Fri 23rd December 2011, 10:20pm
QUOTE(EricBarbour @ Fri 23rd December 2011, 9:16pm)
QUOTE(Kelly Martin @ Fri 23rd December 2011, 1:05pm)
I think the notion to imitate the British royalty specifically was planted in his head by James Forrester, though.
If only I could find more examples online somewhere, of people like Forrester obviously
supporting the Walesian god complex. No doubt they do most of it via email and IRC.
What's really amazing to me: how few of his snorkelers have turned against him publicly.
It took Hubbard until the early 1960s to get his "Church" going, and even then he already
had a long list of detractors who were former insiders.
In the course of developing Scientology, Hubbard presented rapidly changing teachings that were often self-contradictory. For the inner cadre of Scientologists in that period, involvement depended not so much on belief in a particular doctrine but on unquestioning faith in Hubbard. In 1966, Hubbard stepped down as executive director of Scientology to devote himself to research and writing. The following year, he formed the Sea Organization or Sea Org, which was to develop into an elite group within Scientology.
Jimbo's made quite a little career out of Larry Sanger's invention. As long a Jimbo hangs around Wikipedia it helps open doors and keeps him viable as a paid speaker. He doesn't have to do much work or take any risks, just keep his visibility up. I'm sure that's not lost on Jimbo. The God complex is something else entirely.
Wikipedia's been stagnate for years; no progress on a quality system, fading editor retention, no improvements in governance, no interesting new projects. This is in the context of the English Wikipedia, where Jimbo spends his time and the other languages emulate. Seriously, how hard would it be to launch a couple of 'research' projects? For example - Give the community a new domain name for stable releases. Use the Featured Article system as a starting point and see if it gains a critical mass of editors. It would cost almost nothing and take little effort. Instead, Jimbo is just riding the gravy train.