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(Out of order) link to an en.wiki blocklog / Redress[edit]

Since an en.wikipedia blocklog has been linked to for rhetorical purpose,
let it be noted that:

  • OK. Maybe an admin at en.wiki will look into this again, maybe not. I would like to think we are infinitely patient, and *infinitely* approachable. If user:Proofreader77 is wanting redress, sending the most crucial portion of the above post to Arbcom at en.wiki by email maybe is the way to go, if that is desired and available. Not for me to say. I do like sonnets, but defer to the need for only constructive contributions to the en.pedia. Newbyguesses 23:52, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Much appreciate your gracious reply, Newbyguesses. The only reason this is noted here in the context of the RfC is that a link to a blocklog from en.wiki was posted in a meta discussion (with the edit summary "context"). An en.wikipedia blocklog is never self-explanatory, and to simply wave it in the air to characterize someone's behavior/character is out of order in a meta discussion. I chose to redress the implications implied, with notes suggesting that the entries in the blocklog are not clear "facts" (as implied by the link text "incidents"), but rather artifacts of perhaps flawed behavior by others than the person whose blocklog it is.

    (I.E., This is not another RfC. :-) -- Proofreader77 01:10, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

Many moons ago (August 2011) I privately offered to unblock you on English Wikipedia. I found you to be a useful member of the English Wikipedia community there. The offer still stands. I also informed you that you could/should appeal to Arbcom to be unbanned. As far as I know, *you* havent tried either of those option, so either you or Mbz1 using a meta RFC is inappropriate. I appreciate that you're not instigating the Meta RFC, but (afaik) you are not informing the community here that you know you have an appeal option open to you. John Vandenberg 01:43, 12 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Thank you for your kind words, John (re useful), although I would suggest only a few understand what I was doing of value before being deflected into a master course on the social dynamics of the Wikipedia project pages.
  • re your August 2011 email - (As worded) see my August 2011 reply. (Off topic for this RfC talk page)
  • re duty to inform meta community of options - As I have never asked the meta community to consider anything re Proofreader77/en.wikipedia, yada yada yada
On topic: I reiterate that a prominent en.wiki admin posted a link to an en.wiki blocklog on the project page of this discussion in response to a general "Comment." I have noted that such linking was inappropriate, and redressed the rhetorical implications of that linking in the collapsed section above (originally concluding "No further discussion," and have now collapse-header identified as "[not for discussion].")

METACOMMENT: RfC - At least from my own perspective, it would be more useful from a dispute resolution perspective to have an RfQ (Request for Questions) in which concerned community members can ask questions (with diffs) re why an editor was doing what they were doing in a certain situation. (Rather than broad brush summaries of someone's behavior that often tend toward character assassination). While you might respond that that is what a user's talk page is for, I can assure you no one ever asked me there (or at least no sincere question of clarification, but only amplifications of pre-judged allegations). AN/I notices. Improper warnings based on misperceptions. On topic/connection: An RfC regarding the behavior of one administrator does not address the social dynamics problem of once someone's block log has a mark on it, other administrations may behave as if that is a license to act without careful consideration, and add further blocks based on the "evidence of the blocklog" that they are dealing not with someone who deserves respect, but an enemy of the community. [Excuse rhetorical flourish amidst peroration.]

METACOMMENT: As ArbCom is a social balancing mechanism (rather than a system of justice), it is not surprising that its responses are extension/formalization of the social dynamics issues beneath. I.E., Proofreader77 can only be seen under the illumination of the block log -- [on topic/connection] which is how the prominent admin who linked to the blocklog implies you should see Proofreader77 (who may appear quite differently in different light -- provided by the collapsed section above. Selah. :-)

PS [preemptive retort] To no one in particular ... ;-) if Wikipedia had a legal system, there might such a thing as "wikilawyering," since it does not, it is (often) a bullying term with which to club those who are merely defending their honor in the face of group/social abuse. And while that is a contentious and unpleasant note with which to conclude, the thousands/millions of hours wasted by those attempting to defend/restore their honor in the realm of Wikipedia -- incurred because there cannot possibly be enough administrators to do the work, and so given the limits of time, the official position must (in effect be) Grin and bear it, or begone -- [To all:] UNTIL perhaps social (and technological) design innovation allows Wikipedia to evolve to be a place where everyone can edit without the social frustrations (including unnecessary harm to ones identity, however encoded in screennames) that darken horizons now. I really don't know: perhaps that's what meta is for.
-- Proofreader77 20:50, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

I appreciate that you felt it necessary to respond here regarding your en.wiki blocklog. My personal opinion is that it would have been equally important for you to respond regarding Mbz1's activity here, indicating that you were aware that you had options available to you. John Vandenberg 02:20, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
DIALOGUE/ANALYSIS
  • ARB: You failed to do something you had a duty to do.
  • P77: Decline allegation without elaboration of negation.
(Do we need a rhetorical sonnet for clarification? :-)
-- Proofreader77 12:31, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

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-- Proofreader77 12:31, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

(Off topic) proposal re unblocking offer :-)[edit]

If an arbitrator on en.wikipedia wishes to unblock Proofreader77 with the following edit summary, I would not object:

(Note the smiley in the topic header. Will need more time to pass to allow further attrition of dislikers of Proofreader77; perhaps 2024 so I can current-events wrangle NPOV of the Taylor Swift presidential campaign article against POV-pushing Taylor Swift haters. :-)

I believe the original topic has been addressed sufficiently, and has reached a point of circularity which can only lead to sonnetization.:-) A gracious wave to all, and a special salute to TheWizardOfOz (coda to my comment on the project page)
-- Proofreader77 22:06, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

Mbz1's lynch mobs comment[edit]

