> OK, can you explain why you participate on Wikipediocracy?

Thanks, Edward! I was starting to worry that no one would ask.

I participate on WO because I think every voice deserves to be heard.
And I will go wherever people feel comfortable speaking freely to hear
them. Some of us feel comfortable on this list; others are more
comfortable on a criticism-oriented site like WO. That social pattern
is not uncommon, and in these situations I usually feel comfortable in
both environments.

The trash talk. . . Most of the concerns I've heard about WO involve
the snarky, personal comments that are front and center in the forums.
I know this makes it very difficult for many people to listen to
anything else they have to say. I've called them out on this a few
times, but I was reminded that everyone is there for different reasons
and the trash talk somehow works for a few of them. What can I say?
The great thing about free speech is that everyone is free to say
anything. The only thing I can think of that might be better is that
everyone is free to ignore anything. ;)

Beyond the trash talk are some very real concerns from some very
insightful people. If you're concerned about whether I'm getting
accurate information, I don't take for granted anything said there
without a secondary source- just like anything said here. Some of the
concerns I've heard there seem to be taboo in the mainstream WP
community. It's very interesting that WO was brought up when I asked
about Child Protection Policies, for example. Harassment Policy is
another issue that seems to be unwelcome in some forums. But there are
also concerns that I've seen come up in this forum, too, like how to
improve the quality of articles. That's not too surprising, since I'm
not the only person who is active in both communities. There are more
concerns than I can go through here, but I started a relatively
trash-free thread there to get an understanding of their concerns:
http://wikipediocracy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=4531. Maybe it
would help others, too. If it would be welcome here, I'd pose the same
question to understand the greatest concerns in this community.

Finally, I ask everyone to respect my own right to free speech. I am
not just Lila's partner; I am a person with my own opinions, my own
motives, my own interests, and my own needs. I have no professional
affiliation with WMF, and Lila and I have gotten pretty good at
keeping our professional lives to ourselves at home. For those of you
who work at the WMF and have voiced concern over my participation on
WO, you can rest assured that I have absolutely no influence over your
professional lives. For everyone in the WP community, I'd like you to
know that I form my personal opinions of people on my direct
interactions with them- not what someone says on a forum somewhere.
Please, feel free to interact with me. :) There were also some
concerns about my mentioning that I communicate with some of the
people at the WMF about WP stuff. I stopped mentioning any employees
of the WMF- including those in my immediate family- and I've come to
the conclusion that it isn't in anyone's best interests to discuss
anything related to WP in private with WMF employees. I'm kinda
learning as we go here, so I apologize for any brainfarts like that.
Ultimately, I'm asking you to treat me as you would any new WP
contributor, because, at the end of the day, that is all I am.

I'm hoping to get to know all of the people in this forum better. It's
harder for me to follow along here because a lot of the stuff is very
specific and often discussed with little context. I'll catch up. In
the meantime, I'll continue asking questions, some of which may be
inconvenient. Like I said, I am not Lila; I'm that guy who asks stuff
while everyone else is hoping he just keeps his mouth shut. :P Please
respect my right to free speech; I'll be respecting your right to
ignore me.


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