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10:21 9 October 2008

For removing the sysop and bureaucrat status of every other sysop to prevent a ruling against him in another case -- boxy talki 10:21 9 October 2008 (BST)

Kevan has already restored everyone's sysop privileges, except for Grim's bureaucrat status, so this can't happen again. This also seems to be the decision that the majority came to in the case below. Grim has since banned himself. I suggest the scale of this abuse deserves removal of sysop status altogether -- boxy talki 10:34 9 October 2008 (BST)
We should delete his entire user page, if you ask me. Scum...--MisterGame 15:37, 9 October 2008 (BST)
I don't think Grim should be a Sysop anymore. If he wishes to continue his manner and actions from BEFORE his 'crat promotion, maybe the community would consider it. But I think, after the scale of what he has done here, he should be demoted back to normal User status, and then put up for promotion to Sysop at his own free will. Perhaps then, he can come up with convincing enough arguments as to why he should be promoted, and trusted. Among the countless edits that led us users to understand that the whole 'crat reign was about an e-ego he possessed, this last one really takes the cake. Also, I hope that, if he does put himself up for Sysop promotion, the attending 'crats treat him with the same respect he treated other applicants.--CyberRead240 15:43, 9 October 2008 (BST)
Kevan has already stripped Grim of his sysop powers and Grim permabanned himself before that, so I don't think we need to go any further with this. Case closed. -- Cheese 17:14, 9 October 2008 (BST)
Jesus H Me! Are you always wrong? Or just fucking trolling? Kevan removed Grim's powers but not his sysop status. He has not been demoted and therefore this case is still open. -- To know the face of God is to know madness....Praise knowledge! Mischief! Mayhem! The Rogues Gallery!. <== DDR Approved Editor 17:22, 9 October 2008 (BST)
And now you're ninja editing to cover your mistakes, how mature of you. -- To know the face of God is to know madness....Praise knowledge! Mischief! Mayhem! The Rogues Gallery!. <== DDR Approved Editor 17:24, 9 October 2008 (BST)
Fuck off. I checked the logs first, saw Kevan had demoted Grim and thought it was all sorted. I then checked Kevan's page and got caught up. If anyone is trolling on this page, it is you. Get a fucking grip. Misconduct - Takes the whole "badge of authority" things, shits on it, lights it on fire and then blows it up. -- Cheese 17:26, 9 October 2008 (BST)
OK, Grim just tried a motherfucker coup d'etat. He tried to take over the wiki. We CANNOT let him continue in even as a simple sysop. This was a GROSS misuse of his poweres. I say we not only entirely demote him, but ban him for a while as well until we can get the wiki back on its feet!--SirArgo Talk 18:23, 9 October 2008 (BST)
Are you mental? The wiki is back on its feet, every change has already been restored. -- To know the face of God is to know madness....Praise knowledge! Mischief! Mayhem! The Rogues Gallery!. <== DDR Approved Editor 18:35, 9 October 2008 (BST)
Good God Almighty! We still need to get a new crat to replace Grim, and we have to finish this new Misconduct case. Once we do that, I think the wiki will be back on it's feet!--SirArgo Talk 18:39, 9 October 2008 (BST)
What's this? We have to perform normal and standard wiki procedures? OH NOEZ(!). Crat's aren't sorcerers holding back the demons sent by the Great Old Ones and if we only have one his magic powers will falter under the onslaught and we'll all be mind controlled and forced to join the DEM, one will suffice for the time of a two week election. Also, you do realise Grim is in the aforementioned Crat election, don't you? -- To know the face of God is to know madness....Praise knowledge! Mischief! Mayhem! The Rogues Gallery!. <== DDR Approved Editor 19:03, 9 October 2008 (BST)
Why yes indeed I do. I merely suggest that he be banned until we get this sorted out. As far as I'm concerned, putting him back in power would be a huge mistake ATM. Why don't you fuck off with your condescending attitude and let me have a damned opinion!--SirArgo Talk 19:14, 9 October 2008 (BST)

Grim banned himself permanently a few hours ago, and then Kevan removed Grim's bureaucrat & sysop status a little while after that. So, this now appears to be misconduct, and a closed case. --ZsL 19:18, 9 October 2008 (BST)

If ever in history some one could say this is DEFINITELY pornogrophy Misconduct this is it. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 22:13, 9 October 2008 (BST)

Misconduct --– Nubis NWO 01:40, 10 October 2008 (BST)

Clarification Request

There seems to be some confusion (for me, anyway) over Grim's current status. I'll bullet the points of ambiguity that need clarified:

  • Kevan has said that he's temporarily removed Grim's sysop status until the resolution of this case. Therefore, this case must decide on Grim's eventual sysop status.
  • As Grim is not currently a sysop, should his name be removed from the current Bureaucrat election?
  • People are saying that Grim permanently banned himself. Is this true? Where is it recorded? Was it a legal action? Will the ban be reversed if it was not? Should that also be decided by this case?

Aside from those points, I'd like to request, as a long-term user of this wiki, that Grim's sysop status be permanently removed by this Misconduct case. His recent actions (most clearly the attempted demotion of all other authority, and hastily written grandiose declarations of sweeping reforms) demonstrate clearly that he is not of suitable mental health to be allowed access to my (or anyone's) personal information. --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 19:58, 9 October 2008 (BST)

Grims self banning was discovered through recent changes, where he demoted himself to sysop and banned himself permamently, kevan removed the sysop powers as well. --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 20:00, 9 October 2008 (BST)
see [[1]] --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 20:02, 9 October 2008 (BST)
Thanks - non-relevant parts of initial post now struck. --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 20:04, 9 October 2008 (BST)
And blocked himself [[2]] --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 20:06, 9 October 2008 (BST)
Does that now mean that since Grim is permabanned and no longer even a sysop we can close this case and move on to other issues?--SirArgo Talk 20:07, 9 October 2008 (BST)
I believe the issue is about whether kevans demotion of sysop powers is temporary or needs confirming. --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 20:10, 9 October 2008 (BST)
Yes, Kevan stated that it is temporary, and dependent on the outcome of this case. This needs to be clarified before we can move on. Also, if his ban is reversed, he may attempt re-election as sysop (if he's actually staying demoted, that is), and I want that door closed to him, for the reasons given above. --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 20:20, 9 October 2008 (BST)
+1 --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 20:21, 9 October 2008 (BST)
+2 (Not the cock part) --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 20:22, 9 October 2008 (BST)
I acted on the second point myself. He is not currently a sysop, therefore it made no sense for him to be a part of a bureaucrat election, and so I removed him. --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 21:10, 9 October 2008 (BST)

Grim's gone. He's been on the verge of quitting for a while, and I very much doubt he'll be back. ᚱᛖᚢᛖᚾᚨᚾ 02:33, 10 October 2008 (BST)

Funt, he said "I'll reverse it should the new misconduct case decide in his favour" which basically means the opposite of what you say of Grim's demotion. Kevan is willing to reverse everything if the sysops vote in GRIMS favour, not the other way around, but until then, Kevan's demotion is permanent and should be accepted by the Sysops. In my opinion, anyway. DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION (TALK | CONTRIBS) 07:52, 11 October 2008 (BST)
He also said he was "temporarily revoking his sysop powers", so there's ambiguity there. --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 18:28, 11 October 2008 (BST)

Main event breakdown

... (for those who are feeling lazy =P)

Here is a rundown of the events that have occurred compiled from the various logs:

  • 05:46, 9 October 2008 - Conndraka posts the ruling resulting from the misconduct case
  • 06:00, 9 October 2008 - Conndraka passes the matter onto Kevan
  • 10:17, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Thari from checkuser, sysop to (none)
  • 10:17, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Zombie slay3r from checkuser, sysop to (none)
  • 10:17, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:A Helpful Little Gnome from bureaucrat, checkuser, sysop to (none)
  • 10:17, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Daranz from checkuser, sysop to (none)
  • 10:17, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Boxy from checkuser, sysop to (none)
  • 10:17, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Conndraka from checkuser, sysop to (none)
  • 10:17, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Karek from checkuser, sysop to (none)
  • 10:17, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Krazy Monkey from checkuser, sysop to (none)
  • 10:17, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Nubis from checkuser, sysop to (none)
  • 10:17, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Swiers from checkuser, sysop to (none)
  • 10:17, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:The General from checkuser, sysop to (none)
  • 10:18, 9 October 2008 - Grim formally declares his Coup detat
  • 10:20, 9 October 2008 - Grim adds a small FYI to his previous post
  • 10:20, 9 October 2008 - Boxy creates this misconduct case
  • 10:22, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Grim s from bureaucrat, checkuser, sysop to checkuser, sysop
  • 10:23, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Boxy from (none) to sysop
  • 10:23, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Boxy from sysop to sysop, checkuser
  • 10:25, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Thari from (none) to sysop, checkuser
  • 10:25, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Zombie slay3r from (none) to sysop, checkuser
  • 10:25, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:A Helpful Little Gnome from (none) to sysop, bureaucrat, checkuser
  • 10:25, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Daranz from (none) to sysop, checkuser
  • 10:26, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Conndraka from (none) to sysop, checkuser
  • 10:26, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Karek from (none) to sysop, checkuser
  • 10:26, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Krazy Monkey from (none) to sysop, checkuser
  • 10:26, 9 October 2008 - Grim posts his reasoning on Kevan's talk page
  • 10:27, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Nubis from (none) to sysop, checkuser
  • 10:27, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) blocked "Grim s (contribs)" with an expiry time of infinite (Nevermind. I guess shit will always be shit regardless of what anyone tries to do. Farewell.)
  • 10:27, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Swiers from (none) to sysop, checkuser
  • 10:27, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:The General from (none) to sysop, checkuser
  • 14:34, 9 October 2008 Kevan (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Grim s from checkuser, sysop to (none)

Ruling

By Unanimous decision, Misconduct. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 06:59, 10 October 2008 (BST)

Now What?

whereas this is of a level that exceeds proper description, I move that each incident of Gross misconduct (as seen in the log above) be counted as a separate count of Vandalism for the sake of Vandalism escalation. Obviously this would result in a x11 escalation which goes well over perma on the ban scale. If any of the other sysops have another idea I'd like to hear it. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 06:59, 10 October 2008 (BST)

Dump the body, Barricade, and Heal? --– Nubis NWO 11:32, 10 October 2008 (BST)
Our banning system doesnt have auto-perma, Conn. Even if grim managed to escalate 11 counts, he would still have to pass a voting between the sysops to decide to perma him or not. --People's Commissar Hagnat talk 12:49, 10 October 2008 (BST)
As described in the relevant policy document, 11 counts of vandalism with no time between them would be a ban of 6 months and 10 days, with 5 permaban votes. Additionally, as noted in the section I created above, I (and other contributors) would like it spelled out as to whether or not Grim's sysop status is revoked by this case, and whether any such revocation is permanent. Thanks. --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 16:35, 10 October 2008 (BST)
In light of the actions following the case, I think a de-opping and permaban is in order. I don't believe that 6 months will be long enough nor do I think that if he is ever allowed to come back that returning as "Grim" would be a good idea. I think it is in his best interest to have that name "die". If he ever comes back and is reformed it wouldn't be fair to have the stigma of this tantrum hanging over him. --– Nubis NWO 16:47, 10 October 2008 (BST)
As long as I've been here (or followed A/VB, at least), one vandalism spree has resulted in only one escalation. --Midianian|T|T:S|C:RCS| 18:19, 10 October 2008 (BST)
gross vandalism has also resulted in permabans--Boobs.gifTHE Godfather of Яesensitized, Anime Sucks Yalk | W! U! WMM| CC CPFOAS DORISFlag.jpg LOE ZHU | Яezzens 18:31, 10 October 2008 (BST)
Only through "more than 3 vandal edits and no constructive ones" as far as I know. --Midianian|T|T:S|C:RCS| 22:42, 10 October 2008 (BST)
There is a huge difference between blanking several pages and making yourself the Godlike ruler of the wiki. --– Nubis NWO 19:57, 10 October 2008 (BST)
Which is pretty much my point, the difference is that big. Going "a-ha! he committed eleven acts of vandalism and thus gets eleven escalations" seems both unnecessary and counter-productive. It's undermining the system because current practice is to consider multiple counts of vandalism as a single escalation. Also, consider a potential (quite unlikely) future situation where a 'crat decides to stage a coup by only demoting the other 'crats. That's not enough to give them a perma-ban if the acts are counted individually, but it's still a coup and (IMO) worthy of a perma. As far as I know, Misconduct punishments aren't codified so why not just say "a coup gets you a perma-ban, all in favor?". --Midianian|T|T:S|C:RCS| 22:42, 10 October 2008 (BST)
It is ridiculous to suggest that Grim should, or could, come back under a new name after a permabann. That would just make this a second wikigate, bringing a new generation of witch hunters out to hunt down Grim socks (or anyone who even looks like grim). Give him a few months to get over it, and let him back in -- boxy talki 22:34 10 October 2008 (BST)
Assuming he doesn't off himself before then, that is. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 22:39, 10 October 2008 (BST)
Why let him back in? He broke the rules! If anyone else had done this, they would NEVER be allowed back!--SirArgo Talk 22:43, 10 October 2008 (BST)
We always let people back after a single tanty page wiping spree. It takes a huge amount of vandalism to get yourself to a permaban. Grim's little coup was an epic fail. Fixed in minutes. Move on -- boxy talki 22:49 10 October 2008 (BST)
That's not true. See my post below for links to perma bans based on just a few vandal acts. --– Nubis NWO 11:55, 11 October 2008 (BST)
OK, but just let me make this last point. HE DEMOTED EVERYONE AND PUT HIMSELF IN CHARGE. If Kevan hadn't intervened he would have begun seriously changing this wiki and forcing in his rules in everywhere! I would be all for letting him back in as a regular user, but I think he should be permanently unable to become a sysop or bureaucrat.--SirArgo Talk 22:54, 10 October 2008 (BST)
It was the last act of defiance of a damaged soul. just demote him, slap him with an appropriate vandalism ban and move on... can anyone seriously imagine he would get voted into any similar position if (big IF) he did come back? Apart from anything else the Crat of the time would be strung up for allowing his promotion any time soon! By the way... vandalism denotes "bad faith" and always has done... reading that post of his, can anyone really claim he was acting in bad faith? breaking lots of rules and being a megalomaniac yes! Bad faith in any real way??? I actually think he was acting in what he saw as the best interests of the community.... He was wrong but that would never have occurred to the Grim most of us knew!--Honestmistake 00:45, 11 October 2008 (BST)
But Kevan did intervene, and always will in such circumstances. Sure, it's major misconduct, that's why the almost unprecedented steps of de-modding and a ban are being discussed, but the rest of the sysops need to get a grip. There was never any risk that grim was going to take absolute control of the wiki, unless Kevan wanted it that way. A few months ban from the wiki is appropriate, and perhaps permanent de-modding. But if the wiki community wants grim back, as their overlord, sometime in the future (knowing of his past, as recorded here), then they should probably be free to have him. That's what democracy is, the common people knowing what they want, and getting it good and hard ;) -- boxy talki 00:47 11 October 2008 (BST)
H L Mencken? Kewl. Nietzschean democracy FTW! Garum 01:59, 11 October 2008 (BST)
Boxy, I really think you aren't seeing the big picture here. A misconduct case that Grim felt shouldn't have even been brought up against him went bad for him. He threw a fit, demoted everyone, then banned himself. All of us have bullshit cases against us that with common sense shouldn't have been an issue. I'm pretty sure all of us have at least one Misconduct ruling against us. None of us did anything like that when we weren't happy with the vote. That's like telling a kid no cookies and he burns down the house. Yes, it's great the Kevan stepped in and restored everything, but maybe we shouldn't have pyschos with that kind of authority in the first place. And if he was doing it in "good faith" then why demote the people that weren't even involved like Swiers or Karek?
HonestMistake, if he was actually acting in good faith and had all of these grand plans for reforming the wiki then why did it take a misconduct verdict to make him post about them in his psychotic rant? Why would one misconduct verdict stop him from carrying on with his grand design? All of the other sysops seem to be able to carry out their normal duties while defending themselves on here. His actions and reactions speak quite clearly about where his real priorities lie - his own ego. --– Nubis NWO 03:46, 11 October 2008 (BST)
Bad Faith is usually taken to mean a deliberate attempt to damage the wiki. Grims self stated aim was to clean it up and improve it, Good Faith vandalism has always been held to be a mistake rather than an offence. Just because all of us think he was out of order does not mean he was acting in Bad Faith. The timing was obviously solely due to his imminent lynching (I mean demotion) If he had gone on to actually ban any of the sysop team that would have been a different matter, he didn't... he just left with a big bang. It's a pointless debate anyway really in that i can't see him coming back. However the principle remains that the demotion was unfairly issued and a permaban given his overall contributions is out off line. --Honestmistake 14:05, 11 October 2008 (BST)
Why are you telling me all that? I know it all already and agree. It still doesn't make a permaban the appropriate penalty. De-modding and a few months to cool down is more than enough. Just to put this into perspective, when OddStarter unilaterally decided to promote Amazing, much to the dismay of pretty much everyone else on the wiki, he got absolutely no penalty whatsoever, past being told not to do it again, and Conndraka only got a bit over a day ban, and no loss of mod privileges for the unilateral and unwarranted permbanning a user without reporting it on A/VB. I realise this is more serious... but not enough to warrant the ultimate penalty of a permanent ban -- boxy talki 05:13 11 October 2008 (BST)
Then what is worthy of a perma ban? Just vandalism? Vandalism without contributing? Having an offensive name? I'm really curious. We seem to give them out to regular users easily. Why is this one difficult? --– Nubis NWO 11:52, 11 October 2008 (BST)
All of those vandals had contributions, in fact the first one worked extremely hard for his ban. Grim on the other hand, has an extremely long history of worthwhile contributions to the wiki, so good were his early contributions, that the community deemed him worthy of being promoted to the sysop position that he has just lost. I would suggest that anyone who has gained enough community support to be promoted to a sysop position should not be eligible for permbanning without going through the required vandal escalations to earn it. They have already well and truly proved their contribution to the wiki, and a single misconduct case or even VB case isn't enough to warrant dumping them permenantly. As it says in the wiki, vandalism article, "the only aim with warnings and bans is to attempt to stop the vandal from continuing to vandalise the wiki", bringing this philosophy onto misconduct means that demotion and a short ban will achieve the desired outcome (no more coups), a permaban seems little more than pay-back for all the grief that has gone before -- boxy talki 12:14 11 October 2008 (BST)
Boxy's right. Grim hasn't committed any form of vandalism or misconduct before, so looking at it objectively it would be incredibly unfair to permanently ban him. The idea of a a short ban and complete removal of sysop powers seems like the best option to me. -- Cheese 12:39, 11 October 2008 (BST)
This is all I was asking for last night before the mini-flame war broke out and my ideas got buried in the shit slinging. Though I do think we should make it impossible for him to ever be a crat again. If somehow he manages to get re-elected as a sysop, ok, but I don't think he should be allowed to advance any father than that. Lastly, do we even know if he wants to come back? He might be sore about this whole thing and he just wants to be gone.--SirArgo Talk 19:14, 11 October 2008 (BST)

One option here is to ask Grim to agree to a set of simple principles before he's allowed to edit again - nothing extreme, just basic things that are important for good "citizenship" of the wiki, like 'follow the spirit of the rules' or 'try and co-operate with others.' (Those are just examples, I'm sure you can think of better ones.) The idea would be to only include things that you lot all do already because you know they're the right thing to do. Where I'm coming from on this is there seems to be a lot of distaste for Grim's behaviour even outside this misconduct case, and now could be a good opportunity to try and nudge him in the right direction. --Toejam 18:07, 11 October 2008 (BST)

