he could get away with what he does. Even then, he might get overthrown, but the process would be different (and much more bloody).
This post has been edited by Disillusioned Lackey: Wed 5th December 2007, 7:42pm
**Durova probably feels, rightfully so, that her downfall was hastened by WR scrutiny. What she doesn't understand is how she created, by her own doing, a large enough angry population to bring her off her horse. WR simply documented it all, and made it easier to "Review".