[WikiEN-l] Attack Site Wars, Episode VII... The Return of the Essjay

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 27 13:42:13 UTC 2007

On  0, Anirudh <anirudhsbh at gmail.com> scribbled:
> 'Essjay', 'Ryan Jordan' and 'Essjay controversy' got a great deal of
> publicity in world dailies. Hell, there was a column in the Times of
> India about the Wiki incident that allegedly shook public trust in the
> integrity of Wikipedia as a reliable source of information; yada yada
> yada
> OK, so now we've got the article on Wikipedia, which basically does
> nothing but make a mockery of an individual named Ryan Jordan and
> reminisces about how he fooled us all.

Can't say I agree. As it has stood for a long time, [[Essjay controversy]] pathologically goes out of its way to only talk about coverage and the coverage's allegations and to avoid any condemnation of his actions, or for that matter any discussion of Jordan as a real human being, not to mention all the pertinent information (like the Wikipedia Review thread) which we as Wikipedians know about and have access to (for this sort of subject, Wikipedians and Wikipedia material obviously are expert and reliable - but that's another thread altogether). It doesn't even include the Freely licensed photo of the person-wot-dunnit which that person uploaded!

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