Toe, I'll agree to that for one big reason...Grim would never agree to it. The whole idea of "an artificially imposed code of conduct" is anathema to him. Which is one of the reasons him suggesting it in his FINAL tirade was so peculiar. And folks I'll remind you that Amazing had a large number of positive edits in his career here, but when he went totally apeshit he was put down. Permanently What is surprising now is that someone can so violate the trust of the wiki and so few people be willing to do something about it. Unpopular my ass. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 18:28, 11 October 2008 (BST)
You're using Amazing as an example now? Well look at the vandal data, Amazing was only "put down" after a lot (and I mean a shitload) of warnings and bans, compared to Grim who was once banned for an arbitration dispute. And who exactly is not "willing to do something about it"? No one is suggesting that he gets off these charges. Everyone seems to be agreeing that demotion and at least a few months ban would be appropriate, except for you witch burners, who want the nuclear option right from the start. How does it feel, being the new-age GANKBUS? -- boxy talki 23:57 11 October 2008 (BST)
Umm yea... but Id have to say Demoting everyone and taking unilateral control of the wiki is worse than Vandalism...And teh only thing that kept Grim from not being blanked outright was the fact he didn't try to touch Kevan's accounts...Had he been that stupid there wouldn't even be a whisper of this discussion. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 00:56, 12 October 2008 (BST)
Punishing people that step on Kevan's toes is Kevan's domain. If he thinks it's appropriate he should probably say so. For us though it's well beyond reasoned action to make it so that the three biggest punishments we can dole out are intermingled into one punishment, what else will people get demoted for? And in that case why even have demoting in Misconduct if it will always result in permabanning even when they don't do anything that we can otherwise legitimately dole out a permaban for? --Karekmaps?! 01:05, 12 October 2008 (BST)
Toejam, no disrespect to you, but Grim would never agree to a set of simple principles, because he would never admit that he's done anything wrong, or that there should be civility on this wiki in any form. In fact, he's always vociferously argued that he's more capable of being right than anyone else (hiding behind the smoke and mirrors of a claimed superiority in debating skills), and that his being a "dick" is a perfectly valid form of behaviour, despite his (once held) position of responsibility. You do realise, I hope, that in being finally brought to task for his obnoxious style of management, he reacted by trying to seize absolute power. If you examine that closely, you'll see that he demoted ALL the other sysops (whether they'd gone against him or not, or been involved at all in recent events), which was one case of clear Misconduct. He then posted his manifesto, which (by claiming to be the only authority) was a separate case of Misconduct. He further attempted to instruct Kevan on how to run his own wiki (by again claiming absolute authority): a third case of Misconduct. He absolutely deserves a ban, in my opinion, partly for his own mental well-being. It needn't be permanent (but then, I don't understand why Amazing is permanently banned, and we can all note that Karek fully supports that), but it should be lengthy. This is not A/VB, and so the sysops have the power to agree to any punishment (and need not follow the A/VB scale at all). As they are not in agreement over a permanent ban, I call for a 6-month ban, demotion from sysop, and a permanent ban on any account ever identified as belonging to the human behind the Grim s facade ever running for sysop (for data security reasons). --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 18:57, 11 October 2008 (BST)
Actually I've never been really clear about my stance on the Amazing thing. I don't support the permaban but there's little evidence that he didn't break the rules of the time and there's a bad precedent to be set by unilaterally overturning it because we want to, especially since we don't have all of the facts. I'm not for giving sysops judicial review, I'm also very much not a fan of permabanning. Come up with a good way to allow us to do it in a constructive and well reasoned way and I'd have no problem with overturning past perma's as long as the final decision was Kevan's alone and he actively participated in it.--Karekmaps?! 00:39, 12 October 2008 (BST)
The fact that Kevan was a major participant in the banning of Amazing is a reason why I've always been against us unbanning him.--Karekmaps?! 00:40, 12 October 2008 (BST)
Fair enough - I jumped to an assumption based on an earlier discussion we'd had on some policy or other. Thanks for clarifying. --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 07:03, 12 October 2008 (BST)

Perma-Ban Vote

For the sake of closure and in light of the severe vandalism following the case, I believe it is in the wiki's best interest for a sysop vote on Perma banning Grim s and all of his IPs.

  1. For--– Nubis NWO 16:47, 10 October 2008 (BST)
    10:27, 9 October 2008 Grim s (Talk | contribs | block) blocked "Grim s (contribs)" with an expiry time of infinite (Nevermind. I guess shit will always be shit regardless of what anyone tries to do. Farewell.) Seems like a permaban is what he wants anyway.--– Nubis NWO 01:09, 12 October 2008 (BST)
  2. For -- Cheese 19:25, 10 October 2008 (BST) Against - Changed my mind. -- Cheese 12:28, 11 October 2008 (BST)
  3. For Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 22:27, 10 October 2008 (BST)
  4. Against -- boxy talki 22:30 10 October 2008 (BST)
  5. Against - I'm gonna go out on a limb and trust Boxy in this until I have more time to look into it. Probably tomorrow. --Karekmaps?! 08:54, 11 October 2008 (BST) I've read into some of the stuff and just skimming it. The fact that most of you can continue on as if you don't deserve as much punishment as him and do deserve any semblance of authority over anyone is mindboggling. It's a shame that Kevan can read through that and not demote at least half of you.--Karekmaps?! 09:20, 11 October 2008 (BST)
    You don't bother to add anything to the case, but you feel you have the right to come back and admonish us for making a decision? Must be lonely up there on your pedestal. When does your hiatus start again? --– Nubis NWO 11:59, 11 October 2008 (BST)
    You're kidding right? It's no secret that I've been out of town for the last 4 weeks and haven't had internet. I literally just got back yesterday right before that. But of course this isn't about circumstances it's all about how many people you can bash for not conforming. --Karekmaps?! 00:31, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    It's about the fact that I have defended you against a ridiculous Misconduct case that Grim brought up against you and wanted to see you hang for and yet when a case comes up against him he asks for a "cooling off" period, screams about how it is a Kangaroo Court, bitches that we are abusing our power, goes mad and de ops everyone and takes over the wiki. It's about the fact that any time he brought up such asinine cases against anyone he used that as "evidence" that they were unfit for authority. Yet, when one case - out of how many against him - goes bad he flips out. If I am "bashing" anything it is the memories of what an asshole to EVERYONE he has been into your heads. Once that sinks in let me know, I'll put the sledgehammer away.--– Nubis NWO 00:44, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    I don't agree with what he did. I also don't agree that he should be perma'd. I also don't agree with what most any of you did. Grim being a temperamental idiot doesn't excuse everyone else.--Karekmaps?! 00:56, 12 October 2008 (BST)

An alternative to the Perma-Ban

6 Month Ban, Demotion from Sysop (to determine official status), 1 year prohibition from promotion.

  1. For Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 20:02, 11 October 2008 (BST)
    Oh, so now you give an alternative option, after it looks like your little witch burning party mightn't be quite as successful as hoped. You're a useless sysop Conndraka, resign or at least put yourself up for reevaluation -- boxy talki 23:47 11 October 2008 (BST)
    And you were useless as a Crat, boxy. Just look at the whole Grim vs. J3D thing that you saw fit to ignore. Not only did he override your vouch for J3D he also blamed you for having to do it. Then he bitched about having to do all the dirty work and people getting upset that he just made an executive decision because you were too worthless to contribute. That started the whole header debacle, too. --– Nubis NWO 00:56, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    I didn't vouch for J3D, numbnuts, and wouldn't have promoted him either. I wouldn't have been such a dick about it, if I was here, but the same conclusion would have been reached. I don't think he's ready to be a sysop yet either. Once Grim became a crat, no one was likely to get promoted anyway. The only person I remember him approving of was Karek (perhaps there were others from the early days), and with him having veto power, meh -- boxy talki 02:04 12 October 2008 (BST)
    I apologize. I was wrong. You had a comment below a vouch that I missed the signature on. I am sorry.--– Nubis NWO 11:08, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    That's a very good point that had also occurred to me: I assumed (rightly, I think) that Grim would never allow anyone to be promoted. It's good that he's no longer a 'crat, however it was achieved. (And also painfully obvious that the SA goons propelled him to that position following the vote striking debacle, so that he never really deserved to be there anyway.) --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 07:10, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    -coughcoughhejoinedredrumandpromisedthemhugscoughcough---Boobs.gifTHE Godfather of Яesensitized, Anime Sucks Yalk | W! U! WMM| CC CPFOAS DORISFlag.jpg LOE ZHU | Яezzens 12:05, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    You know, now might be a good time for a complete re-evaluation of the whole team. I don't say this because I want to get rid of anyone but because it would be a very good opportunity to see who is trusted by the community. Regardless of whether that happens I do think we need to institute a set term for sysophood to ensure regular revue.--Honestmistake 00:28, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    Sadly odds are that as fickle a thing as trust is here it will be the sysops who are a part of this farse because they strung someone up for pointing out something popular wasn't an event.--Karekmaps?! 00:35, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    No...Im Not in Favor of the alternative personally, but I prefer that to nothing. I put the alternative up after Funt suggested it, nothing more. But you are going to have to face facts here Boxy (and many of the others who supported Grim), Grim is gone and with what he pulled in his little coup he needs to be gone for good. You don't like it? I'm sorry you feel that way. Now term limits have been discussed before, but with the serious lack of candidates both willing to do the job and able to get approval by the community, its difficult enough to keep a good roster much less the one we have...I would however be very happy to see a recall vote option instituted as part of misconduct for any instance where "gross" misconduct occurs. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 00:49, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    Yeah, good try Conn, but anyone who has been watching for more than 10 minutes would know that I do not support Grim, and the way he conducted himself as sysop, but I'm also not going to be part of your lynching party -- boxy talki 02:04 12 October 2008 (BST)
    strung someone up for pointing out something popular wasn't an event. Come off it, Karek. If he'd just pointed something out, nothing would have come of it. He unilaterally removed a community vote (rather than just vote against, like any normal contributor), then posted insults to everyone (all that stuff about here's where you can bitch and moan, or whatever it was he said). He's a bully, he always has been and he got his comeuppance at long, long last. He strung himself up in the end, don't forget. (And it was an event - he himself admitted that when someone finally presented a screen shot, which he'd been demanding from his pram ever since things didn't go quite his own way.) --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 07:17, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    I didn't say what he did was ok but it certainly wasn't deserving of that.--Karekmaps?! 08:51, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    He deemed himself deserving of "that". Who are you to tell him what he does and doesn't want? --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 08:57, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    I wasn't talking about permabanning there Cyberbob, I was talking about the case before this one that led to his actions.--Karekmaps?! 09:11, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    I see. My point still stands, but you have added another; it is completely ludicrous to blame anyone other than Grim for his actions. I see no difference between what you're doing and laying the blame for a rape on the victim for having worn revealing clothing. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 09:52, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    Can you and other regular users please shut up and let the sysops finish this? The fun is over, Grim's gone. Can people stop doing the serious business act when they aren't needed? DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION (TALK | CONTRIBS) 09:54, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    I blame Grim for Grim's actions. Everyone else doesn't get off the hook because Grim decided to be an idiot just like he doesn't get off the hook for everyone else's actions. Personal responsibility is, surprisingly, something I believe in.--Karekmaps?! 10:01, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    Good, then you'll have no problems with ceasing your tirades pinning any blame for Grim's outburst on those who participated in the Misconduct case. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 10:17, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    You strongly implied it. --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 16:28, 12 October 2008 (BST)
  2. For -- boxy talki 02:04 12 October 2008 (BST)
  3. For - Although as this is a vandal escalation this portion should probably be at least noted as such in A/VD. I don't think the other things are at all relevant, demotion is common sense and re-promotion would be gross bureaucratic negligence.--Karekmaps?! 02:09, 12 October 2008 (BST)
  4. For -- Cheese 10:55, 12 October 2008 (BST)
  5. For because he permabanned himself. However, I can see the point in only making it "officially" a 6 month ban. And hopefully this will finally end this.--– Nubis NWO 11:13, 12 October 2008 (BST)
  6. Question - I know I don't have a vote or anything, but is the one year ban from getting promoted enacted immediately, or after the 6 month ban? -Boobs.gifTHE Godfather of Яesensitized, Anime Sucks Yalk | W! U! WMM| CC CPFOAS DORISFlag.jpg LOE ZHU | Яezzens 21:48, 12 October 2008 (BST)
    1 year from return. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 21:51, 12 October 2008 (BST)

Resolution/Final Ruling

Grim has been found Guilty of severe Misconduct in absentia. His Ban will be reduced from a self imposed permaban to a 6 month ban effective today. Additionally Grim is to be demoted from sysop effective immediately and will be prohibited from seeking or accepting promotion for a period of 1 year thereafter. Box this up and archive it, we're done with this epic. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 16:22, 12 October 2008 (BST)

17:40, 28 September 2008

For this edit -- removing the historical event nomination for User:RadioSurvivor -- where he cited the Policy for Historical Events.

In fact, the policy on Historical Events reads:

"Historical Events are very important in-game events that have made an impact on the way the game is played or otherwise contributed to the history of Malton."

The character of Michael Corsair, aka Uncle Zeddie, existed in and impacted Malton, in-game -- as well as via the metagame. One might argue that it was more meta- than in-game? That's actually highly debatable -- but quite irrelevant, even if it is the case. Most (possibly all?) historical events have had metagame elements, often very significantly, and this event was no different. Thus, it's only a matter of degree, not of kind.

Additonally, the character and his "broadcasts" (which took place in- and out-of-game) clearly "contributed to the history of Malton."

Furthermore:

"Within two weeks of a nomination, the Event must be approved by 2/3 of the voters, with a minimum of 15 voters for a nomination to pass. The only allowable votes are Yes and No."

(Apologies, I initially cited the wrong line. Corrected.)

Grim was in blatant violatation of this Policy by not allowing voting to continue, and allowing the community to decide on this nomination, for the stated 2 week period.

I request not only that Grim's sysop powers be removed -- as he clearly abused these powers, in contravention of very clear policy on this matter -- but that the Historical Event nomination be reinstated and voting be allowed to continue, as per the policy.

That is all. --WanYao 17:40, 28 September 2008 (BST)

BRACE FOR TEXT WALL CONTAINING MANY VULGARITIES AND GRAMMATICAL ERRORS --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 18:53, 28 September 2008 (BST)

Before this goes any further, I want to say a few things. I don't have a lot of time, so it might be terse.
Firstly, I want to apologise for my angry outbursts earlier when I first saw the removal of this nomination. Unfortunately, I think one can understand why I was so furious. I do not, however, take back my assertion that Grim made a very fundamentally bad and, policy-wise, dead wrong call. And, unfortunately, a "Misconductable" wrong call....
However... this also needs to be said, I think... I'm gonna "out" Grim... Ya know what? Grim is a good guy. And I actually like and respect Grim. Yeah... it's true. Moreover, I am convinced that Grim really does have the interests of the wiki and the community at heart in all he does.
That being said, though... I think there is problem. And I think that problem is, at least partially, that Grim is not really in touch with the UD player-community. And that community includes people who really only play in-game, and/or those who use the wiki on vary levels, and/or those who use forums, and/or IRC, and/or -- those for whom part of this "community" revolves around a very popular and influential metagame video-blog...
This, combined with an unfortunate tendency at times towards heavy-handedness and unilateralism... And we have a bit of a problem... Which has led us here, to this Misconduct case.
Anyway... I'm not here to grind an axe. I'm not here to call names and sling mud. I've explained already why I am here. It's my (possibly naive) hope that the majority of the community will also feel and act similarly. Thanks. --WanYao 21:06, 28 September 2008 (BST)
Sorry Wannie, but you know as well as anyone else that Grim does NOT permit challenges to His Authority. Expect to be ravaged at full force. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 21:15, 28 September 2008 (BST)

Misconduct I was torn initially on whether this was misconduct or simply vandalism. It crosses the line where he sites "Policy" and then incites others to "Bitch and Moan", indicating that he is standing behind his perceived authority as a sysop and bureaucrat. However, as I fully expect a flambastic response citing a previous history between Grim and myself, I would expect other sysops to take the time to fully evaluate the situation before ruling either direction. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 21:33, 28 September 2008 (BST)

To answer points bellow... I heard Uncle Zeddy a number of times... IN GAME... I even used an Alt to try and hunt him down at one point... all within game, as I don't participate in boards that had any mention of uncle Zeddy except for the wiki and the game itself, the nomination obviously DOES have something to do with the game as Wan says on the nomination page. Grim's opinion (regardless of popularity) is wrong, and when you are wrong sometimes you are just wrong and trying to prove (or disprove) it is merely a semantic exercise in futility. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 02:50, 29 September 2008 (BST)

Misconduct Here's the deal. There was no reason to remove that nomination. It wasn't like putting deletions up for deletion or part of some edit war or even that ridiculous of a nomination. (I think Uncle Zeddie deserves something like that) so there was no action "for the best interests of the community." He removed it because he didn't like it. Now, a normal user would have just voted NO and bitched about it (which is what he should have done). If a normal user had removed it they would be vandal escalated and the nomination restored. By removing the nomination entirely (and citing "policy" to justify his actions) that is an abuse of his perceived authority. True there were no sysop "powers" involved, but Misconduct isn't just misusing the ban/delete/protect tabs. It's abusing the authority given by the community to further your own personal agenda. What makes this case especially deplorable is the high and mighty attitude that Grim has. He tries (and usually succeeds) in being very impartial if not a hard ass. This time he was very wrong. What makes me jump on the Misconduct wagon is that Grim wouldn't have "backed down" and put it back up. He was rather insulting by putting up the "bitch about it here" section too. Now while this is hardly demotion worthy it really should make people want to reform the Misconduct system and the Demotion system. Here is a serious abuse of authority that if deemed Misconduct will mean nothing on his record and not count toward any serious punishment. So what's the real point of any Misconduct cases until you (the community) make it mean something? Of course, by the same token I am not going to vote Not Misconduct and make it seem as though I condone these actions.--– Nubis NWO 01:19, 29 September 2008 (BST)


It was an external event. A single character did exist in game, but the majority, the overwhelming majority of the event was on third party websites. Policy clearly states it must be in game, and a person wandering around broadcasting, if that ever happened (And ive seen nothing to suggest that ever happened, or that anything that might have happened in game was actually done by this individual). Thus i removed the nomination. Anyone can do that, the fact that i happen to be a sysop is irrelevant. The complaints section was just that, for complaints so you had a coherent place to bitch and moan, and discuss matters. All this is is an attempt to force through an event that doesnt meet policy into a meaningless category. If you want to add it, feel free to change policy on the issue to make it fit this nomination. Until then, shut up.

