Does anybody know the name of the lawyer who personally assisted Jimmy Wales in writing the Wikimedia Foundation's bylaws and in setting up the Foundation as a 501-c (3) organization? I know Anthony does -- he's mentioned him before.
It is Alex Roshuk
, and he's a new participant on Centiare.com. I had the privilege of talking yesterday with this animated Brooklyn attorney. The man is disgusted
with Wikipedia. His former user page
on the project speaks volumes.
Essentially, he has three main beefs:
(1) The project was initially designed to be a free, open social experiment in sustaining a membership community around the principal of writing a better encyclopedia. Jimmy Wales personally derailed that design by striking "membership" as a construct, and by taking personal control of the encyclopedia's editorial process -- something which he is not qualified to do.
(2) Criticism from dissatisfied former contributors is all too often suppressed or erased.
(3) From a legal standpoint, Jimbo Wales doesn't have the foggiest clue what he's doing.
The guy is loud, boisterous, and really has his moral compass fixed with SuperGlue.
As a side-note, he also thinks Jimbo's confrontation with Wikipedia Review proved only one thing -- the "rule" is that the only person who can personally profit from Wikipedia is Jimbo Wales.
I am glad to have this new acquaintance and ally.
Jimbo Wales once said of Alex Roshuk:
"Let me say that Alex is and has always been for me a trusted advisor and [that the] foundation could not be where it is today without him. I would personally recognize this by saying that he was the first lawyer for the foundation, who gave freely of his services “pro bono” and did an excellent job of it."
In 2007 though, Alex says that Jimbo won't reply to his e-mails, nor will he meet with Alex when Jimbo is in New York City. So, Alex has this to say about Jimbo now:
The point is he is pretty flaky and he does not keep his word. He just makes statements and expects us "peons" to forgive him for his lapses because he thinks we want access to him. I don't need people like that, we have a word for them here in Brooklyn: hypocrites.
You have to like
this particular lawyer, eh?
GregThis post has been edited by thekohser: Wed 5th December 2007, 2:48pm