Wikipediocalypse now?

I’m not in any of the Wikipediocracy dead pools, but … “the forums are down for maintenance”?  What maintenance. At 3 AM?

Is this the end, my friend…

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[UPDATE: Nah, they’ve struggled to their feet again, but judging by the way Rogol’s posts are dominating the boards, I would say it’s too soon to put away the death watch beetles.]
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Fact-checking the failing Wikipediocracy on Gorman and the Heilman affair

So what is going on at the failing Wikipediocracy?  For a while now, it’s just been Kohs and Poetlister bumping old threads, and trying to make it look like the place was inhabited.  But are the regulars actually returning, or is this just the last hurrah?  I see Vig came back to vet the players behind Jimbo’s latest WikiTribue venture,  and seems to have gotten sucked back into the vortex. But what’s this? They sure have got this wrong, Kevin Gorman was never any Jimbo apologist, I’m pretty sure he called for Jimmy to step down during the 2016 board fiasco:

RfB sure, no fact checking expected from those quarters, but Vig? SB Johnny? Tsk! Tsk!

Yep here it is.

It's unfortunate that James and Jimmy have gotten in to it in public, but -
I hate to say this, but there's no other way around it - Jimmy should be
embarassed.  He's been exceptionally disrespectful of a respected community
member, but worse than that, he's flat out lied on multiple occasions about
the situation involving James.  If someone challenges me on that statement,
as I have time, I will compile a list of diffs and archived emails in which
he's done so. If the situation between James and Jimmy is such that a
healthy board dynamic with both as trustees is not possible, then frankly
Jimmy should step down, or at a minimum give up the concept of a Founder's
seat, convert it to a community elected seat, stay on as a board member
until the next elections, and then run as an ordinary community member in
the next set of elections.

I think it should also be stated for the public record that Jimmy was the
individual who pushed for Lila's stay to be extended (and I like Lila, I
really do,) and for trustees to not speak with the day to day WMF employees
that have formed the backbone of the WMF side of the movement.  I also
don't know who put the FAQ together, but want to point out that it's not
factually accurate to say that James cannot run in the next elections, as
at least one official FAQ stated at one point.  That would be true if he
was a community ELECTED board member removed for cause.  He wasn't, so the
relevant provision doesn't apply, and he's eligible to run again as soon as
there are faux-elections again.

Rogol gets free speech and Kohs gets PMS

Alas poor Rogol: a while back he tried to comment here, again and again and again and again, and I’m afraid I must have put his comments offline, poor dear. But Kohs has taken up his cause,

and since I feel sorry for Kohs, with the Examiner being shut down so he can’t run around the Internets spamming the comment sections with his latest anti-Jimbo broadside to try to drum up some SEO, I have decided to take pity on the both of them, and restore Rogol’s  comments, in their very own post.

The TL:DR is that Rogol claims to have proofs and insightful comments, but he sees no point in posting them here.  Instead he posted something like 16 different comments saying basically that he has nothing to say. So yeah they were taking up real estate in my sidebar, which this format isn’t really geared for extensive threaded comments anyhow, plus did I mention he is insufferable?  Anyhow, he was warned, he was given an explanation, but he persisted. So I shook my fist, yelled ‘get off my lawn’, and took the comments offline.

In the meantime poor Kohs seems to be developing an allergy to Rogol, which is only tempered by the fact that Rogol’s bizarre style seems to have energized his base, and brought Kohs’  website back to life.

So you can see Rogol’s welcome is wearing a bit thin, but Kohs must grit his teeth and swallow his sarcasm for now, they can’t really afford to throw Rogol under the bus just quite yet.

Yea, verily, the thrice blessed and cursed Vigilant has returned, as has the inestimable Mason, not to mention the globally loathed Cla68, who everybody seems to be cheerfully tolerating. Wonder what kind of drugs they’ve got.

cla68 January Crystal Wright post 1[UPDATE: Oh wait, I see what they’re doing.  They’re just bumping old threads so it looks like there’s something going on. I can’t tell who’s back.

I also see they linked to me three or four times, so no telling how much traffic I really got from there, my stats will certainly be inflated. But Vig has definitely got sucked in again, and SB Johnny and that nasty little RfB who showed so little gratitude when I helped him out with his love life.  And where’s Kelly, I miss Kelly. ]

 

So without further ado, here are the missing Rogol threads, which in the interests of Kohs’ mental health, I will thoughtfully hide under a “continue reading” button:

Continue reading “Rogol gets free speech and Kohs gets PMS”

Observations about IdeaLab campaign

The following links about grants are from reader “Said on Wikipediocracy”, and were split off from the Zoe Quinn thread:

The WMF is currently soliciting funding proposals to address on-wiki harassment in the IdeaLabs Inspire Addressing Harassment campaign. https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire/FAQ&oldid=15674787

WMF staffer: “some of the IdeaLabs are being used to belittle this [harassment ], and [I] am working over the weekend to keep at least the worst instances of abuse and hate-speech off of the pages :(” https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2016-June/084364.html

WMF staffer: “quite a few people are drawn to these conversations by external canvassing on sites that politically oppose some of the issues Idea Lab is intended to confront. (Sadly, this happens. We know of several such cases of canvassing for trolling related to the current campaign.)” https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Meta:Requests_for_help_from_a_sysop_or_bureaucrat&diff=15697817&oldid=15697757

Kohs, the owner of the Wikipediocracy domain, submitted a funding request from the Inspire campaign, but ignored a sociologist’s suggestions for making the research more useful. Kohs chose a troll as his proposal’s avatar. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Impacts_on_lives_of_the_banned

On Wikipediocracy Kohs raised concerns that another Inspire campaign proposal may have been made by a phony black, trans, queer Wikipedian. That Wikipedian is no fake and has been harassed. Wikipediocracy regulars didn’t miss a beat before lamenting that Wikipedia is overly pro-LGBT. http://wikipediocracy(dot)com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=7806#p187407

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Note: the Wikipediocray link has been redacted, to see it add the (DOT).

Wikipediocracy stalks Zoe Quinn with bomb threat predictions and dildos

Wikipediocrazy’s longest thread is gamergate, hidden away in their member-only forum, so it is probably no surprise that they are now stalking Zoe Quinn openly.  Quinn has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2016 diversity conference.

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The conference is at the National Archives, so there should be plenty of security.

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map with arrowsPhiladelphia-based Greg Kohs leads the charge, suggesting a way that “harassers and stalkers” could gain access to the building, and says he has business “further south” that day.  Washington DC is south of Philadelphia.

“Vigilant”, a regular on the website, steps forward as sartorial consultant, recommending Kohs wear a black outfit with mask for the stalking and harassing.

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Vigilant goes on to predict the conference will be disrupted by bomb threats.

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Nice place you got there, U.S. Archives, wouldn’t want anything to happen to it.

But if you don’t have a valid criticism against a woman, the only thing left is to bring out the sexual innuendo.  Right on cue, Earthly Astringent recommends engraving a “fleshlight” with Quinn’s name.

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TMIA fleshlight, for those who even want to know, is a sort of male dildo.  It comes in a variety of shapes, including anal, and costs about $80.  The color choices are Caucasian, Caucasian, or Caucasian.

Yup, those Wikipediocracy guys are real classy bunch all right.