Sad. In his time Nichalp was a legend. his edits along with those of his compatriots gave a solid foundation to articles on India. I always think that we Indians crucify a man for what is NOT a heinous crime, yet we tend to be hypocrites in daily life all the time.
For my sake, I would rather weigh a man's good versus his bad in a metaphoric balance with sight blindfolded. This is an appropriate time to quote Shakespeare : "The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft' interred with the bones." Warm regards, Ashwin Baindur ------------------------------------------------------ On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 11:22 PM, <guptc...@ovi.com> wrote: > > This is the story of Nichalp, an Indian student from Mumbai who became > obsessed with editing Wikipedia at a young age. He transformed several > articles into featured articles, and became a role model for many editors. He > was granted the bureaucrat, oversight and administrator privileges - nobody > deserved these rights more than him, not even Jimbo. > > A major change in Nichalp's life came when he came to Australia for higher > education. Facing a severe financial crunch, Nichalp decided to use the only > extraordinary skill he had - editing Wikipedia - for making money. He put up > ads on several freelancer recruiting websites, promising to write articles in > oexchange for small amounts of money. These were the days when the PR > professionals had started realizing the importance of Wikipedia. There were > many takers for Nichalp's services. With his "sockpuppet" accounts, Nichalp > made a number of contributions (many of which stand deleted now). > > Unfortunately for Nichalp, the Wikizealots live in an idealistic world. They > don't realize that, in the long run, editors cannot be expected to devote > their time to the project for free. When the Wikihounds came to know about > one of Nichalp's paid editing accounts they came after him. Nichalp knew he > would be stalked in real life, so he made his main account inactive. > Meanwhile, he continued to be active through his other paid editing accounts. > A man of foresight, Nichalp started another account in April 2009 to gain > back his admin rights. > > The Wikihounds have an astonishing ability to track the suspicious accounts - > they tracked another one of Nichalp's paid editing accouents. The drama > prompted the Arbitration Committee to send him an email enquiry about the > paid editing concerns. Nichalp's identity was well-known to those who had > exposed his paid editing. The personal information that he had posted earlier > on his user page and elsewhere on Wikipedia (and social networking sites) had > made it easy for Wikihounds to stalk him in real life. Denial was not an > option - Nichalp knew the Wikihounds were capable of producing evidence > against him. Pleading not guilty would only gather more eyeballs and possibly > lead to media attention - that could sabotage his post-college career. > Pleading guilty was not an option either - it would lead to the same fate. > Nichalp did what he felt was the best option before him. He neither accepted > the charge, nor denied it. What happened next was unfortunate for > him. Ignoring his 5-year long devotion to the project, the Arbitration > Committee took away his bureaucrat, administrator and oversight rights in an > unopposed judgment. > Realizing that his paid editing accounts may be under survelliance from the > Wikihounds, Nichalp abandoned all of them. All of them, except one - the one > he had started in April 2009 with the objective of gaining back his admin > rights: Wifione. Nichalp carefully crafted his new wiki identity. He devoted > this new account to earning money from India's most notorious self-styled > "management guru". To make sure his paid editing does not appear blatantly > obvious, Nichalp (or shall we call him Wifione, now?) engaged in a wide range > of edits. Wifione rose up in the wiki-hierarchy and became the administrator. > He tried not to appear like a paid editor, but the constant pressure from his > client forced him to make constant edits to the pages associated with the > client. Anyone looking at his top 50 edits would not fail to notice that much > of his work in the article namespace was devoted to the pages associated with > his client and its competitors. But Wifione knew > that nobody would oppose him openly: his client is infamous for suing any > one who criticizes him or his organization. Nobody wants to be sued for 500 > million bucks in a court that lies in the remotest part of the Indian > subcontinent - traveling to and staying in Silchar during every court hearing > could bankrupt a humble wiki editor. Besides, Wifione had taken care not to > repeat the mistakes he had made as Nichalp - he had left no tracks that would > lead the Wikihounds to him. Or so he thought. > > >  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Nichalp > >  > wikipediareview.com/index.php?s=1122a1d3e604276b519c9501881856f4&showtopic=24786&st=0&p=177577&#entry177577 > >  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Paid_editing > >  > en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Contributions&dir=prev&action=view&target=Wifione > >  > en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Jimbo_Wales&oldid=295308358#Cash_for_spam > >  > en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Arbitration_Committee/Noticeboard&oldid=296240244#Nichalp > >  wikidashboard.appspot.com/enwiki/wiki/User:Wifione > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com > To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l _______________________________________________ Wikimediaindia-l mailing list Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l