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A Horse With No Name
post Mon 6th April 2009, 5:12pm
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What a f**king waste of time and energy. I can understand why MZM quit -- it was either that or being bored to death by that tiresome Sanhedrin.
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post Mon 6th April 2009, 6:48pm
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QUOTE(Cla68 @ Sun 5th April 2009, 11:01pm) *

I think that JzG has just received his third strike and his admin privileges are as good as gone. The only thing in the way is the time it takes to wait for everyone to weigh-in on the RfC and then for someone to take it to ArbCom and then wait for ArbCom to vote on it. The new arbcom is trying to send a message. If you look at the last few case decisions, they haven't held back too much in imposing sanctions and corrective action.

Yes! I hope they don't boot him entirely, but just (permanently) remove his admin bit. He'll do fine as an ordinary "valued editor" and I think it will be educational for him. He might even contribute more content, as in days of old when he wasn't spending all his time indef-blocking IPs out of sock-paranoia.

Same with SlimVirgin and Jayjg, BTW. Both would be harmless and even possibly contructive without the admin-bit and power to make POVish edits stick in the face of all oposition and facts.

Of course, this presumes that neither of them would try to proxy edit-war through remaining admin friends, which I would NOT put past either of them. But de-sysoping should carry that warning. Stay a mere editor, or else next, you really DO get the Big Boot.
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post Mon 6th April 2009, 9:53pm
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QUOTE(A Horse With No Name @ Mon 6th April 2009, 1:12pm) *

What a f**king waste of time and energy. I can understand why MZM quit -- it was either that or being bored to death by that tiresome Sanhedrin.


I haven't left, and currently have no plans of doing so. Am I discouraged? Absolutely. But there remains a lot of work to be done and very few seem willing to help. From all of the indications I see, Wikipedia has no signs of dying anytime soon. So as it continues to be used as often as it is, the critical biography-related problems must be addressed.

As for the de-adminning, events are still unfolding. We'll see what happens. In the mean time, I've posted http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:MZM...sing_grievances for all those interested.
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post Mon 6th April 2009, 11:08pm
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QUOTE(MZMcBride @ Mon 6th April 2009, 2:53pm) *

I haven't left, and currently have no plans of doing so. Am I discouraged? Absolutely. But there remains a lot of work to be done and very few seem willing to help. From all of the indications I see, Wikipedia has no signs of dying anytime soon. So as it continues to be used as often as it is, the critical biography-related problems must be addressed.
As for the de-adminning, events are still unfolding. We'll see what happens. In the mean time, I've posted http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:MZM...sing_grievances for all those interested.

That's nice. Now, try writing some CONTENT for once.
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QUOTE(Alex @ Tue 7th April 2009, 12:08am) *

I must admit I had extremely little faith in arbcom, but they did desysop Aitias, a classic example of an abusive admin, which restored my belief that the system does work if you try and use it. I'm all for a deadminning system, but if the one we have generally works (imo) then perhaps we don't need a new thing.


Arbcom generally responds to people putting up a request, and to me this has been the missing step:

what I see is

*Lots of complaining here and there:

*Post(s) at AN/I, where the bloglike unstructured nature of the forum quickly descends into a reams of words which are unable to keep any but the keenest attention span.

*Underutilization of RfC

and then:

little in the way of referral to RFAR (however there is alot going on in terms of open cases unhappy.gif so I am not waving my arms too vigorously...)
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post Mon 6th April 2009, 11:35pm
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QUOTE(MZMcBride @ Mon 6th April 2009, 5:53pm) *

QUOTE(A Horse With No Name @ Mon 6th April 2009, 1:12pm) *

What a f**king waste of time and energy. I can understand why MZM quit -- it was either that or being bored to death by that tiresome Sanhedrin.


I haven't left, and currently have no plans of doing so. Am I discouraged? Absolutely. But there remains a lot of work to be done and very few seem willing to help. From all of the indications I see, Wikipedia has no signs of dying anytime soon. So as it continues to be used as often as it is, the critical biography-related problems must be addressed.

