[WikiEN-l] Advice needed

Fred Bauder fredbaud at ctelco.net
Wed Feb 15 23:56:06 UTC 2006

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On Feb 15, 2006, at 4:15 PM, Guy Chapman wrote:

> This is the latest in the on-again, off-again history of Brian  
> Peppers on
> Wikipedia:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/ 
> Brian_Peppers_%286th_nomination%29
> Peppers is a fad on YTMND and Fark, for reasons which are obvious  
> from this
> link:
> http://pepperstruth.ytmnd.com/
> The problem is, he is notable *solely* because a number of people  
> on the net
> have chosen to laugh at his freakish appearance, apparently the  
> result of a
> congential deformity.
> No, even that's not the problem, the *real* problem is that a lot  
> of people
> are determined that we should have an article on him, but the  
> sources for
> the fact that he is disabled, lives in a n ursing home, poses no  
> threat to
> the community and appears only to be on the offenders' register as  
> a result
> of an inappropriate contact with a nurse/carer, is from a source  
> which is
> less reliable than Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/photos/people/ 
> peppers.asp).
> So it seems unavoidable that we will participate in the memtic  
> process,
> because we can't say what a lot of us want to say (that Peppers is a
> disabled man, suffers from a congenital deformity, was convicted of a
> technical offence and is known almost exclusively because his  
> photograph
> became an In ternet freak-sho exhibit).
> People insist on the article, clamour for the picture, and revert  
> edits
> which emphasise Peppers' status as a big-time loser in the lottery  
> of life -
> possibly because I can't write these edits in a way whihc  
> adequately coneals
> my absolute contempt for those who exploit Peppers' picture ad an  
> object of
> derision.
> Should I just forget it?  Or ar we (either me or those who want the  
> article
> restored) missing some vital point of policy?
> Guy
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