Requests for comment/Spam and admin abuse on yuewiki 粵文維基百科虛假文章及管理員濫用權力問題
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- yue:special:redirect/page/54299 (hereinafter referred to as Page 54299)
- New-French Latinisation (Q56257187)
- Creator of the spam:
- Admin abusing power:
There is also a gang that would lobby and rally with each other, but I might not name them as long as they stay out of this spam scandal.--01:48, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
Why is it spam?
Page 54299 is allegedly a romanisation scheme of the Cantonese language, which was created by a Simon Fraser University student. All sources are posts on an internet forum http://bbs.cantonese.asia/ .
But the truth is, the creator of the page, Cedric tsan cantonais, is the exact same person behind those forum posts. This user initially spammed six wikipedias (de, en, fr, yue, zh, and zh-classical) with his own invention. By the time I found out this sham, however, only the yuewiki version was not deleted yet.
Links to deletion logs or discussions for this spam:
- en:New-French Latinisation
- fr:Discussion:Système Nouvelle-France de latinisation du cantonais/Suppression
- zh:WP:頁面存廢討論/記錄/2012/07/02#新法蘭西粵語拼音方案 https://zh.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:%E6%97%A5%E5%BF%97&page=%E6%96%B0%E6%B3%95%E8%98%AD%E8%A5%BF%E7%B2%B5%E8%AA%9E%E6%8B%BC%E9%9F%B3%E6%96%B9%E6%A1%88
The subject is an unpublished invention. It is anything but encyclopaedic material. Flooding it onto six wikipedias is blatant self promotion. It is therefore spam.
This spam is also all over the place on https://yue.wiktionary.org/ .--01:48, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
Timeline of events:
- 1 Jan 2019 - As I dug into this wiki page and found out it was self promotion of non-notable unencyclopaedic material, I nominated it for deletion: yue:Wikipedia:刪文討論/歸檔/2019#新法蘭西粵語拼音方案.
- Initially I only cited the lack of any reliable secondary sources as the rationale, because that would be reasonably more than enough to get rid of the spam. As you should know, no wiki keeps unpublished, unsubstantiated fringe theories. But as the spamming user and the gang linked to all sorts of unreliable content farms or user-generated-content websites and denied self-promotion of unpublished invention (yue:special:diff/1253688, 爾篇文章並唔係任何維基用戶喺道發表自己嘅原創研究 which means This article is not any wiki user publishing their own original research here) in the AfD, it was necessary to point out its true nature.
- 24 Jan 2019, 13:58 - I reported these unfaithful attempts at distorting the AfD to the Admin Noticeboard (AN).
- 24 Jan 2019, 18:08 - Cedric tsan cantonais lobbied Deryck Chan to censor my AN reports: yue:special:diff/1260140.
- 24 & 25 Jan 2019 - Deryck Chan revdeleted my AN reports: yue:special:redirect/logid/247977 yue:special:redirect/logid/248029 yue:special:redirect/logid/248030 yue:special:redirect/logid/248031
- 25 Jan 2019 - Deryck Chan threatened to block me for reporting Cedric tsan cantonais's unfaithful attempts: yue:special:diff/1260285
- 6 Mar 2019, 14:42 - Deryck Chan closed the AfD as keep.
- Deryck Chan cited a socalled local rule to justify keeping it, even though this wiki page is in direct violation of the rule. yue:Wikipedia:唔啱維基百科嘅嘢 (yue version of Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not) is essentially the same as the policy on other wikis. As such, self-promotion of unpublished invention definitely ran afoul of Wikipedia is not a publisher of original thought and Wikipedia is not a soapbox or means of promotion. Wikipedia:唔啱維基百科嘅嘢 sets the foundation of yue:Wikipedia:收錄指引 (yue version of notability guidelines).
- 6 Mar 2019, 15:31 - I immediately objected to the closure and demanded follow-up of my censored AN reports, but it was ignored: yue:Wikipedia:城市論壇_(雜項)/歸檔/2019年6月#投訴長期未處理.
- 14 Aug 2019 - I made a formal complaint against Deryck Chan, but it was ignored too: yue:Wikipedia:城市論壇_(雜項)/歸檔/2019年12月#User:Deryck_Chan's_misconduct.
- 14 Aug 2019 - I also requested a review of the AfD: yue:Wikipedia:刪文討論/歸檔/2019#Special:Redirect/page/54299.
- 5 Mar 2020 - Deryck Chan removed the AfD review request before any input could be given by other users: yue:special:diff/1381238.
It should be noted that yuewiki admins have often failed to carry out necessary maintenance work: yue:Wikipedia:城市論壇_(雜項)/歸檔/2019年12月#Long-term_sysop_negligence.--01:48, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
By now, I have exhausted all local means to remove this spam. A major reason that my attempts failed is that Deryck Chan (1) colluded with the spammer Cedric tsan cantonais to deleted my AN reports such that the truth behind the spam was kept secret from other users; (2) manipulated the AfD process to keep the spam; (3) removed AfD review request.
This scandal also shows that yuewiki fails to govern itself as yuewiki admins collectively ignore the complaints, and yuewiki users are either too frightened from admin threats or too inactive as a whole to respond to any complaints.
