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I was systematically bullied and harassed out of Wikipedia after being an editor for over 3 years and contributed to a large number of articles which I often created and the articles were appropriately cited and referenced. I have no qualms in naming my experience as bullying. It is the truth. The majority of my inclusions were on articles related to the Dharmic Traditions and I feel that this had a factor in the bullying. I know my experience of bullying on Wikipedia is not an isolated occurrence. To my knowledge I am still indefinitely blocked from editing Wikipedia which I consider is indefensible and to run counter to Wikimedia policy. I hope this Wikimedia Foundation review will do something to counter such bullying which I am sure impacts on editor retention and inclusion of the editing community. I asked for an independent assessment of what transpired in my case but it did not happen. I still edit on Wikiversity. One of the last articles I created and edited was Open discourse which is profound given what transpired. B9 hummingbird hovering 09:57, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

09:57, 14 March 2011
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Last edit: 16:34, 16 March 2011

Yes, I am beginning to remember when B9 was blocked, because of using "flowery" wording to explain concepts in the philosophy of Dharmic Traditions. I tried to defend and stop the indef-block, noting the extraordinary work done by B9 to explain highly complex topics, but they would not listen to a moderate position. It was as if they had said, yes, he explained Einstein's complex ideas in 15 articles, but he just used too many words over 4 syllables long. While B9 had written about Dharmic religion, rather than relativity theories, the restrictive responses were similar. When I tried to request more tolerance for allowing poetic terms in some articles, then I became the target, with a growing warning that if I persisted in trying to allow broader, open-minded thinking, then it "could only end badly" for me, as well. I stopped immediately, because I have been victimized enough to realize than when an admin decides to come after you, full force, then there is almost no hope because very few people are of the mind to defend against fascist attitudes. That is the power of fascism: when people see a pattern of continual executions, or indef-blocks, then they will all become too scared to resist. That is the reason it typically requires a revolution to stop fascist attitudes. It will not come from a "grass roots" change; it must be overcome from outside, by a higher level of management. Power can be limited by term limitations to stop the growth of abuse from long-term admins, by removing them from office. I see no problem with allowing poetic words in literary or philosophic articles. I say let someone write, "Hamlet (Prince of Denmark) was described by his detractors as a deeply demented Dane distracted by distorted delusions" (as long as that is not in the intro of an article). There is a severe double standard against poetic wording, because another article would be allowed to say, "Sea salt is a neutralized acidic-base crystalized compound typically constituted from reverse electrolysis generating NaCl via reagents from Na2CHO3 and iodides in hydrolized marine solutions subject to primordial conditions of Kelvin coefficients: G = f(x3) + yk + B-1, where k is the median reduction of inverse x within an Eigen-vector n-tuple". Sea salt can be described that way (in the first sentence of an article!), but merely say "deeply demented Dane" and people get indef-blocked. That is the double standard in English Wikipedia. -Wikid77 17:58, 14 March 2011, revised 16:33, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

17:59, 14 March 2011

I also remember when B9 was banned. All I'll say about that subject is not all Admins have "fascist attitudes", & some people are banned from Wikipedia for, believe it or not, good reasons.

22:31, 14 March 2011

I'm so sorry, but there are no innocent bystanders in a corrupt administration, much less honest administrators. Tertullian aphorizes: de contaminatis contaminamur (De spectaculis 8) - "polluted things pollute us." Please also explain why and if banning some people for good reasons from Wikipedia justifies banning all others for no reason whatsoever. Are you condoning "throwing away the baby with the bathwater"? Shouldn't you be concerned with defending the victims instead of whitewashing the death squad?


Virgilio A. P. Machado

03:26, 18 April 2011


much apologies from the wikipedian community. I did not review your case but just feel it is the appropriate response here (just an intuition). B9, please do know that cabals do exist on wikipedia and sometimes you might be targeted for things you did before. The people will however traget you for unrelated things later on. The reason is that they don't want you to know who they are and their "beef".

03:57, 25 April 2011