2018 ArbCom voter guide

Before reading this, make sure you know what Arbcom is! This guide assumes you know about Arbcom, you can find out more about Arbitration 2018 in another post. So there are currently some arbs, and soon some arbs will be replaced with other arbs. This fun event is held annually, and this 2018 edition voter guide…

Dr. Raymond Ward Arritt

Dr. Raymond Ward Arritt, (September 19, 1957 – November 14, 2018) of Ames, passed away unexpectedly of a stroke on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Raymond was born September 19, 1957, to Muriel Louise Smith and Raymond Ward Arritt, Sr. in Covington, Virginia. He grew up in Lynchburg and Richmond, Virginia,…

Arbitration 2018

Today we look at the English Wikipedia Arbitration Committee (ArbCom) election 2018.  6 members will be elected to serve one or two year terms as Arbitrators, a group of Wikipedians who nominally oversee the behaviour of administrators.  Whether the candidates get one or two year terms depends on the amount of support they receive in…

@congressedits vandal arrested by Capitol Police

The United States House of Representatives was recently harboring a vandal, who was posting personal information of US senators onto Wikipedia pages. Alas after covering Oshwah blocking congress, other Wikipedians decided this was rash and proceeded to unblock it. The irritants in the House then doxed other senators in the same way as before. Unfortunately,…

Breitbart blacklist

Following the ban of the Daily Mail, Breitbart has now also been banned from the world’s largest online encyclopedia. But is this due to reliability concerns or is it just political posturing? One day in 2017, Wikipedians ganged up to express their deep hatred for a British right-of-centre newspaper with a solid 100 year plus…

Wikipedia Admin Oshwah blocks United States Congress

There is a twitter account where you can see edits made the US Congress. This feed is going to be a bit slow for a week, because Oshwah has just blocked the entire US Congress IP range from editing Wikipedia. 23:07, 27 September 2018 Oshwah (talk | contribs) blocked 143.231.0.0/16 (talk) with an expiration time of 72 hours (anon. only, account creation blocked) (Vandalism) 23:28, 27…

How to: Create a SockPuppet!

Perhaps this is easy, maybe not so much. If done right a sockpuppet can survive for 500 or even a thousand edits without being detected. Some masters of the craft have managed to go years without detection. So you want to sock and not get caught? Well, it’s not exactly easy, but there are definitely some things…

Encyclopedia Fucking Dramatica

This report deliberately contains no links, do not visit Encyclopedia Dramatica. Encyclopedia Dramatica (ED) is the world’s most infamous troll version of Wikipedia. Unfortunately the site is so massively overshadowed by 4Chan, that no self respecting normal person will ever have heard of them. Even most Wikipedia users have no idea the site exists. You should never…

Joefromrandb

Joefromrandb is a really troublesome Wikipedia editor. Recently his six month arbitration committee enforced block expired, and he is editing again. It is unknown if he a member of any cabal, save perhaps the rude grumpy not-an-admin clique. He also thinks anyone that isn’t logged in is probably a vandal, or at least his tolerance of…

The Trump Horizon

“The Trump Horizon”, a term coined by GreenMeansGo in February, is coming up again. Simply put, the Trump Horizon is the concept that you will be able to find some source relating Donald Trump to almost any subject. This is problematic; I’m sure most people agree he shouldn’t be mentioned in every article. Most people,…