Wednesday, May 03, 2006

"...pack psychology driven anarchy..."

In the below Wikipedia "Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents" chat-thread older and wiser hands try to calm a newer User (the upper-case "U" indicating a registered Wikipedia user) who finds Wikipedia to consist of "pack psychology driven anarchy" (see: "Is Wikipedia Handing Out Your Browsing Information to Thousands?"):

In any case, I am slowly coming to the realization that Wikipedia is a mostly headless beneficient dictatorship combined with a loose level of consensus process resulting actually in pack psychology driven anarchy, and, I will probably quit participating, because i don't see that theres any sane way to deal with abusiveness, and the policies in place that do deal with the issues require exorbitant amounts of time and energy, which means that only the very worst problems are ever resolved, and editors who are clearly gaming the system and manipulating and lying can continue to do so as long as they are clever enough not to become a really big pain to some administrator. Prometheuspan 19:59, 28 April 2006 (UTC)

Of course, the older hands are only that: older. They are most certainly not wiser, at least not by any definition that would be accepted outside of the anti-Oz of Wikiworld. It is the newer User, as of yet imperfectly assimilated into Wikiworld, who still retains a glimmer of reality-orientation.

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