[WikiEN-l] Reply to Tony on advocacy - resend with new title

Fred Bauder fredbaud at ctelco.net
Fri May 5 14:18:00 UTC 2006

Well said.


On May 5, 2006, at 8:04 AM, John Tex wrote:

> Hi Tony,
> I thought it was a bit rude of you to essentially invite me to  
> leave the
> project with your "You're on the wrong project, mate."  However, since
> you're known for your somewhat surly statements and lack of  
> civility, I let
> it slide.  Now that you've repeated your transgression, however, I  
> feel
> compelled to respond.
> I'm here to build an encyclopedia.  I hope that my contributions  
> log shows
> that I have helped to do that.  If people disagree, then there are  
> proper
> channels to go through if anyone thinks I shouldn't be here.  I'd  
> thank you
> to use one of them rather than to make your snide, off-wiki  
> comments saying
> I'm in the wrong place.
> In the meantime, building the encyclopedia requires decisions on  
> policy, as
> well as daily decisions about how to apply policy to individual  
> situations.
> This requires discussion and sometimes debate.  That is inherently a
> political process.  Person A will inevitably be trying to convince  
> person B
> and C that Person A is proposing the correct solution.  Sometimes  
> Person A
> will be successful in bringing B and C around.  Sometimes the  
> opposite will
> happen and A will change positions.  Sometimes people will agree to
> disagree.  Etc.
> Fortunately, Wikipedia is not ruled by Tony Sidaway, so you don't  
> get to
> make all the decisions yourself.  As long as multiple people are
> contributing to decision-making, politics is a fact-of-life.
> I welcome your continued presense on Wikipedia and I thank you for the
> myriad contributions you have made to date.  I would thank you as  
> well to
> extend me the same courtesy, even if you disagree with my position.
> Sincerely,
> Johntex

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