Ira Matetsky

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Renée Bagslint
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Ira Matetsky

Post by Renée Bagslint » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:23 pm

Ira Matetsky, perhaps better known as User:Newyorkbrad. He is a New York lawyer, editor-in-chief of a law journal, a fan of the Nero Wolfe novels of Rex Stout, and last but not least "On Wikipedia, he is known by his username Newyorkbrad, and is a member of the site's Arbitration Committee". We all know that can't be strictly accurate, because there are a hundred or so Wikipedias, and he's a member of the Arbitration Committee of only one of them, but that what it says in the Reliable Source ("He is a member of Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee"), so it's verifiable if not actually true. (We await the inevitable rows in which Wikipedians use their own Original Research to correct this.)

There is no doubt whatsoever that a lawyer whose claim to fame consisted of being on the committees of any two other hobbyist organisations, and whose connection with them has been mentioned once each in a newspaper, would not have ther own article. But he's a Wikipedian, and therefore to be rewarded with his own article. Whether this reward, this accolade so highly regarded by the cult members, is quite so rewarding after all will transpire when Brad discovers the joys of monitoring his own article round the clock to protect it, and him, from libel by every passing crazy, disgruntled Wikipedian and losing litigant. Let us wish him joy of it: fifteen minutes of fame and a lifetime of defamation.

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