[WikiEN-l] Jimbo and his strategy

Death Phoenix originaldeathphoenix at gmail.com
Tue Feb 21 02:17:46 UTC 2006

On 2/20/06, Jimmy Wales <jwales at wikia.com> wrote:
> Death Phoenix wrote:
> > Yes, but even with disagreement, such a decree would have the authority
> > behind it. A great many people disagreed with Jimbo's actions in the
> > pedophile userbox wheel war, but his actions still carried the weight of
> his
> > ultimate authority of Wikipedia. Regardless of whether people agreed
> with
> > his actions or sentiment, the matter was dealt with very quickly.
> Who disagreed with my actions?  I know there was some quite justified
> quibbling on minor points, but the *temporary* and yet *swift* action to
> put a stop to what was a very bad situation, and to make it clear to
> people that we should stop and discuss this whole thing rather than
> having manic wheel wars about it, is as far as I know near universally
> supported.
> Some people say I act with too much power, some say I need to act with
> more.  Old timers will tell you that this is normal.  I act slowly and
> as little as possible, trying hard to push people on all sides to
> recognize that among those of us who are here to build the greatest
> encyclopedia in history and give it away for free, we can always find a
> peaceful way to move forward in harmony.  Noisy harmony *g* but harmony.

Sorry, Jimbo, I meant that the matter was dealt with quickly AFTER you
performed your actions. As for the people who disagreed with your actions, I
remember there being many people complaining long and loud about it. My
point was, regardless of this, things were dealt with quickly. Overall, I
approved of your actions (I think I probably approved a little too
vigorously on a few talk pages) and I think I'm one of the folks who was
hoping for QUICKER action ;-). You don't exercise your authority often, but
it is there for you to use if needed. My point is that I think you'll need
to exercise it again in the future w.r.t. the userbox issue.

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