He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. –The Untouchables
Last October, Kevin Gorman got up in front of a group at a convention and said, “in one of our breakout sessions about gender, the word I heard more than harassment, was Manchester.”
According to Gorman, “So, I get about twenty emails a week from women Wikipedians who don’t want to deal with any of the process on Wiki, because every arbitration committee case that has involved women in the last two years, has involved all of them being banned.”
In case no one remembers about Manchester, see The Atlantic article “Wikipedia’s Hostility to Women” about Eric Corbett, the “c-word” and the clique of sycophants who support and enable his contempt for women.
Now Manchester is trying to have the last word, and has dragged Kevin off to Arbcom, just in time for the holidays.
As far as I can tell, the case involves some university class that was editing Wikipedia as an educational exercise. Well, don’t you know it, they all had the same IP, surprise, surprise, surprise, so some idiot blocked them. Gorman came along and showed the instructor how to use the educational tools, and even though this should have been a no-brainer, he also checked with the sockpuppet group before unblocking them. But apparently someone along the way forgot to say “Simon Says”, because it looks now like some esoteric rule was broken. I can’t personally figure out what the technicality is, but suffice it to say that Kevin Gorman will now spend the next three months of his life dealing with this petty wikilawyering.
Gorman again: “For reference, I moderate our Gender Gap mailing list, I seriously regularly receive twenty to thirty emails a week related to Wikipedia-related problems from women who do not want to participate in any of our official processes because of what happens to them when they do.” Like what is happening to Gorman right now. It is not only the women; the harassment is extended to those who attempt to act as allies as well.
And how are Arbcom cases decided? By whoever comes to the battlefield with the largest army. Kevin’s female friends may have all either been banned or gone into hiding, but there does seem to be one ray of hope. SlimVirgin, a long-time experienced operator, has left a tantalizing message on his talk page. Perhaps we may expect her appearance during the evidence phase.
So why is it again that Wikipedia can’t seem to get more educational groups interested in working with them?????!?