I've added this update (27 April 2006, 04:09 UTC) to the following post:
Thanks mr. Purdy's latest accomplishment. Linking to a site that took a poem from poetry without proper attribution, rather than linking to Poetry He proudly says NPR is using his screed against Wikipedia. He also brags that the admins here removed the complaints about him--actually it was just archived. Sigh redux.--Beth Wellington 00:51, 28 April 2006 (UTC)
It turns out that the defaming chat-thread, openly describing the plans for a personal attack against me, are only archived, not removed. Ms. Wellington ("a Roanoke, Virginia-based poet and journalist.... contributing editor to the New River Free Press,... book reviewer for the Roanoke Times and... member of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative (SAWC) and the Appalachian Studies Association"), who lives and works near Claudia Emerson, describes my phrase "To Wikipedia's credit" as "also brags that the admins here removed the complaints about him". More to come about Ms. Wellington, who, it turns out, actually began the ugly events described in Is Wikipedia Handing Out Your Browsing Information to Thousands? in order to maintain personal control over her fellow Virginian's (and personal friend's, perhaps?) Wiki fan-page in the wake of Emerson winning to Pulitzer for Poetry.
On to the original post:
Well, if I thought the incident described in Is Wikipedia Handing Out Your Browsing Information to Thousands? was astonishing, all I had to do was to wait a couple of days to wonder if it hasn't been out done by a mile.
To Wikipedia's credit, as of yesterday the first development was generally positive: the chat thread (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:ANI#Legal_threat_against_editor) in which Wikipedia users and administrators openly discuss going after me, in the world at large, has been removed.
At the same time, I could not help but notice that Virtual Grub Street's Palm Beaches Review had not received a Google search engine hit in a day and a half. That has not happened since the first couple of days of its existence. Upon checking, I discover that many if not all of the individual pages of Virtual Grub Street's Palm Beaches Review no longer appear on the Google search-engine. Could someone among the Wikipedia Users have a contact in the Google search-engine offices that (s)he contacted after the fashion described in Is Wikipedia Handing Out Your Browsing Information to Thousands? There are thousands of such users, after all, and a whole lot of power networking goin' on.
I strongly advise that no one donate to Wikipedia so long as such behavior is being indulged in.