I did not edit any protected pages. I did not use any administrative abilities. I simply removed it for failing to meet policy. Anyone could have done what i did. Yes i added the title sysop (Because thats what i am), but anyone can remove a nomination if it fails to met the rules. Whats interesting is that no one has shown how i was wrong, just said i was. Im just sufffering here because the people want something included that doesnt actually meet the rules, and are more than willing to crucify me, a less than popular individual, to get it. If you want to change policy, i will support it, and i would even vote for it under new policy, but policy as it stands currently does not allow it. No matter how much you bitch and moan, no matter how much you complain and try to crucify me, no matter what you do, unless you can demonstrate that it was an in game event, significantly so, i wont back down on this issue. If you can do that, i would gladly do so. However, you didnt even bother trying to discuss matters, so why should i? If you want to accuse me of something, feel free to accuse me of vandalism, but this sure isnt misconduct. --The Grimch U! E! 02:23, 29 September 2008 (BST)

I'd like to submit if I may a proto-second-case against him for having gone and removed the stuff again despite both the existence of this case and the rulings of Misconduct already tendered by Nubis and Conndraka. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 02:13, 29 September 2008 (BST)

I hadnt seen this case at that point. Ive stopped touching it until this matter is resolved. --The Grimch U! E! 02:23, 29 September 2008 (BST)
Okey dokey. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 02:32, 29 September 2008 (BST)

I'm sorry... but I have already explained my reasoning. Now, one is free to disagree with me. That's fine. But my reasoning can be found in the nomination itself, and my comments on a couple of votes -- as well as above, in this misconduct case. And I happen to disagree with Grim that this did not also have an in-game impact. Again, I've explained my reasons for that... And I don't see why I should have to repeat myself. --WanYao 02:38, 29 September 2008 (BST)

Im no longer going to mount any form of defense here. Facts are no match for for Nubis's amazing supernatural mind reading powers and their ability to see things that i dont even recall thinking. I am no match for people who wish to assert something is true because it suiots their purposes. If you can provide an iwitness or screenshot of one of the broadcasts, ill cheerfully admit i was wrong on the matter and there it would have ended. This went way too far however. And asking for my demotion on a first offense? After how many years was it as a sysop? Two and a half? Absurd, but pretty much certain to happen because i made a call that may have been wrong, and was certainly unpopular. There was no attempt at discussion after i had done the removal. No attempt at rational discourse regarding this matter (I am partly to blame here for doing it unilaterally, but again, as i believed it was outside the rules on the matter, you know the rules that determine what can go up for voting in the first place, hopefully someone can see where this came from, though i doubt anyone will make the effort). Let me get one thing out. I enjoyed what he did. I found them funny. Saying that i removed them because i hate themn, i hate zeddie, and i hate fun is about as valid as claiming that the sky is bright red with pink blotchy polka dots at all times everywhere on the earth. In any case, do whatever the hell you like. This isnt going to be misconduct because i was wrong (Even if it turns out i am), but because people are so unhappy with what i did and refused to do the most basic thing in events where there are disagreements: Work it out rationally before resorting to litigation. If anything, id ask that this case be put on hold for a month so everyone can cool off and rule rationally insetead of in the heat of the moment. Not going to happen though i guess. --The Grimch U! E! 03:09, 29 September 2008 (BST)

Actually... as the one who brought this Misconduct case... I'm perfectly okay with a "cooling off period". I think that might be a good idea. A month might not be necessary: 2 weeks might be enough. But I'll not object to 30 days, it's no skin off my nose, either way. --WanYao 03:24, 29 September 2008 (BST)

Grim i confess to not reading the entire wall of text, but in the bits i did read there was no defence as to why you couldn't simply vote no and bitch, as Nubis suggested. Any reason for this? Because this misconduct case has NOTHING to do with whether or not Radio Survivor deserves historical event or not and i'm sure you recognise that.--xoxo 08:35, 29 September 2008 (BST)

Yes, it should be about misuse of mod powers... which sysop only ability is Grim supposed to have abused? As far as I can see, no-one has been given any special rights to remove "ineligible" historical votes, making this vandal banning material (if done in bad faith), not misconduct -- boxy talki 13:36 29 September 2008 (BST)
Boxy, you have a point and this could probably be handled on A/VB except Grim himself has said that Misconduct cases posted must stand. I bitched about this when someone tried to misconduct him for just posting a comment they didn't like. So he's stuck here in Misconduct and has to face what comes up. I tried to warn you all...
And to GRIM- WHAT? Why should any misconduct case against you get "a cooling off period"? Was there one when you brought a case against Karek for accidentally locking the A/VB page? (Did you try to talk it out before you rushed off to litigation?) Was there one for the case against me when I sarcastically added The Dead as a Pro Survivor group to DH? Did anyone try saying to me maybe I shouldn't do that? Here you go abusing your authority and expecting special treatment that you wouldn't even dream of giving others, but don't mind me I must just be using my psychic powers again.
Why are you saying that there should be an iwitness screenshot for Radio Survivor? Please link any other event that was forced to provide screen shots before VOTING could even be started on them. If you liked RS as much as you said then why not leave the nomination? Why not offer to make him a "special group" nomination if you are so dead set on what counts as an event?--– Nubis NWO 13:42, 29 September 2008 (BST)
If this 'cooling off period' happens, will it set precedent? Can I request a 'cooling off period' to any A/VB case against me? -- To know the face of God is to know madness....Praise knowledge! Mischief! Mayhem! The Rogues Gallery!. <== DDR Approved Editor 14:32, 29 September 2008 (BST)
I don't know... It's just an idea... What I do know is that I was FURIOUS when I saw Grim's unilateral removal of the nomination. Which action, unfortunately, falls under what Nubis described: "Misconduct isn't just misusing the ban/delete/protect tabs. It's abusing the authority given by the community to further your own personal agenda". I'm not claiming to read anyone's mind... but his unilateralism, and the citing of policy (imnsho incorrectly) was the reason for my anger -- as well as for bringing this to misconduct. I do regret the anger, but I don't disown it, either....
That being said, I retract my "calls for Grim's resignation"... That schtick was bullshit on my part... As for everything else, well, it's all out there now and the community will have to try to figure it out.
This debacle is, as the saying sorta goes, why we shouldn't do nice things (i.e. put RadioSurvivor up for Historical)? ::le sigh:: --WanYao 18:11, 29 September 2008 (BST)

Misconduct - For the same reasons as Nubis and Conn up there ^. There was no justifiable reason to remove that vote. True it was an external event, but it had an impact nonetheless. The community deserves to have it's opinion. And if they want to vote for it, who are we to stop them? We are sysops not moderators. -- Cheese 20:00, 29 September 2008 (BST)

So you agree that its an external event, and thus ineligable under policy, yet you still move to convict based on... what? It was an external event, as you yourself said. Policy dictates that events be in game events (I am not opposed to changing policy, FYI), not external events. But i somehow have no right to remove it (Except, of course, for the fact i was removing it for violating approved policy). Could you at least try to look like your position is internally consistent? You are a fucking disgrace. Convicting a person of misconduct for... acting within policy! (By your own admission) --The Grimch U! E! 04:57, 30 September 2008 (BST)
Nitpicking at Cheese's decision won't change his mind or make you seem like an innocent victim. You notice that even though Cheese may think it wasn't an ingame event that he didn't remove the nomination? Did you pick up on that? Are you going to Misconduct him and the rest of us for "not following policy" through inaction? We are still trying to figure out why you thought it was so detrimental to the community to just let it run its' course and see what the users voted. --– Nubis NWO 07:29, 30 September 2008 (BST)
Im no longer going to mount any form of defense here. You should watch statements like this when you return and bitch at people for not having "internal consistency" Just sayin'--– Nubis NWO 07:35, 30 September 2008 (BST)
Many of the events that have made the list have both internal and external components, while there certainly is an argument that Radio Survivor was not sufficiently in game, you should have expressed your opinion the same as any other user would have, voting no. The fact that there is even this discussion demonstrates the ambiguity surrounding the events worthiness. It's not clear cut, so don't make it out like it is.--xoxo 05:06, 30 September 2008 (BST)
Radio Survivor had an in-game presence/existence, and an in-game impact. One such thing was the in-game man-hunt. What the fuck is so "ambiguous" about that??? --WanYao 05:17, 30 September 2008 (BST) And that's part of the problem. I explained all this in my nomination and in some comments... This is what happens when you try to do something nice in the UD "community"? --WanYao 05:18, 30 September 2008 (BST)
Yes it had an in-game impact, the ambiguity comes from whether or not that impact alone was sufficient for it to be counted as historically significant. Who tried to do something nice for the UD community and what was it? --xoxo 05:21, 30 September 2008 (BST)
I thought it would be way cool to nominate Uncle Zeddie and let the community honour his contributions to the history of Malton... I honestly thought it would be a no-fucking-brainer, and I really didn't think it'd cause all this fucking drama. Like I said, that's why you don't do nice things...
I admit, I thought long and hard about exactly what kind of nomination Radio Survivor deserved. And I came to the conclusion that it was an event. I realised full-well that I was stretching the boundaries of the "traditional" definition of an event -- and I said so. However, that being said, I stretched them... I didn't go outside them or break them. Because it did exist in-game... it affected many different sururbs and lots of players... it inspired a man-hunt participated in by every fucking PKer worth his salt in the game... there was the Radio Survivor Street team... the Dead have admitted to hunting for him... it precipited a change, even if that change was "cultural". It was a fucking event. Even if it wasn't an event as we've typically recognised them before now, that doesn't mean the definition doesn't still apply. It does. --WanYao 08:15, 30 September 2008 (BST)
Wan, I think it would have been easier nominating him as a group. There is no minimum membership listed in the HOLY POLICY on the group page.--– Nubis NWO 15:07, 30 September 2008 (BST)

Not misconduct - no one has shown which sysops only power was abused here, and it wasn't enforced as a "moderation decision". Just another example of Grim being a dick (like so many others) -- boxy talki 04:04 1 October 2008 (BST)

Try this one: attempts to treat the status of sysop as a badge of authority to force a sysop's wishes on the wiki may also come under misconduct. He is a Crat. His actions carry the weight of that no matter how much he wants to pretend that he is a regular user. Again, it isn't just about the delete/ban/protect buttons.--– Nubis NWO 08:38, 4 October 2008 (BST)
Header to break discussion into managable chunks

OK, im back breifly to deal with this issue. I feel i need to point out this line from the top of the page:
There is, however, an exception to this rule - excessive bullying, or attempts to treat the status of sysop as a badge of authority to force a sysop's wishes on the wiki may also come under misconduct. Any accusations of this should come with just as clear evidence, and for such an action to be declared misconduct, there should be a clear pattern of behavior across a considerable period of time.
One incident that, even if it was what you say it was (Which it wasnt) isnt a clear pattern of behaviour. As such this cannot be ruled misconduct, unless you want to tell me which specific sysop ability i abused (Which will be quite entertaining, i must say). The ONLY reason this has gotten like this is because what i did was unpopular, and i also happen to be such. In any case, ruling misconduct with no demonstration of either clear pattern of abuse of simulated authority, or abuse of actual abilities is in and of itself misconduct on your parts, though if i bring any cases, you will all just go free, because one of the most fundamental ways this system is broken is that sysops get to decide what is and what is not legal, and can do this to crucify anyone they dont like.
If you want to treat this as an administrative action, i have done nothing that wasnt sanctioned by the guidelines. No, there is no specific policy for removals. But guess what, in A/G there is a bullet point under general conduct that specifically states:
System operators are also given the authority to make decisions regarding actions for which there is no governing policy in place. For example, should a particular action for which there is no policy be disputed, system operators may exercise their best judgment to allow or deny it.
Disagreement is no grounds for misconduct though. Thats just fucking petty. --The Grimch U! E! 00:05, 3 October 2008 (BST)

Cry me a river Grim. You don't have to look any farther than my own misconduct "trials" some even brought by you, where I was sanctioned for edits that anyone could have done...but because I was a sysop it was perceived as an abuse of authority. And the There is, however, an exception to this rule - excessive bullying, or attempts to treat the status of sysop as a badge of authority to force a sysop's wishes on the wiki may also come under misconduct. Any accusations of this should come with just as clear evidence, and for such an action to be declared misconduct, there should be a clear pattern of behavior across a considerable period of time. defense didn't work for me either... and popular or not if you do something wrong, its still wrong. even after a cooling off period. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 02:25, 3 October 2008 (BST)
What an outright fabrication on your part. I have never so much as commented on a misconduct case regarding you, let alone created one. Proof is in the pudding as they say. No, i have been critical of you, but i havent taken you to misconduct over anything. Perhaps you are thinking of A/VB, but i certainly cant recall any incident there off the top of my head. Also, upon further reading, even more of your claim is false. From top to bottom all your cases revolve around the use, or misuse, of administrative abilities. In order, from top to bottom: Undeletion, Banning, Banning, Warning, Deletion, Protection, Banning. Given there have been a grand total of seven cases against you, i think this is rather clear. But dont just take my word for it. Go read the archive yourself. --The Grimch U! E! 02:51, 3 October 2008 (BST)
You are right Grim, I'm sorry. Its not a fabrication, just a mistake on my part. I confused you with The General. My Bad... but its nice to see you so friendly in your response. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 03:26, 3 October 2008 (BST)
Conn, maybe you were thinking of that lovely "What Sysops you trust?" page. The one where he railed on the sysops he didn't like and invited the users to join in on the gang bang. Personally, I've always thought Hagnat was Grim's whipping boy, not you so much. --– Nubis NWO 08:38, 4 October 2008 (BST)
This case is about vandalism, at best, and given i was only trying to uphold the policies of this wiki as they dictated terms on the matter, and i ceased doing anything after spotting this case, its quite obviously good faith. Accusing me of misconduct for what is, at best, an edit conflict is petty and vindictive, and just goes to show just how shallow and unfit many sysops on this wiki are. Your ruling was especially poor in that you explicitely mentioned that the reason you went misconduct instead of vandalism was my "attitude" on the matter, not anything i did that required or utilised administrative abilities. A persons attitude is irrelevant to how things are ruled in misconduct. It is their actions that determine the validity of charges, not how they act (Unless the case is about bullying or such). I know im a dick, its been pointed out a great number of times, but that doesnt turn this case into misconduct. I will not apologise for my general conduct, because i have nothing to apologise for. You dont like my attitude? I dont like yours either, but you dont see me releasing a stream of bile on misconduct without due cause just to get people i dont like (Of course, that really depends on how you look at the cases i have brought, which are mostly procedural. I just have to say that i never brought any thinking "Now im gonna get im!" or "BWAHAHAAHAHAHA!" or anything of that vein.) --The Grimch U! E! 03:42, 3 October 2008 (BST)
A persons attitude is irrelevant to how things are ruled in misconduct. I disagree I will not apologise for my general conduct I beleive (IMHO obviously take it for what its worth) That General Conduct is an Integral part of what we do, and when we act like asses, especially in our roles as sysops it looks poorly on the position of sysop not just on "Grim" or "Conn". Ergo when we act in a way that is inappropriate general conduct, it is by definition Misconduct. And Yes I realize this makes me almost as guilty as you, and I will readilly face that case if its brought against me. Obviously the Wiki in general does not have a "good conduct mandate", but I do beleive that we as sysops should be held to a higher standard (of professionalism if nothing else). Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 03:58, 3 October 2008 (BST)
Being a dick has never been considered vandalism before, let alone misconduct. This is plainly ridiculous. There is no policy dictating standards of behaviour except with regards to the use of administrative abilities. Unless i have breached one of those guidelines, it is illegal, under the rules of this wiki, to rule misconduct. To paraphrase your position: "I dont like how you behave, so misconduct" This is just patently absurd. --The Grimch U! E! 04:37, 3 October 2008 (BST)
I think people are getting more than a little tired of your antics. Have you ever considered not being a dick, just to shake things up? --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 04:49, 3 October 2008 (BST)
If being a dick were a crime, you would have been flushed long ago. --The Grimch U! E! 04:52, 3 October 2008 (BST)
You didn't answer my question. I'm not a sysop. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 04:54, 3 October 2008 (BST)
I feel no need to answer your questions, and you were once, and every bit as much a dick as you are now. In any case, on the subject of not liking my attitude, from this very page, up the top, under guidelines for misconduct reporting is this little gem: Personality conflicts between sysops and regular users should be treated just as a personality conflict between two regular users.. Unless i abuse my abilities in a conflict of personalities, its not misconduct. Unfortunately, in this clash of personalities between myself and the rest of you, you are the bunch that are abusing your abilities, by ruling misconduct based of a personality conflict with myself when i was acting within policies as written and intended for the simple reason that you dislike the decision that those policies demanded. --The Grimch U! E! 05:02, 3 October 2008 (BST)
ASPIE NERDRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE EVERYBODY HIT THE DECK --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 05:08, 3 October 2008 (BST)

I was going to stat out of this but what the hell.... In the eyes of many users (particularly new ones) a sysop IS a Mod and challenging their actions is wrong/pointless. After all if they got voted into the posotion it was surely because thay are know the rules and are trusted to implement them? Sadly this is obviously not always the case as rules are often vague or non-existent and many actions taken by a Sysop are not "sysop" actions anyway, but those that can be taken by anyone (such as this case) In other words problems arises because its not always clear what is and is not a sysop action and (because names define function) any action taken by a known Sysop is a "Sysop action" because it was taken by a Sysop. If you throw into the mix a personality like Grims (and the reputation that goes with it) you are always going to get cases like this. Grim takes an unpopular but perfectly "legal" action and many don't call him on it because they know he knows the rules and is very very careful not to break them and because they also know that his debating skills are aggressive and well honed. It's obvious that there is a problem but its just as obvious that there is no solution... Grim has become his own "badge of authority" and he can and does use that in every issue he becomes involved in. Basically it boils down to this: He is right that this is not misconduct but he is so far from being good conduct that it long since stopped being funny.--Honestmistake 09:47, 3 October 2008 (BST)

Actually, almost all of my edits since late July (Thats as far back as i cared to skim my contribs) have been specifically administrative (Few, if any have had any specific issue taken with them, except Izumi, whom i was rooting out and banning), and i havent really been involved in community issues. So me having a bad attitude is more historical rather than recent because i simply have not posted much in the last couple of months. All admit i could have phrased some stuff better in my action here, but its pretty damned common for people on this wiki to call anything they disagree with whining. Check conndraka's opening response in the tree above for an even more recent example. He isnt being taken to task over it, so why should i? Ill admit i have a caustic abrasive attitude, but there are some very good reasons for that attitude, and a good number of people who have cared enough or just plain been bothered enough to get to know me know those reasons. --The Grimch U! E! 10:56, 3 October 2008 (BST)
Don't blame your going off your meds for your behaviour, Grim. Ritalin isn't that hard to find, surely? --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 16:10, 3 October 2008 (BST)

Grim, I hate to point out the obvious because it will be held against me and I think it is insulting to those that get it, but you don't seem to be among them. You are here in this situation because of your own actions and arrogance and not some USER CONSPIRACY against you. This is my big "I told you so" and I hate having to say it. Misconduct should not be the place for vandal cases against sysops/Crats. I said that last time you were here when someone complained about your edits on their talk page, but you wouldn't let me remove the case saying that all cases including ones that don't involve sysop actions have to be heard here if they are posted here. I said we need another disposition on Misconduct cases: Unsubstantiated. I said that here we only have two choices: Not Misconduct (meaning we condone the action) and Misconduct (meaning we disagree with the action). And again, I strongly disagree with your action for all the reasons I stated before and I do see them as "sysop/crat actions" under the attempts to treat the status of sysop as a badge of authority to force a sysop's wishes on the wiki clause. Now maybe someone will listen to me that the Misconduct policies need a tweak. As someone told Karek in your case against him "just take the Misconduct decision and move on". --– Nubis NWO 08:59, 4 October 2008 (BST)

A ruling of not misconduct does not mean you condone the action, only that you disagree that the action was an abuse of sysop privileges in some way. Unsubstantiated misconduct cases should always be ruled 'not misconduct' -- boxy talki 09:06 4 October 2008 (BST)
Unfortunately you're outnumbered by a good margin. Is this case going to do what I suspect it is, which is be awkwardly ignored by people until it is archived - letting Grim get away without punishment? --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 09:34, 4 October 2008 (BST)
As boxy said, not misconduct doesnt mean you condone the action, merely that the action wasnt administrator misconduct. I have in the past, myself ruled not misconduct and forwarded a case to A/VB. Amazing did it himself on my first misconduct case after it was soundly ruled not misconduct. He lost there too, because it was a stupid case. But ruling misconduct when it isnt misconduct just to teach a person a lesson is fucking petty and is in and of itself an abuse of the system, and a gross violation of your responsibilities as a sysop. Ruling on a misconduct case is not an agree with/disagree with matter. Its a "Was this action an abuse of administrator abilities as dictated by existing policy at the time of the incident? (Minor exceptions as detailed at the top of this page for excessive bullying and the other matter i touched on earlier)" A lot of people, yourself included, have completely lost sight of the fact that administrators are bound by rules, not the whims and consent of their fellows. Think about it for a minute: You are advocating a position that, if taken to an extreme, would mean you could legitimately rule misconduct on a case where an administrator has performed an action you merely disagree with. Its preposterous, but it does scale that way, especially with the way you and others are weighing in on this case (Conn and Cheese specifically). --The Grimch U! E! 10:02, 4 October 2008 (BST)
This is so lame. I was happy when he deleted the fucking nomination. DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION (TALK | CONTRIBS) 11:27, 4 October 2008 (BST)
Whoever said opposites attract? --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 11:53, 4 October 2008 (BST)
Please refrain from trolling on this page, as you have been doing for some time now. --The Grimch U! E! 11:55, 4 October 2008 (BST)
If anyone here is being disruptive, it's you and your gigantic walls of text. Nice officious tone, by the by. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 13:13, 4 October 2008 (BST)
Also - how did you put it? "If being a dick is a crime you yourself would have been flushed long ago"? Don't be a hypocrite, Grim. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 13:15, 4 October 2008 (BST)
Its only hypocricy if i claim that i am not a dick, and i have been, quite obviously so. Why would i bother trying to deny that. In any case, none of your comments in this case have been of a non trolling nature. In any case, as for my "Walls of text" as you put them. Other posters have presented similiarly sized chunks of text, used in the same manner as i have: To make detailed and comprehensive explainations or points. If you dont like to read them, you may feel free to not read this page. Otherwise, please cease your attempts at disruption. --The Grimch U! E! 13:23, 4 October 2008 (BST)
You misunderstand the point I was making about hypocrisy. Oh well; I can't really be bothered to explain it to you. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 13:30, 4 October 2008 (BST)
Defeated cancerous troll is defeated. And cancerous. DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION (TALK | CONTRIBS) 04:22, 5 October 2008 (BST)
nou --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 04:26, 5 October 2008 (BST)

OK, a week ago i asked for a single iwitness or screenshot to be provided to prove the claim it was an in game event. Of course, i was being ludicrously generous here, as a single image proves nothing without a fair few freinds to back it up. And if they were as funny as claimed, there would be a few iwitnesses out there. Im not saying that they dont exist anywhere, mind you. Im just saying that the fact no one has decided to bring them up, especially when i have explicitely mentioned that i would back down on that matter and admit i am wrong (If i am indeed wrong) if it was done is quite suspicious.