As for the de-adminning, events are still unfolding. We'll see what happens. In the mean time, I've posted http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:MZM...sing_grievances for all those interested.


My apologies for the premature burial, MZM. unsure.gif

You are correct -- Wikipedia has no signs of dying anytime soon. I would raise doubts on its long-term viability, but that's a topic for another discussion.

You're okay in my book, MZM -- don't let those Arbcom assholes/arseholes get you down. rolleyes.gif
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post Tue 7th April 2009, 10:19am
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Methinks this thread should be moved to Admin Retirements.
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post Tue 7th April 2009, 11:53pm
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QUOTE(MZMcBride @ Mon 6th April 2009, 9:53pm) *

QUOTE(A Horse With No Name @ Mon 6th April 2009, 1:12pm) *

What a f**king waste of time and energy. I can understand why MZM quit -- it was either that or being bored to death by that tiresome Sanhedrin.


I haven't left, and currently have no plans of doing so. Am I discouraged? Absolutely. But there remains a lot of work to be done and very few seem willing to help. From all of the indications I see, Wikipedia has no signs of dying anytime soon. So as it continues to be used as often as it is, the critical biography-related problems must be addressed.

As for the de-adminning, events are still unfolding. We'll see what happens. In the mean time, I've posted http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:MZM...sing_grievances for all those interested.


I think you were trying to be effective as an admin with the things you were doing. I don't think what happened is completely your fault. As I've said many times before, Wikipedia has no structured system for helping guide and support its admin corps. It needs one. It needs some kind of configuration control board which issues admin action policies and guidelines and standard procedure checklists for its admins to follow and which is available for admins to ask questions of. That would be a good start.
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MZMcBride has now submitted a request for adminship. It seems to be going quite well too, at 81% support.
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post Wed 8th April 2009, 1:02pm
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QUOTE(Gandoman @ Wed 8th April 2009, 6:30am) *

MZMcBride has now submitted a request for adminship. It seems to be going quite well too, at 81% support.


Yeah, but it is not uncommon for RfAs to start strong and then begin to leak and sink -- look at Kww and the last Ironholds effort.
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post Wed 8th April 2009, 1:20pm
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MZMcBride has now submitted a request for adminship. It seems to be going quite well too, at 81% support.


He's already down to 73%, with six days to go and most of the RfA's celebrated malcontents not yet weighing in. As much as I like MZM, I would put money down that this is going to fail.

P.S. As the day progressed, this RfA sank like the proverbial lead balloon -- it is far below the 70% mark, with no signs of ascension. MZM, you ought to save face and bow out now!

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QUOTE(A Horse With No Name @ Wed 8th April 2009, 1:20pm) *

QUOTE(Gandoman @ Wed 8th April 2009, 6:30am) *

MZMcBride has now submitted a request for adminship. It seems to be going quite well too, at 81% support.


He's already down to 73%, with six days to go and most of the RfA's celebrated malcontents not yet weighing in. As much as I like MZM, I would put money down that this is going to fail.

P.S. As the day progressed, this RfA sank like the proverbial lead balloon -- it is far below the 70% mark, with no signs of ascension. MZM, you ought to save face and bow out now!


Come on, MZ, go write some quality articles, or help review FA nominations, or something like that for awhile.
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I was tormented by the idea of being de-adminned when I felt the community still had confidence in me. We'll see what happens. --[[User:MZMcBride|MZMcBride]] ([[User talk:MZMcBride#top|talk]]) 19:58, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

Tormented? Does that mean he will be relieved by 56% and dropping?

ArbCom is over, and he's takin' a break.

