Just about the best thing one can say about David Shankbone is that he isn't the worst kind of person. There are criminals and non-criminal sociopaths out there who rank lower. But for a certain kind of maliciousness, he's one of the best examples around. He's sleazy. Not just sleazy, but maybe the sleaziest Wikipedian out there.
I'm not just saying that to knock him -- although I'm certainly knocking him, too. In politics there's a certain kind of bad actor who stands up in moral outrage and at the same time does something outrageous, justifying it with a kind of (im)moral sleight-of-hand. Nixon was sleazy. Clinton was sleazy (both of them are). A lot of political operators are sleazy (Roger Stone, Anthony Podesta, James Carville, most of the Nixon White House). I don't think it's a coincidence that "sleaze" is a word mostly heard in relation to politics or sexuality, where we value sincerity and restraint. To a degree, it's used when people complain about businesses, but less so, because we expect business people, ultimately, to act on their own behalf.
Shankbone is an artist at simultaneously lecturing others on their responsibilities while not meeting his own. He's also a sleaze artist in another sense, posting his porn-like pics on Wikipedia. I was scrolling down OpenWickiBlogPlanet when I came across this post about a TV anchor who had the misfortune of meeting Shankbone. Sex + Politics x Shankbone = David's Latest Atrocity
What a bucket of sleaze.
One of the interesting things about Shankbone is that he simultaneously is very sensitive to his own hurts on the surface -- ever ready to make a complaint and express his hurt feelings -- and yet when you look at how he treats others, it's with a contempt that, frankly, I find chilling (I'm not exaggerating). I don't get the sense that he really treats people badly because he's angry or offended by them but because he can and because he can call attention to himself. And he'll hide behind some supposed principle to get away with it. If he did it with some kind of panache, we could at least call him a "rascal", but he doesn't even add that to it. He's just sleazy.