One of the more humorous aspects of dealing with Wikipedia is how contradictory the actions of administrators are to the message they try to convey.
So for this update, I thought I'd like to expose some of the "Great Lies" of wikipedia.
Lie #1: "It's the message, not the messenger."
This is often quoted by administrators claiming they are "fair" on a given topic.
Unfortunately, the opposite is shown by the evidence at hand. If the message was to be dealt with fairly, administrators would not be in such a rush to hunt down "suspected sockpuppets" constantly, vandalizing user pages and terrorizing new users while claiming they are "sockpuppets" of some long-lost grudge.
Slimvirgin, David Gerard, and various of their toady suck-ups have recently been on an attack vector again, declaring a large swath of new users to be "sockpuppets" of the old Enviroknot account.
Exceedingly funny is that if one examines the Contributions of this account, it never broke the rules. How they got rid of this user for disagreeing with them? They conflated the account with an arbitration it had nothing to do with, lied about CheckUser evidence (this wasn't the first time David Gerard did that, nor has the recent spate of poorly justified "Checkuser" results helped the situation any), and generally abused users constantly.
Up until right before he was banned, Enviroknot was still making useful contributions to the encyclopedia.
The joke is: it's always the "messenger". If the messenger is new and has only written on one subject, they are a "single purpose account" and subject to removal/harassment. If they are new, they are a "suspected sockpuppet" - and the verdict is always the same, Guilty. If they have been around a while, they are a "sleeper account."
The bottom line is that when an abusive administrator decides to attack someone, the message or whether they are a good editor is secondary to whether or not the administrator just really wants to remove them. If they do, it'll happen, because the administrator will either cook up some excuse, or just harass them until they do something "block-worthy" in return.
Which brings us to
Lie #2: Nobody new ever comes to Wikipedia
This is, of course, a lie. New people come to wikipedia all the time.
However, the policies in place ON wikipedia are specifically designed to prevent new editors from coming up unless they are friends of established POV warriors or administrators themselves. New contributors who don't agree with the orthodoxy or have an administrator friend to help them are wiped out quickly so that the established POV gangs can maintain control over their articles.
Examples of this are quite simple:
Sockpuppet policy gives administrators broad latitude to declare anyone they like a "sockpuppet."
Funnily enough, wikipedia has contradictory policies.
Policy #1: "Keep heated issues in a small area", allows for users to create new accounts before editing on a controversial topic. This is contradicted by the single purpose account policy, which says that accounts that only edit in a given area may be ignored and reverted at will.
Policy #2: "Don't bite the Newbies" - this, in a nutshell, tells administrators to assume good faith on the part of new accounts.
It is also to be described as "If someone isn't as dumb as a box of rocks, they're not new" - or at least, that's how administrators behave. The most common "reasoning" for an administrator calling someone a "sockpuppet" is that they have done something "no new user could possibly know how to do" - in other words, someone who reads the policies, lurks, and examines how edits work before editing is going to get called a sockpuppet just for learning how the system works.
Interestingly enough, the BITE policy has a telling statement: nothing scares potentially valuable contributors away faster than hostility or elitism.
Why is this interesting? Because this is precisely the goal of the abusive administrators. They want, no, need, to drive away anyone new who disagrees with them, because if they did not, then ultimately they bear the risk of enough new users coming in to overturn their bogus "consensus" on the articles they control.
If you ban the new users as they come in, however, they are never more than one or two strong, and the rest of the corrupt administration will support you for it.