(Go on, snip the bit I liked. No, no, I don't mind. If anyone wants
me, I'll be alone in the corner, crying ...)
on 6/11/07 1:06 PM, Mark Gallagher at
And I do agree with you about the Tyranny of
Structurelessness; all it
means is that the powers-that-be are hidden from view, unknown, perhaps
even to themselves. And nobody is accountable. This is a constant risk
on Wikipedia, and there are parts of the project that have already
OK, folks, how many references to ³structurelessness², and the effect it is
having on this Project, is it going to take, before this Community wakes up
and sees it for the truly serious problem that it is?
When will this Community realize that these ³powers-that-be² members with
the loudest, most persistent, seemingly ³authoritative², and seemingly most
convincing voices, will take negative advantage of that structureless vacuum
and steer it in the direction they want it to go? And that, right now, they
like it just the way it is!
I'm not convinced that the Man Behind the Curtain is entirely conscious
of his power. Certainly I've had a lot of arguments with authoritative
admins who aren't aware of how much power they wield, and how much
potential for damage they possess.
"'Yes, sir,' said Jeeves in a low, cold voice, as if he had been bitten
in the leg by a personal friend."
- P G Wodehouse, /Carry On, Jeeves/