QUOTE(Somey @ Wed 9th August 2006, 2:14pm)
If WordBomb proves that a confidential e-mail was forwarded to the other party in a dispute, so what? Is SlimVirgin suddenly expected to somehow respect the confidentiality of people who aren't fellow admins now? Was she ever?
I tend to agree with you, Somey. I warned TabulaRasa that this is what would happen, but he seems to be (and I say this with respect) an idealist hippie who was not exactly prepared for the darkness we've seen over there.
He was upset about how it turned out but I consider it a profound victory. The last time we made an effort like this, SlimVirgin kept her distance and that sent the plan off course a little. This time, she was right there as expected, save sending her courtier FloNight to pull the trigger, which is also what we expected. Not only that, you'll see Slim didn't have any edits for most of the day yesterday, which was terribly uncharacteristic but gives us a huge opportunity to look at other edit patterns and see what else was different (meaning, getting closer to identifing any socks she's using).
For about a week we've had a SQL coder working with the query API to automate the process of recovering all edits and identifing patterns which has been a real eye openner. Take Mantanmoreland, for example. This predictable chump is spawning socks constantly, mostly letting them sit and slowly acquire edits. Then, when he needs some help, he calls one of them up and they tag team. We've gotten pretty good at spotting these patterns and requesting checkusers, which are always batted back, but the socks then go silent as a confirmation that we got it right.
He's been a good little case study, but in the end is nobody, whether he's Gary Weiss or not. Our target is SlimVirgin, and as I said, anything that causes disruption in her patters allows us to test and re-frame and continue ruling out potential sockmates, so yesterday was gold by my standards.
Another thing we learned from yesterday is that Slim still defers to Jimbo. TabulaRasa posted the complaint on Jimbo's talk page and Slim didn't revert or delete it, though I would have bet the farm she would have, which actually supports my theory that there remains some distance between the two of them and he has no idea what's really taking place with his little project.
Bottom line is: TabulaRasa is mad (disillusioned, really) but I'm quite pleased with how everything came together consistent with what I predicted (the absolute best parts: that fool of a commenter who said that he'd care more if the accuser were "more interesting(!)" and then FloNight who said TR's complaint would have been less disruptive if it had come from someone else!).This post has been edited by WordBomb: Thu 10th August 2006, 4:34pm