The gamergate war on women’s art

Amazing what people care about.  Gamergate is now trying to make people believe that women’s art is a communist conspiracy. They have spent a huge amount of energy on this.

For the last three or four days, the gamergate reddit “WikiInAction” (sorry, no link-love) has been engaged in a silent edit war.  They are  desperately trying to hide some comments on its latest thread, “Feminists / Cultural Marxists Plan to Brigade-Edit Wikipedia”, that purports to show a communist plot to take over Wikipedia with women.  The article that is making them crazy is about an editathon for women artists.

The way Reddit works is that you can get threads hidden by “downvoting” them.  The comments are still there, but in order to see them, you have to click on a tiny pale grey link that says “comment score below threshold  (3 children)

So what are they trying to hide?  First, a comment that says

“The bias they are referring to is the lack of coverage of topics of specific interest to women due to the unbalanced gender mix of Wikipedia editors.

“In practice, mostly they just write articles about female artists.”

This comment was hidden yesterday, reappeared this morning, then was downvoted and hidden again just a few moments ago.

The other thing they don’t want you to see is the links to two pages on Wikipedia that actually show what is going on, that “clarify the real situation instead of imagining a conspiracy”:  lists of articles improved  and new articles created.  This is from a 2016 editathon.

Does it work?  I think so.

You can see how the page views shot up after the comment was posted, then went to zero when the comment was hidden.  Page views started going up again last night after the comment became visible again.

If you want to follow the progress of the censorship attempt in real time, without skewing the pageview count, here is a direct link to the pageview metrics for Wikipedia:Meetup/ArtAndFeminsm/Outcomes2016improved and Wikipedia:Meetup/ArtAndFeminism/Outcomes2016new.

This is what gamergate cares about, hiding the facts, so people can’t think for themselves.  So much for “free speech”.  But then I think we knew this was a political movement all along, and not a social or cultural one.

Who knew that women artists would be in the vanguard of The Resistance? (For more, see Art+Feminism@artandfeminism)

( hmm, this is actually kinda fun….)


UPDATE: final tally.
The edit war on WikiInAction over hiding the Art+Feminism link continues full force — this morning it was hidden yet again. In the meantime, the “brigading” comment has a solid net 31 votes while the two Wikipedia Art+Feminism pages listing articles improved and articles created have had 79 and 74 page views respectively. Kind of ironic, a bunch of barely literate man-children have been induced to look at a list of women artists.
articles improved.jpgnew articles.jpg


2 thoughts on “The gamergate war on women’s art

  1. I asked for a bedtime story about Gamergate the other night in the middle of a conflict on WR. I should have just come here. ^^ Not the folks I usually see over at Wikiinaction, but I don’t follow them that closely. In any case the little group down-voting was obviously made up of jerks.

  2. If you want to read more about r/WikiInAction, there is also Reddit swarms Lightbreather’s grant proposal and Does Tutelary control Reddit attacks on Wikipedia? It has long been known that they use these sites for staging attacks on women, and this long been a taboo subject on Wikipedia. If you say anything about it on Wikipedia, they will go after you in full force, as they did with the gentleman you see they have honored with a sticky thread at the top of their page, more than a year later, who received death threats. They have protectors inside the Arbitration Committee as well. But it is clear by their code of omerta, they are not proud of what they are doing.

    Sad to see your colleagues in conflict. I basically agree with what Auggie is doing. I do think he is sometimes slow to take out those who are just there to be insulting, also I do not agree with the public humiliation aspect of announcing blocks against good-faith contributors. I think he will lose many potential contributors because of that. If someone writes something here I have a huge issue with, I just remove it. The appearance of someone like Kaz is an unexpected pleasure, Dunning–Kruger notwithstanding.

    Oh, here is the death threat story, I wouldn’t read it before bedtime though: Arbcom’s Gamaliel death threat problem.

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