And although we at Deskland have been struggling a bit with the flu, in this time of need we will step into the void and try to bring what news we can of our wild and crazy brothers-in-criticism over at Wikipediocrazy.
They are a bit early this year, but it seems to happen every year about this time (the Ides of March), every time for a different reason.
Looking back through the genderdesk archives, it seems they were down on pi day last year (3.14) for some kind of squabble about Facebook logo.
So, just going by memory, (not that I ever read it, of course), what have they got going on now? Some stuff about India, which is always really weird (remember India Against Corruption?) but no one usually takes them seriously.
Something about Larry Sanger and Trump hiring his new cryptocurrency outfit to track cellphones with their new app.
- https://swarajyamag.com/insta/confirms-oft-heard-suspicions-wikipedia-co-founder-on-wiki-india-gangs-making-money-by-editing-pages Oh, these guys are down too, but it is still in cache and you can see it was about Opindia. https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache%3AVfAKq4cnxwEJ%3Ahttps%3A%2F%2Fswarajyamag.com%2Finsta%2Fconfirms-oft-heard-suspicions-wikipedia-co-founder-on-wiki-india-gangs-making-money-by-editing-pages+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-b-1-d&safe=active&ssui=on Archived: http://archive.vn/KRImR But Sanger has discovered that the India people are capable of rounding up a thousand retweets and over three thousands likes in a few hours, so maybe he will stick with this gig for a while and see how long he can milk it.
Oh, Larry Sanger + India + Trump? Might be something there. Phunware is the new Trump vehicle, and is certainly no stranger to “dark money”.
Something about Art+Feminism and the flu pandemic written by their feisty Brill Lyle. While the Art+Feminism crowd seems to be highly allergic to Brill Lyle – at least they were the last time I dropped her name over there – I doubt they read Wikipediocracy or have enough clout ( or stomach for breathing the same air as Brill Lyle) to go to all the effort of finding an excuse to have it removed. I mean, she’s not even a regular, she just pops in from time to time.
Some spelling correction along with a wish for Kohs to show up. Did they send the renewal notice to Kohs by mistake? Maybe just mentioning his name is like the Voldemort thing, you say the name, and bad magic happens.
These are all reasonable conspiracy theories, but I’m gonna go with e) none of the above. It’s going to turn out to be some weird copyright on one of their reaction gifs or something.
OH WAIT, there was the dox of Big Dick Xray, or whatever his name was, in the two India publications. And subsequent removal of those publications from Wikipedia’s “reliable” list. Usually they put that stuff in the seeeekrit forum.
ADDENDUM: Yes, Sucks, there was a discussion of the previous down time, thoughtfully archived on Friday the 13th, back in December. Some kind of automatic scan that tripped the Facebook logo detector thingie. https://wikipediocracy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=10206&sid=d2ce892d899276afaa16999874dd9d28 http://web.archive.org/web/20191213115419/https://wikipediocracy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=10206&sid=d2ce892d899276afaa16999874dd9d28