Abd has updated his pro se defamation lawsuit against the WMF to add names.
Abd says the WMF does not have the right to publish his name in connection with a global ban.
Oddly enough, the global ban policy was just mentioned a few hours ago in a new Buzzfeed piece by Joseph Bernstein:
Though the foundation does not disclose the nature of the offenses it investigates, it is widely held among Wikipedians that “office actions” apply only to extreme cases: child pornography, pedophilia advocacy, terrorism, realistic threats.
Could the Golden Age of Wikipedia hagiography created by the Women In Red project’s PR now be drawing to a close?
There is now a “Go fund me” page for the lawsuit. Abd says that at this point he is out of pocket $400, which someone has already reimbursed him for,
so will not need funds unless the case goes forward. and he now needs about $100 per person to serve the defendants. I count 10 defendants, as Abd says he got the Wikimedia foundation and James Alexander on the same line by mistake, plus a new filing fee of $400, so that is around $1400.
In typical Abd style, there is also a link on his website for those who wish to donate to the WMF instead.
So now we wait to see if the case is dismissed.
Note: See previous piece about this: “Abd files a lawsuit”.