Nothing wrong with informing previous voters, as long as you inform ALL of
them, not just the ones that vote "your way". Selectively notifying people
is disruptive (and in my opinion blockable already). No need for additional
On 5/4/06, Ben McIlwain <cydeweys(a)gmail.com> wrote:
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On 5/4/06, Rob <gamaliel8(a)gmail.com>
I'd think this counts as a disruption of the
normal workings of afd
and is blockable on those grounds. Isn't this exactly why we were so
concerned about userboxes - to prevent this sort of thing from
That would depend on which set of claims you belived.
In any case it appears at least one of the people used a list compiled
from past AFD votes.
Well, specifically, a list of all of the people who had voted Delete in
the previous vote. That user made no attempt to notify any of the Keep
voters. It's this kind of selective voting recruitment (aka
vote-stacking) that is so harmful to Wikipedia. When I canceled that
Afd it was leaning heavily towards Delete, but that was only because two
Delete vote-stackers had been out campaigning heavily and there was only
one Keep vote-stacker who had just begun operations. The end result
would've just been another no consensus once both sides were "properly"
The kind of actions I'm describing here are pretty clearly disruptive
and work against the policies we have in place for deciding issues.
It's extremely harmful. Note that the ArbCom has already come out
against vote-stacking, in one form or another, in three separate
In the past many blocks have been issued to deal with these issues. Yet
suddenly we're running into a lot of resistance from people who are
saying it isn't explicitly listed in policy. Well, since policy is
simply a written-down version of what happens in practice, we need to
modify policy. The only single diehard policy is "Wikipedia is an
encyclopedia", and it's pretty clear that these vote-stacking campaigns
I've been describing go against that ultimate goal of making the best
encyclopedia we can.
Ben McIlwain ("Cyde Weys")
~ Sub veste quisque nudus est ~
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