To Luis and others, 

First thank you for responding. Now,  you referred to WMF lawyer Michelle 
Paulson's "excellent blog post," yes I suppose it is that. It's a terrific 
marketing document and piece of salesmanship, with feel-good phrases like "the 
Wikimedia way is unique," "open and collaborative process," and "the policy 
wouldn’t have been possible without support from users like you." Its title is 
a bit ominous: "Launching a Privacy Policy Built the Wiki Way." I, and 90 
percent of editors if they understood what they are about to be subjected to, 
want a privacy policy built by lawyers and executives that they reasonably 
trust to protect their interests, not one that purports to be written as if a 
Wikipedia article by whomever shows up and starts typing.

Is the policy, as Paulson states, truly "intended to protect the user 
community?" Explain to me and others that are concerned how Wikipedia using 
tracking pixels, supercookies, GPS technology, and metadata on us is designed 
to protect us. As Jimi Hendrix sang: "let us stop talking falsely now, the 
hour's getting late." What Paulson and Brigham are doing there, only with the 
other tracking and analysis technologies that I quoted directly from the policy 
in my email preceding last, is not protecting the users but rather establishing 
the legal defense position of "you were duly warned."

Luis, please tell me if I'm wrong then, for example, how my being monitored at 
Wikipedia with tracking pixels and GPS technologies protects me or my 
I also disagree with you where you emphasize that there were 200,000 words of 
constructive discussion. To anyone who reads Wikipedia talkpages, there is a 
great portion of chat-room-like content as well as redundancy as well as people 
that just don't know what they are talking about. So it doesn't convince me for 
you to brandish "200,000 words," no more than "2 million." Wikipedia editors 
don't keep up with that, they depend on specialists to look out for their 
interests, and this policy is not doing that at all. 

How does it look out for the community's interests to accord total anonymity 
and exemption from the policy to the hundreds of administrators that are 
basically online role-playing gamers, pushing around editors and 
"investigating" them at whim and to the devil knows what ends? Not long ago one 
of these types actually banned a Nobel Prize winner Brian Josephson. The same 
administrator had previously boasted on Wikipedia of his large penis, and 
further cursed a content editor that he should "rot in the hell that is eternal 
block." Josephson won his Nobel in physics "for his theoretical predictions of 
the properties of a supercurrent through a tunnel barrier." The administrator, 
that goes by at least three known usernames, is a cheap dumb anonymous 
cyberbully. The world the WMF is making places the one above the other, but I'm 
not sure it's the right one. 

The answer is simple on that part at least. The WMF must start identifying, if 
not publicly at least to it, those it accords access to the 
personal-identifiable information of editors. They're going to behave better if 
they know they can be held accountable for their actions. 

Trillium Corsage

05.06.2014, 18:34, "Luis Villa" <>:
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