Claims of corruption
This article is mainly authored by a widely known wiki troll here known as 142.177.X.X. S/he has numerous times expressed fierce opposition to Wikipedia/Wikimedia and belittlement of the worthy accomplishements of Wikipedia as a fairly reliable wealth of information. S/he got banned from all Wikipedia wikis a long time ago in accordance with their policy due to allegedly making a death threat. This article does in no way represent the official view(s) of Consumerium project (actually "official consumerium view" does not even exist yet). Some clearly and provably false and/or unsubstantiated accusations have been moved to False or unsubstantiated claims of corruption amid fierce opposition from 142.177.X.X --Juxo The Lowest Troll of Consumerium
Claims concerning Wikipedia/Wikimedia
Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org) is a user interface to a "copyleft" or share-alike encyclopedia that is collaboratively developed using wiki software. Most GFDL corpus contributions move through Wikipedia channels:
Since the creation of Wikimedia by Daniel Mayer, it has been alleged to have become increasingly corrupt and unresponsive to those contributors and users, and to be serving the agenda of its sysop power structure instead. Many specific allegations have been posted to the Wikipedia mailing list, far too many to list here, and these seem to have increased in number over time. This list includes only the most egregious and legally actionable allegations:
Evidence of Wikimedia corruption includes:
- that Wikipedia violates GFDL notably re attribution and access to source text and all improvements. See text liberation for more on this issue. Access to source text is provided at http://download.wikimedia.org/ even for those users who cannot export due to IP block; however the use of these sources requires significantly more technical skill.
- no actual end user (as opposed to "developer" or "sysop" or "editor") rep on the "board"; while Michael Davis is not a developer, nor a sysop nor even an editor, he is also not an active end user or an advocate of usability - in fact his only qualification is his connection to Bomis corporation.
- users not consulted when user environment changes - suggesting only certain kinds or status of users "count", e.g. only donors to Wikimedia can vote on their representatives
- Response: these are discussed on mailing lists, on meta and more and more on irc. Granted, information feedback is far from perfect. In any cases, the development of MediaWiki is not in the hand of Wikimedia itself. So, this argument, if it were true, would not be the proof of Wikimedia corruption.
- Countered: Mailing list users are not wiki users. This has been downgraded to an allegation since it is contingent on realizing that.
- Response: Beside of being made with no source, I guess that again, this is not a proof of Wikimedia corruption either.
- Counter: This is not an allegation it's a simple fact: false statements are repeated over and over again in the Wikipedia mailing list if its users feel safe given Wales' views. It is quite easy to find claims that "person X is user Y wrote text Z" all over the place, and since "Z" is often characterized in ways like "untrue", "false", "death threat", etc., that is a very serious allegation against the character of X, especially if the claims that "X is Y" or "Y wrote Z" are themselves based only on an echo chamber. Many innocent people are being attacked and libelled by slack enforcement of standard of evidence on Wikipedia mailing list and other Wiki-media run by you.
- Response: Do not confuse Wikimedia and Jimbo here. Jimbo has a moral weight on all of us editors, so is in effect tolerant of most matters, which allowed the creativity of all editors to fully express. As for Wikimedia board, it is not supposed to have impact on how the projects are run at the fine level. It is not its role. Its role is to be a legal structure to collect money and decide of its uses. It is also to own the plysical architecture, and to legally protect the project if necessary. It also plays a role in promotion. It does not have the right to take care of fine in-project management. Consequently, this tolerance by Jimbo ay be good or bad, but is no sign of corruption, and is irrelevant to Wikimedia itself.
- Counter: this is not an allegation, it is a fact - most sysops have been involved in doing damage to the GFDL corpus and denying other users access to improved articles. This is vandalism that just happens to be carried out by those authorized by Wikimedia. By your view of what constitutes appropriate editorial judgement, that Wikimedia only "collects money" and spends it, and covers up the fact that the actual mission that motivates the cash and content contributors is being constantly undermined by a clique, frees it of responsibility? That is not governance, it is corrupt and probably even w:racketeering if any commercial gain of any kind is involved.
