Is it true you got pushed out? What's the deal with Buckshot and when are you going to release your exposé on the inner workings of Wikipedia?Greetings Somalinetters!
I am a former member of Wikipedia, having officially retired as an editor on May 25, 2015. My handle there was Middayexpress and I focused on the Horn WikiProjects (Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea).
I am here today to share my overall experience during my seven long years editing Wikipedia. I would also like to invite you guys to join the website, and field any questions you may have about how things really work over there.
I first joined Wikipedia way back in 2008. At the time, the pages within the Horn WikiProjects were in substandard shape. This was, however, mainly due to indifference rather than a few bad faith editors specifically targeting them. With the help of some good faith Horn editors, these WikiProjects eventually evolved into among the better ones on the website. If you've ever read any of its Somali, Ethiopian or Eritrean related pages, chances are I probably had at least something to do with them.
The best thing about serving as an editor on the Horn WikiProjects is that one can channel one's knowledge on the Horn in a constructive way. For example, abtirsi-related edits are probably the single most popular type of edit by Somali contributors. Everyone is an expert on clan lineages especially their own, as I'm sure you're already aware.
Another advantage is that one gets to see the actual inner workings of Wikipedia. That includes identifying any vandals or detractors, which one can then do something about.
To join the website, you can register in the following link; it should take only a few minutes:
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?ti ... fromhttp=1
I recommend then contacting the editor below, AcidSnow. He is now in charge of overseeing the proper functioning of the Horn WikiProjects, and he has agreed to mentor any new members:
I should also quickly warn you that there are a handful of ajnabi editors that do not want you guys to join Wikipedia. You can probably imagine why they are so worried. One of them actually threatened to give you a hard time even before you registered (not that that will have any effect whatsoever). Another tried to prevent me from inviting you to join the website by invoking a wiki policy known as "canvassing". This canvassing policy is basically a gag order that forbids wiki editors from discussing Wikipedia-related matters in off-wiki venues and even in some areas on that website. However, since I am no longer a wiki editor, I am not bound by its rules.
This freedom of association is actually one of the chief reasons why I decided to finally retire from that website. The main reason, though, is because it was just time for me to move on and hand over the mantle to a new generation of Horn editors.
On the point of wiki detractors (including who they are and what they've attempted to do), there is a lot more I would like to write. But first I'd like to field any questions Somalinetters may have.
SAYS YOUThis entire thread is made up of pathetic, sad people. Mentally decrepit if u will.
PS Having said that, I love Wikipedia. It fulfills my aristocratic studies thirst.
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