Fri 21st December 2007, 9:02pm
QUOTE(Poetlister @ Fri 21st December 2007, 2:00pm)
You mean ... they had Wikipedia even then?
Apparently they had sheep, and keepers of sheep, so I guess that's pretty much the same thing, right?
I mean, one might easily interpret Genesis as meaning that God was basically a carnivore, and didn't want to eat vegetables, so when he showed (or "shew") a clear preference for Abel's sheep offering over Cain's vegetable offering, the result was completely predictable. Cain, feeling horribly ripped off, took out his anger on his brother, because God himself could not be effectively attacked.
He is (or was), after all, God.
Now, admittedly, Cain probably overreacted, but remember, there were only four people in the whole world at that point, so how hard would it have been for God to have given Cain at least some
DAP, even if it wasn't all that sincere? Not hard, right? It's not like He had billions of people
to show respect to or anything like that. So He was clearly being, well, kind of a jerk.
Now, one might ask, what does this have to do with Wikipedia? Or, more specifically, Durova's "mentoring services"? That's the real question here. In a general sense, one might view Cain's reaction to being dissed as similar to that of the WP user who loses an edit war - you have two sides fighting for territory, and more often than not some admin comes along and makes a decision that unfairly favors one side over the other. The losing side is angry, but can't do anything about the admin, who has banning authority, so the next best thing is to attack the other side and try to bring the other user(s) into disrepute, so that they
eventually get banned.
Durova's intentions by "mentoring" people are, in effect, to prevent
them from obtaining what they would consider to be a fair resolution of whatever issue concerns them. Since the only effective means of getting justice on Wikipedia is by sneak attack, following Durova's prescribed behavioral plan (i.e., always be civil, calmly discuss the problem on the talk page, and so on), simply results in further frustration. But from WP's perspective, that's useful because it spreads out the frustration reaction over time,
rather than have it all happen in one big flaming incident.
I'm rambling, aren't I?