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

Peter Mackay peter.mackay at bigpond.com
Tue Feb 7 21:34:08 UTC 2006

> From: wikien-l-bounces at Wikipedia.org 
> [mailto:wikien-l-bounces at Wikipedia.org] On Behalf Of Sean Barrett
> - 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 "whatever."

Jimbo stepped in to defuse an unpleasant situation. He then quickly directed
the ArbCom to investigate and act. While I wish that the silly situation
hadn't got to the stage it did, I think he did exactly the right thing once
it had, and it is now in the hands of the ArbCom, who have the direct
support of both the community and Jimbo.

The challenge is to find some way of minimising the necessity for Jimbo to
intervene directly again. Few doubt that he should have the ability to
intervene in emergency, but if he were to do so as a matter of everyday
business, then wikiadministration would rapidly become complex and tense.
Well, more so than it is now.

Peter (Skyring)

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