In any event, the fact of the matter is that existing policy regarding the nomination and approval of historical events explicitely states that such events have to be in game events. Relevant text from policy below:

Historical Events are very important in-game events that have made an impact on the way the game is played or otherwise contributed to the history of Malton.

My bold. No one has stepped up to the plate to explain how a personal blog, regardless of how popular it is, or how much people liked it (I liked it myself, quite amusing) constitutes an in game event. There is no evidence that this caused anything significant in game above the standard background happenings dictated by internet trends and memes. I have been extraordinarily lenient in my standards for proof on this point, requesting but a single screenshot of a transmission.

In this light, my decision to remove the nomination is completely justified by the existing policy, as it quite simply did not apply. Even if i am wrong, and someone brings up evidence to show that it was an in game event, then it still doesnt invalidate my decision, which was correct based on the facts available at the time, and upon a valid and understandable interpretation of the policy on its first enforcement (We have no precident regarding how its to be enforced, probably because a lot of people dont even bother to read it or use the page). This alone kills the blanket assertion that i was using my position and/or abilities to force my will on the community (It was not my will, but the will of the community itself that cared to vote on that policy, a policy i upheld)

Furthermore, the assertion, completely baseless i might add, that i was abusing my status as a sysop of this wiki to force my way on the community is laughable. For starters, i did not use any of my abilities in the removal. I simply edited the pages and dumped the nomination in the appropriate archive. Anyone could have moved them back at any time. In fact one person did.

As for my opening in the section i created to discuss the removal, can anyone deny the fact that whenever an action is taken thats controversial, most, if not all of the dissent is barely comprehensable itching? Can anyone deny that what was posted in that section more than merited that description? It was a gaggle of enraged and irrational posters who never once tried to do anything to prove their case.

They didnt even bother. Instead, the ringleader came here and started a case against me which should never have been created. This should have gone to A/VB, not misconduct, and even there this case should rightly fail because i was, as i have explained above, merely attempting to follow policy as voted on by the members of this wiki.

Even if you disagree with the decision i made, the following facts are all true:

  1. Policy, as written, states specifies in game events only.
  2. That policy had never been tested, until now.
  3. My interpretation of that policy was a valid, even if you disagree with my interpretation.
  4. Disgreement on interpretation has never been misconductable, especially when there are no precidents set on a matter.
  5. A sysops attitude, good or bad, does not factor into a misconduct case, as such cases refer to actions taken, not highly subjective impressions of a persons attitude.
  6. None of my abilities as a sysop were utilised.
  7. Furthermore, for any misconduct to be decided based on forcing wishes on the community by using status as a badge of authority, or bullying, a clear pattern of behaviour needs to be shown over a considerable period of time. This means more than one instance. More than two. Presumably four or five. Given my very public stance on sysops being janitors, not rulers, you will be hard pressed to find any such events, let alone enough to establish a clear pattern of behaviour. For your convenience, the specific section from the top of this page regarding this matter:

    There is, however, an exception to this rule - excessive bullying, or attempts to treat the status of sysop as a badge of authority to force a sysop's wishes on the wiki may also come under misconduct. Any accusations of this should come with just as clear evidence, and for such an action to be declared misconduct, there should be a clear pattern of behavior across a considerable period of time.

In line with all these points, as well as others i may have missed restating here, what i have done does not constitute misconduct. Those of you who have ruled such are doing so for the most ridiculous of reasons. Your motives are as transparent as vacuum, though i do not feel the need, nor desire, to drag this into a shit flinging contest. --The Grimch U! E! 15:30, 5 October 2008 (BST)

I could debate each point, but it comes down to this, There is a very real pattern of behavior, an admitted one even.. You are a self admitted "Dick". Unfortunately as a Bureaucrat and Sysop you do not get the luxury of being a Dick in all cases. And when you act like a Dick, its not just Grim acting like a Dick..its someone with perceived authority acting like a Dick, which in turn means that you are using the perceived authority as club while being a Dick. Sorry but thats the way it is. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 19:07, 5 October 2008 (BST)

Misconduct - Grims last wall of text, forcing his views on the subject into Misconduct, shows that he is indeed playing on his position as sysop to force his views on the community -- boxy talki 15:55 5 October 2008 (BST)

OK, but is anyone planning to actually do anything about it? Or - as I asked above but nobody responded to - is everyone going to sit around on their hands while the case gradually drifts more and more into irrelevance until it is eventually archived? --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 15:59, 5 October 2008 (BST)
Form an internet mob?-- dǝǝɥs ɯɐds: sʎɐʍ1ɐ! 16:16, 5 October 2008 (BST)
Thank you boxy for confirming my suspicions: That i am not allowed to defend myself at all or voice an opinion. Ever. That im not allowed to argue my case as a defendant. Not that it matters anymore, but how, exactly, am i forcing my will on the community? --The Grimch U! E! 16:28, 5 October 2008 (BST)
Its simple Grim...Nearly everyone who voted for the Historical status including the several sysops who voted for the position recognized it as an in Game event, and you should have differed to the judgment of others in this situation. even I am not so arrogant to think that I am aware of all things that happen in Malton, but you know what if more than a couple of people say it was Im going to give them the benifit of the doubt, and Im sure as hell not going to demand a screenshot in some vain attempt when the overall majority of people who voted for (or against) the measure recognized it as an in game event. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 18:47, 5 October 2008 (BST)

tl;dnr ... I stopped here:

No one has stepped up to the plate to explain how a personal blog, regardless of how popular it is, or how much people liked it (I liked it myself, quite amusing) constitutes an in game event. There is no evidence that this caused anything significant in game above the standard background happenings dictated by internet trends and memes. I have been extraordinarily lenient in my standards for proof on this point, requesting but a single screenshot of a transmission.

This has been explained time and time again... You're free to disagree with the extent of that impact... Even though his impace has been stated and backed up by many, many people... Additionally, to deny Michael Corsair's existence in-game -- to be requiring iwitnesses -- is taking your denial of reality to the point of sheer delusion... --WanYao 21:12, 5 October 2008 (BST)


Now What?

As the case is currently at the Standing of 4 to 0 in favor of Misconduct, It now falls to determine the Outcome of this case. I see several Options:

  1. Perceive this as a Vandal Case spun out of control and institute a 48 hour ban that not only takes into account the "vandalism" (technically two counts) and the abuse of authority.
  2. Perceive this as a gross abuse of Power and institute a ban of one week in an attempt to drive the point home of the seriousness of the issue. or
  3. View this situation and Grims response as a sign of a systemic issue that could only be resolved by Grim's removal as a sysop/bureaucrat and launch an immediate vote for his replacement, or modify the existing Vote for Boxy's position to elevate the top two vote recipients.

Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 19:07, 5 October 2008 (BST)


Quick clarification about that third option Conn. That would mean, based off current statistics, that Gnome and Karek would become the 'crats right? I'm a bit tired right now, and I just want to be sure thats what will happen in the case of the third choice.-- dǝǝɥs ɯɐds: sʎɐʍ1ɐ! 22:07, 5 October 2008 (BST)

Just to let you know - a ban only works as a punishment if you enforce it. Grim has had problems sticking to his bans in the past. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 22:15, 5 October 2008 (BST)

I don't know if anyone realizes, Karek isn't around, nor will he be for a while. --  AHLGTG 22:25, 5 October 2008 (BST)

Should we take his name off the vote thingy then? :S -- Cheese 22:27, 5 October 2008 (BST)
Naw, no need. He can do it if he wants, I left him a message a while ago. --  AHLGTG 22:31, 5 October 2008 (BST)
Okie doke. What shall we do about his Grimchieness then? :/ -- Cheese 22:32, 5 October 2008 (BST)
Hang him! --  AHLGTG 22:34, 5 October 2008 (BST)
Burning's more fun though. :( -- Cheese 22:35, 5 October 2008 (BST)
Why not both? :) --  AHLGTG 22:36, 5 October 2008 (BST)
At the same time >:D With tomato throwage. -- Cheese 22:41, 5 October 2008 (BST)
A good plan. Now where is Grim? --  AHLGTG 22:44, 5 October 2008 (BST)
Dunno :/...we should hide then when he comes we ambush him and tie him up. Then we hang him and set him on fire and throw fusty tomatoes at him. -- Cheese 22:48, 5 October 2008 (BST)
Alright. Grim, when you read this, pretend you didn't. We're not here. Lalala. :stealth: --  AHLGTG 22:49, 5 October 2008 (BST)
Yup. We haven't been plotting your death. Not at all. We were never here. *hides in box* -- Cheese 22:52, 5 October 2008 (BST)

Sorry to rain on the parade but option 3 is totally ridiculous. Yes he was an arrogant tit about the whole thing but (and this bits important) he did not abuse Mod powers just everyone's trust. I would suggest a vote of (No)Confidence but they are far too easily abused... I think a Vandal Charge and a community vote on whether we still trust his judgement would probably be the only fair way to go. As I very much doubt Grim has any outstanding A/VB warnings any actual ban would be a sysop/mod decision to ignore the normal escalation proceedings and I doubt a vote would do more than illustrate who has the most sock puppets!--Honestmistake 00:13, 6 October 2008 (BST)

Fail. Stop being an idiot. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 00:17, 6 October 2008 (BST)

Pick one already, however if you went with the 3rd i'd suggest you extended Boxy's term and instead put Grim's spot up for election to avoid having 2 brand new crats...--xoxo 01:34, 6 October 2008 (BST)

Why not let the sysops vote on whether or not he should retain his sysop status? We are the ones that are ultimately responsible for "policing" his actions through Misconduct votes. We (mainly Crats) are the ones that decide if he (or anyone) should be promoted. Why not take every misconduct case and make it a demotion vote but then tighten up the standards needed for reporting Misconduct? Also inact a sysop standard of behavior. Karek has pointed out a few times that many "trolling" incidents have been fueled unnecessarily (by Grim mostly) when just being less of an ass would have saved a lot of trouble.

I think he has clearly shown a pattern of bullying and I will come right out and say I am tired of his attitude and self serving interpretation of the policies backed up with his air of self righteousness. The final straw for me was all of the clusters over editing a header on a page and how he selectively voted people that he didn't like (Ioncannon) as vandals but cleared himself and others (in the J3D case and Wan in the T:S page respectively). As sysops we should have say over demotions and be able to call for them when we feel they are needed. And if you honestly think about it most of the "personality conflicts" among sysops involve Grim. I know from time to time many of us "snap" at each other or disagree, but Grim seems to be the one that can not work well with others ever.

We can move the top two candidates in the crat election to the positions. I know Karek said he was going to be less active, but he did not ask for a demotion and if we contact him maybe he will be willing to make an effort to be available for any crat specific actions until the time he can come back full time. Or allow boxy to retain his position since it isn't like he is being asked to step down.

The reason I think we have the right to make these changes is that these are actions that will only affect sysops since everyone involved is already a sysop. And yes, I know this will set the precedent that any sysop can be demoted with a vote amongst the other sysops. I am willing to accept that if my actions become "unpopular" with the other sysops that they can ask for a vote for me to step down. I'm also willing to work to get along with the other ops and actually try to contribute constructively to the wiki in hopes that if maybe I piss someone off they can look on my body of work and realize my intentions. I don't think that is an unreasonable request to ask of us. --– Nubis NWO 02:29, 6 October 2008 (BST)

You know, there is a saying that the squeaky wheel gets the oil, but sometimes it's easier to just get a new tire.--– Nubis NWO 02:33, 6 October 2008 (BST)

This is spectacularly excessive for a first offense, especially given how bullshit the ruling is. Lets see, we have three rulings of "I disagree with you, thus misconduct, despite no rules being broken", and we have one case of "You defended yourself, as is allowed to every person on this wiki, thus you are not a person and misconduct". And why are all the mentioned "punishments" so extreme (I have 0 active warnings, and no previous misconduct history)? Hagnat went around unilaterally breaking the rules for months, and whenever he got called on it here he was either let off or given meaningless punishments, in one case he was given no punishment at all because it was agreed it wouldnt stop it from happening. But no, on a first offense (Bullshit as it is). People are seriously talking about demotion. I have never committed an act of misconduct before. No proof has been provided (Links please) to show any history of forcing my wishes on the community. I have every right to defend myself from such charges, and you dont have the right to deny me that. This is the most spectacular abuse of misconduct i have seen, and there have been a few real doozies. --The Grimch U! E! 02:41, 6 October 2008 (BST)

I'm sorry, but I can no longer just sit on the sideline of this. Grim, you know as well as everyone else that if a regular user had removed the Radio Survivor thing just like you did there would have been an uprising of sorts, and an arby case or something would have happened. The only reason why all of this is happening to you is because of what has gone down in the past. You say this is your first offense, but you have had a ton of misconduct cases brought up to you. It is not just because you're a dick. You subtlety abuse your powers indirectly by using the mere fact that you have sysop powers. When someone has an issue with you, you reprimand the hell out of them and then dismiss the whole thing. They don't want to push you to far because you then over react and might ban them. I don't think I need to bring up specific instances because if any looks back to see whom you've banned and why you can see how stupid some of them are and how many people disagree with them. I will say you do make good judgments often, but you do go overboard very often.
The next thing is you talking about Hagnat going around and doing things. Granted, I don't know much of what he did, but you seem to be pulling the classic "If he got away with it, why can't I?" thing. Maybe he did get away with it, but if you are doing things wrong we should get back on the right track by punishing you and anyone else who begins to use their powers wrongly.
Just my opinion, poorly throughout as it may be.--SirArgo Talk 02:59, 6 October 2008 (BST)
I fully expected the "uprising" you mentioned. I knew shit was going to hit the fan because, despite being a legal action, it was unpopular. But no, i didnt expect people to throw the rulebook out the window. Now, while i will admit some of the cases i have been brought up before have been quite close to the line between ok and misconduct, othat only applies to one, maybe two of those cases. A lot of them are clear mistakes on the part of people who bring them, or tit for tat reprisals against me for something or other. Many, many months ago i removed the sysop tag from my sig so that, except when i was directly commenting on a page as such, no one would see me as a sysop, and the reason i did that was because a lot of people were having trouble seperating the two faces of my persona here. When someone has an issue with me, i go into debate mode, and proceed to attack arguments made. While this may seem like pummeling the hell out of someone given the clear gulf in skill between the two opponents, it is nothing of the sort. Debate is the best method to work out the validity of a position. Everyone here goes around and discusses whatever it is they like, and people disagree. The fact that my disagreements have weight and structure granted by my comparative skuill in such matters is the only thing that sperates me from others in their minds, and people seem to be forgetting that when i do go into that debate mode, and seem insensitive and uncaring, its because im resorting to pure fact based argument rather than to emotional, and thus i dont intentionally colour my words to portray happy, sad, angry or even wrathful. What people read into those responses doesnt exist. The best way to read my debate style posts (And its pretty easy to seperate them from the rest) is with a dull monotone.
As for the hagnat thing, no, im not saying i should get away with it because he did, im saying that compared to what they did to hagnat for this, they are going way over the top, because this case is about something they care about, and because they have lost their impartiality in thier anger. They are reaching, searching for any way to crucify me. They cant do it with the rules, so they have thrown up a bogus charge of me abusing my status to force my wishes on the community, which is an outright lie, since at no time have i unilaterally overruled anyone, nor have i ever acted without a majority (That wasnt, at the least, subsequently upheld). The reason no links have been provided is because they cannot find anything that fits. So they have asserted that there are some things, which is news to me, in order to give their case some form of weight which it would not have. Make no mistake here, i am being attacked here not because of any actual misconduct on my part, but because they have finally grown sick of me to the point where they are willing to fuck the rules and kill me off anyway. There is no justice in this case, only the will of the enraged mob, composed of people who should have been above such pettyness. --The Grimch U! E! 03:16, 6 October 2008 (BST)
You know what Grim... Maybe just maybe if you had said "Shit..I was wrong my bad" this would have evaporated. But what you did WASN'T a legal action, and your self righteous, indignant response only makes it worse for you. End of Story. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 05:24, 6 October 2008 (BST)
I said "Give me one single screenshot". No one seems to have taken me up on that. --The Grimch U! E! 09:59, 6 October 2008 (BST)
Even I've seen multiple people in Malton with references to a hunt for Uncle Zeddie in their profiles but, not surprisingly, I didn't take screenshots of it. It was indeed an in game event, but I will vote against it being historical due to it's low impact on the game -- boxy talki 13:47 6 October 2008 (BST)
It's very hard to get a screenshot when the event is over. --  AHLGTG 18:32, 6 October 2008 (BST)
Eugenie de Franval and I have a collection of iWitnesses from Zeddie's Christmas Eve do, if that would suit? I'm sure I can find other screenshots or iWitnesses, but those are the first to spring to mind. ᚱᛖᚢᛖᚾᚨᚾ 18:59, 6 October 2008 (BST)
But in the meantime, from the "Who is Uncle Zeddie?" page, I give you one screenshot. ᚱᛖᚢᛖᚾᚨᚾ 19:04, 6 October 2008 (BST)
Thank you, that wasnt so hard. Shouldnt have taken a week, and repeated requests to do. Very well, i was mistaken and some of this event occurred in game, which therefore means it does qualify. --The Grimch U! E! 00:03, 7 October 2008 (BST)
Too little, too late. You should have made a request for evidence before rushing in and removing the nomination. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 04:07, 7 October 2008 (BST)
And, as much as I am loathe to agree with Cyberbob... ever... well... yeah... And, again, your request for screenshots was rather absurd and quite unprecidented -- I have a hunch that's why it was ignored for so long. You knew full well that Radio Survivor took place both in-game and out-of-game. My nomination and comment even explained that. Clearly. And others also explained it. Although, if you'd couched it terms like, "Well, WanYao has admitted to stretching -- though he says he hasn't broken -- the definition of an Event. Ok... I know lots of people say it place in-game to some degree, and I trust you, but could you kindly offer some evidence that the definition has been merely 'stretched' not broken? That's fair, no?" But that's not the approach you took. And, the attitude you took in deleting the nomination... You didn't make a header, "Discussion re: removal of RadioSurvivor nomination"; you titled it "Complaints". Ergo the perceptions of arrogance and unilateralism, and the reason for my own knee-jerk (but IMO not unjustified anger). Ok, well, we can let all this slip, ya know. Shit happens... But, it's the way you dug in afterwards. IMO your whole stubbornly intransigent attitude in defending yourself (not once admitting you made a bad judgement call, for example) sadly backed up the perceptions of arrogance and unilateralism, at least for me, and I don't think it's unreasonable to assume for others. That is why this has turned into a witch hunt... And, I know it's coming to end now, and the decision isn't my call... But, I started it... And I'm offering another 2 bits worth before we move on... --WanYao 12:48, 7 October 2008 (BST)

Wooo... angry mob against grim ? can i join in ? --People's Commissar Hagnat talk 19:43, 6 October 2008 (BST)

May be a little late. Come back in a week :) DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION (TALK | CONTRIBS) 08:37, 7 October 2008 (BST)

I think Honestmistake touched upon an important point when he said that Grim "did not abuse Mod powers just everyone's trust". When you are elected to the sysop position you are trusted by the community, your opinions are trusted. But what happens when the community looses trust in a sysop? I purpose that Grim lets the community re-evaluate his position with a reconfirmation bid (such as been done by other sysops previously). There is no point in being in a position which nobody trusts you in. - Jedaz - 00:16/7/10/2008

Yeah, don't we as the community have the right to un-elect those we put in charge? We should if we don't already.--SirArgo Talk 00:49, 7 October 2008 (BST)
We have found a witch, may we burn it?

