I couldn't understand why this free-speech-loving user would want me blocked. And I developed a case of sock-puppet paranoia: Was Blow of Light secretly Griot? (I don't think so — Blow of Light provided thoughtful answers to my questions.) Griot could be anybody: a neighbor, a co-worker, an ex-boyfriend. It was all just too unsettling to think about for long.

It's not as though I can't understand why someone would want to be anonymous online. Still, I have to side with Paul Grabowicz, the new-media program director for the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. "I guess I have the same feeling about Wikipedia and other citizen-generated sites [as I have] about the media: The more transparency the better," he told me. "People should be able to find out who is producing the information." Grabowicz says he encourages his students to use Wikipedia — but only as a starting point. And the longtime investigative reporter urges "a healthy degree of skepticism, no matter what the information source. I think the bottom line is I don't trust anybody."

Say what you will about the press: There is at least a measure of accountability in a newspaper that is rarely seen on Wikipedia. It's called a byline. I mean, I'm sure I've produced some less-than-brilliant work during the dozen or so years I've been a journalist. But at least I've had the guts to sign my name — my real name — to what I write.

When I finally tried to answer Griot's question by explaining I would be exploring issues of anonymity on Wikipedia — and pointing out how little I knew about the person behind the user name — Griot was characteristically snippy in response: "Then it's going to be one hell of a riff, your article, if it focuses on me, since that's all you know. I'm a big jazz fan (you can use that). I'm looking forward to reading your article to see how well you thrive on a riff. Good luck to you."

I had a glimmer of hope that Griot would come around. Yet another note appeared: "Hey, I put some more biographical material on my user page at User: Griot. Hope it's helpful to you."

Under the heading "This Is My Story," it began, "Griot, the eleventh of ten children, was born in a boxcar factory next to some chicken coops in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood. His father was a melungeon breeder of grasshoppers and a part-time hosier; his mother a voodoo priestess and Tarot reader who dabbled in currency trading and goat futures."

Suddenly, I realized that while I may never meet Griot face to face, I had learned a little more about the prickly Wikipedian. Sure, Griot may be an anonymous pain in the ass. But at least he or she is a pain in the ass with a sense of humor.

Alas, on Friday, Feb. 8, Griot was blocked from Wikipedia because of concerns over sock puppeteering. But the Griot would not be silenced for long.

Early on Monday, Feb. 11, I received an e-mail purportedly from Griot: "Dear Mary Spicuzza, First, a warning: Next Christmas Santa Claus is going to put a large lump of coal in your cyberstalking." The angry Griot went on to vent about my sister, accused me of misrepresenting myself, and added some thoughts on ethics in journalism.

I received the e-mail way past deadline — and weeks after I first requested an interview.

To be fair, maybe as soon as I began getting reports about Griot's snide remarks and proclivity for personal wiki attacks, I should have immediately written, "Hey, Griot, I hear you're a real mean-spirited jerk who bullies those who disagree with you, but I'd like to hear your side of the story."

Then again, it's one thing to hear about somebody like Griot acting like an asshole. At least this way, I got to experience that fact firsthand.

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PDT978
PDT978

She has this movie she's been failing to make for years... and YEARS... And it will never be made... ever! Why? Because she doesn't know the difference between vanity and art, that's why. [chuckle]

LBlatzKleiner
LBlatzKleiner

Dear Mr. Feldspar: Ms. Spicuzza "lent" her permission to the collective and non-members, not Wikipedia, as you've assumed, who share an ISP hub. I am not famous, nor did I claim to be. Ms. Spicuzza is. Your tone is quite rude, thus I make this my final posting. *Shelly Robbins, member (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/inde...

Vunderbar
Vunderbar

My favorite quotes: "SF Weekly's IT systems manager, Max Pavlovich, had agreed to work some of his computer nerd magic. I tracked down what I suspected to be Griot's Internet Protocol (IP) address, a unique number assigned to every computer connected to the Internet. I naively thought that if I hung out in Griot's neighborhood, which seemed to be somewhere between the Castro and the Mission, maybe I'd spot this person, but I felt pretty ridiculous — and a bit creepy — stalking Griot." Naturally, because a creep often feels creepy. I also liked: "Griot could be anybody: a neighbor, a co-worker, an ex-boyfriend." About the latter, wishful thinking on the author's part, I wager.

Yakamo789
Yakamo789

What's the phoniest line in this article? I vote for "I decided I had to get a little more pushy: I let Griot know he or she had become the main focus of the article. Maybe that would bring him or her out into the open." As if the Griot wasn't the "main focus" of this article from the start!

