Wired Magazine: Beetstra’s secret war on women

Is Dirk Beestra deleting articles about women faster than WikiProject Women in Red can create them?

It looks like it.

This is all because of Beetstra’s bizarre obsession with Slowking4.

According to this piece in Wired Magazine, Beestra went on a mass deletion spree back in 2017, deleting over 500 articles about women.

Despite all the banning and sock puppeting, Hayes has been a prolific editor. By his own estimate, he has created 3,000 articles on English Wikipedia, with an emphasis on women and other underrepresented groups, and made 50,000 editing changes. His Queen-Washington sock puppet alone had created 577 articles, beginning in the summer of 2017.

See “Socked Into the Puppet-Hole on Wikipedia: How a lowly WIRED columnist got caught up in a secret war at one of the world’s biggest websites.”  https://www.wired.com/story/socked-into-the-puppet-hole-on-wikipedia/

Women in Red must have a chart somewhere.  Surely this type of massive deletion must make a dip in the chart.

2 thoughts on “Wired Magazine: Beetstra’s secret war on women

  1. This is the second time Beetstra cracks down on Slowking4. Last year multiple admins “politely” disagreed with him:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Administrators%27_noticeboard/Archive301#mass_deleting_edits_of_a_banned_editor

    This seems to be a problem with multiple administrators: just recently “Bbb23” – known for his deletionism and hostility – also restored vandalism with a mass-revert. There’s a rule against such disruptions, that these admins ignore: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Do_not_disrupt_Wikipedia_to_illustrate_a_point

  2. It looks like Beetstra is an admin again, he resigned in July over the Fram thing then took the tools back a month later. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:UserRights/Beetstra

    Beetstra is at SPI several times a month looking for new Slowking suspects to block, here is the page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Slowking4/Archive Some of them are wrong of course because they are not using checkuser, but the WP:DUCK test (“does it quack like a duck”). I know for a fact at least one of these is a high level official (as in C-suite) in a governmental organization.

    Fram is another one. Sander.v.Ginkel, a Dutch PhD studying exercise physiology, created some 14,000 articles about Olympic athletes. He probably used a script, or maybe there was a link-rot issue, because some of the links were broken, especially in women’s sports. Fram got the guy indeffed, then gave everybody who was not banned a chance to clean up as many articles as they could do in a week. Yep, 14,000 articles in one week. They did manage to get through about 1500 articles, but the rest are lost. Again, mostly women athletes.

    Oddly enough some of the articles survived on Everipedia, because it was forked from Wikipedia during the time the articles were live. But anyone who tries to recreate the women athletes on Wikipedia has a good chance of getting banned as a sock of Sander.v.Ginkel per WP:DUCK test. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Sander.v.Ginkel

    Here are the lists of articles created:
    https://xtools.wmflabs.org/pages/en.wikipedia.org/Queen-washington
    https://xtools.wmflabs.org/pages/en.wikipedia.org/Sander.v.Ginkel

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