Wasn't the removal something that any user could do, and could be reverted by any other user? Honestly, this is seeming less and less like a misconduct hearing and more and more like a witch hunt. I find it very ironic that many users and sysops alike appear to be entirely willing to throw out the guidelines in this case, which is dealing with a user who stick strictly to the (letter of) the guidelines. Honestly, this is a trivial thing that's been magnified out of proportion by the crazy drama that seems to perpetuate this place. But I guess that's par for the course here... ᚱᛖᚢᛖᚾᚨᚾ 10:50, 7 October 2008 (BST)

I've actually just read this entire thing having avoided admin pages for the last week. This is a witch hunt, it's a popularity contest within the sysops and Grim is losing badly due to the actions of people who seem to have it in for them.
The notion that one of the community's system operators can be prevented from returning to that position of trust by the decision of a select group is troubling at best and plain against policy in reality. I remind all those sysops voting to prevent Grim from regaining sysops status of the Admin Guidelines and specifically this line: "Also, it is expected that a moderator be prepared to reverse a warning/ban should the community desire it.".
Elevation to sysop status requires the approval of the community, demotion other than by request or inactivity should require the same, lest the position of sysop be controlled by a single clique. -- To know the face of God is to know madness....Praise knowledge! Mischief! Mayhem! The Rogues Gallery!. <== DDR Approved Editor 14:46, 7 October 2008 (BST)
Witch hunt, completely unprecedented attack, character assassination... The most unfair process I've ever seen on the UD Wiki. Everyone wanting to string up Grim s over this: Let. It. Go. He's never even had a misconduct ruling before. C'mon.
And as if Izu... ...to won't take this as her own personal victory, creating a few thousand new accounts to taunt with. Do we really need that? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Visible One (talkcontribs) at an unknown time.
Agreeing with the above, this is going beyond ridiculous. Can people seriously believe that this one single case of misconduct warrants the removal of his sysop powers? - User:Whitehouse 18:34, 7 October 2008 (BST)
The Witch Hunts of yesteryear were not like this. It was created by the wiki elite to drive out those that caused problems, vandalized, were generally unliked by all, and were alts of Amazing. We took it upon ourselves to go through all the Recent Changes to find new targets to chase away. It worked until we ran out of targets. Grim is not being targeted in a witch hunt. He's just being turned on like Julius Caesar. If Grim was someone not as popular, important, and well known like Skritz, Firetwig, and Garviel then this would be a witch hunt. --Sonny Corleone DORIS MSD pr0n 18:38, 7 October 2008 (BST)
We could rename this whole thing: "Grim_s - A homage to Caesar". Or we could just go with "Et tu, Brute?". - User:Whitehouse 19:12, 7 October 2008 (BST)
Seconded. --Sonny Corleone DORIS MSD pr0n 21:12, 7 October 2008 (BST)

FREE TIBET!!! And Grimchy. --Banana reads Scoundrell for all of Yesterday's News, Today! 18:47, 7 October 2008 (BST)

You say "Witch hunt" I say "Bag of Wank." LET'S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF. --Amber Waves of Pain 18:51, 7 October 2008 (BST)

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Grim isn't a camwhore, but you get the gist of it. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 21:12, 7 October 2008 (BST)

Oh I support a demotion. Just it isn't a witch hunt. --Sonny Corleone DORIS MSD pr0n 21:13, 7 October 2008 (BST)
Decision? Sysops Only Beyond this point, Please

Alright, considering the most recent responses My view is this: Removal of sysop/bureaucrat powers. Modifying the current election to retain Boxy for 30 Days and the Top Vote getter replaces Grim (Or Failing that, launch a new vote effective immediately for the position being vacated by grims removal). Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 05:24, 6 October 2008 (BST)

As the election has now ended, it is now my vote for removal of sysop/bureaucrat powers with new election to take place immediately with full slate of candidates (just remove me now...) If Grim thinks he can get enough support to re-elect him to the position of sysop with a new nomination...let him try. I'll be the first to shake his hand, but its my belief that he needs to go through the whole process rather than a reconfirmation. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 00:33, 7 October 2008 (BST)
No, a simple warning (not official) to avoid taking his own views as absolute law should suffice. Everyone else gets at least one warning, and this isn't major misconduct. Get over it already -- boxy talki 08:48 6 October 2008 (BST)
Boxy, no offense, but you are on your way out and maybe the next Crat won't want to deal with Grim's attitude and abuse of power. Maybe it truly is a time for a big changing of the guard around here. I vote removal of his power and promotion of the top two Crat candidates. I see nothing redeeming in any actions or contributions Grim makes as a sysop. And boxy, once again you miss the big picture. It isn't based on this "one incident" it merely is the final straw. Grim has had more than one warning. His attitude in this clearly shows there is no way with him but Grim's way. --– Nubis NWO 21:36, 6 October 2008 (BST)
A pattern that exists only in your assertions. You have yet to provide even a single example, and the page guidelines specifically state proof is required. Wheres the proof Nubis? Give me some links. Again, i question your impartiality on this ludicrously absurd punishment for what is a first offense based onm a bullshit ruling. --The Grimch U! E! 23:57, 6 October 2008 (BST)
Where is your link to the page guideline that says "proof" is needed? Where is your link to all of the other events and their screenshots that were "required" for voting to even begin? How can you question my impartiality? Am I running for Crat? And I am clearly not in some conspiracy with Conndraka of all people. --– Nubis NWO 13:40, 7 October 2008 (BST)
Paragraph 3. Have fun. --The Grimch U! E! 13:42, 7 October 2008 (BST)
How can you possibly claim to be unbiased, conn, when asking for that ludicrously absurd punishment for what is, at worst, trivial. I have always been able to be overruled, just like every other sysop on this wiki can be by a majority. It should have been done that way. Not with this retarded and baseless misconduct case. --The Grimch U! E! 10:02, 6 October 2008 (BST)
There is a pattern of abuse. Don't claim that you can always be "overruled" even when using your own quotes against you you still "debate" on posting walls of text filled with spelling errors and angry rants that repeat nothing useful and ignore the points others have brought up. No one has as much free time as you seem to have nor the desire to post counter walls of text to you. And as the guilty party you really shouldn't be posting in the decision section since you can't vote and any comment you make in response to decisions are going to be nothing more than bitter personal attacks or false claims of being a poor victim.--– Nubis NWO 21:36, 6 October 2008 (BST)
So yes, more assertions of your own without any proof. If you had read the posts, instead of ignoring them, you would have seen sound logical arguments that systematically undermined and rebutted your entire position. The only reason you havent is because you arent even bothering to read them. It is a sad shame that you have gone so thoroughly rogue that you are willing to plain make shit up to get rid of me. What the fuck have i ever done to you that made you hate me so? --The Grimch U! E! 00:13, 7 October 2008 (BST)
If you had bothered to read my comments you would see exactly what you "have done that made me hate you so" because I think I may have even used the phrase "the final straw". I also have bolded text up there that may apply, but clearly you didn't read any of it. --– Nubis NWO 13:42, 7 October 2008 (BST)
FYI This should have been left on the talk page, Grim, the determination of Misconduct has already been made, and it is only the discussion of Misconduct that is to remain on this page per guidelines. But Im beyond the point of caring, you absolutely cannot see anything done that is not done your way. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 00:18, 7 October 2008 (BST)
Its part of the case, and it stays here. The fact it was a criticism of yourself, and that it was you who removed it shows pretty clearly that you have a massive bias against me in this case, attempting to shift my comment on this bias to talk in order to conceal it. --The Grimch U! E! 03:49, 7 October 2008 (BST)
Going to lower myself to perhaps something akin to what you might understand...Smoke Crack much you paranoid, delusional, egomaniacal superfreak? Goodbye. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 05:11, 7 October 2008 (BST)

I personally feel that Grim should be demoted from 'crat to sysop. Not so much as a punishment, but rather because his methods better suit that role. As a sysop, you have extra buttons but in a way, you are still a regular user who can do a bit more. As a 'crat every action you take has a sort of finality to it. As though your word is the final one. That's why I don't think Grim being a 'crat is a good idea. I can guarantee there will be other misconduct cases exactly like this in the future unless Grim changes his attitude. I don't see that happening to be prefectly honest.
I vote for Grim's demotion to sysop and for either a new 'crat election to be held to decide on a replacement or for Boxy to retain his position. -- Cheese 00:23, 7 October 2008 (BST)

Thats absurd for at least two reasons: 1, none of my crat abilities were used. and 2, you are attempting to overturn, unilaterally, the result of a popular vote where i was granted that responsibility. Unless you can show where i abused my crat powers in this, leave them alone. Also, it would be nice to be shown where i abused my sysop powers, as that still hasnt been established, just assertions of continued attempts to force my wishes on the community by using my sysop status (Which i have never done). --The Grimch U! E! 03:49, 7 October 2008 (BST)
And let me be PERFECTLY clear. The Sysop team has found you guilty of Misconduct. Those who have so far voted have all agreed In a vote of 3 to 1 that your status as bureaucrat is going the way of the dodo, what is left to be decided is your status as a sysop. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 05:15, 7 October 2008 (BST)
And your doing so without presenting any proof whatsoever that what i have done is misconduct is in and of itself misconduct on your parts. --The Grimch U! E! 10:15, 7 October 2008 (BST)
Just because you are choosing to ignore what we are presenting as evidence doesn't make it go away. If you are seriously unable to see what issues I will fight for you demotion over then perhaps you aren't as "clever" as you tend to think. --– Nubis NWO 13:47, 7 October 2008 (BST)
Theres nothing there to ignore because you havent posted any (If you have, provide diff links, its entirely possible i simply missed them). Its just assertions of some grand actions that i have done. Give me specific examples. Give me links where i have said "We will do it this way, and you cant have a say in it because i am a sysop" or anything similiar. I have never used my position as a badge of authority. In fact, i am the person who has been continually reminding people that we do not have any superior authority outside of administrative tasks, continually reiterating the fact that we are supposed to be janitors, not rulers. We clean up, and do the dirty jobs that keep the place running smoothly. If there are examples, provide them. If not, reverse your decision. You have absolutely no right within the rules of this wiki to rule misconduct because you dont like someone. --The Grimch U! E! 15:01, 7 October 2008 (BST)
Are you so dim that you need everything put before you in link form?
Try [This] is where you made a header over J3D's comments and called J3D's comments "bitching". (You said it wasn't vandalism)
[This] is where Ioncannon made a default headline say "Tech. is a newb". (You said it was vandalism - then you called for his banning based on his overall contributions and several apprearances in A/VB - not based on this ONE incident)
[This] is where Wan Yao editted a header made by another person. Now you had marked this VANDALISM on Ioncannon, but came up with some bullshit defense for Wan and THEN Misconducted me for warning him for vandalism.
Here is a clear cut example of you using your authority as a weapon. Here is a clear cut example of your bias.
You say I am just turning on you for no reason. I'm just doing something you can't. I'm being consistent. When you over ruled me on Ioncannon making that vandalism it made every incident like that vandalism. When you called for his perma-ban because of his history I agreed that someone's history can be worthy of a ban if it is shown that they continue that behavior. Well, guess what? That's you, too.
You aren't getting this because of the Radio Survivor deal. Just like you didn't call for Ioncannon's ban because of the joking header. This is because you have a history that you constantly repeat.
And those of you sysops that are voting to keep him, think about all of the Misconduct cases he has brought up against you or threatened you with. Cheese, he threatened to Misconduct you for not updating Vandal Data right away. AHLG he constantly calls you a moron and if you let him off do you think that will change?--– Nubis NWO 02:03, 8 October 2008 (BST)
The header change thing comes under impersonation. Where a header is clearly labelled as ones own creation however, it cannot be argued as impersonation. Thats more than sufficient difference between the two casesm, as one is clearly impersoination of another user, while one is not. As in the Ioncannon one he did nothing of the sort. Wont seem like much of a difference, but this makes all the difference in the world between the two cases. Furthermore, it wasnt me unilaterally doing this, my decision was backed up by two more sysops: Specifically Karek and Boxy on the matter. And i didnt set down punishment on the case.
Your case comes closer, but You and Boxy had already ruled on that case one going either way. The specific case featured a suggestion by wan yao and a duplicate suggestion above with the same name and headers intentionally mocking the older version. In such cases it only makes sense to provide header differences between the two, and he labelled them as they were. As vandalism requires bad faith, rather than fixing pages so that you drop to the right header on a page load.
None of those examples show a history of me unilaterally using my status as a badge of authority for force my wishes on the community. On the contrary, in every single case i was one of a number of sysops who ruled in one direction, and only in one case was my mine the tipping vote. In the misconduct case, my decision was one of five involved, and i was the only person who ruled it misconduct. You will also notice i did not close the case after doing so. Hardly forcing my views on the wiki with my mighty powers.
Also, please stop using intellectually vacant appeals to peoples emotions in order to sway their minds. Misconduct is about facts, not scaring people. I Look forward to "examples" of where i have used my status as a sysop to force my wishes on the community. You have shown exactly the opposite, showing me allowing myself to be overruled and working with the other sysops of this wiki, rather than unilaterally running roughshod over the top of them. --The Grimch U! E! 03:45, 8 October 2008 (BST)
^^^ This ^^^ Walls of vaguely on point text that are mostly argumentative where you insist that your view is the only correct view because of some twisted interpretation of some policy that you think you are the only one intelligent enough to decipher. Get off the cross.
My conscience is clear on this one. My decision (and vote) will not change. And as far as ""intellectually vacant appeals" I'm sorry if reminding people of how abrasive and arrogant you are doesn't meet your standards of "intellectual discourse". Perhaps you are too "good" for this wiki and should piss off to some place that appreciates your genius. --– Nubis NWO 14:08, 8 October 2008 (BST)
Its called a rebuttal, and its perfectly valid. I am completely entitled to present a counterargument to your argument. Whats so very telling is that you have resorted to pure personal attacks and sticking your fingers in your ears rather than coming up with something of actual substance. You havent a foot to stand on and you know it, but you are far, far too personally invested to back down, especially when its simple hate, rather than reason driving you. If you werent in a position of power it would be funny. Thank you for providing unequivocal proof that i am being tried, and convicted in a Kangaroo Court. --The Grimch U! E! 14:38, 8 October 2008 (BST)
Final Ruling
Grims comments beforehand

Lets look through the misconduct archives for a sec and see what history tells us. For the sake of the argument, lets just stick with the records of those who :

Boxy: Misconduct once for unilaterally ruling on a misconduct case and hastily banning another user before they could make a defense. Was subsequently overruled. Status: Still a Sysop. No move to remove his powers.
Conndraka: Misconduct twice, For illegally permabanning one user, and double escalating another. Status: Still a Sysop. No serious push to remove his powers
Krazy Monkey (Aka Cheeseman): Misconduct once, for ruling on a case attempting to set a precident to let him off in an identical case. Status: Still a sysop. No attempt to remove his powers
Nubis: Misconduct once. Edited a protected page to troll the DHPD. Status: Still a Sysop. No attempt to remove his powers.
Grim: Made a mistake, but abused no actual abilities. Was brought here instantly instead of people trying to work it out. Considerable cries of "CRUCIFY HIM!"

Sysops have only ever been demoted twice because of misconduct. Oddstarter lost his crat privs for promoting amazing, and amazing lost his sysop powers when he deleted images on this wiki without permission. He would likely have lost them anyway. Hagnat was never forced to rerun, nor was cyberbob. They did it of their own free will.

Vote

Considering the severity of the situation, there must be a clear and concise judgment of the Sysop team to render a decision. This decision should be determined by as many members of this sysop team as can be assembled. Therefore I set before you a method of deliberation

To Remove Grim as Bureaucrat

This result would launch an immediate vote in the community for a new Bureaucrat.

  1. For Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 05:38, 7 October 2008 (BST)
  2. Against - he's not abused his bureaucrat position, at all -- boxy talki 09:59 7 October 2008 (BST)
  3. For --– Nubis NWO 13:48, 7 October 2008 (BST)
  4. Against - Naw. --  AHLGTG 18:40, 7 October 2008 (BST)
  5. For - For the reasons I stated further up. He just doesn't have the temperament or patience for being a 'crat. However, I don't feel he should be removed as a sysop and he should be included in the bureaucrat election if the decision does fall towards him being removed from this position to allow the community to have their say on whether they still want him as 'crat. -- Cheese 18:55, 8 October 2008 (BST)
To Remove Grim as Sysop

An affirmative in this result in addition to above would return Grim to the status of regular user, as this would indicate he is no longer a trusted user.

  1. For Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 05:38, 7 October 2008 (BST)
  2. Against - total overkill for a first offense, even if it's been coming for a while -- boxy talki 09:59 7 October 2008 (BST)
  3. For --– Nubis NWO 13:49, 7 October 2008 (BST)
  4. Against - As Boxy. -- Cheese 18:03, 7 October 2008 (BST)
  5. Against - Nooo. --  AHLGTG 18:40, 7 October 2008 (BST)
For Grim to be allowed to run again for Sysop

This would allow for Grim to run again as a sysop immediately upon the completion of this case should it be so decided that his sysop duties/status be removed.

  1. For Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 05:38, 7 October 2008 (BST)
  2. Against - it's complete and utter idiocy to even suggest that you have the power to stop him from reapplying for the position whenever the hell he likes -- boxy talki 09:59 7 October 2008 (BST)
  3. Against --– Nubis NWO 13:49, 7 October 2008 (BST)
    There is a huge difference between asking to step down and being asked to step down. --– Nubis NWO 13:58, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  4. Against - Way over the top. -- Cheese 18:02, 7 October 2008 (BST)

FYI voting against means that you beleive if he is demoted he can not run again... The FOR vote I put up was to reinforce my belief that once he has faced administrative sanction (whatever that may entail) he would still be eligible to serve in a capacity that he is so selected for by the community at large. i.e. this would be a judgment without prejudice. Learn to read before you vote people. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 05:10, 8 October 2008 (BST)

No, I am against him being removed as a 'crat, I am against him being removed as a sysop, I am against him being removed but allowing him to run again, I am for a warning.--  AHLGTG 18:50, 8 October 2008 (BST)
Though, when you look at it from that angle, I'll remove it. --  AHLGTG 18:51, 8 October 2008 (BST)
A Simple Warning

This would see grim get an administrative warning for his behaviour.

