[WikiEN-l] Newest admin abuse on Wikipedia: Voter intimidation

Philip Welch wikipedia at philwelch.net
Fri Feb 24 02:50:37 UTC 2006

On Feb 23, 2006, at 6:46 PM, Mark Gallagher wrote:

>> Our project's most destructive administrator, Kelly
>> Martin, has now stepped into the realm of voter
>> intimidation, by *blocking* [[User:Grue]] for a support
>> vote on [[User:Djr xi]]'s Request for Adminship. The
>> excuse was "personal attacks", even though the vote in
>> question did not mention anyone by name. This is a
>> blatant attempt to intimidate voters on this request
>> for adminship.
> Bullshit.  He wasn't blocked for "a support vote" at all, and  
> that's an
> incredibly stupid thing to say.  For shame.
> I personally don't believe the block was warranted (there's a  
> thread on
> AN/I about it, I'm sure you haven't forgotten how to find it), and I'm
> pleased to see it was overturned almost immediately.  However, Grue's
> comment was unfair and incivil and rather insulting, and Kelly's block
> was made in good faith.
> <snip hyperbole />
>> I'm more disgusted by all of this than I can possibly
>> express.
> The other day you were speechless with rage; now you're unable to
> enunciate your true level of disgust.  I think us rogue admins  
> ought to
> take up a collection to buy you a thesaurus and dictionary; it may  
> help
> you on such difficult issues as how to express yourself in print.

This has to be the single most civil and productive message I have  
ever read on any listserv. Mark, I must applaud you for being the  
bigger man and addressing these concerns calmly instead of lashing  
out at the person.

Philip L. Welch

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