Future Perfect at Sunrise

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Future Perfect at Sunrise

Post by The Devil's Advocate » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:15 am

Seems about time for him to have a thread on here. Future Perfect is probably one of the most, if not the most, thuggish administrator I ever encountered on Wikipedia. His history from 2014 on back can be view from the GamerGate case in evidence presented by Cla68. A few notable occurrences outside the ArbCom Case where he was briefly desysopped, a few of the more noteworthy appearances include threat or use of admin action on disputes where he is involved as well as two other ArbCom outings. The second one has a particularly significant comment from Andy Dingley regarding Future Perfect enabling an account that was a sock of one of his cohorts. In one instance Future Perfect removed evidence because it was "proxying for a banned user" and threatened Dingley with a block. He has not changed his ways in the past few years. Back in 2016, Future Perfect was "advised" by ArbCom that further incivility or abuse of his admin tools could result in a desysop after he blocked two editors on a matter where he was involved.

Fast forward to now and Future Perfect is before ArbCom once again for misconduct. This time it started with particularly slimy behavior from former banned sock-puppeteer Joshua P. Schroeder (whose current username is basically Sinhalese for his initials) who complained about the Christianity WikiProject referring to the death of Reverend Billy Graham as a "profound loss" in their newsletter. Being of loathsome character, Schroeder felt it was an outrage that a religion-focused WikiProject in which he had no interest might suggest a popular religious leader's death was a sad occasion. He garbled some nonsense about "neutrality" that was just a thin veil for his seething hatred of a dead man. Quite a few people rejected his policy argument due to the fact this doesn't apply to a WikiProject page. It was then closed as a content dispute that should be taken to the newsletter's talk page. Some went the extra step of suggesting sanctions for Schroeder.

Per his usual narcissism, Future Perfect leapt into action to substitute his judgment for all the editors and administrators suggesting this was a content dispute with no policy or administrative issue to raise. Arguing it was a straight neutrality issue he removed the statement from the newsletter and threatened admin action should anyone restore it. Schroeder had previously removed the "profound loss" phrase in an essentially identical edit so this action would be a revert. However, another editor jumped in to revert him, sparking an edit war with Future Perfect. Once he made two more reverts, thus reaching his 3RR limit, he protected the page so that no one could revert him again where he would be unable to revert without breaching 3RR. Under pressure he removed protection, but it was protected again when others resumed the edit war. What the real joke is here, however, is that ArbCom's response is to propose an admonishment. Even worse, they are only admonishing him for edit-warring, rather than ignoring a bunch of editors and administrators saying it wasn't a policy issue because he felt his judgment was above theirs and full-protecting so his third revert could stand without him risking a block.

The level of enabling Future Perfect has received from ArbCom is stupefying. Newyorkbrad's comment on the case is a good example of it as he lets his corporate lawyer status show. A sycophantic endorsement of the actions, Brad is essentially arguing that Future Perfect was not "involved" because Future Perfect decided he wasn't involved. Exactly how many final chances at improving his behavior can this one crooked administrator get before they show him the door?

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Re: Future Perfect at Sunrise

Post by Auggie » Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:54 am

Haha nybrad and his star chamber for life role.

Thuggish admins own the place now. Especially because there is little left of the regular community.

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Re: Future Perfect at Sunrise

Post by The Devil's Advocate » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:42 pm

DGG has made a reasonable response on the motion and even suggests it should have been stronger, perhaps going so far as a full case. However, due to the particularly significant number of inactive arbitrators, six is a majority and he put it over that line. Right now there are seven votes in favor of the admonishment and two opposed with only Newyorkbrad outstanding. Definitely looks as if this is going to conclude with an admonishment for Future Perfect. This is despite Future's history finally being referenced during the request, though it has gone largely unaddressed. So, an admonishment, a temporary desysop, and very strong advisement to avoid this behavior in the future has yet to get this guy canned. He just gets another admonishment. One has to wonder at this point what motivates them to cover his ass so much.

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Re: Future Perfect at Sunrise

Post by The Devil's Advocate » Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:51 am

Well, they passed the motion. Discussion is going about as well as you'd expect. MastCell had to weigh in to essentially argue Wikipedia administrators should not be subject to basic ethical standards. One annoying thing about this is no one seems to be addressing the fact several admins weighed in prior to Future Perfect to say there was no administrative issue in play and instead said it should be resolved on the talk page. Future Perfect didn't merely respond to a request to enforce his strongly-held opinion. He did that over the objections of numerous editors and administrators without any real support for his stance demonstrated.

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