Bestia
Bestia

Her name's not Yon YonsonShe lives in WisconsinShe don't live here no moreShe made a big boo-booBy writing some doo-dooAnd she got shown the door

Mary Jane Prattlefore
Mary Jane Prattlefore

And if you believe that I would spend my precious time on this merely because of an edit war, then, sir, you insult my intelligence, nay my life and my humanity. Good day, sir.

IlBigamo
IlBigamo

Mary, Mary, au contrairyWhere is your little pen now?Badger stater, masturbaterScribbling for frauleins and fraus

Rocko
Rocko

She ate jellybean communion wafers; thirty years later, she pretended to be a novitiate.

Bill
Bill

Her name's not Yon YonsonShe lives in WisconsinShe don't live here no moreShe made a big boo-booBy writing some doo-dooAnd she got shown the door

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Dirk Hofbrau
Dirk Hofbrau

Hello! Sorry, I'm not a very warm and fuzzy type, but there's my attempt. If you look at my edit history, you'll notice that I quite like a variety of topics. I'm interested in U.S. presidential election and political-related articles in general. I'd also like to look at some of the twentieth century world history articles. I've not had must chance to really dig in. It might be exciting to expound on the United States presidential election debates. I think it could use some work. Also electoral college and Third party (United States). My present focus has been on Barack Obama-related articles, in part because of the scenario described above, in part because of the block. Nevertheless, I would never "stick narrowly" to any single topic. As for article creation, I've mentioned one about Barack Obama and Pakistan and Afghanistan. Perhaps an international relations article in the future. As for how I would work with others, I'm displaying that to the best of my ability-- here. And if you look at dialogues on Ralph Nader-related pages, all you need is there. Writegeist so far took head and hit nail most squarely. I'm generally a civil-minded person, and then there are some who like to try and push buttons. I excel in recognizing the difference between opposition of ideas and personal opposition. I can be humorous yet remain calm in social crisis. I don't support bullying, or authoritarian head games. I don't like it when people try to use shame or humiliation to pound people into submission. Dignity, respect, humor, and, when all else fails, a little fire with fire. Tempered with fairness. Proof in da puddin'... Thank you for asking!

Jeanne Marie Spicuzza
Jeanne Marie Spicuzza

Dear Alan Ferguson:

I am advised to write this letter to you regarding your persistent harassment and cyberstalking. I am writing to you openly, to notify you that you are to cease any and all contact with me, any and all contact with web sites and web pages pertaining to me, and to cease contributing to web sites and web pages pertaining to me immediately. This will be the only notification that you will receive.

Jeanne Marie Spicuzza

Mary Jane Prattlefore
Mary Jane Prattlefore

Excellent critique of the dehumanization of war and exploitation of power. The writing is phenomenal! I look forward to more articles. I loved the crisp and colorful quality of the piece, resulting in an almost Impressionistic treatment of light. The interviewing is superb! The story bears a classic "Twilight Zone" quality, perhaps even David Lynch influence. Great writing! The dialogue is poignant, and makes its point without excess. The story follows the author, skillfully outlining the dealings of her sister, portrayed by Jeanne Marie Spicuzza. Her name means "heavenly messenger," and she is an "existentialist." Given these descriptions, we're told that she will, in essence, live... and tell. Very intelligent writing! I've discovered some interesting symbols, too. Even the gizard appearing in the story is indigenous to Vietnam! Brilliant and honest! I predict that this story will be studied and remembered as an important statement of our times.

Sir Edmond Putzfighter
Sir Edmond Putzfighter

"Plethora of anonymous online vitriol.." Now there's a girl with a prose style...NOT!

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Mary Spritzkindle
Mary Spritzkindle

Thank you for your time and trust. I can agree, and understand the WP:DUCK and all that, especially because of the controversy and the Donald brigade and all. But I'd like to make a request, if I may. You're right in saying I want to edit Nader. I'm thinking of staying away from pretty much everything, for now, because, well, it's not going over so great so far, as you can see! If you would, please have an admin assist with the Nader article, and any others I've contributed to that might "suddenly" take a turn for the worse. A certain user is clearly out for personal revenge (even contributed to an article on "Revenge"! See Griot's other User IP history). For some, it's more about ego, and power. But I really feel on principle, and what I think WP strives for, is quality and objectivity. The reason I fought was because I really do care about how people become educated. I wanted to share that. TNM says she's done. Don't know about Telogen. Thanks for the encouragement to return. I do feel the need to step back, for a little while, because this is stressful and, well, I'm not retired! I need to place some much-needed attention back to my life :) This Wiki can be addictive! I meant what I said when I told you I appreciate your help. You've done good work, Otheus. You're a good fairy. Be well, stay cool. I'm sure we'll meet again ;)

