<CPOV> Community run or royal decree?

Mathieu ONeil mathieu.oneil at anu.edu.au
Tue May 4 21:12:06 CEST 2010

After a while in the link-thicket (trolls vs good foundation?, control-freak foundation vs brave souls who just want to be free?) my mind starts to leak out my ears and I begin to think heretical thoughts such as "isn't there a more productive way to expend your energy than conducting 'breaching experiments'?" Or "is there simply too much bad blood between these antagonists to ever be able to communicate"? ... but thanks guys, I did learn some new stuff!

----- Original Message -----
From: Jon Awbrey <jawbrey at att.net>
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 8:02 pm
Subject: Re: <CPOV> Community run or royal decree?
To: joseph.nyu at reagle.org
Cc: Gregory Kohs <thekohser at gmail.com>, cpov at listcultures.org

> Researchers who are examining the questions of global control 
> versus local autonomy
> in Wikimedia projects owe it to themselves and their readers to 
> become familiar with
> the operations of the Wikimedia Foundation's Meta-Wiki:
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/
> Particular attention should be paid to the role of the so-called 
> "Spam Blacklist":
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Spam_blacklist
> We all know that genuine spam is a genuine problem, but 
> Wikipedists are notable
> for stretching the coverage of formerly meaningful words to 
> cover any purpose
> that suits their prejudices.
> No doubt my own narrative in influenced by the personal 
> experience of having been bombed
> on a recurring basis by Meta Wikimedia HeliCops, but here is 
> thread at The Wikipedia Review
> where I collected a record of those experiences, for what it's 
> worth, as they say:
> http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?showtopic=27873
> Ciao,
> Jon Awbrey
> Joseph Reagle wrote:
> > On Tuesday, May 04, 2010, Jon Awbrey wrote:
> >> 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.
> >
> > It's a question of context, it is decentralized relative to 
> Sanger/Wales in 2001.
> > There's now a Board, which has grown, ArbCom, with 
> subcommittees, etc.  This study
> > and others concerned with governance tend to look this 
> Weberian transition from
> > personal/charismatic authority to bureaucratic authority. 
> Community governance
> > and "royal decree" is a model I've described here:
> >
> > http://reagle.org/joseph/2007/10/Wikipedia-Authorial-Leadership.pdf
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Dr Mathieu O'Neil
Adjunct Research Fellow
Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute
College of Arts and Social Science
The Australian National University
email: mathieu.oneil[at]anu.edu.au
web: http://adsri.anu.edu.au/people/visitors/mathieu.php

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