The new Wikimedia Space forum is about to have the first test of its “safe space”.
Last month I wrote about the new feature: “WMF introduces moderation: “Wikimedia Space’“.
Unlike Wikipediocracy, which trashed Wikimedia Space with their usual stock anti-WMF bugbears, and unlike the mailing list, which for some reason responded with knee-jerk hostility, I tried to be reflective and fair. In short, this was not a puff piece. I don’t write those. But I did find some positive things to say.
And now someone has posted a link to my review at Wikimedia Space. And right away, someone else has proposed to censor me.
Oh Adrian. How could you.
And just when I thought you were starting to mature and mellow out a bit.
In all fairness, I think Adrian might be one of the better and more thoughtful stewards right now. But some of his past actions have raised some major, major questions.
In case anyone doesn’t know, I wrote about Ajraddatz a while back
- Kumioko unchained…by the most curious admin Ajraddatz – in which I detail Adrian’s curation of Uncyclopedia pages related to raping children with tentacles, shooting blacks in the face, and how to beat your wife: “Anything can be used to smack the bitch down…”, also his nine years playing League of Legends, which teaches kids how to collaborate to kill unarmed bystanders.
Maybe he had some remorse though, because he vanished his user name and has done his best to scrub his presence there, as detailed with screenshots at the end of my report.
But he didn’t erase everything. A few things did get archived before he went on his deletion spree. It came up here, in this comment about the arbitration committee elections.
A “gay” forum
“Raped by gay Jew ponies”
- There was also the matter of “Mr-ex777”. This was a kid who had some trouble fitting in at Uncyclopedia. He was bullied and picked on. The other kids created an Uncyclopedia article about him, “Mr-ex777 raped by Magic Ponies”, featuring a cartoon of the child being sodomized by a “gay Jew pony”. The other users, including Ajraddatz, then proceeded to vote to put this on the next Uncyclopdia front page.
Here, Ajraddatz votes in favor: http://en.uncyclopedia.co/w/index.php?title=Uncyclopedia:VFH/Mr-ex777_raped_by_Magic_Ponies&diff=prev&oldid=5702569 [Archived.]
Here is the “featured” article in question (NSFW): https://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/Mr-ex777_raped_by_Magic_Ponies [Archived.]
The rest of the (NSFW) cartoon is below the fold.
So we don’t know how Ajraddatz feels about all of this now, we only know he tried to hide it.
And now we also know he is trying to have me silenced.
So he thinks he knows who I am? And he is trying to dox me in that venue? How exactly is that “friendly and welcoming”. We already know about the classy incels and Gamergaters and what they do with dox. It has already happened with way too many women on Wikipedia, and elsewhere.
His second point is about harassment, and how it is defined. Is it harassment to promote a cartoon for sodomizing children – or one particular child – with “gay Jew ponies”, or is harassment to point out when someone has promoted such a cartoon. Am I harassing someone when I point out, with links and screenshots, what they have done? This goes to the very heart of the harassment problem on Wikipedia – the harassers are in high places, and they expect omertà, the code of silence.
If Wikipedia Space is going to be “friendly and welcoming to everyone”, is it going to be “friendly and welcoming” to me, and not publish personal attacks, undocumented accusations, and attempts to identify me, which bottom line, is just another attempt to silence me? Or is it it only going to be “friendly and welcoming” to those who think raping children is funny, and who make unsupported accusations against other volunteers.
So let’s take our questions about Wikimedia Space one step further. If the moderators of Wikimedia Space get locked out of their Wikimedia accounts, who gets them back in? Stewards, that’s who. If Jimmy Wales gets locked out of his Meta or en.wiki account, or his password gets compromised, who locks down his account, and gets it back to him safely? Stewards. I seem to remember that happened not too long ago too. Now, if any staffers get locked out of Wikimedia Space, who can get them back in? I don’t know the answer to that one, but I would suggest that someone find out. Because just maybe we have a new constitutional crisis here, where Stewards are allowed to flaunt the Safe Space rules, just because they can.
Now, how do we get our Stewards? They aren’t stewards-for-life, like admins, are they? They have to be elected every 2 years, right? Wrong. About two years ago, on an obscure back page, they voted themselves a change in the election process, since they decided they were all friends and there was nothing controversial about what they were doing. The only person who noticed was Nemo Bis. They are now in for good, and they have got all their friends in too, and all of them voted for each other, and you had better believe it is not a secret vote either, which is the foundation of freedom from tyranny. They communicate somewhere off-wiki, maybe IRC, more likely on Wikia.
So now, what about our current “constitutional crisis”, as has been unfolding at WP:FRAMBAN, which is a proxy for whether women, gays, blacks, and Jews are real Wikipedians, and will have a seat at the table, or whether Wikipedia will be held hostage by those with traditional Male Privilege. The strike, or revolution, or whatever you want to call it, that was declared by our resident Marxist, Tim Davenport (user:Carrite), may have failed, but there were a few individuals who followed him blindly. See Wikipedia Signpost/List of Fram related strikes. Fortunately most of these users and admins were not very active, they were just ones who like to stir the pot. There was a bot owner as well, but the bot actually makes a lot of errors, so Wikipedia may have come out ahead on the resignation game.
Still, you have to wonder, what if all the Stewards got together in their Secret Place and decided to lock out all the WMF employees. Seriously, the Foundation needs to find out who has the keys to the moat, and have some copies made. And while they’re at it, do an inventory of critical bots and other functions. The Superprotect crisis is over, the community did well with that, in the absence of leadership and common sense from the Foundation, but that was in the now-distant past. I fear “the community” — as they style themselves — is not suited for the new challenges ahead. At this point they are just a mob, and a very destructive one at that. The Wikimedia Foundation needs to get control of their platform. Soon.
The WMF has accused Fram of harassment. “The community” has asked to see the evidence.
Ajraddatz has accused *me* of harassment: “frequently engages in off-wiki harassment of Wikimedia users” So where is your evidence, Adrian? Or are you above the law.
And when are you going to disclose your own Conflict Of Interest in making attacks against me.
Below the fold: the rest of the “featured” Uncyclopedia article, a child sodomized by “GAY JEW PONIES FTW” (for the win). The one that Ajraddatz voted for.
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