Mary Jane Prattlefore
Mary Jane Prattlefore

Griot, the user who instigated these past and present SPP accusations and Jeanne Marie Spicuzza article deletion, is an SPP. We challenged 'his' Ralph Nader article, so he began stalking my contributions, saw me contributing to an article that's been around for years before I ever came to Wikipedia, and he's determined to get rid of it. He felt powerless, so he's reacting out of fear and spite. He announced his departure from Wikipedia, but went around 'secretly' vandalizing user talk pages and links to the JMS article (see Telogen's note on the article's deletion page). It wasn't enough, so he prompted Calton to put boxes all over the article. I was away. Telogen reported it to the AN/I board. A few admins told Calton not to do that, and Calton got very miffed, violating WP:CIVIL, 3RR, etc. Calton placed the article on his AfD list. He and Griot, SPP, gathered some editor and admin friends together (why else would so many people vote "DELETE" on such an "obscure" article, as he called it, in 24 hours?). I try to fix it, I'm COI, SSP, etc. I must be blocked. It might become too good to delete or something. Telogen tells it like it is, now he and I are being trashed. My GF edits have been reverted by the same people who are now promptly voting to delete articles that Telogen and me and contributed to. As for the IP ID, per instruction of WP, I choose not to adopt a name, and Telogen adopted his with TNM hers (see above). I understand taking a name is an option, not mandatory. Please correct me if I'm wrong, because I don't want to disregard WP policy. Per WP:AGF, you might chalk it up to the fact that I've contributing off and on for all of two months. I have a history of good faith edits, and Telogen guided the Ralph Nader article resolve that Griot was aggravating. TNM left for good. I pulled back. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...] Otheus asked me to. I did. That's why we're being accused of what exactly what Griot is doing. He's had some practice. He's got a Dick Cheney approach to personal politics. I'm pretty fed up with the whole business, I don't like all the conflict and backbiting. I'm noticing a lot of quality problems with articles, a lot of people not qualified to edit, poor writing, bullying, COI not addressed because these users know more people to back them than first-timers. Users aren't who they say they are. That's ironic, by keeping my IP visible, I'm MORE outright about who I am. I'm concerned about teachers telling their students not to come to WP, because it's so inaccurate. I wanted to help. Now, I'm just tired of it all. Griots of the world think they've won, because they get their way. They bully you into their way. Or do they? As the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for, man is powerless to the results, etc. The way some people are acting, you'd scarcely recognize their humanity at all. Maybe it's the computer, they think no one can see. Fear. But it's that much more visible, really. The best people do great things when they don't know or think someone else is watching. The heroes. Others hide behind an eponym, and by trying to hide, revealing their true natures. How lonely it must be, and so hunched over a keyboard most of your life. Telogen and I stated before that we are different people. We know the truth. Others continue to accuse, to cause confusion and divert from their own transgressions. Monkey politics. The hope of it-- I can leave here, have my life, know I'm honest, do good work. That's all I've got to say on that.

posturewriter
posturewriter

Another example of a covert edit "flame" war by "Edit WarLords"????, or juvenile eraser gangs????There are a group of arrogant editors in Wikipedia who consider themselves to be elitist, and able to control the information that the public gets to read by selectively deleting it and blocking the contributors who add it.�

The readers and �newbies� of Wikipedia are called cattle (who can be easily herded - i.e. easily controlled, and easily led to believe something). When a �newbie� arrives and the �elite� editor doesn�t like the information being provided he tries to block him with the normal policies, processes, and forums etc. but if that fails the editor goes behind the scene of open discussion and posts a message on the flame war noticeboard to start a flame war. The �newbie� is called the �flame-bait�, and the other members of the edit elite are called flamers - or flamethrowers??? - They get the message, secret email, (or inuendo) and go to burn the flame-bait or �newbies� and their information?�They seem to come from nowhere into discussions that are in the normal process of being dealt with, and the �elite� editor can be paraphrased as saying �by the way I just happened to see this page by sheer coincidence and have known of the disruptive nature of this newbie before, so I am banning him immediately. The rest of you �normal� arbitrators can do something else now�.I found this information after contributing to Wikipedia for 12 months and recently being banned. It starts on this webpage . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/w/inde...