Wikipedia is built by numerous volunteers who care about its quality. It earns its reputation as it upholds verifiability as its core values. But there're always those people who try profiteering from this and use it for self-promotion, because they know Google etc. will soon pick it up and re-publish their invention everywhere online. How disgusting and disgraceful!
However, admin abuse and gang collusion prevent any self-correcting attempts on yuewiki. For that reason I have stopped contributing to yuewiki. It is unworthy to have one's articles listed alongside disgusting spam.
- Statement by Deryck
Thanks User:Roy17 for raising this discussion on Meta.
This discussion concerns a dispute from 2019 that the Cantonese Wikipedia community was unable to resolve to Roy's satisfaction. I have suggested just over a year ago that he can escalate the issue to Meta. I am glad that he has taken up the offer but regret that he decided to characterize the issue as "admin abuse".
The crux of this dispute concerns one article, yue:新法蘭西粵語拼音方案 (Système Nouvelle-France de la Latinisation de la Langue Cantonaise, NF), about a system for transcribing Cantonese into Quebecois. In January 2019, Roy started an article deletion discussion (yue:Wikipedia:刪文討論/歸檔/2019#新法蘭西粵語拼音方案). Roy and one other editor argued for deletion based on a lack of notability (cf. en:WP:NOTE; yue:WP:NOTE) and that the article was original research (cf. en:WP:NOR; yue:WP:NOR), citing similar decisions on other Wikipedias. Four editors argued for keeping, demonstrating both primary and secondary coverage of this transcription system, and invoked a "cultural affiliation" exception to the inclusion policy (yue:WP:收錄指引). I closed the discussion as keep. (Roy's timeline - 1 Jan, 6 Mar 2019)
The Cantonese Wikipedia is not the only language edition of Wikipedia that has a codified exception to the doctrine of notability for topics with a close cultural affiliation to the language of the Wikipedia. - where local consensus exists, topics about Cantonese language and culture may have an article on the Cantonese Wikipedia despite otherwise failing secondary sourcing requirements. The Cantonese Wikipedia version of this rule had been applied informally for a few years prior to its codification in 2018, about four months before Roy started the deletion request in question.
As Roy wrote in his statement, he tried to reopen discussion in March 2019 and August 2019. Unfortunately, no other editors responded. Because Roy directed the complaints against me, I recused myself from those discussions, except for suggesting to Roy that he may escalate to Meta if he feels that the Cantonese Wikipedia community cannot address his concerns.
The "Long-term sysop negligence" discussion is an unrelated issue, which is justified criticism that Cantonese Wikipedia admins regularly fall behind in terms of dealing with maintenance backlogs. But surely the solution is to appoint more admins, not to complain about existing volunteer admins for not doing enough! Deryck C. 12:03, 9 July 2020 (UTC)
- Note to uninvolved editors: Please do not dismiss this RfC with "Meta is not appeals court". We genuinely want outside opinion on whether any WMF-wide policy should apply to this dispute, and if so whether they have been applied correctly. Deryck C. 13:10, 9 July 2020 (UTC)
- @Deryck Chan: If it really was personal information, why was it not reported to stewards to be oversighted? --Rschen7754 05:34, 11 July 2020 (UTC)
Some key questions for User:Deryck Chan and any other users:
On the spam problem:
- Do "Wikipedia is not a publisher of original thought" and "Wikipedia is not a soapbox or means of promotion" apply to yuewiki? --Roy17
- Do you refute the fact that User:Cedric tsan cantonais creating his unpublished invention on six wikipedias violated "Wikipedia is not a publisher of original thought" and "Wikipedia is not a soapbox or means of promotion"? --Roy17
- No comment, see below. --Deryck
On the admin abuse problem:
- Is reporting self-promotion and publication of original thought an act of harassment? --Roy17
- No, but my understanding of the harassment policy is that speculating an editor's off-wiki identity constitutes harassment. --Deryck
- Do you agree that Cedric tsan cantonais lying about his conflict of interest was disruptive to the AfD because it misled other editors on the authenticity of the spam article? --Roy17
- No comment, since this question was asked with the assumption that "Cedric lied about his COI" which I should not comment on according to en:WP:OUTING. The relevant policies concerning the editorial dispute at hand are yue:WP:NOR and yue:WP:NOTE, and Cedric's off-wiki identity is irrelevant. --Deryck
- Do you agree that deleting a genuine report of disruptive editing, threatening a block, and closing the AfD against wikipedia policies and ample evidence constitute abuse of the admin tools? --Roy17
- Admins are bound by community consensus, which generally override pre-existing written policy except in cases of immediate demonstrable harm e.g. copyright law violation, harassment. --Deryck
Comment It is my opinion that this matter belongs at yuewiki as an RFC, and not at meta. This is for locals to work out, not the whole community. There has been the chance for additional comment and it has been without that addition. Suggest close and send it back to the community. — billinghurst sDrewth 13:47, 8 November 2020 (UTC)
- There is no local RFC process, yet previous local discussions have, in my opinion, received sufficient attention and input from active community members. I believe the only thing that concerns the global community is how fundamental policies are to be interpreted at local, individual wikis. H78c67c (talk) 03:35, 22 November 2020 (UTC)