The following was in response to Sandstein's support which reads "to prevent continuing disputes resolved at the local level continuing here"

This option should be available here, if for nothing else then to provide a place for the victims of arbcom closed tribunals and of a lynch mob that sees nothing wrong with lynching a person who does not even allow to defend himself. Today you became a part of this lynch mob, sandstein. Congratulations!--Mbz1 10:04, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

Mbz, the term "lynch mob" is politically charged and highly inappropriate. Lynch mobs were violent. Has anyone laid a hand on you? Lynch mobs killed people. You're obviously alive. Reword your statement, please. Philippe (WMF) 10:39, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
Sorry, I will not do it. This is a common way to use the words even, if nobody actually is getting killed: "Social lynch mob have hit their target", "Nick Freeman: This jealous lynch mob is hounding out all our talent";"Banker-bashers: a lynch mob with PhDs" and so on.--Mbz1 10:54, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
Mbz, at a quick reading much of what you say in your RfC/U makes sense. The problem is that I don't know the case, I'm not going to take the time to research it in detail, and without knowing that dozens of good WP editors and admins will be looking at it also, I won't have any confidence that I'm not being fooled. I think most other outside observers will react similarly. That and that the major procedural flaws you allege - for example, that you were blocked for e-mailing ArbCom to state your case - are being lost in the particulars of the case. I believe you would be better served with a process that is not "everything about Gwen Gale" or "everything about Mbz", but which requires you to state these specific procedural flaws one by one here and ask for a broader community to assess these issues, one by one, and decide whether there's something wrong with how en.wiki is being run. Wnt 15:43, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for reading it over, and saying that it makes sense. You made an interesting comment in particular "I don't know the case, I'm not going to take the time to research it in detail." Of course the only way to make sure you are not being "fooled" is to click on differences, and ask specific questions, but it is too late now anyway. The RFC is closed. Thanks anyway.--Mbz1 02:01, 12 February 2012 (UTC)
Using the words "lynch mob" directly next to a user's name, looks like a *personal attack* to me. Newbyguesses 21:18, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

Notification of other projects[edit]

Obviously the en.wiki knows about this. I've personally notified en.wikinews. Sandstein was kind to translate the proposal and notify de.wiki de:Wikipedia:Projektdiskussion#Meta-wiki_requests_for_comment_on_users. More to come. ASCIIn2Bme 18:48, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks to both of you for your work. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 19:28, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
It.wiki notified too. Salvio Let's talk about it! 21:34, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Notified on en Wikibooks QU TalkQu 22:05, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Thank you. SJ talk   04:28, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

If the notification is to be taken seriously, why not use CentralNotice? Maybe this RFC isn't well-enough formed for that, but in principle, for a substantial global change, it ought to be considered. Rd232 (talk) 01:22, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

We need translations first. Besides, I don't think is such a major issue. It's certainly something that other wikis should be made aware of, but a post on their equivalent of w:WP:Village Pump is adequate, I think. ASCIIn2Bme (talk) 10:00, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

By the way, has anyone notified ruwiki? The editor who did that translation said that he doesn't want to edit on ruwiki. ASCIIn2Bme (talk) 10:00, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Even posting an English message on the Village Pump there would be fine (usually they get translated pretty quickly).--Ymblanter (talk) 10:10, 16 February 2012 (UTC)
More people wasting their time needed? --Vituzzu (talk) 14:10, 16 February 2012 (UTC)
Is it time wasting? It won't change the RfC outcome but that wasn't the point (or at least it wasn't my point) in advertising this to other communities. Although the RfC was started in reaction to the RfC that inappropriately intruded on en:wp's remit, it has started a debate that is useful for the full WMF community. There are lots of smaller projects with no dispute resolution process that would benefit from taking advantage of a 'proper' process at Meta - a "global ArbCom excluding projects with local ArbComs". By encouraging contributors to those projects to read this RfC it may help create a consensus to build such a process that would benefit them. I'm not overly optimistic that it will, but I don't think it is a waste of time to try. QU TalkQu 19:40, 16 February 2012 (UTC)
Did you look at how previous cross-wiki proposals of some importance have reached consensus? Anyway, where did this RfC become about "global ArbCom excluding projects with local ArbComs"? Should I redirect it to the actual RfC on the topic again? Nemo 08:54, 17 February 2012 (UTC)
I didn't say it was about "global ArbCom...", I meant (and I thought I said) that it might help encourage that separate proposal to get more traction. I'm not clear why you seem so bad tempered in your response. I always thought meta was a polite place for civil discussion... QU TalkQu 20:46, 17 February 2012 (UTC)
Speaking of that other proposal -- I hope that interested people will revive discussion about it. I have often seen it mentioned recently, but not constructively on its own pages. SJ talk   04:30, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

Clarify first sentence[edit]

I would add "about the conduct of another user" to the first sentence. This would clarify that this is only about RfCs about user conduct, something which is already rare on Meta. Many of the Opposing statements seem to misunderstand that and to be talking about all sorts of other RfCs or requests for help that a user might make here on Meta.

Approving this suggestion would in no way limit the ability of a user banned on some arbitration-enabled project to ask for help here. It simply wouldn't allow them to post and maintain an RfC challenging the behavior of another user. SJ talk   04:28, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

Could you provide a few examples of useful RFCs a contributor might post about about themselves? (I've never seen one that didnt focus on another user..;-)) John Vandenberg (talk) 06:23, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
You're suggestion is reasonable, so here we go. I've added "set of users" because many RFCs target a small set of users rather than just one user. Maybe "group of users" would be better. John Vandenberg (talk) 06:28, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
I think the original wording was clear enough, but I don't object to this change. ASCIIn2Bme (talk) 10:47, 20 February 2012 (UTC)