By the Masked Maggot
It’s been an interesting week in Wikiland, and in Wikipediocracy country too!
It all started several weeks ago during the ARBCOM elections. Early on, there were some seriously odd characters running for the seats, and not many others. Several folks on the Wikipediocracy forums suggested that “one of us” should run, and it turns out that one did, though we didn’t know it at the time. Not only did he run, but he won, and won with the most support of any of the candidates.
About a week and a half ago, our superb team of investigators figured out who 28bytes is in “real life”. His identity (or “dox”, though it wasn’t really his dox) appeared on the public forum briefly, but was taken out of sight for a while at his request. He briefly considered “coming out” here on our blog, but decided that doing so on WP would be the better approach. The investigative team then began to suspect that he was also an insider here on Wikipediocracy as well, and what do ya know… they were right again.
As you can imagine, some of us were annoyed, some amused, some angry, most surprised. Some of the Wikipedians seem a bit shocked that we have a “super secret forum” where we review blog posts before publishing them (the horrors!), and of course the wheels of the Wikipedia drama machine are spinning away, though that’s not news, is it?
All we can say to those of our readers who aren’t Wikipedians: wikidrama is as contagious as flu and as addictive as a bad soap opera or reality show. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
We wish you all a happy New Year: we know it’s going to be a good one now that we’ve taken the first step towards taking over Wikipedia!
Editor’s epilogue: as of 22:37 (UTC) Sunday afternoon, 28bytes has resigned his Arbcom seat. Now the world will never know whether he was a Wikipediocracy mole who had penetrated the inner sanctum of Wikipedia, or vice versa, or simply a Rorschach test upon which frenzied partisans of both camps chose to project their most deeply felt paranoid fantasies. When the smoke clears, we will probably find a lesson here about the pitfalls of pseudonymous activity on the web. Was 28bytes/Mason a consummate gamer and black-hearted covert operative, or a nice guy with the best of intentions who found himself reviled by factions of both the organizations he was (discreetly) trying to assist? I’m inclined to think he was the latter. It would have been fun to learn the answers. — HK
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