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Who protects 5 pillars[edit]


This is the content of my email to the board about my concern: As a journalist, I studied about Wikipedia, and I already wrote a few articles about it. What I found as an eminent threat to Wikipedia's 5 pillars is the fact "Decisions and consensus need to be made by the local community itself, the administrators and stewards of the Wikimedia projects do not have authority over the local community". By community, we can consider a large number of editors and participants, but most members of a community don't know each other, they do not have communication or meetings; Even they do not have enough familiarity with the system to reach a consensus. They are administrators who control the flow of information, they pick new admins and they decide which references or articles should be removed or accepted. Considering a group of high-level admins in a given language, they could create a team to control and manipulate the content of a language by themselves. So, they would control the management circle and keep their team small. In this scenario, Wikipedia's article eventually would fail to be neutral. It is while those administrators use Wikipedia's credit, support, and servers for what they intend to present as neutral articles. While Wikipedia itself provides mentioned services, it does not take any responsibility. Those admins know that they are immune against any verification and questioning. In my language of study, many of political articles are biased and almost any attempt to edit them would fail, complaints are not considered while administrators are aware about it. So, who can verify and defend Wikipedia's pillars in this situation (if no one have authority over the local community)?Erfan2017 (talk) 18:57, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

Erfan2017, the foundation board does not get involved in editing disputes. I see that you came here from FaWiki, and that you only have a handful of edits there. I used machine translation to try to see what you are complaining about. The translation was bad, so I can't fully understand what the disagreement was. However I can see that it is a minor matter that does not belong here.
To answer your concern: A few years ago Croatian Wikipedia was taken over by a small number of biased and abusive administrators. They were abusively blocking anyone they didn't like, and engaging in other serious abusive behavior. The global community dealt with it. All Croatian administrators were removed. New Croatian administrators were elected. I see no indication here that there is any major problem at Farsi Wikipedia.
It takes time to learn how things work at Wikipedia. If you are having problems at FaWiki, you should discuss it with other editors at FaWiki. Alsee (talk) 17:44, 1 March 2017 (UTC)
P.S. If you feel this must be discussed further, please collect extensive documentation of clear abuse, including abusive blocks, and post to M:Meta:Babel. Meta wiki is where we deal with global community management. Alsee (talk) 18:00, 1 March 2017 (UTC)
Alsee, thank you for considering this issue. As you mentioned I don't have lots of editing because I just tried to find how the system works. I tried to see if administrators care about bias in the articles. I had long discussions with two of the top administrators in Farsi language to reach to this conclusion. I don't have problem with editing, the issue is the Farsi Wikipedia as a whole. I will collect evidences and present them as you said. I believe the current situation in Farsi Wikipedia (in political articles), is totally biased. Erfan2017 (talk) 03:38, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

Issues with OTRS[edit]

Mind if you read Wikimedia Forum#Backlogging in OTRS? Seems there are relationship issues with OTRS and Commons community. I need your input there. --George Ho (talk) 09:15, 8 March 2017 (UTC)