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@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor Let me tell you a little bit about how the @Wikipedia farce works from someone who spent a lot of time battling there as an editor.

There are 2 types of editors on WP: inclusionists and exclusionists. The former favor keeping all content, the later only want "notable" content.1/
@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor @Wikipedia Long story short, the exclusionists won, and now "notability" is the law of the land. Anything deemed not notable is deleted -- and this is a hard delete, with no history preserved as in other actions on the Wiki. It's like that content never existed. 2/
@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor @Wikipedia So who decides what's notable? It's basically controlled by an oligarchy of long time editors who have risen in status via a combination of "edit counts" (think "experience points" in a MMORPG) and plenty of good ol' ass-kissin'. 3/
@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor @Wikipedia But, there's a catch. If your "POV" doesn't mesh with the ideals of the oligarchy, you will not be able to rise. You will be labeled a "tendentious editor" and eventually get blocked permanently. 4/
@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor @Wikipedia Case in point: there was an amazingly prolific editor named Cla68, who created dozens if not hundreds of quality, well-researched articles, many of which became "feature articles". Under normal circumstances, he would have risen to the top of the editor hierarchy, 5/
@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor @Wikipedia But Cla68 didn't kowtow to the oligarchical power brokers. He often fought back when challenged on things such as bias and "notability". Want to know Cla68's status today? Here you go. Indefinitely blocked. One of WP's best content-producers, banished permanently. 6/
@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor @Wikipedia This is how an oligarchy of a few hundred maintains its stranglehold on WP content which they tell you is produced by everyone. It's a huge lie. @Wikipedia is now a tool of the anointed to broadcast their dogma and squelch dissent. 7/
@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor @Wikipedia Another example from the other side: the @malcolmken deletion debate was closed by someone named "Guy". I know him well. He's been an admin there for at least 10-15 years. He is rude and opinionated, and rules with an iron fist. 8/
@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor @Wikipedia @malcolmken This "Guy" (username JzG) is quick to stomp on anything that doesn't fit his POV. Notice how he closed the Kendrick debate early -- that's a typical tactic of Guy and others like him: when the debate gets contentious, they shut it down and delete immediately. 9/
@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor @Wikipedia @malcolmken And if you try to argue your point too strongly, you will be labeled "tendentious", the first step on the path to banishment. I saw it HUNDREDS of times in my stint there. This Dr. Kendrick deletion debate brought it all back to me. NOTHING has changed in the last decade. 10/
@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor @Wikipedia @malcolmken So essentially, @Wikipedia today is nothing more than a tool for the anointed to spread its dogma and suppress any ideas that don't fit that dogma. It was a great idea in concept, and for a while it worked great, until the anointed got a stranglehold on the content. 11/
@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor @Wikipedia @malcolmken The one good thing: all its content is open-sourced, so in theory, someone could go grab the database and fork the project outside of Wikipedia's control, reboot the platform with a more robust feedback mechanism for content, something akin StackOverflow or Quora. 12/
@BarryCPearson @FatEmperor @Wikipedia @malcolmken Until that time though, do NOT trust Wikipedia for anything contentious. At best, use it to collect references on a topic, which you can then examine directly.

And by all means, DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO @Wikipedia! It is a failure and it should die a natural death. 13/end
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