  1. For - he needs to accept that his opinion does not equal law around here, and a warning is the appropriate thing to do seeing as this is the first time he's ever been done for misconduct, and this is hardly major misconduct (such as an unwarranted banning a user) -- boxy talki 09:59 7 October 2008 (BST)
  2. For - But realistically, a short ban would do better since words fly over his head. But a warning will do. And this doesn't mean I vote misconduct, this is just the best option presented. --  AHLGTG 18:28, 7 October 2008 (BST)
  3. For(-ish) - I think that a 24 or 36 hour ban would be the best option. --ZsL 22:54, 8 October 2008 (BST)

Comment: Every sysop who normally participates in these things have done so, except Karek (who is away). How long do we plan on leaving this here? --  AHLGTG 19:33, 8 October 2008 (BST)

Dunno. *shrugs* I'd give it another day or so just in case anyone else fancies joining in. :S -- Cheese 19:38, 8 October 2008 (BST)
Community opinion

Simple really, just a "Yes" (he should face a community vote on his position) or "No" (he should not)! A section for all (but mostly the ordinary user!)

  1. Yes community vote. he has not technicaly broken any rules but i do feel he has both lost touch with the community and lost its trust. --Honestmistake 03:24, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  2. Yes. I was one of the users who voted him in, I now totally regret that decision. He has lost my respect, and my trust, and above all, those are the two qualities needed for a leader. He completely lost all honour during the Jed for sysop case, where instead of informing the applicant of where he went wrong, and how he could improve(despite a rousing vote of confidence from the community), he decided to flame said User, and anyone else who showed any sort of discomfort to his actions. Cannot deal with people. How much room do I have left to continue because I'm sure I could write enough to make Kevan do a history purge again.--CyberRead240 04:04, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  3. Yes He has become too power hungry and unfair. --Sonny Corleone DORIS MSD pr0n 04:06, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  4. Yes - I don't believe had he been the same he would have ever gotten close to where he did now. And may I ask why everyone is voting Against for him to be able to re-elect for Sysop if he is demoted, then follow it up with comments saying such a rule would be unfair? DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION (TALK | CONTRIBS) 04:17, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  5. Yes - I think since the community are the ones with the real issue with him and we all put him in and got him promoted in the first place, we should be able to vote on his demotion!.--SirArgo Talk 04:22, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  6. Yes - Though, we'll see if he can get redrum to be his meatpuppets for "hugs" again.--Boobs.gifTHE Godfather of Яesensitized, Anime Sucks Yalk | W! U! WMM| CC CPFOAS DORISFlag.jpg LOE ZHU | Яezzens 06:10, 8 October 2008 (BST)
    Note: Why does this remind me of the last episode of Seinfeld?--Boobs.gifTHE Godfather of Яesensitized, Anime Sucks Yalk | W! U! WMM| CC CPFOAS DORISFlag.jpg LOE ZHU | Яezzens 12:08, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  7. Yes - He makes a lot of good decisions, but also as per honest mistake Sanpedro 06:16, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  8. Yes - The community is the wiki, and decisions like this should be made by that community. Those who had the power to vote him in should also have the power to vote him out. --Target Practice 06:25, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  9. Yes - there are many and varied reasons, too numerous to mention (as can be seen by this, so far, unanimous, and unprecedented community vote), but regarding this case: for simply refusing to accept that there is something deeply troubling about someone who removes a perfectly valid piece of community voting, and leaves an aggressive, threatening and insulting message in it's place. For those with a memory, there is a clear pattern of this behaviour, as he did pretty much exactly the same thing when the Blackmore Bastard Brigade first disbanded and were up for a nomination. Then there's the excessive bullying of other sysops, the attempts to silence them through populist votes (something he himself claims to detest when it comes to policy discussions), the admission that he felt driven to hound Hagnat from the wiki, the temper tantrums where he tries to oust rather than rehabilitate goofy vandals and so on and so forth. It's just really sad, but this wiki has, frankly, been under the yoke of a very smart troll for quite some time now: one that has scant respect for the creator of the game, and even less for his colleagues, and for the people he's supposed to use his additional editing privileges to protect. If he thinks so little of everyone, why doesn't he just do the decent thing and stand down? It's not as if his being here is adding anything useful to the wiki. Anyone can ban vandals, and most sysops do it without being a self-proclaimed and proud "dick" about it. --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 07:22, 8 October 2008 (BST)
    Good rant is good. If I may say. DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION (TALK | CONTRIBS) 08:04, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  10. Weak Yes - There DOES need to be a way for users to give a vote of confidence/no confidence in the crats and sysops they elected. As this is a step towards that, and as I think such a vote does need to happen at some point concerning Grim, I'm voting yes. That said, I'm very uncomfortable with the fact that we're hashing out a system of doing so, and setting precedents, by the seat of our pants like this. And in the context of a Grim-hunt, and a stupid action on his part that's been getting a very disproportionate response because of longstanding problems and tensions. Technically, all he deserves for that particular action the other day is a warning. :P --Jen 08:27, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  11. Yes - This particular misconduct case is just the tip of the iceberg of Grim treating others badly. It's just another incident in an on-going pattern that's been happening for years. The distinction between a poor sysop and a fine one is not in technical skill - anyone can click a 'protect page' or 'delete image' link - it's in the social side, being able (and willing) to do things without stirring up trouble, and I think that's been lacking in Grim's conduct. --Toejam 10:21, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  12. Yes, I think the community should have a say in the matter. --Midianian|T|T:S|C:RCS| 10:45, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  13. Yes, this case of misconduct is a ridiculous reason for demotion, but if the community feels fed up with him, then that is an entirely different thing. - User:Whitehouse 12:08, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  14. No - What a fucking farce. You're having a vote to decide whether or not Grim faces a vote? The absurdity of the whole charade must be lost on the idiot that suggested this. -- To know the face of God is to know madness....Praise knowledge! Mischief! Mayhem! The Rogues Gallery!. <== DDR Approved Editor 13:42, 8 October 2008 (BST)
    I've also found this process pleasantly enjoyable...just sit back and watch the drama unfold...--xoxo 14:06, 8 October 2008 (BST)
    What's the matter? No actual written policy on how this is to be handled that you can "wiki lawyer" ? The opinions on just this vote for a vote speak volumes. --– Nubis NWO 14:11, 8 October 2008 (BST)
    I take it then this absurd idea was yours then? You are having a poll to see if we should have a poll! How can you not see the stupidity of this? It's like me taking a driving test to see if I can take a driving test. Have any more ad hominem attacks? Or can you actually engage the logic and reason portions of your consciousness? -- To know the face of God is to know madness....Praise knowledge! Mischief! Mayhem! The Rogues Gallery!. <== DDR Approved Editor 14:19, 8 October 2008 (BST)
    Wow, look at that, the first voter was Honestmistake, who earlier suggested a community vote on this matter. Could it possibly be that he started this? Naah, I think I'm going to blame this on anyone who disagrees with me without even consulting the history tab. Now there's an excellent idea! St. Midianian 15:22, 8 October 2008 (BST)
    Go through the history of this clusterfuck? You have to be joking. Also, nice avoidance of the actual point. -- To know the face of God is to know madness....Praise knowledge! Mischief! Mayhem! The Rogues Gallery!. <== DDR Approved Editor 15:35, 8 October 2008 (BST)
    Step 1: open history tab. Step 2: use browser's search function to find the last occurence of "Community opinion". Step 3: go back a couple of edits. Step 4: ???. Step 5: Profit! Use of common sense allowed.
    As for your point, saying this is a poll on whether to take a poll is overly simplified. Similarly, having a vote on the process of promotions could be considered a poll on whether to take a poll. This is the community saying that the decision should not be sysops-only (which it would normally be). A petition, you could say. --Midianian|T|T:S|C:RCS| 15:54, 8 October 2008 (BST)
    As the "idiot" who started this part of the thread i would like to point out that it was a call for community opinion. I cannot start a vote on the issue as I have no right to rule on a misconduct case... what I can do is open a space for the rest of the community to make its opinion known in a clear and concise way so that the sysops who wield the power on our behalf (allegedly) can follow the will of the community at large. A public vote that is open to all is the only fair "punishment" for this case that I can see. The issue itself is fairly petty and hardly worth more than a warning let alone a ban or demotion. The wider issue of community trust cannot be ruled by Sysops and currently cannot be enforced by the community either. At the very least a clear call by us (the community) on whether we would like the chance to judge our elected representatives is long over due. That is what this is, nothing more and nothing less. Read carefully next time... I am not holding a vote, I am asking for a show of community support for one as I frankly think any decision made solely by the sysop team is going to cause nothing but drama and ill-will!--Honestmistake 17:43, 8 October 2008 (BST)--Honestmistake 17:43, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  15. Yes - nuff said --People's Commissar Hagnat talk 13:47, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  16. Yes A vote for a vote? Are we setting precedent here? Will future misconduct cases require this? --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 18:18, 8 October 2008 (BST)
  17. 'No' - I CBA-ed to read any of this. All I know for sure is that this is cop out. The sysops should rule on the misconduct -- then as part of that, there should be a decsion as to a "recall vote". This intermediary process is complete bullshit: this is sysop matter at the moment. Keep it seperate. --WanYao 19:29, 8 October 2008 (BST)
    I can see your point, Wan. I understand why you want the sysops to make a decision before you call on the community, however, the problem is if you have the "good old boy" network of sysops making the decision and they just sweep it under the rug then the will of the community is ignored. If the community demands action then the sysop team should listen. --– Nubis NWO 02:30, 9 October 2008 (BST)
  18. No - If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask you for a straw. When you give him a straw, he'll realize the infrastructure of the wiki is dependent upon a codex of rules. When he realizes the infrastructure of the wiki is built upon a codex of rules, he'll ask for the rules to be broken. When the rules are broken, he'll live in a state of anarchy. When the anarchy is done, he'll wonder why he didn't just have a simpler, more adaptable infrastructure in the first place. And, at this point, he wouldn't deserve a cookie. So, pre-emptively deny the mouse the cookie, and examine your infrastructure for the problem that created this mess. -- Galaxy125 01:33, 9 October 2008 (BST)
    And while the committees call meetings to discuss meetings about the infrastructure the rats run amok and eat all the cookies. Then the mice that don't think there is any problem or a problem that needs to be handled just go back in their holes with no milk or cookies. I don't think the wiki will descend into anarchy unless you are saying that Grim is the one true leader and that everyday users such as yourself can not control yourselves or think for yourself. But I do agree that the infrastructure needs work and milk is best through a straw.--– Nubis NWO 02:30, 9 October 2008 (BST)
    Personally, I think milk is best in a White Russian (hold the milk), but that's why I can neither control myself nor think for myself. -- Galaxy125 03:59, 9 October 2008 (BST)~
  19. No - This whole thing is Bullshit, you guys blew this way out of proportion in yer attempt to actually nail something to Grim for once. He doesn't deserve this at all. In fact, I can guarantee that if cheese did this, no one would have even put him up for Miscond. This is why the wiki can't have nice things, like decent sysops... No offense to AHLG and a select few who are decent in my book.--/~Rakuen~\Talk Domo.gif I Still Love Grim 02:32, 9 October 2008 (BST)
  20. No - Some (not all) of the rest of the drama queen sysops need to grow a pair and accept some responsibility. Grim isn't treating his job here like a popularity contest as they are, he's just doing it right. -- Grogh 03:26, 9 October 2008 (BST)
  21. Weak Yes - Sure, this poll has got the attitude and atmosphere of a lynch mob, but it's pretty obvoious that with 15/20 (not including this one) votes for "Yes" a significat proportion of this community thinks that Grim is not a good sysop. Personally, I'm on the fence here-both sides seem to just have engaged in a flame war at this point, and I'll want some hard evidence before making a judgment to impeach him or not. At the same time however, this case has made it clear that an "impeachment" system is needed to help keep future cases more civil. Linkthewindow 03:42, 9 October 2008 (BST)
  22. NO NO NO NO NO There is NO PRECEDENT for this. The sysops are lining up to eat one of their own and throwing away the very rules they are here to enforce. This absurd vote on whether to hold a vote should be parked in it's rightful place as a humorous suggestion. Why didn't we have a vote to see if we should have this vote? I said this to HonestMistake in another venue, but we simply cannot make up the rules in a way that serves to do little more than fulfill a predetermined outcome. There isn't even a clear ruling about this stupidity yet, and people are rushing to apply punishment. The wiki sysops are lining up to take their whack at Grim and they've forgotten to bother showing that what he did was even wrong. I said it before. Reasonable people can disagree if the stupid RadioSurvivor thing was an "event", and Grim saw it as his duty to delete something that he felt did not qualify as such. If there is a need to have a "no confidence" vote for ANY sysop, then someone needs to propose it outside the discussion of what Grim did or did not do. Because at the time Grim made that 1 edit, there was absolutely no precedent for going down this path. ANY OTHER SYSOP would have been given the benefit of the doubt. I'm floored that the other sysops think any of this is a good idea. There's no situation where the retroactive application of rules has any value here. Linkthewindow said everything right except his vote. Rosslessness said it right too with the exception of his vote. Building new rules for a single situation will NEVER have a shred of justice. Let's just go ahead right now and remove the privileges of all sysops whose usernames end with CH. Let's not make a stupid rule or stupid punishment based upon Grim's personality. I guess it all boils down to this one point. The entire concept of justice is the idea of preventing the individual from the tyranny of the collective. I don't care how overwhelming the votes against Grim are in this instance, it should not be confused with justice. And the nice post which you see below speaks for itself, does it not? --Stephen Colbert DFA 05:23, 9 October 2008 (BST)
  23. YES YES YES YES YES This idiot fuck face ^^^^ seems to be ignoring that this mess isn't about this one case but a history of abuse ( nice asking for links and shit too Grims when you know there was a history purge!) If you asshats think that this will humble Grim and make him more human you are more fucking moronic than ever. Look at his fucking attitude when dealing with other sysops - check his contribs and read his summary comments on the history that is there. --Globetrotters Icon.png #99 DCC 05:32, 9 October 2008 (BST)
    17/6 TALLY at this point - DCC
Final Rulings

Whereas Grim has been found guilty of misconduct by the sysop, and whereas (by a vote of 3 to 2) the agreed on sanction is the removal of Grim as a bureaucrat of the UD Wiki. It should be noted that Grim shall remain a sysop at this time. Although it does appear that there is significant community support for a call of "no confidence" it is as of this time outside the bounds of this proceeding. This matter is to be referred to Kevan to administer as he sees so fit in the manner and a new bureaucrat promotion round be started immediately to fill the vacant position. Conndrakamod TAZM CFT 05:46, 9 October 2008 (BST)

I absolutely refuse this verdict. Furthermore, i absolutely reject your authority to convict me in this blatant kangaroo court.

It is time for a change.

This has been a long time coming. The sheer scale of corruption and bile on this wiki has finally crossed the final line and i refuse to stand idly by, fighting within the bounds of obviously flawed laws while those who run rampant abuse power to destroy everything i have worked to protect for the last three years.

I am not a popular person. I have never held much faith in the idea that being loved makes you suitable for a job. I instead subscribe to the idea that a good person to have power is one who uses their power responsibly, for the betterment of the community as a while, rather than to further his or her own interests. It is this ideal that i have held in my mind as i hgave performed my tasks and duties on this wiki, and it has brought me nothing but stress and a near unending stream of bile from those whos excesses i have somewhat sicceeded in curbing in this last year or so.

it has also come to my attention that my status as an impediment to their actions is now terminally threatened. So i have been forced to take desperate measures.

Effective immediately i am seizing executive power over this wiki. All system operators and bureaucrats, save myself and asministrational accounts by Kevan and Leakybocks have been demoted. Over the next few days new rules and systems will be implimented to curb the power of individuals, and deal with the scum that clogs this place. I apologise for the means for enacting change, and the shocking suddeness of the change, but it is the only way to initiate any true reforms on this otherwise stagnant swamp of bile.

I would also like to take this moment to announce my resignation as bureaucrat and sysop of this wiki and my permenant departure from this community. There is nothing left of what i used to love and, to be honest, i dont need the stress. This will come into effect some time in November, after these changes have been implimented and the system is working.

I shall spell out the scope of the changes quickly, so they do not come as a suprise to you all. First, and most important of all, the wiki is going to be reorganised. Running a wiki as a community does not appear to be working. As such, we need to split the information pages away from community discussion areas. While this should already be happening here, the fact of the matter is that it just plain isnt working. At the very least, a different set of operating guidelines need to be emplaced.

Secondly, and almost as important, a code of conduct shall be put in place. It will enable the moderators of this system to stamp out petty trolling and the like that has held sway here for far too long, or at the very least control it. It is my sincere hope that with such a measure in place, more users will start openly participating in the community instead of the two dozen or so who do now. This should also serve to reduce drama across the wiki.

Thirdly: A control needs to be placed on the powers of system operators. Recent events have shown pretty clearly that system operators are completely incapable of policing themselves. As the sayings go, "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely" and "Who watches the watchmen?" Recent history has shown this to be the case with this wiki's sysops, with only a handful of exceptions. These individuals shall be reinstated at the appropriate time, other individuals who have shown their ability to make decisions shall also be appointed.

Another measure that is to be implimented is seperating the system operators from misconduct proceedings. They should not be able to rule their actions not misconduct, or clique up. While no measures will ever be entirely effective. It is my hope that by adding another group of users which, for lack of a better word shall be termed moderators, this will be somewhat allieviated. Moderators would also be tasked with managing discourse and dealing with arbitration and mediation cases. They would not have any special abilities, as their tasks do not require them to have them.

System operators shall remain as they are, though greatly lessened in power. They will retain the ability to ban people, delete/undelete pagee as well as protections and moves. They shall act as Janitors for the community, performing bans as deemed by the Moderators, and carrying out things such as deletions, protections and page moves as requested. They will have no authority whatsoever except in the information pages, where thier word is law (And expected to be for providing the best information possible while remaining NPOV).

Bureaucrats shall also be altered slightly in function to match that of a forum admin. They shall have great power, but use of such power will have a heavy cost. They do not have the authority to appoint new system operators or moderators as they see fit. A new promotions system will come into effect shortly that will explain much of this. A Bureaucrat also has what amounts to a reset button. He may, at any point in time, fire the entirity of the administration team. Doing so he sacrifices his status as a bureaucrat as well. At this point all positions are open for re-election according to the promotions system.

Arbitration will be split into Arbitration (Regarding edit disputes) and Mediation (Regarding personal ones). These will each have their limits as well.

Vandal Banning will be used only to deal with actual vandalism of information pages. CoC violations shall be reported in another area.

New guidelines shall be implimented as well to make things mesh properly.