- Response: Same answer. Will add that Wikimedia can protect what it physically own. I see not where the corruption stands here either
- Counter: this is also not an allegation but a fact: the sysops do regularly block IP for what they call "trolling" which means whatever they want it to mean, and usually means political disagreement. "Wikimedia" does not "physically own" GFDL corpus contributions and has no right to restrict access to them under that share-alike license. Each mirror has the same right to access the same contributions without Wikipedia's own sysop power structure politics undoing improvements and corrections that are provably improving the corpus.
- Response: Wikimedia is not responsible of micro-management. Board members have separate activity as board members and editors. You may accuse them of wrong doing, but it has no relation with Wikimedia itself. Jimbo basically never come to meta.
- Counter: another fact not an allegation - see w:Genuine Progress Indicator - woops not there! - or w:state services - woops not there! why not? "no relation"? That Ayn Rand disapproves of both and so does Wales is "no relation"?) If you aren't responsible, you aren't responsible, period. When have you ever bothered to desysop someone for abuse of power? Hmm? Never? How are you doing governance then? That in itself is enough evidence of corruption: a "board" that actually does not supervise anything or anyone, and lets them run amok and do damage to the wiki mission via sysop vandalism.
- ad hominem revert allowed to stand, threats of IP blocks against any who reinstate them for whatever reason (including the fact that they are just correct)
- Response: same comment. This is micro management. Plus, an accusation without sources has little value.
- Counter: another fact easy to find: you will see lots of revert with reference to "Who wrote it" rather than "what it says or how credible that is" on Recentchanges at Wikipedia. Again, you aren't seriously answering to the charges: With literally dozens of liars and thugs and libellers and spin doctors running around removing all links to the sources, deleting them, etc. it is your responsibility, not our responsibility, to keep these Talk page comments visible so that the people who issue the threats and make the ad hominem arguments can be kept out of the sysop power structure. It was MANY times restated by Erik Moeller that those who reinstated troll text would be themselves subject to IP blocks. But Moeller remains a sysop so this must be considered "policy" on your part.
- Editorial policy, set by people who speak only English, that leads to the allegation: that policy becomes U.S. and U.K. centric (EPOV).
- Response: false. I see not even the need to argue with this argument. Plus, Wikimedia does not drive editorial policy.
- Allegation: total censorship of Wikipedia Red Faction - not even history now visible due to intimidation of this group
- Response: well not answer to this; know not enough about it.
- Response: By Wikimedia itself ?
- It is not slander ?
- Allegation: several attempts to revert these claims without answering to them, proving there is no adequate response
- Response: I answered them. Will detail more if necessary. Fallacious argument : not answering is no proof the claims are correct.
- Counter: This is the FIRST time ANY officer of Wikimedia has answered them, after DOZENS of attempts to simply censor them. Your own response is inadequate in many respects, and includes many attempts to spin things (like labelling as "allegation" the supporting facts themselves which no one has disputed).
- There is continued attempt to trivialize and deny these claims and hide or downplay the evidence for them, including labelling obvious facts "allegations"
individual corruption by officers
- Allegation: Wales intimidating English Wikipedia User Secretlondon and sending email (allegation:) to chill her editorial point of view and become pro-American like Mr. Wales
- Response: Not a proof of Wikimedia corruption.
- Jimbo Wales, as any human, is entitled to have personal opinions. He rarely voice them on purpose, to avoid intimidating people as he knows he has a high moral weight in the community. He certainly did not do it on purpose. Jimbo apologized to SL immediately after, and again when the issue erupted again.
- chilling people is not usually a good weight to force them to become pro-american. This argument is real bad.
- Counter: He should have said nothing. He should have known that to speak was to intimidate. He chose to pretend that he did not know that. The fact that Wikimedia does not restrain Mr. Wales is proof that it is merely his own vehicle.
- libel chill by Wales, attempting to silence critics of his decisions and appointments, or even just those who point out GFDL violations by Wikimedia, e.g. accusing people who say Wikipedia violates GFDL as being guilty of libel against Wikimedia on the Wikipedia mailing list
- Response: uh ? Where ?
