<CPOV> Community run or royal decree?

Jon Awbrey jawbrey at att.net
Tue May 4 16:34:05 CEST 2010

Au contraire, Mister Kohs, we have this academic article testifying to the fact,
I say {{fact}}, that Wikipedia Gubermince is more and more decentralized every day.


Jon Awbrey

Gregory Kohs wrote:
> It may be interesting to observe the following recent incident that ran
> across all Wikimedia projects.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Jimbo_Wales&oldid=360060669#Thekohser
> http://en.wikiquote.org/w/index.php?title=Wikiquote:Administrators%27_noticeboard&oldid=1119503#Global_ban_enforcement
> And perhaps most tellingly:
> http://en.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=Wikisource:Administrators%27_noticeboard&oldid=1870066#Global_ban_enforcement
> In summary, about two months ago, Jimmy Wales was spoofed into thinking that
> a Wikiversity project was setting out to undermine Wikipedia.  He stepped in
> and began blocking and desysopping long-time contributors to that project.
> He also matter-of-factly stated that "as far as he was concerned" the user
> Thekohser (that's me) is blocked from all projects.  A few weeks passed, and
> after I began to draw attention to the fact that Wikimedia Commons hosts
> exploitative images of children fellating men, another user took it upon
> himself to make sure Jimmy's decree was made law throughout the land.  He
> and Jimmy didn't even know that a "global account lock" feature exists on
> Meta Wikimedia.  This is the gentleman who worked to have my account
> globally blocked:
> http://web.archive.org/web/20000930112202/www.cris.com/~Jeffg/gski109.jpg
> This is me:
> http://www.mywikibiz.com/File:Gregory_Kohs_headshot.jpg
> The public relations mantra of the Wikimedia projects is that they are
> "community run", at least in theory.  But, it would seem that royal decree,
> executed by mustachioed sycophants, is the actual practice.
> As a footnote, if anyone is interested in some of my various contributions
> to Wikimedia projects over the past couple of years:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Arch_Coal&oldid=76592206
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alec_Head&oldid=316417922>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Job_sharing&oldid=299529822
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Line_management&oldid=301438047
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lippe-Weissenfeld&oldid=316412877><http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Looking_Glass_Falls&oldid=76523009>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=National_Fuel_Gas&oldid=238999676
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Propositional_function&oldid=309988531
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Robert_Half_International&oldid=300305693
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Zale_Corporation&oldid=76232040
> http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kurume_hybrid_Azalea_x_Rhododendron_%27Firefly%27.jpg
> http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ben_Franklin_Bridge_from_Adventure_Aquarium.jpg
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk%3AFundraising_2009%2FSurvey&action=historysubmit&diff=1556772&oldid=1544535
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Funding&action=historysubmit&diff=1908812&oldid=330554
> Apparently this sort of content is so utterly subversive to the Wikimedia
> community and mission, it calls for an extraordinary "global ban" from all
> projects.  Why is that?


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