QUOTE(Peter Damian @ Mon 29th November 2010, 2:16pm)
There have been a couple of references here to this guy. One compared him to Robespierre
and claimed that he would turn Arbcom into a Committee of Public Safety
. The Committee of Public Safety murdered thousands of people. Is Sandstein that bad? I've come across him a few times and he seemed pretty bad, but no worse than many. What's the deal? I suppose, like Robespierre, he is also a lawyer.
Oy, that was me comparing him to Robespierre though that was in the general atmosphere of ArbCom Election jest so I really hope nobody thinks that I think that he is capable of murdering thousands of people (bannning thousands, yes, murder, no) or something. Also in a way it was an underhanded compliment (mixed with criticism and fun poking), and play on the fact that Robespierre was called the "Incorruptible"
I do think Sandstein is "fair", to the extent that has meaning on Wikipedia (per Gomi's comment) and actually quite resilient with respect to political manipulation or influence - he'd ban an ArbCom member, as fast as a random IP if it was deserved (hence the "Incorruptible").
However over the past half year or so I think I've witnessed him experience some serious burn-out when it comes to administratin' and as a result I think his decisions have become more erratic and emotion-driven. Of course, in that past half year, he slapped a 3 day block on me for what I thought was a completely legit AE request (especially since it followed up recent statement made by Shell Kinney). I AM a little bit bitter about that, but in the grand scheme of things, it's small potatoes. I see he has gone on vacation - which is good. It'd also be good if he comes back.This post has been edited by radek: Mon 27th December 2010, 4:47am