You can see the photo of the bull at the top of the page with the label of PCCTL - which translates as �personal computer cattle�.�

They then proceed to misrepresent everything that has happened in the past 12 months, with what appears to be genuine complaints, but which looks to me like very skillful spin - on every word - an exercise in the pot calling the kettle black.They then start discussing the fact that their usual methods of discouraging people from contributing information to Wikipedia have failed in my case.Their backroom methods include the�attitude readjustment tools� which they mentioned in the 6th paragraph, and are highlighted in blue as a link to a Lart page, where they refer to the �newbies� as �Lusers� here http://catb.org/~esr/jargon/ht...which in turn has a link to the �flames� page, and just follow the endless links thereafter.

My Wikipedia ID code is/was Posturewriter.�

Reputation Online
Reputation Online

The poster's name is Alan Ferguson. He works for New Media Strategies, ironically an online reputation site. His Wikipedia identity is Scibaby, a user banned for sockpuppetry. His (current) dynamic Anonymous Proxy IP is 198.172.204.85, which has been used three times today for stalking purposes. I suggest contacting his employers.

From the Yahoo! Health web sit
From the Yahoo! Health web sit

Disorganized schizophrenia causes unusual speech and behavior, such as making up words or constantly rhyming words.

e.e. cummings
e.e. cummings

I see England, I see France

I hear someone's panty rants I see Ashb'ry, I see Haight

I hear someone bloviate

I see Moscow and Madrid

Poor old Jeanne has flipped her lid!

Edmund Wilson
Edmund Wilson

My favorite Mary Spicuzza article is "Panty Ranting" (Google it -- I dare ya). That article is so totally hot! If Mary writes her memoirs or autobiography, she ought to name it after that article. Like I said, it's so totally hot! It's about these babelicious high school dibs who wear thongs to school as a protest against the narrow-minded "draconian" dress code. Who owns the movie rights to this? The photos that accompany Mary's killer prose ("Jody Lasda may look like a fashion model, but the fast-talking powerhouse quickly proves that girls are not just meant to be seen, but heard as well") are awesome! And I really like this one subheading in the article -- "Crack Down" (probably the editors came up with that one, since the author has no sense of humor). This article is So. Fucking. Hot. And it empowers women too! More panty ranting Mary, please!

The Griot
The Griot

Yeah, I hear she's working for ABC News or something. Sounds like a promotion from the Weakly to me...

Mighty Sparrow
Mighty Sparrow

The princess has gone far away

To write about the spliff and jay.

Princess will you please come back?

We lack your knack for writing hack.

Alas but she cannot return

Much less distinguish or discern.

She has been run out of town

For running her profession down.

Tokuro Togudk
Tokuro Togudk

Anonymity is perfectly justified. A troublemaker is a trouble maker whether his name is John Smith or whether his name is PrincessGurlll12u892. Focus on actions, not on the name.

Any system that attempts to verify the name will either cause the Wikipedia system to collapse, or it will be easy to dodge. Instead focus on eliminating unwelcome behaviors. Of course every online system has a jerk or two. Focus on prohibiting their behaviors.

This article takes a very nasty tone, so I cannot take it seriously.

BTW my name is not Tokuro Togudk.

Horace Greeley
Horace Greeley

Society of Professional Journalists: Code of Ethics (preamble)

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society's principles and standards of practice.

So, um, like what the hell happened?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poet's Corner: Excuzza me children, for you must hear

The midnight rants of daughter dear.

She, like mom, has gone quite nuts

And -- it's the genes -- is also a putz.

Jennifer Meyer
Jennifer Meyer

This article is great! You should submit it for awards. I like the way people's personalities emerged in the face of, so-called, anonymity. I've read articles about Wikipedia before, but this one gave me the feeling of being there. Thank you!

Cyberstalking
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Cyberstalking
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Cyberstalking
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Sebastian III
Sebastian III

Another thing that struck me as really funny about this article: the author explains how to pronounce "griot." She writes, "Griot (pronounced Gree-oh)" and goes on to explain what a griot is. Sheeesh. How far into the sticks does a person have to grow up to NOT know what a griot is or how to pronounce the word? I betcha the author originally thought the word was pronounced it "gr-eye-ought." What a hick!

Cyberstalking
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Frank Frankly
Frank Frankly

Poet�s Corner: Phony-baloney macaronis / Should stay at home and drive Zambonis. / Sis sucks rocks, the brood�re mutts / Guy succeeds where Gal�s a putz.

Cyberstalking
Cyberstalking

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