After an unprecedented period of stability, there is some new fancy footwork at Lyndon LaRouche (T-H-L-K-D). First, TallNapoleon (T-C-L-K-R-D) arrives and objects to a favorable assessment of LaRouche by Russian economist Stanislav Menshikov, which appears in the lead (here's the blow-by-blow.) Leatherstocking asks whether he thinks Menshikov is non-notable. Then Will Beback, sensing an opportunity, speedy-deletes the WP bio of Menshikov. Leatherstocking objects, but an oblivious TallNapoleon goes on to say, how can Menshikov be notable? His name is redlinked!
Now, here is where I am asking for a bit of enlightenment from any WP admins who may be reading this thread. Señor Beback provides the following justification for his deletion of the Menshikov article: He cites a passage from WP:Criteria for Speedy Deletion, where it says that "Pages created by banned users in violation of their ban, with no substantial edits by others." I remember reading that article some months ago, but I don't remember who authored it, although I checked at the time. As I recall, there were edits by a variety of editors, including Beback himself, which means that he violated policy by deleting it. However, since the history is now invisible to the plebes, I'm asking an admin to take a peek to see whether I'm right on this. I'd also like to know whether there is any credible basis for the author being a "banned user," because with Will's methodology, that is likely to mean "an editor who has used the same ISP as another editor who was banned for using the same ISP as another editor who was banned for using AOL" (my ISP.)
Meanwhile, Coleacanth (T-C-L-K-R-D)
found a Google cached version of the deleted article and linked to it on the talk page (here it is.) Coleacanth is a new user who appears to be pro-LaRouche, which means he or she is likely to be banned as a sock by Will in short order. Of course, if anyone challenges this, Will can no longer go to Jayjg for bogus CU support.