[WikiEN-l] Most immature war ever? Are we embarrassed yet?

Sean Barrett sean at epoptic.org
Tue Feb 7 21:12:41 UTC 2006

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Delirium stated for the record:

> This is a tiresome argument, and entirely beside the point.  Yes, Jimbo
> legally can do whatever he wants (with consent of 2 of the other 4 board
> members).  That's quite different from how Wikipedia as a community
> operates, though, since it relies mainly volunteers.  Everyone is here
> because we're a community editing an encyclopedia, and believe in its
> mission; the Board serves us, not the other way around.  If the
> community decides the present leadership does not have its confidence,
> it can move elsewhere, as Encyclopedia Libre did.  Jimbo's power is
> mainly "soft power", not "hard power", and in that sense, he was
> wheel-warring.
> -Mark

- From what mandate does your authority as spokesman for the community
derive?  There are, after all, vast numbers of people who disagree with
you, including those elected from the community to arbitrate serious
disagreements.  (That those of us directly appointed by Jimbo disagree
with you is hardly remarkable.)

It seems to me that considerable evidence suggests that you will be
disappointed in the outcome this affair and in any similar affairs to
come.  Both the Board and the Arbitration Committee have endorsed the
fact that Jimbo has the powers of a GodKing and occasionally will use
them.  And the consensus of the community seems to me to be a vehement

You have the privilege of trying to change that consensus, of course.
You'll probably find the community, herd of cats that it is, easier to
steer than the Board or the ArbComm.

- --
 Sean Barrett     | She had lost the art of conversation,
 sean at epoptic.org | but not, unfortunately, the power
                  | of speech. --George Bernard Shaw
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