- Counter: There was a specific link to a specific mailing list posting, deleted in one of the usual attacks on this page. Look it up yourself. It's not an allegation, it's a simple fact, Wales said he wanted people to file complaints with Florida's charitable status regulator so he could sue them for libel. That is libel chill, and it is not allegation.
- Daniel Mayer was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer on July 4, 2004; Allegation: this individual is hardly credible as a reporter of facts or a guardian of any principles, given his long standing participation in echo chamber and libel pit activities; it strongly detracts from credibility of Wikimedia and Wikipedia when such a person is in charge of the books
- Response: Certainly, Daniel is not credible in your eyes, but is credible in other people eyes. If credibility is lower for some people, well, that is unfortunate, but not anyone can be pleased. Credibility, still, is one thing, corruption is another. Do you have proof of corruption from him ? If not, this should be moved as a lack of credibility claim, not a corruption proof.
- Response: It is not a question of whose "eyes" are involved: Mayer is objectively guilty of libel and of using false claims to police to intimidate people. He may also be guilty of perjury. You have accepted an incompetent and petulant and unreliable person prone to lying in a position of authority, and that is corrupt in itself. Why? Could it be that no one who is competent will take on the task he offered to take on?
For issues with developers and others without official status, see Talk:alleged Wikimedia corruption. The most egregious of these is:
- release of carefully guarded MediaWiki bot code - used as a vandalbot for technological escalation against Recyclopedia and threatened against Wikinfo - post facto, attempted coverup with extremely selective event reporting in Wikipedia, Allegation: false claims in the Wikipedia article nominally about Recyclopedia but with no mention of denial of service attacks or vandalbots that were the actual proximate cause of it becoming unusable, and the clearest example yet of intimidation.
official response from Wikimedia:
I suggest that all unsupported arguments given as proof are removed.
- Your "suggestion" is actually an attempt to shield perjurors, libellers, libel chillers, those abusing the GFDL contributors and the license that Wikipedia was founded on. It should be denied out right with a cease and desist letter from Consumerium Governance Organization to Wikimedia Foundation telling you people that you have no right to lie about yourselves here or about others there.
- But, to start a Peace Process, here is the deal: the Wikimedia Foundation agrees to take legal action against all who publish libel via its media, or who have done so, starting with Erik Moeller and Daniel Mayer who should recieve stern official warning letters from you immediately. They are removed from all positions of authority and publicly shamed. Wales apologizes to various people he has intimidated. All remaining developers and sysops swear in writing that they had nothing to do with vandalbot or denial of service attacks or the vandalism of troll-friendly wikis unfriendly to Wikimedia including Consumerium and Recyclopedia. These are collected in writing and the Wikimedia Foundation states as policy that no one who engages in any kind of technological escalation against Wikimedia critics is sanctioned by it or will ever receive any support from it. THEN we will bother listing all the claims, as we will be reasonably sure that they will stand without attacks nor censorship. THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE? Complaints directly to Florida regulators. The choice is yours. This is the only deal anyone will offer you.
Some of your claims may be right (though, I am not really certain which are), and if so, I think your feedback is interesting, but all the other ones loosen the credibility of those which may be correct.
- We have not had the luxury of documenting them all without harassment and censorship. When we do, the final and fully documented version will go straight to Washington DC to prevent or end any federal charitable status for Wikimedia. We will not be consulting with those who harass us, since we have been harassed enough to require there be no cooperation with authority.
Besides, keeping unsupported, or even defaming claims in this page, and in others, is threatening Juxo project credibility and viability. I recommand that you consider this issue with due respect.
- The threats come from an unaccountable organization that covers up its own behaviour. A bad example. To assert that there are "Threats" to "credibility" is simply to assert that you will use Wikipedia to continue to spread lies and libel about those who expose Wikimedia for what it is, a false front. To assert that its "viability" is at stake is to assert that you are going to pressure MediaWiki developers or others to stop supporting it.
- Trolls suggest that you, Anthere, as an honourable person defending a dishonourable group, RESIGN, and cite the failure of Wikimedia to deal with its various corruption and accountability problems as the reason for doing so.
- Yes, Anthere, resign. Resign now.