This story has appeared in a number of different posts. I have arranged them below in date order with an indication of what they contain. The story in summary.
Sep 2008: FT2 sends a truly horrific email to a sockmaster, threatening he will contact employers, police, unless the sockmaster complies with demands. Cary Bass is copied, Jimbo and other WMF members are claimed to be in the know.
Feb 2010: comes to the attention of the whole committee. Everyone except Coren is horrified. “Not unlike Jimmy, I think this was a reasonable attempt at giving him an "out"."
November 2010: FT2 bids for re-election. The committee realises to its horror that they must now make the Anvil public. How can they explain that they did absolutely nothing?
December 2010: Fortunately someone else finds a comparatively harmless way of blackmailing FT2 into resigning. Collective sigh of relief.
What are the issues? The sockmaster is probably one of the most hated people on WR, but shall we leave that aside? An administrator and arbitrator sends a threatening email to a sockmaster, threatening to contact employers, police, unless the sockmaster complies with demands. Question: was this even legal? Were WMF aware of the contents. Later on, the Committee is made aware of the mail. Universal horror and disgust (except for one). But why was nothing done? Why did they not think it grounds for desysop? Even later, they consider publishing a summary of the email in order to prevent FT2 being re-elected. Question: why didn't they do this. Or rather, why didn't they just permaban FT2's account and blank the page? Finally, they find another way to force his resignation. Question: why did they continue sitting on this very bad thing?
It's nothing to do with the sockmaster, nor with FT2. FT2 was clearly and obviously out of control and should have been dealt with in Sep 2008, after the contents become known to a narrow circle of adminstrators. His behaviour is irrelevant. The question is the behaviour of the Committee over the years. Lying, blackmailing and covering up.
http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?showtopic=34220 Sep 2008 Gerard: “It'll take a falling anvil from the Foundation”
http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?showtopic=34245 Feb 2010 – how the Anvil email came to the attention of the Committee.
http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?s=&sh...ndpost&p=278722 The post containing the Anvil itself - “I'll probably end up ripping your ego apart”
http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?s=&sh...ndpost&p=278725 Bednarz “This committee is not in the business of telling users that we will "rip
apart their ego."
http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?showtopic=34222 November 2010 – FT2 asks the committee to sanction his election statement.
http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?showtopic=34158 November 2010 – the Committee, desperate to prevent FT2’s re-election, prepares a statement about the anvil mail for publication on-wiki.
http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?showtopic=34116 Decemer 2010 – to the relief of all, Wjbscribe steps in and forces the resignation by another means. Lying is so much better than blackmail.