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Sun, Mar. 4th, 2007, 01:32 am
swisscelt: Now what?

So now that EssJay has [apparently] left Wikipedia, and a cadre of administrators, stewards, and the like are doing their level best to sweep the whole incident under the rug, what's left to do? We're being told to discuss this on the Village Pump, but I see nothing there. On the Community Noticeboard, an ad hoc (and highly disorganized, IMO) discussion is brewing, but already people are calling for its closure.

I've said it before: This is serious. We can't just pretend that because this is happening on Teh Intrawebz it won't be taken seriously in the American media and, ultimately, American and other national societies. How Wikipedia deals with this is as crucial to the continuing survival of this enterprise as any corporate scandal was to their respective companies. It's time we ALL grew up: This is the real world, people.

Sun, Mar. 4th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
caitriona_nnc: Re: anonymity = lack of accountability = lack of credibility

Looking over the debate some more, I'm realizing that the usual issues concerning right to privacy are irrelevant. I'm thinking especially of Durova's summation in the RfC. Essjay didn't just edit anonymously, he lied to the Wikimedia Foundation, to whom he was required to reveal his verifiable identity. He also used his fake credentials as leverage in disputes. This is much more serious than I realized.

Sun, Mar. 4th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC)
swisscelt: Re: anonymity = lack of accountability = lack of credibility

Right, right. And I must say I'm alarmed at how quickly this is being whitewashed (or attempted so, anyway). Jimbo's latest comments on the matter are ambiguous: They could suggest an open dialogue is forthcoming, or they could alternately suggest that he expects the matter to be resolved in secret. I'm not quite sure how to parse words such as these:

"I beleive I will have a fast and stable Internet connection at that time, and I will deal with this further at that time.

"Wikipedia is built on (among other things) twin pillars of trust and tolerance. The integrity of the project depends on the core community being passionate about quality and integrity, so that we can trust each other. The harmony of our work depends on human understanding and forgiveness of errors."