Case studies

 

This case study focuses on consensus building on social media platforms specifically wikis, and primarily focuses on Wikipedia.

This study focuses on “harassment”, as defined by the Wikipedia community editing guidelines, which is referred to in this study as editor suppression.

This event travels across three of the main controversies on Wikipedia; Biographies of a Living Person (BLP), Fringe subjects (WP: Fringe), and Paid/Agenda Editing. 

This study focused on two well-publicized and well-known wiki wars occurring on Wikipedia, the biographical articles about Rupert Sheldrake and Deepak Chopra, and I worked directly with these subjects through the entire process.

To show the distinctions between genuine editing and editor suppression, this case study solely focused on editing biographical, non-controversial information about the subjects, and neither engaged in nor initiated any editing or discussion into their “theories” or claims.

Employed, tested, and piloted was a methodology of collaborative consensus building designed to be employed in contentious environments for the purposes of achieving a resolution, expressed as a Wikipedia article.

More will be published on this methodology and platform (aiki wiki) when time permits.

This study continually grows in scope primarily because of one component of my methodology; I document and respond directly to each instance of targeting or harassment I have received over four years while I attempt to find recourse for a resolution.

I did not predict that I would be a target of harassment when I began this study. Nor did I realize it would ever extend into the darker depths of “wiki” communities that it did, and never in my wildest dreams did I believe it would continue to give me a unique insight and deeper understanding of the psychologies that lurk under the surface of the internet for the past four years since it began.

Therefore, this study is still a work in progress, apologies in advance for any incompleteness or in many cases – too much.

Introduction: What is a wiki war?

Part One: Collaborative consensus building in a contentious editing environment.

Biography of a Living Person; Rupert Sheldrake

Editing accounts: Tumbleman (talk | contribs), Philosophyfellow (contribs)

Biography of a Living Person; Deepak Chopra

Editing account: SAS81 (talk | contribs)

Case study commentary

Part Two: “Wiki war craft”: Editor suppression, stalking, targeting, character assassination, impersonations, email threats, and blackmail.

What Rome is claiming didn’t happen. And if it did, it wasn’t that bad. And if it was, that’s not a big deal. And if it is, that’s not my fault. And if it was, I didn’t mean it. And if I did…Rome Viharo deserved it.

The psychological stages of an harasser’s defense.