Tarc, I felt your "lipstick on a pig" comment about a transexual was
not just disgusting, but was a key example of why we needed a WM-LGBT
user group to both highlight and gradually improve a hostile culture
on Wikimedia projects that appeared to allow blatantly anti-LGBT
attitudes and language on its projects under the guise of "being a
joke" or "teasing".
I stopped following any of the crap related to your defamatory
language, so if you apologised I missed it. If you did apologize,
could you give a link to it, or if not then maybe a thread here or
Wikimedia-l might be a good way of building some bridges with members
of minority groups that you took part in driving away from Wikipedia
through comments like this?
On 26 January 2015 at 01:12, Tarc . <tarc(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
Suppose I should say a brief something since some of the posts here talk
about me. I have been caustic and acerbic at the Wikipedia over the years,
though in fits and starts I am trying to take it down a few notches. So,
yea, I'm quite aware that I'm not the best poster-child for any sort of
movement or change or whatnot. I dived into Gamergate after hearing about
some of the really awful things that were being said about Zoe Quinn
elsewhere, thinking (correctly) that her Wiki bio was going to be a
harassment magnet. As far as I am concerned, there is no debate; if one
identifies as a "pro-Gamergater", than that one stands side-by-side with the
harassment that was done under the hashtag. I did not want to allow these
people to direct the narrative of the Gamergate article.
So, yes, sometimes one loses one's cool when dealing with dirtbags from
8chan/reddit. However, it is a shame that we who kept the hordes at bay,
while being harassed by 8chan/reddit and hell, harassed by Jimmy Wales
himself for a time til his eyes belatedly opened, were not cut a little more
slack. We were doing something right (with using some wrong words/tone at
times) and got the same treatment as a bunch of throwaway accounts.
That is the narrative that the mainstream media seems to be running with,
and while it isn't accurate for them to say "feminists and women were
banned", they are still correctly portraying the WIkipedia's Arbcom as doing
a pretty bad thing here.