Thank you for taking the time to rewad all this. Hopefully what comes next wont be as shocking anymore. I welcome all feedback, and suggestions for improvement of these coming ideas. I do not presume to know best, just better than the system we, until this moment, had enjoyed. No system will be perfect, but we can do a whole lot better than that corrupt and ineffectual system we had. --The Grimch U! E! 10:18, 9 October 2008 (BST)

FYI: I notified kevan of my intentions days ago. If he wants, he can feel free to toss me out on my arse. I dont care. But this system is beyond broken and needs to be fixed, so i ask that he wait a few days and see how it plays out. In either case, my resignation and departure from this community is final and will not change. --The Grimch U! E! 10:20, 9 October 2008 (BST)

So, I have to ask. Does this make Uncle Zeddie, and Radio Survivor historical now?--Boobs.gifTHE Godfather of Яesensitized, Anime Sucks Yalk | W! U! WMM| CC CPFOAS DORISFlag.jpg LOE ZHU | Яezzens 10:45, 9 October 2008 (BST)

Nice.--Nallan (Talk) 10:48, 9 October 2008 (BST)
I claim rights to submitting the "Grim Wiki Coup" as a historical event once the fallout of this conflict dissipates. DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION (TALK | CONTRIBS) 11:21, 9 October 2008 (BST)
In relation to this case, I have three words. el, oh, el--CyberRead240 12:12, 9 October 2008 (BST)
I don't think there will ever come a time when I agree with you more than at this particular moment. Grim's reaction is the best possible outcome to this whole scenario; not only do we not have to go through the rigamarole of a community vote to see him (maybe) demoted, we get to completely LMAO at his aspierage. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 14:14, 9 October 2008 (BST)
This is just plain sad. Good job, Grim. Expect massive drama and chaos. This wiki is now just as stable as Wall Street.--MisterGame 15:02, 9 October 2008 (BST)
The sad thing is that some of the sysops judging the original case lost sight of what they were meant to be doing. Thus making a stupid ruling, and Grim then being likewise stupid and losing control. - User:Whitehouse 16:17, 9 October 2008 (BST)
Quitcher bitching. People were sick and tired of Grim's antics. Even if the case had gone in his favour I can virtually guarantee you that the community vote would have gone ahead regardless. --HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS 20:14, 9 October 2008 (BST)
I was for a community vote, I just disagree with the ruling by the sysops. - User:Whitehouse 16:10, 10 October 2008 (BST)
The Fundementals of our Wiki are secure...--Boobs.gifTHE Godfather of Яesensitized, Anime Sucks Yalk | W! U! WMM| CC CPFOAS DORISFlag.jpg LOE ZHU | Яezzens 19:41, 9 October 2008 (BST)
OH THE HUMANITY. TRULY THE INTERNET IS SERIOUS FUCKING BUSINESS. AnotherpongoWhere? 17:26, 9 October 2008 (BST)

LOL! At least this makes things simpler...'cause I'm PRETTY sure seizing unilateral control of the wiki, and removing the sysop and crat abilities of all accounts except Kevan's, counts as major miscounduct. ROFL. You guys shouldn't have removed Grim as a 'crat over something as trivial as deleting a page. Heck, Grim would have been justified in making a misconduct case against YOU over the matter. But...wow. If one wants to talk about overreaction, this takes the cake. *eats popcorn* --Jen 21:39, 9 October 2008 (BST)

Whitehouse, perhaps you don't understand that not only was this coming, but Grim has been planning these reforms and this explosion for quite a long time. It would have happened anyway, this misconduct case just made it premature, leading people to believe he exploded simply because of the case. But seriously, the latter story is much funnier. DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION (TALK | CONTRIBS) 23:44, 9 October 2008 (BST)

That we will never know.. /mysterious voice. Just repeating myself: I just disagree with the ruling by the sysops. Anyhow, it's all over now. Grim is gone, community moves on until next big drama event. - User:Whitehouse 16:10, 10 October 2008 (BST)

I weep, not for me, but for the death of contoversy as we know it. --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 00:04, 10 October 2008 (BST)

This the greatest LOL moment I have ever read. Evar. Thanks, Dark Overlord Grimazing! --Zod Rhombus 02:31, 10 October 2008 (BST)


Posting in epic thread. --Sonny Corleone DORIS MSD pr0n 04:38, 10 October 2008 (BST)

Farewell Grim.--Drawde Talk To Me! DORIS Red Rum Defend Ridleybonk! I know Nothing! 15:36, 10 October 2008 (BST)

Every year, all the little children of the Urban Dead Wiki will gather around the campfire on the cold Autumn night of October 9th and they will all retell the scary story of when the Big Grimch tried to take over the wiki and was beat back by the Holy Kevan. And after the story they will tell of how one day the evil may return. This will be a legend for all the ages!--SirArgo Talk 18:57, 10 October 2008 (BST)

NOTE: I has a template to commemorate this occasion! Get it while supplies last!--SirArgo Talk 19:24, 10 October 2008 (BST)
Outcome

After Grim's brief coup attempt, Kevan stepped in and removed Grim's beaurocrat status, as well as restoring everyone else's mod privledges. Grim banned himself, and later Kevan removed his sysop status pending the result of the latest misconduct case (will appear above when archived). This case was found to be misconduct, and a marginal vote decided to remove grim's beaurocrat stutus, but that became moot seeing as it was removed by Kevan due to the latest developments -- boxy talki 22:18 10 October 2008 (BST)

05:28, 2 August 2008 (BST)

Grim created an A/VB case against me then ruled on it himself. I have never seen this done before and certainly not in regards to a case that is not only ambiguous but comes at a time when the two concerned parties are involved in certain disagreements elsewhere on the wiki and thus the sysop could not be considered impartial.

The only real defense i can see for this is Grim saying that in order to a receive a softwarning the a/vb page does not have to be used in which case i'm not sure why he used the a/vb page at all and also what a soft warning exactly is, considering they can be handed out at any sysops discretion without consulting any other sysop. Furthermore if a 'soft warning' is a real thing not only should it be written in policy it should be added to a users A/VD page so close reference to soft warnings can be kept track of. At the moment it seems soft warnings are merely Grim having the ability to keep users whose opinions he doesn't value off the A/VB page. Feel free to correct me if i'm wrong.

Anyway, that was a bit of a tangent. Grim's misconduct case first please.--xoxo 05:28, 2 August 2008 (BST)

I am setting up another PC at the moment so ill make this brief. That was not an A/VB case. It was a notice made on the A/VB page about the issuing of a soft warning for spamming the page. This has been the process ever since the system was started by haggy way back when the page was getting spammed to oblivion. Give up this petty vindictive vendetta and grow a pair you fucking retard. --The Grimch U! E! 07:01, 2 August 2008 (BST)
Make it a policy, set in stone how it should be used and it wouldn't be an issue. The fact that one sysop can remove my comments from the page, report me for a soft warning AND give me a soft warning which then gives him grounds to give me another soft warning if i post anything on a a/vb case that i didn't report or am being reported in, and should it happen a third time i can get a warning is stupid. I'm not breaking ANY policy and i certainly wasn't making a bad faith edit. Taking your shit from a/pm to a/vb is petty mate, and it wasn't me who started that. --xoxo 07:05, 2 August 2008 (BST)
We have been over this issue repeatedly in the past, ive been ruled not misconduct on banning nalikill under it before, and it is only the idiotic spamming little twats like yourself and trolls like cyberbob who make an issue of it. Stop spamming up the fucking page with your retarded petty drivel. --The Grimch U! E! 07:13, 2 August 2008 (BST)
Precident 1, Precident 2. No need to go on really. As i said before, grow the fuck up. --The Grimch U! E! 07:22, 2 August 2008 (BST)
This is entirely different to those cases. While it is difficult to say exactly what you were referring to since your vandalism report didn't come with links, i assume you were talking about my edits to the User:G-man-in-clothes case, none of which was backseat modding. One edit was me letting the users involved know that i'd contacted him in case they wanted to see what he had to say on the matter, the 2nd edit was pointing out that, having investigated the case further there wasn't a need to contact him and he was fairly clearly a straight out vandal and the third post was me clarifying policy. Okay the third post should have been on the talk page or someone elses talk page but it was far from "spamming up this page with unhelpful postings" which is what you gave me a soft warning for.--xoxo 07:41, 2 August 2008 (BST)
You were spamming the A/VB page. You have been for some fucking time. Take this as it is intended to be: A cease and desist notice. Stop trying to reignite the drama by beating this dead horse farther. This is not about specific edits, this is about you continuously and persistently being nothing but a pest on the page. Use the fucking talk page, jackarse. --The Grimch U! E! 08:48, 2 August 2008 (BST)
A cease and desist notice doesn't come with a note telling me, based on precedent, how many i can get until i am formally warned. Usually they also tell you specifically what you should cease and desist from. I, for example, felt i was involved in the case that centred around a heading with my name on it, you didn't. Had you given me a 'soft warning' for that i would have argued that it was ridiculous for you to assume i wasn't involved etc etc. So yes, you do have to be specific with why you are warning me. Failing to do so is merely confirming my view that this 'soft warning' was a personal attack with no real justification.--xoxo 08:53, 2 August 2008 (BST)
I have nothing further to say. You are simply trying to stir up drama now. This is for your persistent and pestilent shitting up of A/VB cases by ignoring the notice on the page. This has been a long time coming and covered a lot of incidents. The fact that you are ignoring precident on such matters that states what i did was right, and insisting that somehow everything shouldnt apply to you is a fruitless, foolish gesture, and i want no further part in your petty idiotic games. --The Grimch U! E! 09:04, 2 August 2008 (BST)
Interesting how it has been a long time coming, you have all but admitted that it has resulted from no recent action and yet it only occurred when you were noticeably pissed off at me. Also, i can't call a breach of policy because no such policy exists - but surely softwarnings shouldn't be given unless they relate to a recent specific incident. Yes, i shat up A/VB in the past (insert link to my kekekeke edit here) but that is no reason for Grim to come up with a soft warning now.--xoxo 09:09, 2 August 2008 (BST)
If you want a policy on precisely when the warnings can be given out then I suggest you write one.--The General T Sys U! P! F! 10:51, 2 August 2008 (BST)
I don't. I think non sysop, reporter or vandal posting on the page should be a bannable offense, someone who wants a soft warning policy should write one or everyone should put up and shutup. That isn't gonna happen though, and fair enough. If i could give people soft warnings for no reason i wouldn't bother with policy either.--xoxo 14:36, 2 August 2008 (BST)
Then why are you disagreeing with us? If you don't want a policy then don't complain about us not following one.--The General T Sys U! P! F! 15:03, 2 August 2008 (BST)
Because Grim acts like there is a policy. A policy that says a user who at any point posts crap on the a/vb page can be given a soft warning at any point in the distant future at a time of the givers convenience so that any attempts at a/m will result in the recipient look like a moaning ass. Oh, and of course 3 strikes and you get a real warning. And did i mention only the users that the sysop doesn't like get them? Coz i don't think i did.
It isn't my job to make policy, that's the job of the people who want to inforce a policy. Well that's the way it should work. If there was no policy there should be no rules as opposed to sysops picking and choosing who to ban. And if you think i'm trying to get out of this i'm not. Give make a fucking policy that says no posting on a/vb then i'll come along, make a post and you can warn me. I'll do it 5 times if you want.--xoxo 15:15, 2 August 2008 (BST)
First of all, until there has been an actual "three strikes = escalation" case (which we will address as Misconduct if and when it happens) shut the fuck up. I could go on about your up coming blanking and spamming Admin pages case that is just as likely and that isn't fair either.
And what are you on about that "it isn't your job to make policy that's the job of the people who want to inforce a policy."? Believe me, if we could make policy that could be enforced and only voted on by sysops I guarantee you this wiki would be so much better off. But it doesn't work that way.--– Nubis NWO 23:45, 2 August 2008 (BST)
So you think i should make a policy that specifically stipulates that soft warnings are meaningless drivel? --xoxo 03:00, 3 August 2008 (BST)
If you think they're meaningless drivel don't pay attention to them, if you get a real escalation for something that shouldn't be vandalism through a sysop acting on their own file a misconduct case then, we don't deal in preemptive strikes.--Karekmaps?! 03:11, 3 August 2008 (BST)
"It isn't my job to make policy, that's the job of the people who want to inforce a policy" - Wrong, J3D. Any user can make policy. And more non-sysops ought to be involved in policy. It really ought not to be just the purvue of the sysops. In fact, in saying so, you're totally playing into "sysop elitism"... Think about it. --WanYao 10:46, 3 August 2008 (BST)
zomg wan, that isn't what i meant. Forget about sysops for a moment. The point i was trying to make when i wrote that was that the users who think that non sysops, reporters or reportees should NOT be allowed to edit a/vb should write the policy. The users who think that anyone can edit the page (as with all other admin pages on the wiki) and give their 2 cents should not have to write the policy. The fact that an imaginary policy is semi enforced is the issue here. Quite frankly i don't give a flying fuck if a sysop, a crat, the owner of the wiki OR any other user thinks that editing a/vb should be warnable, provided those people are willing to write and vote on a policy that says so. Get me yet? Because it seems that no matter how many times i say it you'd rather think i'm going on some personal crusade against the sysops...--xoxo 11:30, 3 August 2008 (BST)

I hate to get involved in your little lover's tiff, but this is retarded. It is clear that J3D is filing a petty case against Grim because he has some sort of grudge. If this wasn't the case then where is your A/M case against [Cheese] for a case against Rotten Zerg? That one on the very same page as your case resulted in Cheese posting a comment on the user's page (similar to a soft warning) yet you seem to not give a rat's ass about that. Why is that? Sysops are not moderators. Your expectation of "impartiality" is absurd. Do I need to link that article? Also, you are seriously losing your shit because he made a headline that called your comments "moaning". Seriously. W .T .F. You are going around doing all of this shit because he made a headline that you didn't like. You have issues. Here let me make this a headline so I can get my own A/M case.


J3D has Issues

Unsubstantiated/Not Misconduct. The only time deciding on an A/VB case that the sysop posted himself causes a concern is when it results in a ban (Karek/Katthew) or when it is a clear conflict of interest like setting a precedent about a case pending against that Sysop (Hagnat/Vote Striking). If you wanted to be a sysop so bad you should know this stuff.--– Nubis NWO 14:09, 2 August 2008 (BST)

I didn't want to be a sysop "so bad", and there was no way i was ever going to get it. If you think i thought there was you are seriously deluded, it would have been nice and i honestly think i would have done a good job but all that is irrelevant because my history on the wiki says 'no way' about as firmly as you can say it. None of this is about me not getting promoted because i don't get all het up about something i knew was going to happen. It's about how Grim's acted since then. And the reason i don't give a "rat's arse" about Cheese and Rotten Zerg is that it has nothing to do with me, i haven't even looked at it and quite frankly i don't see what it has to do with me. Also if you read what i wrote you'd see it wasn't only the whole soft warning existing issue. It's also because Grim gave me a soft warning for something i did 6 months ago, and more then that even after i queried him he wont tell me what it is i got a soft warning for! What the fuck is that??
Oh, and i like the heading. It's a cute touch ;) --xoxo 14:29, 2 August 2008 (BST)
It is unfortunate that this little clique containing Nubis, The General and Grimmybabe are the only ones weighing in on this debate. The systems fucked if the others are too scared to stand up to these fools. We are never going to have trusted officials if the only ones that officiate come of with dead, stale and repetitive reasonings. Who gives a fuck if Jed was nominated for promotion. As an official, none of you should. The misconduct isn't anything to do with sysopship, so why make it about that? Oh thats why, to defend the honoured image of the holier than thou "sysops" we have on this online rpg related wiki. The slander of a common user should NEVER be condoned by any sysop, especially when that sysops intention is to stir up trouble and drama, and act that is clearly in bad faith. The fact of the matter is that this is misconduct. Grim should not be allowed to give out "soft warnings" on a case he created if they do count towards ANY sort of vandal escalation. And you all know that. If they don't count, then he is just causing grief for everyone involved by starting another debate. If Grim was actually the level headed mature one in this, there would have been no V/B case on him in the first place, and it would not have escalated into this.
Nubis, take your fucking blinkers off and have a look at it from more than one perspective. Your bad judgment and obviously biased opinions are an embarrassment to this wiki.--CyberRead240 17:43, 2 August 2008 (BST)
There is no "conspiracy" here... no cliques or cabals... If anything, Grim and myself would be a mini-cabal... because guess what? We actually talk and communicate... about wiki admin issues, etc. etc... Does that suprise you? Yeah... exactly... We talk, yet we disagree violently at times on a lot of things... The same goes the other way around: just because some people see the facts straight and rule the same way, doesn't mean they're part of a cabal. No... the case is pretty clear cut: not misconduct. Once again, Grim pushes the bounds of propriety, but not the letter of the policies. --WanYao 10:54, 3 August 2008 (BST)
The reason he doesn't push the letter of the policy is because there isn't one. He can do what ever he wants and y'all just say, 'well, he's not breaking policy'. He isn't following policy either. Writing on a/vb page isn't a bannable offense. My edits weren't bad faith. So the only edits he can be referring to in his little note on my talk page are edits from months ago. How is giving me a 'soft warning' for edits from months ago not misconduct? Or are you saying that soft warnings are not a sysop ability? In which case i have a few of my own to give out...--xoxo 11:24, 3 August 2008 (BST)
Shitting up the admin pages can be ruled bad faith. Making the odd pertinent comment is usually allowed. And there is the talk page, after all. Case closed in my books. --WanYao 16:42, 6 August 2008 (BST)
Shitting up? Are we talking about my shitting up from months ago? Or my (imho) good faith edits (and certainly not shitting up) from the last few weeks? --xoxo 11:33, 7 August 2008 (BST)

I'm gonna go with Nubis here for the most part and add in that I don't think there's any real administrative action(he's not escalating you in VB, just letting you know you're possibly starting to cross the line), that being said I'm not sure if it was warranted to soft warn, I'm also not sure I actually care because a real escalation is still privy to review of the whole team. If it were him actually escalating a case he posted himself I'd agree in a heartbeat that it's misconduct but soft warnings aren't warnings/bannings. If you want something more definitive to be done you need to give us something more definitive to work on, 'cause right now it's just the two of you being petty and neither of you liking it.--Karekmaps?! 22:52, 2 August 2008 (BST)

P.S. That was a Not Misconduct ruling.--Karekmaps?! 22:53, 2 August 2008 (BST)
Okay, i'm sorry if there has been a degree of confusion here. I was under the impression (which came from here that there was a (unofficial) escalation policy for soft warnings. If that doesn't exist and any sysop giving out warnings based on soft warning escalation would be misconducted and my warning would be removed i have no problem with the warning. As i said on this page's talk page, if a 'soft warning' is a friendly reminder with no consequences Grim can give me as many has he likes for anything.--xoxo 03:05, 3 August 2008 (BST)
Your "warning" isn't documented anywhere(i.e. A/VD) and is not on your permanent record, thinking of it as a friendly reminder would be correct.--Karekmaps?! 03:12, 3 August 2008 (BST)
A Grim never forgets....--xoxo 03:23, 3 August 2008 (BST)
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Well, he isn't.--Karekmaps?! 03:38, 3 August 2008 (BST)
Thought it might be for that. Ah well you get my point, no? --xoxo 03:39, 3 August 2008 (BST)
I understand what you mean.--Karekmaps?! 10:37, 3 August 2008 (BST)

Well, this looks like not misconduct. --ZsL 07:39, 13 August 2008 (BST)


18 July 2008

(Old header: Survivors of Newtown. Duplicate of what he posted on A/PT, -The Grimch)

The discussion section of this page is getting flamed by one of your sysops. I have asked The Grimch to stop cursing and making a mockery of the page but he persists. He also will not stop reverting the edits I make to his langauge (I bleep it out with *'s) and has threatened that he will supposedly report me for vandalism. His actions are not very admin-like and I find his behaviour repulsive. The page is recieving an incredible number of hits (before it was moved it was at 1030, then in it's new location it is up to 300+) and that was in only 5 days of being active. I will be leaving the wiki soon as well as this game because the Survivors of Newtown were my one last attempt at making this game fun. We had a large group of players supporting us and it was turning out to be a cool survival group. Mr. Grimch thinks he can bully others around because of his status on this wiki, which is not something to be proud of. He is under the misguided impression that we are cheating (I disagreed but stated that the group would stop such actions), and so he has gone on a crusade to destroy our discussion page with slander. I hope that he receives some kind of repremand, though I won't really be present to see what happens anyway. Thank you, for some of your admins are respectable and fair in dealing with people new to the site. --Lostcauseman 20:14, 18 July 2008 (BST)

