Wikipedia, We Have a Problem (WWHP) is a first-person case study into the phenomenon of ‘wiki wars’.
Misinformation, disinformation, fake encyclopedias, sock puppets, catfishes, gaslighting, digital wildfires, trolls, stalkers, impersonators, social propaganda, edge lords, flag waving, blackmail, astroturfing, and “joe jobbing” occurring on Wikipedia and the broader web are all apart of this study and story.
Editor suppression, defined:
Editor suppression refers to various methods and tactics used on Wikipedia which game WikiMedia’s software and Wikipedia’s editing guidelines to remove minority viewpoints from editing by sanctioning them off of an article or the platform itself.
Often this is a form of community-sanctioned censorship and can often extend beyond that. In more extreme cases, I believe, it sometimes extends further into the violation of human dignity and civil rights.
Best practices, rules of engagement:
All of my confrontations with individuals I’ve engaged with are 100% defensive, sincere, patient, and non-toxic. On occasion, I try to be funny. Additionally, I continually offer new openings for resolution and in many instances Wikipedia, We Have a Problem functions as a “negotiation” for this purpose.
Research and development.
This study informs development of aiki.wiki, an online platform for responsible, rational, and collaborative consensus building, collective editing, and collaborative curation. Solutions architecture for misinformation, harassment, disinformation, fake news, online bullies, and any form of information disruption occurring on the world wide web.
Narrative story telling.
Documenting harassment for almost four years became somewhat like a diary, often a therapeutic way for me to make sense of what was happening to me as a “target” in this peculiar online subculture. Sometimes I might play with it a little bit and get creative, but my intention is to always tell it responsibly.
Also, don’t let them fool you.
Wikipedia, We Have a Problem is:
- NOT: A revenge site designed to get back at Wikipedia editors.
- NOT: an harassment site designed to “provoke” skeptics.
- NOT: a doxxing site, stalking Wikipedia editors.
- NOT: a ‘conspiracy theory’.
- NOT: published to “cover up” something else on the web.
- NOT: paid for by any alt med or any third party or special interest group.
- NOT: promoting any ideologies, viewpoints, opinions, or beliefs.
- NOT: interested in promoting, debunking, refuting, science or anti-science viewpoints.
Live events, real time publishing, disclaimer.
This website has been published in real time, as events happen or occur.
All posts and pages initially are published unedited, mistakes and all. This is intentional.
Through feedback from the community – these posts become edited, refined, and improved.
See an issue? Any mistakes? Something not clear?
Help keep me straight.
you can contact the author: Rome.viharo AT gmail.
you can read more about the author here.