There is a boogeyman haunting wikipedia’s climate change halls and his name is Scibaby.
Basically, this account has been accused of creating over 500+ accounts over the years to promote the skeptical point of view on the climate change articles, but what have been the results of his actions?
1. Massive IP rangeblocks to prevent new accounts – fresh blood is the bane of the climate cabal at wikipedia.
2. A convenient excuse to harass and ban new users with skeptical points of view – often driving them completely off of wikipedia.
3. A faceless enemy to point to as justification for their actions and to demonize the remaining skeptical editors.
Do results speak louder than stated goals?
And so we come to the title of this post with this statement of Hipocrite’s:
I’m only willing to respond to people who doubt these are socks if they are willing to put their money where their mouth is – if they turn out to be wrong, they have to promise never to question me about sock judgements again – forever. If I turn out to be wrong and they are actually and truly new users, I’ll never report socks in this area to anything but SPI. Otherwise, it’s just disruption from people who support the goals of the socks – because that’s what ZP5 and ATren are engaging in – they are disrupting wikipedia by supporting obvious and transparent sockpuppetry. Hipocrite (talk) 12:12, 2 June 2010 (UTC)
Strong words from Hipocrite, and he makes this challenge several times. Why is he so sure that they are socks? Personally, I only bet on sure things, and since Hipocrite reports Scibaby socks so much then I find it odd that he’d be willing to risk the power he now wields to ban people based on “the usual” as his only presented evidence.
Of course, if he was behind a certain % of these socks, or knew who was, then it’d be no risk at all – and such a bet would further his ability to ban his ideological opponents and keep their numbers in check.
Perhaps one day we’ll pull the scooby mask off of Scibaby, and then feign shock that the hypocrite underneath had been the Inquisitor General all along.