[WikiEN-l] Arbcom has completely lost its mind

Conrad Dunkerson conrad.dunkerson at worldnet.att.net
Sat Feb 11 17:06:48 UTC 2006

Jimmy Wales wrote:
> charles matthews wrote:
>>The wikilawyers and trolls always want a codified set of rules on an
>>issue, so they can subvert the spirit while adhering to the letter. 
>>Fortunately, percentagewise,they don't account for a high proportion of
>>Wikipedians. Most people can get by with some rough idea of what is
>>expected, and the realisation that the system is relatively forgiving in
>>the case of good-faith mistakes.  Do we codify 'relatively forgiving'? 
>>Hell no.
> I think this is extremely well put.

Apologies for bluntness, but I think it is sophistry to explain why 
admins who followed process and precedent were 'punished' while those 
who did not weren't.

That being said. We have now established new standards. It is decreed by 
both yourself and the ArbCom that userpage statements similar to 'This 
user is a pedophile' bring the project into disrepute and editors who 
harm the project in this way have no right to contribute.

Since this has not been the case to date quite a number of such 
'verbotten' comments and users have accumulated and must now apparently 
be be purged. Has any thought been given to how this pogrom should be 

As I understand it the following statements (going back months and even 
years) are now expressly forbidden:

"Many of you have commented that the majority of my edits are on 
pedophilia-related articles. This is an area of interest for me since I 
am myself a pedophile, a girllover to be specific."

"Lux is male, and is a girl orientated, non-exclusive pedophile. This 
means that he is attracted (both sexually and otherwise) to both adult 
and non-adult females.
His primary attraction is pre-pubescent females."

"And, as any who know me by this alias know, I am a pedophile, mainly a 

"I'm an activist in the Childlove Community. I am a pedosexual and 
boylover. I host a podcast titled Pedologues which aims to objectively 
look at the issue of multi-generational relationships and how it relates 
to child sexuality, western society and law. I'm a self-admitted pedant."

No doubt there are others. Also, have any other 'categories of 
disrepute' been established? Should self-described NAZIs, rapists, 
and/or Menudo fans be similarly excised from the community?

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