On May 5, 2006, at 8:04 AM, John Tex wrote:
I thought it was a bit rude of you to essentially invite me to
project with your "You're on the wrong project, mate." However, since
you're known for your somewhat surly statements and lack of
civility, I let
it slide. Now that you've repeated your transgression, however, I
compelled to respond.
I'm here to build an encyclopedia. I hope that my contributions
that I have helped to do that. If people disagree, then there are
channels to go through if anyone thinks I shouldn't be here. I'd
to use one of them rather than to make your snide, off-wiki
I'm in the wrong place.
In the meantime, building the encyclopedia requires decisions on
well as daily decisions about how to apply policy to individual
This requires discussion and sometimes debate. That is inherently a
political process. Person A will inevitably be trying to convince
and C that Person A is proposing the correct solution. Sometimes
will be successful in bringing B and C around. Sometimes the
happen and A will change positions. Sometimes people will agree to
Fortunately, Wikipedia is not ruled by Tony Sidaway, so you don't
make all the decisions yourself. As long as multiple people are
contributing to decision-making, politics is a fact-of-life.
I welcome your continued presense on Wikipedia and I thank you for the
myriad contributions you have made to date. I would thank you as
extend me the same courtesy, even if you disagree with my position.