Flowchart Friday

Some finds from The Internet.  Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.  And sometimes not.

Blockchain

flowchart blockchain

Men Going Their Own Way

This is from David Futrelle’s We Hunted the Mammoth blog: “You’ll have to figure out this MGTOW chart for yourself, because it’s giving me a headache” .  He reads the incel websites so we won’t have to.
flowchart MGTOW

Mansplaining

If anyone has ever grabbed a screwdriver out of your hand 1) you are probably female and 2) you will probably recognize this.

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Diversity and “white people”

esraa twitter screenshotNot quite sure what this is about (archived) or why someone would want to make sweeping generalizations about a racial or ethnic group, no matter which group, but I have been seeing this “white people” and “white women” thing more and more lately.

This is the person (board member) who just got named to the “Diversity” working group of the movement strategy process.

Another annoying WMF fundraising banner

Looks like the July season of obnoxious fundraising banners is now under way.

This one covers the entire screen. If you want to look at a simple history you have to scroll all the way down until is displays another banner that allows you to close the ad, then scroll back up again and click the history tab. If you want to compare histories with similar articles, same thing over and over.

And they’re using the “if Wikipedia became commercial” scare tactic again.
aaaaand, protected.
Hmm, Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, as in The Daily Caller
tucker carlson page views screenshot neil patel page view screenshot
UPDATE: The people behind Sleeping Giants now identified in NYT as Matt Rivitz and Nandini Jammi:

“Sleeping Giants correctly guessed that many companies did not know where their digital ads were running, and advertisers were caught off guard as the account circulated images of blue-chip brands in proximity to headlines like “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.”

How long do you suppose it will take to get the information past the article protection?

Dial a prayer: verbal abuse

A few days ago I hung out my shingle offering to dispense free advice and answer prayer requests. While I have gotten some other types of correspondence, I have yet to receive even one prayer request. I can see I’m going to have to be the one to get the ball rolling.

How about some prayers for the targets and survivors of Wikipedia’s abusive culture.

Everyone complains about Wikipedia’s bad actors — the toxic admins, the corrupt arbitrators — but how many people take time to appreciate the good actors?  In this case I would like to single out a particular good actor, a former admin whose user name is Coffee.

Verbal abuse has become so commonplace and so normalized on Wikipedia that no one even talks about it anymore.  Oh, there have been a few voices crying in the wilderness, but the powers-that-be tend to gang up on them in ugly ways.

Coffee was one such person, an admin with personal standards who refused to join in the groupthink and the toxic culture.  At the same time, he ran into some misfortune in his personal life — enough has been said about that elsewhere and people pitched in with some crowd-sourced fund-raising at the time.  At this point some privacy is in order.

Except to point out that Coffee was one of the good guys and he got a raw deal from his fellow admins. (Cough, Bishonen, cough.) He’s still a bit edgy,  but he has not sold out, and could do with some prayers to steady and strengthen.

So here is a prayer for Coffee and all the other Wikipedians who push back against the toxic culture daily, in large ways and small, and who sometimes end up paying a terrible price for it.

Not quite ready to go full-Jeremiah, but perhaps some of the staid-ness of the Old Testament is in order here.

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
    who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
    my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence;
he will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
    or the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

(Psalm 91:1-6, NRSV)

So is that it then? A few prayers and we’re done? We just shrug, say “oh yeah that’s toxic Wikipedia for you”, and do nothing. Until the next one comes along, maybe someone not as lucky as Coffee? Or do we have a moral obligation to make sure this never happens again.

At this point I should probably back up and say I am not opposed to “thoughts and prayers”.  I understand the “thoughts and prayers” thing has become politicized, and both an excuse for inaction and a way of pointing it out.  But action – and prayer – can only start with intention.

If you don’t want it, you’re not going to pray for it.

So we have prayed for the targets and survivors of Wikipedia’s abusive culture.  Now what.

There’s this bit I found on Wikipedia Weekly (not sure how to link to those things).

It’s intuitive, no?  The details might need tweaking, but the basics are laid out.  Paid victim advocates and harassment specialists. A button, a set of standards,  a reporting system.

Yep.

It’s up to the WMF to fix this. That they have not done so yet is unconscionable.

In the end, it looks like Coffee has written his own prayer.


It’s in faux Latin, from graffiti in WWII prisoner of war camps.

Illegitimi non carborundum, indeed.

 

I am now a reliable source for Everipedia

Oh looky, I have been cited as a major source for the Everipedia biography “Tony Bannioni”.
         
But what is this “Gender Desk have also noted” and “Gender Desk also allege” stuff, as if I was plural?  Have they been talking to my Evil Twin?

I’m not sure of Everipedia’s copyright claims, so is it a copyvio if they rip my stuff and then I reprint it?

