[Foundation-l] Wikiversity

Geoffrey Plourde geo.plrd at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 19 15:06:29 UTC 2010

David and Erik, 

I must respectfully disagree with your belief that we need stronger global blocking. Each community should set its own behavior standards, not have them imposed from above. Just because we consider a person a troll on one project does not automatically make them a troll on other projects. 

I oppose the creation of the breaching experiment and usage of Wikiversity as a platform to break the rules of another project but that is a matter that must be handled at the local level. I am fully confident that the community of Wikiversity will be able to effectively handle this situation on their own. 

It was unnecessary for Jimbo to personally intervene, rather than simply file a complaint and follow the accepted process. Just because Jimbo is the founder does not mean that he is an unquestionable authority on every single project. 


From: David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com>
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
Sent: Fri, March 19, 2010 12:44:30 AM
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Wikiversity

On 19/03/2010, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> It's heartbreaking to see how a small project can be disrupted by a
> tiny number of well-known problem users, and IMO a strong argument for
> using more global blocking processes. Small projects often think they
> need to give people "fresh start" opportunities because they're
> otherwise not going to grow, but that's a bad bargain - introducing
> toxic personalities into a fledgling community is a certain way to
> bring about its decline.

Indeed. Note that the same sort of troll adoption nearly got en:wq
taken out and shot last year.

- d.

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