[Foundation-l] Global ban - poetlister?

Ryan Kaldari rkaldari at wikimedia.org
Fri Jun 3 21:11:11 UTC 2011

Is there anyone active on Wikiversity that hasn't been banned from every 
other project? It seems to be turning into a regular Mos Eisley cantina.

Ryan Kaldari

On 6/3/11 8:40 AM, Newyorkbrad wrote:
> In view of the entire history of this matter, not all of which should
> necessarily be discussed publicly, Poetlister should not be editing under
> any account name on any project.  The fact that as recently as a couple of
> months ago he was applying for advanced permissions on a project is
> particularly concerning and I would not be averse to Foundation-level
> intervention at this time.
> Newyorkbrad
> On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 10:29 AM, Aaron Adrignola
> <aaron.adrignola at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: "Scott MacDonald"<doc.wikipedia at ntlworld.com>
>>> To: "'Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List'"<
>>> foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
>>> Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2011 09:17:54 +0100
>>> Subject: [Foundation-l] Global ban - poetlister?
>>> What does it take for a global ban?
>>> Do you remember "Poetlister"? Aka Cato, aka Runcorn, aka Quillercouch,
>> aka
>>> British Civil servant with various anti-social problems.  Multiple
>>> sockpuppeting, manipulation, lies, harassment, identity theft, acquiring
>>> checkuser and crat status on various projects. Banned from en.wp, banned
>>> from commons, banned even from wikisource.
>>> The same user is now opening editing on Wikiversity:
>>> http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Poetlister
>>> I'm genuinely shocked.
>>> I know projects value their independence, but really? Can this user
>> simply
>>> wander round projects wreaking havoc? It seems that the only person evil
>>> enough to get globally banned is Greg Kohs - and as annoying as he is, he
>>> does not reach this level of fuckedup.
>> Glad you pointed out Thekohser.  I will point out that despite the use of a
>> global lock on the account (not vandalism/spam only [1]) several projects
>> have detached the local account from the global one through a double rename
>> by bureaucrats [2].  Projects do value their independence and will detach
>> accounts globally locked by stewards in cases where their ability to make
>> their own decisions has been infringed.  Wikiversity has done this for
>> several users globally locked.  No policy prohibits it.
>> [1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_lock#Global_locks
>> [2] http://toolserver.org/~vvv/sulutil.php?rights=1&user=thekohser
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