Sun 17th July 2011, 5:48am
QUOTE(Somey @ Sat 16th July 2011, 8:50pm)
QUOTE(Sololol @ Sat 16th July 2011, 5:46pm)
I was pondering the sage words of Roger Davies
, that all of the released information is cherry-picked to show things in a certain light, and realized that he is correct! All of these leaks are selected to confirm peoples' worst fears about the arbs and Jimbo! Dear friends, WR is better than this!
When did they ever make the right call on something, though?
Let's not quibble about who killed whom or if anyone made the right calls. I was being mildly sarcastic about someone calling the revelation of previeously secret information "cherry picking" when their alternative would be "have no information and like it". Perhaps I was less than clear (I blame the lovely Ardbeg 10 we'd been sampling, liquid roofing tar, try it some time). My chief interest is in encouraging people to use their knowledge to breakdown the leaked information into digestible format. The common complaint about all of this is "TL:DR", preventing the common Wiki-peasant from understanding the full impact of the revelations. And most of it is. As someone who entertains delusions of WP administrative reforms (mental health professional are already at work on the problem) I think it'd be a shame if we didn't attempt to capitalize on this opportunity by making it more user friendly. CAMERA Banning:
In April 2008
a pro-Palestinian group revealed that CAMERA, an Israeli nationalist media watchdog group, recruited a couple dozen people to counter perceived anti-Israeli editing (just read the article). The expected fecal hurricane
emerged at ANI with some of the accused calling the emails fabrications ("The (e-mail) protocols of the elder of CAMERA") or accusing EI of hacking/infiltrating the group. Some admins ban a few offenders
and issue a statement.What ARBCOM does: They take the case
and, a month after the admins have finished dealing with the problem, issue a milk-water weak ruling, hilariously finding that membership in a group whose express purpose is POV canvassing/meat-puppetry is not itself a policy violation. General amnesty issued for all others involved.Residual Questions:
Why accept a high profile case only to do nothing? How did the information come out?What the Leak reveals:
The point of accepting the case wasn't to look into a POV pushing group but to prevent a witch-hunt for the remaining handful of active CAMERA members, hence the amnesty. A far more lenient stance than those adopted on the Scientology/LaRouche editors. Jayjg shows up to run interference for the group. The leak was not fabricated and came from a group member disturbed by the willingness of a professor and media professional to subvert Wikipedia's intent. Some group members are still active under the same names while the banned editors reincarnated (Zeq=SOL GOLDSTONE, Dajudem=Stellarkid) into the currently active group. So, protecting partisans with agendas is more important than protecting Wikipedia from them. Unless they are Scientologists or something.
Something like that. Now you don't have to sift through an entire thread of emails written by the social media equivalent of train spotters. Just a single post by one.