Friday, April 4, 2008

Ok, seriously... are you TRYING to make Wikidefender's work easier???

Let me get this straight...

Privatemusings has been having podcasts. He's had Danny Wool, he's had Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director, he's had Michael Snow, he's had Featured Article director Raul654. He solicits guests and whoever turns up, turns up. He's not afraid of controversial subjects and the casts (despite his tendency to go on a bit instead of letting his guests talk... hmm... who do I know like that!) have been well received, considered interesting and fun.

Number 6 features some folk not known for their high regard for Wikipedia as it stands.

The podcasts themselves are hosted on Commons.

So NonvocalScream decides that to put the page describing podcast number 6 up for deletion at Miscellany for Deletion. Rationale? "banned users are not permitted to edit" as given here. The fact that the files themselves are hosted on commons, and that this is one of a series, seems lost on some... but aside from a few folk, this is almost a snowball keep. It's got the usual folk saying the usual things but it strikes me as a huge waste of time, sorry...

For those that don't get the title reference, Wikidefender runs a blog that many consider to be a bit of a pastiche of the stuff trotted out by those who think everything with Wikipedia is perfect, and may or may not have been the person behind this funny edit to my talk page. Not that he singled me out, NewYorkBrad got one too...

Is it just me or is this sort of nomination actually playing into the hands of those that say that some editors can't help but do silly things?

2 comments:

Mackensen said...

Every time I see a tussle like this (in particular, every time I see WP:BAN getting leveraged in a content dispute) I wonder if people have homes that they need to *leave* more often.

As an aside, I finally updated again. Hard to post when there's no news...

private musings said...

Having seen the debate pan out 'on wiki' somewhat after the fact, I was just glad that it actually calmed down pretty quickly without a huge fuss....

however, having chapter presidents / wiki council prospective members vote to delete did raise my eyebrow... p'raps more on that anon....

otherwise - I just wanted to correct you on a small point, which is that Michael Snow expressed interest, but was too busy at the mo to come and chat to us... but we'll try and see if he could be free before the board elections at some point.....