Sun 2nd December 2007, 1:56am
QUOTE(Proabivouac @ Sun 2nd December 2007, 1:40am)
QUOTE(Castle Rock @ Sun 2nd December 2007, 1:28am)
That's really messed up. I thought that people who went after others in real life because of Wikipedia-related stuff got booted, like Amorrow and Gold Heart.
This is only true if the victim is a Wikipedia editor, especially an administrator. When the victim is a private citizen, and the perpetrator is an administrator, the perp gets barnstars.
i think it's now quite clear what a "wikipedian" is in the context as such things as "attacks" and "badsites".
A wikipedian is someone in the social network of the people who are on slimmy and jzg's mailing lists.
everyone else can just go screw themselves, whether they edit wikipedia or not.
For almost 2 years now, WP has been diverted off its rails by the SlimVirgin affair. It has cascaded down to an entire network of WP admins, innocent bystanders, and people who have no idea how this whole mess started.
It is a tangled web they weave.
SlimVirgin edited her old boss's BLP with some very nasty WP:OR. She edited another article that she personally investigated over 15 years ago. Her edits were chock full of WP:OR.
She needed those edits oversight removed when people began to figure out what this PETA POV-warrior, this ex-French Fry Snub classmate of Patrick Byrne, this Middle East/Lockerbie Self Styled Sleuth was up to on WP.
Jayjg stepped up to the plate to do that for her. His WP reputation is now forever toast.
Many other admins have stepped up to do very un-WP like things, like the ol' delete & restore workaround to edit out Slimmy's black-mood moments on WP. One Crum375 comes to mind. When actual vandalism does happen on SV's page, Crum is sure to take advantage of that and pile on out some other edits by Ms Virgin herself. Ingenious way to clean a slate up under false pretenses.
Crum's WP career is now relegated to doing whatever it takes to help Slimmy's WP career hang on by the thread that it is now.
While Slimmy was going around having her PETA/Berlet/Lockerbie/etc way, others who each have very COI-specialized interests in the same articles she commandeers have latched on to the S.S. Virgin.
It's a Cult of Wikipersonality.
Those WP editors are one by one going silent as the game is being revealed by the likes of Giano, Wordbomb, Alec MacConroy, Cla68, etc.
Already many WP editors, like the above, have been stepping up to fill the void left by the removal of corruption.
let's see if the new bosses become the same as the old bosses. I think they've been showing ethical courage and a willingness to take back WP to what it might once have been, and should be now.
An opensource wiki that, while I don't think it has a chance in hell of succeeding without intervals of revolution, has all of its administrative affairs (banning, etc) out in the open for all "Wikipedians" to see.