The lazy boyz of New Page Patrol, led by the self-important User:TonyBallioni have just made a new RfC. They want to make ACTRIAL permanent, and shuttle their workload to the broken Articles for Creation project.
Their biggest argument, according to Tony, is to hold up for public ridicule the first edit of a new user named ShrkantArts.
I want to close with this quote from, Shrikantarts’, the first article created by a new editor after ACTRIAL ended: Hello, Myself [Name]. Art has always been an inspiration to me. That inspiration credits goes to my Brother and my mom, who stood up always when I started falling apart. I don’t think I can make a better case than that. TonyBallioni (talk) 13:39, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
I have already pointed out elsewhere Tony’s penchant for the gratuitous use of the phrase “fuck you” so let me paraphrase this.
ShrikantArt, who is probably in India, given the name “Shrikant”, and who expresses gratitude for people who have helped him, and is thereby clearly not Wikipedia material, so fuck you ShrikantArt, and fuck all new users that you symbolize.
One hapless Wikipedian-in-residence has the temerity to oppose, but only briefly:
I’d like to include a few more voices from Outreach in this discussion so we get a consensus that truly suits everyone. Incidentally I really don’t think common agreement is now far away on this. I know a few Wiki usernames, Twitter accounts, Facebook groups (e.g. Wikipedia & education) where Outreach editors lurk I would like to raise awareness of this discussion without swaying one way or t’other as I don’t want to fall foul of WP:Canvas. I know you may argue that it is the fault of Outreach for not being more involved (and I think we have to do a bit of an inquest on why that is) BUT I think any comments of “too bad, too sad” would not be terribly helpful or inclusive at this moment in time.
And is immediately shot down by Tony Bannioni who threatens them with blocking. Wisely, they change their vote.
…if you do it, I will go to ANI to request that you be blocked from editing. Derailing an RfC by off-wiki canvassing of a group that is not engaged at all with the English Wikipedia is quite frankly the definition of inappropriate canvassing. You are allowed to have your opinion, but you are not allowed to artificially inflate the turnout at an RfC of users who share your opinion, especially when they are not engaged enough on-wiki to notice that it has been posted on every singe major discussion venue and the centralized template.
But nothing has been posted at the Outreach bulletin board of course. Because Outreach has already learned they have to organize off-wiki if they are going to survive against the ownership of the Pokemon patrollers. It’s a shame really, the people who actually write the articles and make Wikipedia work have to hide from those who are supposed to be policing the site from vandalism. But even Blue Rasberry, who has articulated the Outreach position, is not so stupid as to vote against it when the patrollers are throwing their weight around.
“Outreach”, of course, is code for “women editing Wikipedia”, which is a huge freakout for the Wikipediocracy crowd. Wikipediocracy may scoff at these women who only edit once a year, and only at in-person events, and who therefore cannot be tracked down and harassed, but what does the chart say? Yup, outreach works. The Wikipediocrazies must be furious. This blows all their theories about converting first edits to long-time users. So now we’ve gone full circle, back to Aaron Swartz‘s original essay on “Who Writes Wikipedia?”
“If Wikipedia is written by occasional contributors, then growing it requires making it easier and more rewarding to contribute occasionally. Instead of trying to squeeze more work out of those who spend their life on Wikipedia, we need to broaden the base of those who contribute just a little bit.
“Unfortunately, precisely because such people are only occasional contributors, their opinions aren’t heard by the current Wikipedia process. They don’t get involved in policy debates, they don’t go to meetups, and they don’t hang out with Jimbo Wales. And so things that might help them get pushed on the backburner, assuming they’re even proposed.”
On second thought, this RfC might be for the best. The power base of the patrollers and the NPP, along with the way this feeds a certain type of individual into the admin pool, has gotten way too out of control. Shut them down, shut them all down.
Make “autoconfirmed” one of the settings that new users can change themselves, along with enabling the Visual Editor.