I've watched the rise of the blog for the past year with interest. Never thought i'd write one, but things change. Anyways this blog will hopefully chart the progress of Wikinews from its small beginnings - to world domination. Basically this blog is a place for all my rants

Friday, May 13, 2005

Bad week at the office

Its been an awful week at wikinews! At the start of the week we had a major dispute involving Paul, Amgine, Dan and anyone who so much as made a slight remark about the dispute. The cause of the disagreement was Pauls apparent lack of NPOV and frankness. I must admit I did'nt help things in the previous week by banning him for breaking the 3-revert rule... but it got a whole lot worse this week with Amgine eventually banning him again and then Dan unbanning him.

If all this was'nt enough to damage the faith of even the strongest wikinews-beleiver (probably myself!), then a real shock was revealed to all, two of our best reporters quit! Alan, a former CNN employee, and DV, our key video stream developer. It was an horrible shock to everyone. DV cited a number of reasons for his departure, but my own speculation is that the recent spat of vandalism had hurt his emotions - he deeply loved the project and the constant vandalism may have damaged his belief in the project badly.

Sorry to be the prevayor of bad news, but another dispute occured in the latter stages of the week - Amgine and Simeon had a major falling out, cumulating in a banning war; Amgine banned Simeon, Simeon reverted and banned Amgine, Amgine reverted and banned Simeon... and thus forth for quite a period of time. In an entertaining (not for them, but for the rest of us!) spectacle, the pair had an open air argument in IRC.

Add slow servers, a power failure at wikipedia and a problem with images and the result is just two articles so far today... can't wait till this week ends!


Blogger Dan G said...

No, not the best week! Thank god your post was a little briefer than my monster blow-by-blow account :)

On the other hand, things seem to have calmed down a lot. All the disputes are over, and Paul is being the model citizen. I archived pretty much every trace of all this today. It's all over and done with and I don't think there's any need for it to be lying around now.


Blogger Leaving Cert 06 said...

Yeah the end of the storm seems to have finally arrived... althought only time will tell. Hopefully having to deal with these sort of disputes now will lead to a better ability to cope in the future.



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