Thu 21st October 2010, 7:34am
The only way to truly get rid of someone on Wikipedia is to have the patience of an Ent (T-H-L-K-D)
and the stealthiness of a ninja.
1-) Start a new account preferably with a new IP address.
2-) Edit in non-controversial areas for several months.
3-) Do several content-happy things such as "Did You Knows?", Good Articles, and Featured Articles.
4-) Work on content with a few administrator editors.
5-) Ask these administrators for help on minor and major things (content, behavioral issues, etc.)
6-) During this time, note Goethean's contributions and the articles he edits. Do not cross with him for the first few months until you are sure that you have a good rapport with the administrators you have befriended.
7-) Make edits on articles near and dear to Goethean's heart. Be sure your edits are within WP's content policy and backed by proper citations, but make sure this counters Goethean's biases on the articles. Eventually, he will confront you.
8-) Argue your case for making the changes based strictly on WP policy. Ask one or more of your administrator friends for guidance in dealing with the dispute.
9-) Back off from the subject for a while (a month or so) to show that you are humble. Revisit Goethean's articles and do Steps 7 and 8 until you and Goethean's dispute is brought up to a public noticeboard. Never initiate the proceedings yourself.
10-) These actions will inevitably reach public noticeboards like the Administrator Noticeboards. Keep calm and again argue your cause for your edits based strictly on WP policy. Ask one or more of your administrator friends that have seen or taken part in mediating between you and Goethean.
11-) At no point on Wikipedia (especially on the noticeboards) should you attack Goethean personally. Note with "diffs" his violations of WP's "CIVIL" and "NO PERSONAL ATTACKS" policies. Note also your attempts to work with him and his resistance. Your administrator friends will likely back you up and provide evidence of their own.
12-) Agree to work on Dispute Resolution (Wikiquette Alerts, Requests for Mediation, Requests for Comment, etc.) with Goethean. If he's as hot-tempered as you make him out to be, he'll refuse. If he doesn't refuse, just go along with it and focus only on Wikipedia policy and how you've adhered to it while Goethean has not. Suggest politely how Goethean could change his behavior and, humbly, admit how you may have done wrong and how you will change yourself to be a better beloved Wikipedian. Humor Goethean's suggestions to change your own behavior.
13-) After completing Dispute Resolution, repeat Step 9 and, if necessary, 10, 11, and 12.
14-) Repeat Step 13 until Goethean finally explodes and commits gross violations of CIVIL and NO PERSONAL ATTACKS. Ask your administrator friends for help. They will likely tell you to take it for wider public comment. Bring this to a public noticeboard like AN/I. The Community will likely sanction or ban Goethean or tell you take it to Arbitration.
15-) By now, you've completed Dispute Resolution and had multiple witnesses, including your powerful administrator friends, to Goethean's violations. You have given him enough rope and have enough evidence to get the Arbitration Committee or the Community to ban him.
16-) Goethean may return after a time on wiki-parole or after his ban. If he still gets your goat, simply repeat this process and always take the high road of kindness and wiki-love. He'll be banned again before you know it! It's even better when he socks and you can go to Tiptoety and ask him
to ban Goethean's socks! The irony!
That is how you successfully remove your enemies from Wikipedia. The downside is it takes months, a year, or more than a year to go through all the necessary steps, but that's how it is. How does a flea drain an elephant of it's blood? Little by little over a very long time. You must
have patience (and maybe even be psychotic) to go through all this trouble.
What's also sad is that if this were television, you would at the end win a million dollars from Jeff Probst (T-H-L-K-D)
Anything else I missed?