Comments: Debunking Jeffrey Merkey Alleging Wikipedia protection racket

"I think Jeffrey Merkey confused "

You may be missing a a two letter word "is".

It must be tempting to let them all have it with both barrels for being basically stupid but I can see why you don't.

It just is not worth the drama.

Posted by tqft at March 13, 2008 06:35 AM

"I don't believe Jimmy Wales would ever be so blunt and crude as accused. He's far too sophisticated to have an explicit quid-pro-quo."

And why not?

Getting BLPs changed is a strictly favor-only process on Wikipedia. You should know this Seth.

Once your Bio was edited, weren't you a lot nicer to them... and then were reluctant to step over the line? And your BLP removal was a long time coming.

The system shouldn't be as it is, is the bottom line. As for Wales editing his boffing partners, or for small grants, well, what do you expect of a former porn dealer with an attitude problem?

Posted by sb at March 13, 2008 01:34 PM

tqft: Exactly. I'm trying to walk a fine line here.

sb: Didn't I answer why not? Because it's not the way bribery works. Of course there's complicated issues of favor-trading, I hope I was clear I wasn't denying those. But going to the wall over a dubious incident hardly educates about those complex matters.

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at March 13, 2008 07:10 PM