[Foundation-l] English Wikipedia

Brock Weller brock.weller at gmail.com
Wed May 2 01:31:22 UTC 2007

The consensus seems to have emerged over on WP:AN that as long as he stays
off his own article, we're all prepared to welcome him back. This I support,
and I hope Jeff can help us make the 'pedia better then it is. He has the
knowledge, and we should never turn that away.

On 5/1/07, Mark Williamson <node.ue at gmail.com> wrote:
> I do not want to turn this into another war, and I am not going to go
> into detail about my personal issues with you because I know that if I
> do you will open up another round of attacks on *my* character, but I
> do have several things to say here.
> I personally would not be in favor of you being allowed to edit on the
> English Wikipedia. Having said that, I do believe there is a lot of
> valuable information that you could contribute. However, when you see
> errors or omissions, you are also free to point them out to concerned
> editors. For example, if you feel that, say, [[Cherokee language]] has
> a glaring mistake or omission, you could always tell someone like me
> and I would be glad to fix it (despite our past differences, I have
> nothing against you as a person).
> The reason I would not be in favor of your return is that my
> experiences with you in the past have not been pleasant, and despite
> the current poor condition of articles on the previously mentioned
> topics at the English Wikipedia, I do not think the benefits outweigh
> the costs. The English Wikipedia already has problems with people
> attacking and harassing each other and it is not what I would call a
> healthy social environment. I can honestly say (without going into a
> lot of detail) that I do not think adding you back into the equation
> would exactly help make things more peaceful.
> This is of course just my opinion, and others may certainly disagree.
> I do hope that if you aren't allowed back, that won't discourage you
> from contributing anyways by giving suggested improvements to other
> editors because you are very right that the articles on these topics
> are in an abysmal condition and I think you have a lot to offer.
> And finally, I think that this is currently not a foundation-level
> issue, though I may be wrong, and if it's not one now, it could become
> one later.
> Mark
> On 01/05/07, Jeff V. Merkey <jmerkey at wolfmountaingroup.com> wrote:
> >
> > I  would like to start editing on the English Wikipedia to correct a lot
> > of bogus Native American content which is getting into the dumps.   I
> > have been painfully watching a large number of Native articles getting
> > vandalized and garbage being inserted, and with few folks competent in
> > Native
> > Culture to fix a lot of it.  I also have stayed off the site for almost
> > two years and this is more than long enough.    Had I robbed a 7-11, and
> > and entered a plea in abeyance, I would be eligible for expungement at
> > this point in the real world.
> >
> > I am posting to this list since it may be a foundation issue.   If there
> > are no objections, there are a large number of articles needing
> > updating, and I
> > plan to be bold.
> >
> > Anyone with objections can air them in the open, in this forum, so they
> > can be dealt with.
> >
> > Jeff
> >
> >
> >
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