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by The Devil's Advocate
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Alternative Wikis
Topic: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly
Replies: 52
Views: 1015

Re: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly

TDA, just let me again reiterate that the word bias comes from the French/Occitan biais , which is used in the periphrastic "par le biais de" (by means of, through, by dint of, etc.). Amusingly, its hidden root may be etymologically related to "screw" § , which in its charnel sense is best translat...
by The Devil's Advocate
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A bit on Harassment at Wikipedia
Replies: 0
Views: 26

A bit on Harassment at Wikipedia

I published this recently on Medium and, while it mostly concerns matters unrelated to Wikipedia, I did get a bit into all the different kinds of harassment that occurs on the site. Nothing terribly significant, though people may still find it interesting. Here are the relevant paragraphs: Having be...
by The Devil's Advocate
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Alternative Wikis
Topic: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly
Replies: 52
Views: 1015

Re: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly

First: truth and bias are not in opposition to each other. People can be both biased and accurate; indeed bias can and frequently does increase accuracy . Oh sweet Christmas, you've gone and discredited yourself only two sentences into your response. Bias, by its very nature, makes you less likely ...
by The Devil's Advocate
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Alternative Wikis
Topic: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly
Replies: 52
Views: 1015

Re: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly

The point is, you can't tell what he is saying because he doesn't actually have a conclusion or thesis. It is just questioning and casting doubt without offering any hope of certainty. Very representative of his general criticism of both Wikipedia and other critics.
by The Devil's Advocate
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Alternative Wikis
Topic: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly
Replies: 52
Views: 1015

Re: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly

I don't know; this latest piece is a good read: http://wikipediocracy.com/2018/08/08/wikipedias-treatment-of-academics-shallow-distorted-and-sometimes-mean/ I was literally thinking of that post. Lots of questions, lots of noncommital statements, and ultimately no real answers offered. So many prob...
by The Devil's Advocate
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Alternative Wikis
Topic: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly
Replies: 52
Views: 1015

Re: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly

Here is what you get wrong about me: I do not have any particular interest in bias, like you seem to have. I have an interest in the truth. I think right there seems to be your problem. You fail to understand that "truth" and bias are a common interest as they are very much in opposition to each ot...
by The Devil's Advocate
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Alternative Wikis
Topic: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly
Replies: 52
Views: 1015

Re: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly

I never troll: that is, I never say anything which I don't believe just for the sake of provocation. If I'm joking or something (which I do very rarely, and which is usually pretty clear), you can ask me and I'll let you know. Pretty much all you ever do when you talk about one of my pieces is whin...
by The Devil's Advocate
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Wikis
Topic: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly
Replies: 52
Views: 1015

Re: Wikia bans "SJW" term for a period and it goes poorly

I found the thesis rather dubious. What's the evidence that the spam filter had political motives? And even if the nefarious motives did exist, why is a spam filter that lasted for about a week of any significance? Seriously? What is with you? At this point your criticism is little more than concer...
by The Devil's Advocate
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Editors
Topic: Drmies
Replies: 6
Views: 993

Re: Drmies

Just saw Drmies pop up on the Alex Jones page. The page is getting a lot of edits due to the coordinated Internet-wide purge Jones is currently experiencing. However, this edit by Drmies stuck out as being rather mean-spirited. It is true that Alex Jones sells products, such as supplements, on his s...
by The Devil's Advocate
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sarah Jeong racism allegations
Replies: 41
Views: 600

Re: Sarah Jeong racism allegations

It was mostly Sangdeboeuf, who has done almost 200 edits to the Sarah Jeong article and talk page in 2 days. That guy is living the culture war, and apparently can't ever compromise one bit. Quite something to cite WP:AVOIDVICTIM to try to prevent the tweets being quoted in the article, despite app...