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Tony Bannioni otherwise known by his Wikipedia​ username TonyBallioni is an administrator of English Wikipedia​.[1][3]

Wikipedia

Bannioni has been accused by Gender Desk of leading a rogue group of Wikipedia administrators to implement a rule change whereby users who have been blocked and then caught using sockpuppets​ are banned indefintely [sic] from the community. Along with TonyBallioni, other admins who supported the implementation of this rule change were :

Jayron32, Ajraddatz, Dennis Brown, Amory (User:Amorymeltzer), Hut 8.5, GAB (User:GeneralizationsAreBad), ♠PMC♠ (User:Premeditated Chaos, currently an arbitrator), Kudpung กุดผึ้ง , Dennis Brown, Yamla, Dirk Beetstra, Malcolmxl5,  Mz7,  Nyttend,  Agathoclea,  Doc James , Thryduulf, NeilN, Bishonen, Ben MacDui & Nick-D[1] 

​Bannioni is also leader of the Wikipedia New Page Patrol. Gender Desk have also noted Bannioni supporting the introduction of a rule whereby only users with autoconfirmed status are allowed to make new pages and argued that the motivation behind this being to move work from the New Page Patrol to the Articles For Creation project. Gender Desk also allege that he has mocked new users and used threats.[2]

All information for Tony Bannioni’s wiki comes from the below links. Any source is valid, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Pictures, videos, biodata, and files relating to Tony Bannioni are also acceptable encyclopedic sources.

OMG, I almost feel sorry for the guy. Too bad he is so focused on ripping other people to shreds.

Oh and he has noticed it already.

Why SusunW writes about women on Wikipedia

Three_Friends,_by_William_H._JohnsonThe first time I saw SusunW’s article, “Why I write about women on Wikipedia“, I have to admit I just glanced at it and dismissed it as yet another Wikimedia blog puff piece.  But someone has called my attention to it by email (see Friday Night Request Show), so I have looked at it again.

Like most of the Wikimedia blog guest posts, this one follows a testimonial form, which I understand is fairly effective as an advertising technique.

SusunW talks first about history, in particular, the women’s history programs at universities. Now I have heard a lot of criticisms of universities for doing this. If you have a university with a sizable black population, why are you steering the students to “black studies” programs instead of something more economically rewarding, like business.  But how many jobs do you think there are going to be for black executives, or female executives, as opposed to diversity officers for HR departments?  The criticism comes from white male professors, who do not understand bias, implicit bias, and all the rest.

Creating a special niche for black and female graduates, instead of displacing the white male graduates who end up in the more lucrative positions, is probably the best thing you could do for these students, instead of creating unrealistic expectations that will result in them having unsatisfying careers.  If they know their place, there will be no conflict or harassment, and they can always work for a better world where their children will be able to follow their dreams without regard for race or gender, but based on interest and aptitude.

And SusunW seems perfectly happy in a “soft” academic field, and in the Wikipedia women’s’ ghetto that is Women in Red.  She knows her place.  And to be honest, it is a useful project.  Take for instance the article that SusunW is the most proud of, Women in brewing.  I could only read the first 3 or 4 paragraphs before getting bogged down in the wall of text that is the “history” section.  And what about all those blue links — who can even read the thing with all those blue neon words clamoring for attention? The word “pub” is blue-linked, just in case you don’t know what that is, also honey, Japan, Japanese language, rye, saliva, Peru, BBC, and on and on. WP:Overlinking, anyone?

But you aren’t meant to read these things.  Wikipedia is meant to be the free, crowd-sourced front end for google.  Take a look at some of the discussion surrounding the defunct Knowledge Engine.  Google bots are all over Wikipedia all the time.  Where a few years ago it took several days to have an article reach the google search engine, today it is nearly instantaneous.  You can literally create an article then do a google search for the topic and see your article come up in first or second place. And soon you won’t even need the article, WikiData will do it all, bringing in information from all the language wikis.

Where Women in Red, and the other diversity groups come in is finding hidden information.  Let’s face it, the low hanging fruit is already done. The Pokemon characters are all online, and all the important stuff like Star Trek, Star Wars, and Dr. Who.  The only thing left is women, POC, and various language and cultural groups that can only be found in dead tree sources, or hasn’t been written into a RS yet because minority.

The Manchester people may have a stranglehold on copyediting, but copyediting is not important any more, because no one is expecting these things to be read.  They are just repositories of ever more carefully documented and cross referenced reliable sources.  Everyone thinks the “content creators” are indispensable, but why?  Google does not need “content” or someone who can find the most carefully chosen adjective to convey subtle shades of meaning.  It only needs data that is interlinked with other data in meaningful ways.

Every day they are looking for more cruft to jettison.  The simple Wikipedia and portals have been unsuccessfully targeted, probably not for the last time, and they have actually gotten rid of NPP through ACTRIAL

Wikipedia could probably get by without a new article on the front page every day or all those poorly written “do you know” hooks. It’s not like Wikipedia needs click bait for a search engine ranking. It only needs people who know how to fill in the data gaps with well-sourced stubs.  The links cannot be curated by machine, it needs humans to make the selections.

So that’s why SusunW and Wikipedia are perfect for each other.

Friday Night Request Show

Happy Friday the 13th and welcome to the all new Gender Desk Request Line.

I am now ready to dispense Free Advice.

Do you have an article that you just can’t keep to yourself?

Do you have a prayer request?

Do you need advice for your love life?

Okay, I can’t do that last one, other than to tell you to bathe on Saturday night and preferably have a job.  But for the rest, no question is too large or too small;  I am ready to get out my crystal ball. I can opine on most subjects, unless I can’t.  And  I will attempt to find an appropriate prayer for anyone, no matter how evil.

Just post your requests in the comments, or email me at genderscribe(AT)gmail(DOT)com and leave me a “you’ve got mail” comment, which I will delete if you ask.  You can also just email me and take a chance that I will see it eventually, honest I do check my email sometimes.

If you want to leave an anonymous comment, your IP will not show but there will probably be a unique emoticon next to the comment.

What have you got to lose?