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> On vulvas and assholes, by Sue Gardner
thekohser
post Sat 1st October 2011, 12:05am
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Sue Gardner actually talks some sense here, but I kind of choked when she (the one who refuses to say how much the WMF paid the consulting firm to handle the donors survey) noted:
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we’ve become an echo chamber: we hear only voices like our own, expressing points of view we already agree with. People who believe other things fall silent or abandon the conversation or are reduced to impotent rage.


Disclose the amount paid to Q2 Consulting, Sue, and then we'll let you start taking credit for your cogent interpretations of what's going on all around you, on your watch.
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post Sat 1st October 2011, 2:29am
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QUOTE(thekohser @ Sat 1st October 2011, 1:05am) *

Sue Gardner actually talks some sense here, but I kind of choked when she (the one who refuses to say how much the WMF paid the consulting firm to handle the donors survey) noted:
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we’ve become an echo chamber: we hear only voices like our own, expressing points of view we already agree with. People who believe other things fall silent or abandon the conversation or are reduced to impotent rage.


Disclose the amount paid to Q2 Consulting, Sue, and then we'll let you start taking credit for your cogent interpretations of what's going on all around you, on your watch.

Well, a year ago we thought that the Harris study's recommendations for a personal image filter might end up buried and forgotten. That hasn't happened, and this is a courageous post by Sue. Kudos.
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post Sat 1st October 2011, 6:37am
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Indeed, it took guts for her to write that. She is calling the Wikipedia communities collectively a bunch of irresponsible children, and they're not going to like that, not one bit. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
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post Sat 1st October 2011, 9:09am
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QUOTE(Kelly Martin @ Fri 30th September 2011, 11:37pm) *

Indeed, it took guts for her to write that. She is calling the Wikipedia communities collectively a bunch of irresponsible children, and they're not going to like that, not one bit. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Fine, but how long has she been WMF director? Almost four years?

And she's just beginning to realize the place is run by arrogant little boys??

Evidently she hasn't read the timeline.

I'd be happy to offer some excerpts.
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February 6th
Five Wikipedia administrators are removed of their "duties" by Jimbo Wales after a Wikipedia-War erupts over userboxes. Userboxes are decorative images that editors use to identify themselves on their editor pages. A userbox was created by User:Paroxysm and stated that the user "identifies as a pedophile". Wikipedia libertarians who supported the userbox battled against those who found it distasteful.
April 19th
Danny Wool indefinitely blocks Eric Möller (Eloquence (T-C-L-K-R-D) ) for "reckless endangerment -- OFFICE". After some too-ing and fro-ing, Jimmy Wales unblocks Möller the same day. Wool, a paid employee of the Wikimedia Foundation, had "stubbed" and protected two articles while representing WP:OFFICE, which means that he is acting under the authority of the Wikimedia Foundation to resolve urgent legal problems. Möller, a researcher for the Wikimedia Foundation and partner of board member Angela Beesley, unprotected the same articles without discussion.
June 19th
Astrophysicist Bernard Haisch attempts to clarify bad edits made to his biography and is confronted by an anonymous editor KSmrq (T-C-L-K-R-D) who writes, "You do not get to choose whether or not an article on you appears in Wikipedia, and you have no veto power over its contents. The article can cast you as a genius or an imbecile, a respected scientist or a crackpot. [...] Wikipedia does not operate by ''your'' rules, but by its own conventions; I suggest you learn to accept it. " Haisch described his experience in the New York Times.
August 2nd
Numerous dates of death are mischievously added to biographies of living retired US baseball players. The falsehoods are discovered only after shocked relatives had contacted players themselves.
September 25th
Erik Möller replaces Angela Beesley on the Wikimedia Foundation board after an election process later described as a "disgrace" by Beesley. The election was marred by leaks, a "list of endorsement" by Möller, and controversial interventions by Jimmy Wales.
October 26th
The 'MONGO Arbitration case' comes to a close, and sets a precedent for the 'BADSITES' disputes which dominate the site for two years. The decision allows for the removal of links to sites that host criticisms of Wikipedians, regardless of whether they were relevant or on internal project pages.
December 4th
Angela Beesley creates a mailing list and an external wiki for use exclusively by female Wikipedia editors, called WikiChix. Due to the approved culture of secrecy and fake identities that dominates Wikipedia, the list inevitably becomes infiltrated by males disguising themselves as female editors.

And that was just from 2006.....

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post Sat 1st October 2011, 9:49am
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If that woman had any guts, she'd start by kicking David Gerard out of Wikipedia permanently.
Because here he is, trolling her.
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September 28, 2011 at 11:29 PM

This post appears mostly to be the tone argument:

http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Tone_argument

- rather than address those opposed to the WMF (the body perceived to be abusing its power), you frame their arguments as badly-formed and that they should therefore be ignored.

This is somewhat problematic.

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September 28, 2011 at 11:33 PM

I also find it odd that this post completely fails to mention the massive de:wp poll voting 85% against the imposition of the filtering system.

I note also that you fail to acknowledge this is an imposition.

This is a strange framing of the issue.

And he's far from the only one.
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post Sat 1st October 2011, 1:47pm
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QUOTE(HRIP7 @ Sat 1st October 2011, 2:29am) *
Well, a year ago we thought that the Harris study's recommendations for a personal image filter might end up buried and forgotten. That hasn't happened, and this is a courageous post by Sue. Kudos.

Judging by the way the reports were written (and the three stage way they were rolled out), I have no doubt that Harris wrote the report to arrive at the conclusions he knew the WMF (or possibly just Gardener) wanted. Without going back and reading those reports again, I seem to recall that Harris and Harris didn't even bother to do the research that they proposed in the first part of the report - remember how they were going to examine what other major websites did and how they handled these issues? I think someone told them that none of that applies to WP because, uh, WP is, uh, different, uh, somehow.

Although it will ruffle the feathers of some of the ideologues, having an image filter that is not enabled by default does almost nothing to address the issues that it is intended to mitigate. It will enable the WMF to say that they have done something, while not causing a major upset with their editors. Recall how Jimbo was able to sell flagged revisions to the press, yet we don't have flagged revisions. The average person thinks that we do, because they read about it online. I don't find that to be very courageous (although I do give Gardener credit for her blog post).
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post Sat 1st October 2011, 7:39pm
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QUOTE(EricBarbour @ Sat 1st October 2011, 10:49am) *


And he's far from the only one.


Yep the fuckwad MzMcBride was doing a good bit of laying on the bullshit too.
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post Mon 3rd October 2011, 3:30pm
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I think this is ridiculous. Sue is wrong. The WMF is not an echo chamber. It is a minority bully pulpit for the fringe. The content filter survey verified that the majority disagrees with the view on pornographic images, yet the minority is the one given all the power. It is catering to the fringe for whatever ridiculous reasons. Sue's second in command is definitely responsible for a lot of the giving control over to the fringe from de.
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post Wed 12th October 2011, 8:11pm
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QUOTE(Ottava @ Mon 3rd October 2011, 4:30pm) *

I think this is ridiculous. Sue is wrong. The WMF is not an echo chamber. It is a minority bully pulpit for the fringe. The content filter survey verified that the majority disagrees with the view on pornographic images, yet the minority is the one given all the power. It is catering to the fringe for whatever ridiculous reasons. Sue's second in command is definitely responsible for a lot of the giving control over to the fringe from de.

So what, is no one paying attention to the Foundation list any more?
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