Tue 9th October 2007, 8:50am
I seem to have broken Guy's brain.
First, a review:
A few days ago I spoted, through no special effort, what appeared to be an alternate account of Guy Chapman's.
Had it happened six weeks ago I'd have acknowledged and moved on, as I do frequently when I pick up on these things.
But JzG, who called AntiSocialMedia.net "a tissue of lies"(!?), has gained a special status, shared by a select, conscience-deficient few who are actively misleading others about ASM. This proud fraternity includes Guy Chapman, David Gerard, Gary Weiss, [Name Q. Redacted], Fred Bauder, and a few others.
Based on some good input from this group and my own determination to do no unnecessary
harm, I opted to keep the account name to myself.
Well, all you trainspotters, I can attest that the Karma train just keeps on a rollin', as manifest by this strange screed appearing on Guy's website after he apparently found this thread:
This is an open letter to a small group of people. You know who you are.
I closed down the JzG account on Wikipedia of my own free will, and asked for the sysop bit to be removed as a security measure. I'd be happier iof the account was blocked. It will not be used again, I think.
You, the people to whom this is addressed, are banned from Wikipedia, usually not due to any action on my part. A banned user may not edit Wikipedia. At all. Under any account. Jason Gastrich, Jonathan Barber, Gregory Kohs, Judd Bagley, Don Murphy - you are banned not because of anything I did, but because of what you did. Which was, in the main, self-promotion.
I am not banned. I can edit whenever I like, either anonymously or using accounts. And - get this - nobody cares. I am just some middle-aged guy from England. Nobody in their right mind would give a damn whether I edit Wikipedia or not. What difference does it make to the world if I choose to walk away from the whole sorry bunch of you and create the occasional article on some obscure but worthy topic in which I have no vested interest? Do you honestly think the world gives a damn? I sure as hell don't. But I do think it's worth volunteering the occasional hour to document obscure but important topics. So I will probably be around Wikipedia - under one name or another - for a while.
The nthing is, though, that if I want to return to the JzG account and get the sysop bit back, all I have to do is ask. That's it. And the reason I don't is not because you are a bunch of shameless elf-promoting [very bad word]s who make life a misery for those around you - althogh that is certainly true - but because I can no longer be arsed to clean up the crap you leave behind you.
There are a thousand more admins, at least some of whom are prepared to clean up the crap you leave behind you.
And that's an end of it, really, because ultimately the problem is not me, it's you. I've walked away from the lot of you - despite your apparent desire to pursue me - but Wikipedia's collective memory, of which I was a very small and insignificant part, remembers you and why you were banned.
So, if you think you've found one of my other accounts, congratulations, award yourself a putty medal and share your joy with all your friends. That, plus a couple of bucks, will get you a cup of coffee. I am no longer invested in Wikipedia, and accounts mean nothing to me. Find one, I'll make another. I am allowed to because unlike you I am not banned, and I can do it because unlike you I am not here to promote myself, but instead to build a great encyclopaedia. For values of great that are not intimately tied to my own vested interests.
Any time you're in England be sure to look me up, I will buy you that coffee.
Well I gotta go...I'm heading to the North Pole to do some PR consulting with the short-statured workers there. I suppose that makes me an "elf-promoting [very bad word]
All that aside, I'm glad I made the decision I did, because it's clear zat Guy is not well.
Guy: I sincerely hope you beat whatever you're battling; and that when you do, you'll try to be kinder to others.