Wikimedia Space: my 15 minutes of fame

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
Isaiah 11:6

The poo-flinging contest is over.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the new Wikimedia Space forum. They noticed it and actually linked to me. Then one of the Meta stewards took notice and left a fairly nasty comment about me.

What could I do?  I depend on anonymity for my safety, and to continue to be able to write plainspoken commentary. I could hardly go over there and have a chat with them.  So I wrote about the reasons the steward might be flaming me. Then I added it to the heading of the piece they had linked to, so everyone could see it.

Today the entire post has been taken down.

wikimedia space oops 2
So “oops” it is.

If the children are going go fight over the toy, then no one gets it. And the nice moderators over at “Space” won’t have to worry about getting globally locked out of their accounts by the Sekrit Brotherhood of Stewards.

Or maybe more like Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.” I sincerely hope not.  There is too much of that going around as it is.

In any case, “Space” is shaping up to have some interesting stuff that you don’t get from the Usual Suspects, and the moderators are turning out to have some interesting international perspectives.  I will probably link to them again. And they are certainly welcome to engage here, or I would be happy to answer any questions anyone might have about the site, either through the comment section or the email listed in the sidebar.

But one thing is certain.  Wikimedia “Space” is indeed a “safe space” for the powerful elite, like Ajraddatz with his “gay Jew pony” sodomy.  But what about for the anonymous “voices crying in the wilderness”, like me? The incendiary material about me has now been removed, right?  So now I can feel so totally safe, right?

Maybe it is so safe that now I can go over there and register an account, if I can figure out how to do it.  Then it is probably only a matter of time before this steward and myself will be putting on the love beads and welcoming the Age of Aquarius together with flowers in our hair.  O Brave New World!

Except for a few small details.

An individual was able to go to this supposedly moderated, official WMF platform and make unsubstantiated accusations against someone, a woman, and was immediately believed, simply for being male.  In fact, rather than ask for proof, the WMF employee merely thanked him for “the context”. This is why women do not trust any of the processes on Wikipedia.

Whatever internal “safe space” processes there are on Wikimedia Space did not work.  The staff had obvious examples of a dox attempt and personal attack sitting right in front of them, and did nothing.  I had to put it right in the first paragraph of the article they linked to, in order to get them to see it. There does not seem to be any other way to get their attention, for instance, buttons for anonymous flagging of comments.

They removed the attacks against me by removing the whole post.  As a result, I was silenced, deplatformed.  This is the old Wikipedia definition of “safe”.  A “safe” woman is one who does not speak out, who “lowers her profile” as they told Lightbreather, when she went after the user who was making “deep fake” porn about her.  When Wikipedia makes a platform “safe”, they do so by eliminating the voices of women.

And what about Ajraddatz?  Why is a volunteer steward micro-managing the WMF’s Wikimedia Space? What are his qualifications, besides first-person shooter games and pony pr0n? Don’t they have their own competent people?  People who know how to moderate a forum?  And why did he risk so much exposure to get me silenced? The stuff I wrote about him was long buried in the archives. Surely he must know about the Streisand effect, and that his past might come to light again.  He must be very secure about the Foundation’s willingness to tolerate homophobia and antisemitism.

He has no idea who I am.  He has never posted here and to my knowledge, I have never met him IRL.  So what gives?   Ajraddatz isn’t shy about visiting some other blogs, like Dysk’s WikiCabal, in spite of Dysk’s global lock [1] [2] [3], where Ajraddatz convinced Dysklyver to delink my website.   Of course Dysk and his quasi-siblings are welcome here any time.  But I bet we’re not going to see Ajraddatz rummaging around in Dysk’s sock drawer with his checkuser tool any time soon.

They dress the wounds of the daughter of My people with very little care,
saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.  –Jeremiah 8:11

As always, if this doesn’t play in your region, you can always right-click, copy the URL and paste it in a new window.

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