So there were other people nominating articles for deletion en mass without trying to improve them... you joined in. Then it was discovered that those others were sock puppeteers whose intention was to disrupt and sabotage Wikipedia while pissing everone off... and so you decided the best course of action was to CONTINUE to do the same thing.
Not really. As pointed out on WP, just because a sock puppet suggested somethin doesn't mean it's wrong. The socks get banned, but people can make up their mind about what's right.
It's pretty obvious that efforts like this aren't really done by people trying to improve wikipedia. There's a lot to be said for correcting, limiting, or containing articles, but outright removing information that could be clearly and succinctly presented is clearly contrary to wiki's overall principles. In this case, there are an awful lot of smaller and less significant organizations listed in wiki, and pursuing the Timelines brand in this way clearly isn't an efficient way to make wiki better.
So, the real question is, what are people who do this trying to do. What's in it for them? I suppose the easy analysis is that it's just a power trip from internet dwellers craving some sense of authority, but I really doubt it's so simple. People don't target information for eradication randomly like that. I think it's pretty likely that this started somewhere with a po'd TF fan, who decided to use wiki to pursue a personal agenda, and everything just fell out from that.
My point is, while I suppose the wiki community can be blamed for having easily manipulated or bandwagon-y elements, I suspect the Transformers community created this problem itself. I don't think we get to be holier-than-thou to wikipedia on this, because it's probably one of our own crazies who started it.
Hmmm, if by "the Transformers community created this problem itself", do you mean that they written terrible articles that shouldn't stand a chance for a ood number of reasons and then never did anything to fix it until some people get pissed of and start getting rid of the articles?
I think the people deletin this are trying to improve WP, the whole "just because it's true doesn't mean belongs here" thing is the best justification I find for their notability rule. Plus, a lot of the articles are just really, really bad. It's at least improving like "expelling the struggling students to improve a school's average performance". Although unlike students, articles are not living people. I think here
has some answers. Perhaps some things I did had seemed like campaigning, but I stopped those things. And, unlike what Mignash has continually said, I never used that description on myself. He could have pointed out that somethin was wrong with that, but he kept commentin on something I didn't do, and only pointed out what I most definitely did wrong there like months ago (the link there should show that).
Edited by Item42, 11 January 2011 - 03:10 PM.