QUOTE(Proabivouac @ Sat 22nd December 2007, 5:48am)
QUOTE(thekohser @ Sat 22nd December 2007, 6:47am)
Why couldn't she just keep to doing things like that? You know, "stick to her knitting"? Wikipedia would be so much better off.
Because being a powerful administrator is more psychologically rewarding than being an exemplary and productive contributor.
First of all, I think it is important to note that Irwin is coaching her to back down from the administrator things. She isn't capable of doing it on her own. It is an addiction.
Second of all, her hobbies (grandma things like crocheting and small arts - which are fine things, but not generally seen as "cool"), and interest in historical things, don't get her the attention she craves.
But it's not only the power she craves. It is crushing people with it. Lots of people have the power. They just don't crush people with it. The irony of it all is Durova worships heroines like Joan of Arc, when her behavior on Wikipedia would put her among Joan's torturers.
Poor Durova (who has almost no self awareness) doesn't realize that Joan suffered for good. Durova doesn't konw the difference between fighting for Jimbo or fighting for the good. She thinks she is fighting for Jimbo (hence the attention payoff), but really, she's fighting because she doesn't kow what else to do with herself.
Jimbo's punishment is that he's cursed with her as his spokesperson until the day she croaks. I don't think he has the heart to tell her she's embarassing. Even Jimbo has his limits, and telling Durova the truth is outside them.This post has been edited by Disillusioned Lackey: Sat 22nd December 2007, 12:29pm