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Oppose per the points explained by SoWhy above. MZMcBride is one of the most arbitrary, abusive and uncommunicative admins I know. I do not trust him in the slightest. — Aitias // discussion 09:16, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

Don't mince your words now! biggrin.gif GARDEN 09:50, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

Well, I suppose you'd know all about that. Black Kite 12:17, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

What's your new account name Aitias? Majorly talk 14:04, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

This practice of returning just to oppose people you dislike is tiresome. The points you just raised about MZMcBride could equally apply to your behavior over the last few months, Aitias. Acalamari 15:20, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

This isn't RfA or RfC Aitias. Your admonishments are better served at his talk page, so as not to distract from the core issue here.--Tznkai (talk) 15:43, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

@Acalamari: Writing "to oppose people you dislike" under every comment from me on RfAs is kind of funny (as it doesn't apply, the point is not that I would not like MZM, but simply that I don't trust him with the tools), however it's unnecessary and pointless and therefore you sould consider stopping it. smile.gif — Aitias // discussion 16:54, 8 April 2009 (UTC)
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Whether or not my current RFA passes or fails (I still have hope that the community will find forgiveness), I'll be taking a break the minute it closes. I've been active on this project day after day for a very long time. It's taken a toll and Durova is completely right that I need a break.

I'm announcing it in advance to make sure that I don't leave anything unattended. There's little around here that others can't handle, but if there's something in particular that you need from me, put it below and I'll try to take care of it before taking my break.

Thanks. --MZMcBride (talk) 01:40, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

How long do you intend to break for? Majorly talk 01:44, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

Honestly, I don't know for sure. "Until it feels right," I guess. I can't imagine it will be less than two weeks. I can't imagine it will be more than two months. So somewhere between those two, I suppose. --MZMcBride (talk) 01:46, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

I think he'll be back within a week. Can't stop himself.

And BTW: http://mzmcbride.com/


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Whether or not my current RFA passes or fails (I still have hope that the community will find forgiveness), I'll be taking a break the minute it closes. I've been active on this project day after day for a very long time. It's taken a toll and Durova is completely right that I need a break.

How context affects our interpretation! I actually read that as "It's taken a troll and Durova is completely right that I need a break." smile.gif
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QUOTE(One @ Mon 6th April 2009, 6:00am) *

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Tell that to Viridae, among others, of course. Maybe tell it to some current RFC commenters. I'm not sure how many would agree.

In case you haven't noticed, this ArbCom is quite a bit different than last year's in both composition and philosophy. It's much more law and order. If you have a case of administrative misconduct, I believe that we will apply these standards across the board.


I haven't noticed. Try harder.
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I have to say that support #13 made me smile.
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QUOTE(One @ Mon 6th April 2009, 12:00am) *

QUOTE(LaraLove @ Mon 6th April 2009, 4:33am) *

Tell that to Viridae, among others, of course. Maybe tell it to some current RFC commenters. I'm not sure how many would agree.

In case you haven't noticed, this ArbCom is quite a bit different than last year's in both composition and philosophy. It's much more law and order. If you have a case of administrative misconduct, I believe that we will apply these standards across the board.


If that's true, then my tireless work as the vanguard of the revolution against those with a vested interest in the corrupt status quo is solely to thank.
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QUOTE(One @ Sun 5th April 2009, 10:00pm) *
In case you haven't noticed, this ArbCom is quite a bit different than last year's in both composition and philosophy. It's much more law and order. If you have a case of administrative misconduct, I believe that we will apply these standards across the board.
Hmmm. Then how to explain that Jayjg still has an admin bit (gone, but not forgotten), and SlimVirgin just got hers back (forgotten, but not gone)? Come to think of it, how do you explain Raul654 at all?
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Whether or not my current RFA passes or fails (I still have hope that the community will find forgiveness), I'll be taking a break the minute it closes. I've been active on this project day after day for a very long time. It's taken a toll and Durova is completely right that I need a break.


Technically, he did not lie. He did have a break between April 9 and 24.

It's a rare thing for a long term Wikipedian to be able to actually take a two week break.

Kudos for MZ.
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