[Foundation-l] Blackout at Italian Wikipedia
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Wed Oct 5 16:21:00 UTC 2011
On 10/5/2011 7:03 AM, Domas Mituzas wrote:
>> The only thing we truly could do is restore read access. But if the
>> it.wikipedia community really wants to strike, there's very little we
>> can do to stop them. :)
> I sure agree with that. There're plenty of ways to inflict pain without terminating the service entirely.
> Editor strike means not editing, it doesn't mean full service downtime.
When labor unions go on strike, they do more than not show up for work.
They form picket lines and take other actions designed to obstruct
activity so that company operations cannot proceed. Taken to its logical
conclusion, if the Italian Wikipedia community collectively wants to go
on strike, then what they have done is apply the full range of tools to
carry that out.
> How do we deal with an editor who starts deleting his contributions out of spite?
In contrast to strike actions, in those countries that recognize the
right to organize collectively, sabotage and destruction are generally
considered illegal and beyond the pale of acceptable behavior. Certainly
we should not support anyone in the Italian community who thought it was
a good idea to vandalize or delete portions of the encyclopedia as part
of their protest. But I don't think someone acting out of spite is a
good comparison, since it seems pretty clear that this action is not
being taken out of spite. I am happy to keep my trust in the Italian
Wikipedia community, that it is in the best position to judge whether
this protest is needed, what measures are appropriate to the situation,
and how long to carry on with it.
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