Abd ul-Rahman Lomax wrote:
I gave up. Eventually I came across a controversial
particularly interested me, where I had the background to understand
the sources and where my research radically changed my mind. So I
started working on it, I even bought a pile of books about it (on all
sides of the controversy), and a major recent and very expensive
mainstream work on it was donated to me, and I became much more
vulnerable as a result, since I now had an opinion and a POV, based
on reading the sources, and I started asserting content based on the
most reliable of the sources, especially peer-reviewed secondary source.
The information necessary for my major shift of POV is much more than
most editors could absorb with some light reading. There exist
secondary sources that cover the field that, if editors would trust
them, would make it easy, but .... they don't trust these sources,
even when published by independent, non-fringe publishers, since what
they say contradicts the easy positions of ignorance. After all,
doesn't everybody with a background in science know....? Reliable
source guidelines, if followed, would address the problem, but are
useless against entrenched opinion, because editors will invent this
or that excuse for disregarding them, so that the article doesn't
fall into their view of undue weight.
So ... I'm no longer a Wikipedia editor, I'm now working off-wiki,
with real knowledge and research in the field that interested me,
and, as well, on the kind of voluntary structure that I see as the
only way out of trap that Wikipedia has fallen into. It's much
easier, though, of course, it all takes time. I still have an
account, and the block will expire, and I'm not burning any bridges,
but .... once I realize that a wall definitely exists, I don't butt
my head against it. I walk around it or dig under it or climb over
it, if I actually want to get to the other side, or I do something else.
So rather than address the problems inherent in this narrative so as to
retain editors, we have a "Bookshelf project" to recruit cannon fodder.