Helpfully retitled to fit required format (Old header noted). Will defend myself later, if thats even needed given how patently absurd this case is. --The Grimch U! E! 20:39, 18 July 2008 (BST)

Except for the fact that you WERE vandalizing a page, justifying it with your absurd anger at our group. Your opinions are wonderful, but defying the respectfull requests time and again to stop cursing on a user's page is not excusable. You'll get away with it obviously because you have so many times. But after a stack of these maybe the wiki will change. Your defense is that I did something wrong, no NO you DEEMED something I did wrong, so the rules don't apply to you. Thanks for ruining our site. GERK.--Lostcauseman 21:21, 18 July 2008 (BST)

As far as I know foul language is not an offence that will give any results in a case brought up in misconduct or vandal banning. He hasn't thus far misused any of the powers granted to him as a sysop. And editing his submissions on the talk page, and him reverting, sounds more like an arbitration case to me. - User:Whitehouse 21:25, 18 July 2008 (BST)

Case restored. Even cases with no basis in reality must stay until ruled on, and then moved to the archive. I refer you to the first case in my misconduct archive Nubis, where Amazing made a similiar case, as well as the cases by Krazy Monkey and Jon Pyre. --The Grimch U! E! 05:28, 19 July 2008 (BST)

Seriously? What a fucked up system. So, if any user decides that any action by a sysop should be reported on here even when there is clearly no violation of a SYSOP power the sysop still has it as a mark on their record (even if they are cleared on it). Your actions were in no way sysop related. He reported it on A/VB as he should have (and it wasn't vandalism) so why should he have the option to forum shop and post it here, too? If I was pissed at you and voted this Misconduct and somehow convinced two other sysops to do so you will have a misconduct mark when there clearly is no sysop action involved.
Allowing any crackpot accusation to have merit and potential consequences is a frightening concept. Misconduct should be for violations of sysop powers and not just because someone is pissed at someone else that happens to have a "title". I just worry that allowing pointless cases to be heard and the subsequent voting it not misconduct will send the wrong message in two ways. I feel it will make a good sysop look like a trouble maker (when they have several misconduct cases against them. In the archives all cases seem serious since we only have Misconduct and Not Misconduct) The second way is that it might reinforce the "good old boy" clique myths that sysops will always let popular or liked sysops off.
We need a third option. We need Unsubstantiated. If there is evidence the case is non-sysop related (like this one) or just a spite case (like a few have been, I'm sure) we need a way to distinguish that the accused sysop was truly innocent rather than just found not guilty. Abstain--– Nubis NWO 21:46, 20 July 2008 (BST)
My record already has ten such not guilty marks against it, and i am far from liked or popular. I dont see how one more will do any harm. --The Grimch U! E! 03:49, 21 July 2008 (BST)

It's Not Misconduct, and while I don't like that aspect of the community Kevan has made it necessary as the only way to prevent what he has deemed violation of the game's rules, he's certainly not the first person to give people a hard time about violating what is seen as trust put into the players and he certainly won't be the last. That being said you do have other options, the one that will probably save you the most time is to simply stop responding to it.--Karekmaps?! 05:59, 19 July 2008 (BST)

Not Misconduct Abusive?...Yes. Inappropriate?.... yes. Self-important aggrandizement?... yes. Unprofessional?... yes. Misconduct as defined by the current rules, Guidelines, and historical trends... Most assuredly not. Conndrakamod TTBA CFT 09:55, 19 July 2008 (BST)

I do not see how the third and fourth apply, since at no point did i mention my status as a system operator. he found that out on his own. You're just jealous i beat you to the punch ;) --The Grimch U! E! 10:13, 19 July 2008 (BST)


30 June 2008

Removed the Dunell Hills Police Department group from the Dunell Hills Group Listing and Protected the page to prevent editing. He insist that the group does not deserve to be listed because of their inability to make headway in their fight for the suburb despite not being able to cite a rule to justify his actions as valid. Has removed the group multiple times and is misusing his powers to achieve both his own ends and the ends of the adversary group (see The Dead Page) of the aforementioned DHPD. When confronted, he and others resorted to insults and accusations. I Marty Banks, challenge that Grimch is committing a gross misconduct stemming from his bias in this case and that the appropriate actions should be taken to protect the party injured from his misconduct.

The ongoing discussion is viewable here. The section below here is for voting and short statements; if you have something longer to add or discuss then I ask that you, to reduce clutter, please join the discussion I have just linked you to. --Marty Banks (aka. Mundane) <DHPD> 18:29, 30 June 2008 (BST)

Purely because that discussion is too bleeding long, and I'm just home from work so can't be arsed reading the whole thing, I shall make my comments here. Grim's removing of the group from the listings is not a Misconduct matter, it would fall under the scope of Vandal Banning (not that I am saying that it is vandalism). The protection however would come under the header of misconduct and I shall base my ruling/comments on that only.
Sysops are permitted to protect a page that is undergoing a protracted edit war as they see fit. In this case it would be the Dunell Hills group template. It also says on the protect guidelines that the page is to be reverted to the disputed edit. In this case it would be the removal of the DHPD from the listings. As a result, in my opinion, Grim has not gone any further (admin wise anyway) than is permitted. Therefore, I rule Not Misconduct.
I do however think that you should take this to arbitration and get this sorted out there. There's nothing we can do on this end to give you a decent resolution. We are sysops, not Moderators. We're here to keep the wiki in once piece, not solve disputes. Unfortunately. -- Cheese 19:22, 30 June 2008 (BST)
Long fucking post alert
I got involved because there was an edit conflict, (such things tend to annoy me) took a look a look at the existing discussion, reverted the edits that were untrue based on both that and my own independant observations (Which i sent an alt across the city to make), and locked the page for 24 hours so that actual discussion could take place. To the credit of your group, you actually maanged to hold off starting it up again for two more whole days before, but fudged it up today, at which point i locked it back down. A/G specifically states im allowed to make short term protections in the event of edit wars. In this case i was reverting to what the concensus on the page among independant observers is considered true (Specifically myself and Wan yao, who both wandered over to take a look) and protecting short term. I Have currently protected the page temporarily, and filed a protections request on A/PT so it can be more long term. That is not an abuse of power, regardless of the fact that my own opinion as one of the two people present as independant observers is being counted, we are both in complete agreement, and our observations back the deads statements).
I have heard of the DHPD, yes, you cannot have played for as long as i have and not known a group so old, but i have never interacted with your group prior to this (Or at least not to my recollection, which is essentially the same thing), and, to be quite frank, dont much care about either you or the goons. Frankly, both sides are acting like arseholes. All i want is for the issue to be resolved, and that wont happen while you post blatantly inaccurate information on the page perpetuating edit wars against others, completely ignoring comments made on the talk page by independants on the talk page. By rights i should have taken you lot to A/VB over this days ago (Knowingly and repeatedly posting false information despite being asked repeatedly not to by others whos only inetrest is seeing the matter resolved), but i have held off because i wanted to settle the matter peacefully.
The only reason you are alleging bias is because my examination shows you to be wrong. Given that Dunell Hills is presently deader than any suburb ever has been in all of the games history with such a large local zombie population that any attempt to establish a base would be met with immediate and lethal reprisals within hours, and a population that has, by all accounts, lingered there for months, i dont see how any other conclusion can be reached (In my three days in the area i did not hear a single groan). If i appear to be getting progressively more hostile it is because i have very little tolerance for foolishness and sloppy thinking, and you and most of your cohorts have been presenting precisely that in droves.
You have entirely failed to present any factual evidence, or even strong reasoning to include yourselves as an active human group. When challenged on that fact you have continually evaded the query. When presented with independant observations to the contrary of your oft repeated assertions you have ignored them. In the light of such behaviour, you can probably understand why i am losing my patience with you.
This is, at best, a case for arbitration. I have simply reverted what i see as damned close to vandalism (If not actually being such) and locked a page down to prevent more of the same while repeatedly attempting to engage in and promoting intelligent discourse in resolving the issue peacably. The only one of you who has acted like an adult in this entire affair is Ezekiel UK
I am not a member of the Dead. I do not care about the Dead, all i did was step into an active conflict i saw while browsing recent changes which was annoying me by its mere existance. Your assertions to the contrary are Ipse Dixit, without proof provided (Not suprising because such proof is nonexistant).
As i said on the page repeatedly: There are no hard and fast determining factors to get you onto a page. Such things can only be determined by concensus: The concensus on the page, among the people and independant observers (Whos opinions, frankly, have a higher value than the involved parties do, as they dont have a specific agenda for or against one side or the other), is that you are not there, or at least not there in a manner that is meaningful, and the fact you have been forced out for months means listing you on the active groups is at best misleading, at worst intentionally so. This you ignore. The weight of arguments and evidence also falls against you. This you ignore. I welcome more observers to come by and examine the suburb and have a look, so long as they promise to be impartial.
In summing up: Marty banks has made a lot of assertions, both here and there. Among them is the assertion that bias is a key determining factor in my decision. This is an assertion he has completely and utterly failed to back up with anything even remotely approaching evidence. None of my conduct has been in violation of the guidelines, and i have been open minded in the discussion, examining the evidence the whole time. The key problem here is that they simply havent provided any, simply repeating an assertion ad nauseam.
I would very much support a policy that can actually provide definitions on what groups require to qualify as listed in a suburb, but i think its fairly safe to say that if two observers cant find anything but a trace of human presence (One level 2 survivor with 12hp and an infection being eaten), and all evidence indicates that the suburb has been dead for months and that the survivor group isnt there, then in the minds of even the most liberal of observers, the conclusion would be that they simply arent present as a force in the suburb (Except as zombies) and should not be listed as a survivor group active there, as such a label is completely misleading as to the state of affairs in the suburb.
This wiki is intended as an accurate tool for examining the game. And while at times we do fall short, that doesnt mean we should permit inaccuracy when it is found and being promoted by those with a vested interest in the outcome.
The only "personal attack" i have engaged in is making the accusation that his whole play there is an ego salve. I could very well be wrong, but i doubt it. He has failed to provide evidence to back up his position despite repeated requests to do so. And now instead of doing so he is accusing me of misconduct. I have not gone beyond my mandate in this affair. There is no misconduct here, just one mans delusion of bias. And my opinion of him falls yet another notch.
There is only one possible grounds upon which this could be considered misconduct: attempts to treat the status of sysop as a badge of authority to force a sysop's wishes on the wiki, This is not the case. While i have used my abilities to protect the page, those were due to active edit wars that would have gone on regardless of my intervention, and i locked it on the ones i and another have independantly verified as the truth. Thats not misconduct. The only way i have used my position as a sysop in this discussion is to force everyone to the table to discuss the issue instead of having a fucking edit war, which i stomped pretty damned quick, almost before it could begin. Thats not an abuse of power or station. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 19:32, 30 June 2008 (BST)
:O That is one long post. -- Cheese 19:43, 30 June 2008 (BST)

Active or not I think it can safely be assumed that a long standing and obviously still active group like the DHPD will have an interest in the area.... just because their plans to re-take the suburb are (presumably) taking place outside its borders does not make them inactive in that 'burb. Any plans they have will revolve around taking back their proclaimed home and as such they are actively involved in its fate. Un-grouped survivors might well be very interested in finding a group who are looking to retake the suburb and surely that is enough to warrant them getting their mention... assuming of course that they cannot openly advertise as actively seeking recruits on that page?--Honestmistake 00:16, 1 July 2008 (BST)

Did you even read what you wrote? You are basically saying that just because the group wants to be there they can whether or not they actually are. That doesn't make sense. Do I need to remind you all that you banned members of the Dead for making a [category] and adding suburbs to it because the Dead was active there, yet it seems to be ok for DHPD to add themselves to any suburb as an active group? So, can I add DARIS back to Shearbank since we might have plans to retake the suburb even though a member of DARIS hasn't been alive in Shearbank since November? That's the same as DHPD.
And I want to point out that Dury Building NT has been listed on the Eastonwood Ferals/Almanac as a new level of decay. Small vines and weeds are growing in the wreckage. It is up to 32 AP to repair (per EF). They need to step up those plans a bit.
As far as Grim is concerned this is Not Misconduct. He stopped an active edit war. That's what he is supposed to do. As far as his observations on the suburb I don't see him as trying to moderate, just inject some common sense into the heads of those involved. --– Nubis NWO 03:02, 1 July 2008 (BST)
I tend to agree that its not misconduct and I also tend to agree that a group with no active involvement in a suburb should not be allowed to list themselves in the active groups box... however, surely in this case it is obvious that the DHPD are of active interest to those looking at the suburb? They took their name from it and until the Dead came along they did a pretty good job of keeping it reasonably safe. While they exist as a large group it is obvious that they are still going to be involved with the suburb and I think we should let that count for a lot in this specific case (which should be at arbies)--Honestmistake 17:15, 1 July 2008 (BST)
The Dead took their name from Dunell Hills (originally called The Dead of Dunell Hills) and they exist as a larger group. By your logic they should get preferential treatment, too. And it is quite clear that the Dead are actually active in the suburb. So why the survivor bias? The Dead have been in DH since before November. So it doesn't look like they are going to leave anytime soon. There is no way this can go to Arbys. There is not a single person on that list that both sides would agree to. --– Nubis NWO 05:27, 2 July 2008 (BST)
I am not arguing for preferential treatment nor for keeping a survivor bias. What I am suggesting is that a group so intimately connected with a suburb as to name themselves after it has a place on that suburbs page. Survivor or Zombie it really doesn't matter, physical presence is not the only factor to be weighed in judging involvement... By your arguement the American people have no involvement with Iran because they are not there, no involvement with North Korea because they are not there and no involvement with the moon because they are not there. Thats somantics and I think we all know it, tell me how having the DHPD listed as an active group with a strong tie to the suburb is untrue let alone harmful to the wiki. The info on the page expands the picture and anyone visiting the page is going to do more than just look at the active groups boxes and quickly form their own opinion of just how involved the DHPD is in a suburb with 100% (or near as dammit) ransack/ruins! --Honestmistake 09:49, 2 July 2008 (BST)
I just realized that you aren't a sysop and in the long run on this page your (ill informed and survivor biased) opinion doesn't matter. I'm going to stop pointing out how insane your "logic" is and let you go back to your little world where all you need is hope and a dream to get things done. Your attitude is a prime example of why this place isn't a really a wiki. Wikis strive for something called "facts" and "the truth". Thanks for reinforcing that this is just a poorly constructed RP fagging about forum and not a good source of information about Urban Dead. You know, there really ought to be an OFFICIAL WIKI that presents the facts about Malton. --– Nubis NWO 22:04, 2 July 2008 (BST)
Gee thanks for valuing the voice of the community you Asshat! I really don't know where to start... should it be your assumption that my opinion is worth squat because i am not a sysop? Maybe that my "insane logic" in pointing out the actual meaning of the word "involved" or perhaps the simple fact that you just accused a player with 6 zombies, 1 death cultist and 1 Altruist survivor alt as being ill informed and survivor biased! It would be funny if it were not so pathetic! The fact is that they seem to be actively fighting for a presence in the suburb and are probably just as active in trying to rally additional support to help them make inroads... They are not being successful but that really is not the same as not trying. I ask again "what harm does it do to leave them flagged as a group who are active in the suburb when the actual reports show their activity is failing utterly to make even a dent in the deads dominance?" Answer = None, as long as people visiting the page actually bother to read the situation reports! Now ask "what harm does removing them from the box do?" Answer = tells folk visiting the page that there are no actively interested survivor groups that are worth contacting for advice (support) on entering the suburb... this is demonstrably untrue, the DHPD are very aware that the place is a zombie infested hell hole that they have been unable to retake in months. The fact that they have no active stronghold within the burb does not mean they are not scouting the area, it does not mean they do not make futile attack runs to injure/HS a few sleepy zeds and it in no way proves that they are not actively pursuing goals in the suburb. I say again point out how my logic is flawed (try doing so without insult if you can manage!) I have made a pretty good case which your yelling "None sysop = stoopid" at doesn't challenge. Yelling "Trenchie" also doesn't cut it and merely saying you are going to stop pointing out the flaws in my logic doesn't actually work when you never started to do so --Honestmistake 23:57, 2 July 2008 (BST)
Thanks for missing the point. you aren't a sysop and in the long run on this page your (ill informed and survivor biased) opinion doesn't matter. But you know what, I will apologize for the "ill informed and survivor biased" comment. Perhaps that was very assholey of me. I shouldn't allow myself to insult people over a difference of opinion, however, this is hot button for me. So, I'm sorry. Yet, I stand by the fact that your opinion doesn't matter on this page since you aren't a sysop and can't rule. And by that I mean you have the right to state it, but that the only one that should respond to it if he wants to is Grim. There is no need to engage you in a discussion on your feelings on this because ultimately you have no direct influence over the outcome. You won't be a deciding vote.--– Nubis NWO 11:35, 3 July 2008 (BST)
Thanks for the apology, it is appreciated. I took offence mostly because regardless of whether I am able to rule on this case, my (and anyone else's) opinion does matter. The reason that all discussion/input in misconduct cases is held on this page rather than just those directly involved is surely for that very reason. Any member of the community who feels they have a point to make should be encouraged to make it in misconduct cases because it is the closest we have to a way of holding the admin team accountable. I happen to agree with you that Grim has not commited an act of misconduct but I can see how others might think he has. Basically I think protecting the page was needed but he does seem to have taken sides... if this is found Not Misconduct but no argument is made as to which side was right in the edit war to begin with then that ruling will be used to claim that the DHPD were wrong. That is not the case and would be a bad precedent to make. As none of the sysop team were making that point until Swiers joined in I think it was a point that needed making. While it may not change the ruling in this (or any other) case it is absolutely the right place to voice my opinion in the assumption that the sysops who do make judgement will read it and take it into consideration when making that ruling.--Honestmistake 13:41, 3 July 2008 (BST)

Two things, 1) Grim I'm not reading a long complaint about everyone involved, if there's something you want us to know that you expect to get read make it only about why the actions are justifiable, be concise for once, or at least what that is for you. 2) This is very very easy, considering I'm sure if it was anyone else you'd say the same thing; Don't moderate, that's not your job. --Karekmaps?! 01:23, 1 July 2008 (BST)

You planning on ruling? --brb, church DORIS CGR U! 01:58, 1 July 2008 (BST)
Its a complicated case and theres a lot of ground to cover to explain everything. If you are going to tl;dr in a misconduct case you may as well not post. If you had read any of it you would have seen that half the shit you have said is incorrect. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 04:49, 1 July 2008 (BST)
Relevance to the case ended in the first paragraph, so no, I was quite far the opposite of incorrect, hissy fit much? Just like with Conndraka's actions in the past, Misconduct, You aren't given the ability to protect pages to give you the end all be all decision of what is and isn't fact, much less to lock a page on a disputed edit with the excuse of preventing an edit war(that's the exact opposite of a helpful edit/action). You haven't stopped anything, at best you've actually made things worse and abused the protection ability in the process, arbitration exists for a reason.--Karekmaps?! 06:12, 1 July 2008 (BST)
Did you even chack the archive? It was This case and it was ruled not misconduct (By yourself). Just like his case you say? Then stick with the same ruling. Please examine A/G#Protection_of_Pages where it is explicitely stated: System operators may only protect pages that users have requested be protected on UDWiki:Administration/Protections, or (for a short period, and without the need for a protection request) high-visibility pages that are undergoing repeated vandalism., given the repeated false claims being made (Which you would know if you ahd read the post above), what was being done by them was, if not direct vandalism, bloody close to it. I locked it down twice as a result of that, and have filed a request that its lock be upgraded to a month long. Id like some action to be taken on that request, thank you very much, instead of it being ignored by all the sysops. Id also very much like some internal consistancy from you. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 07:33, 1 July 2008 (BST)
Wrong, there is a far closer case that I have given Conndraka considerable shit over in the past, I'm not sure if it ever made it to misconduct but that is what I am referring to. As for the other, if it was vandalism you would have filed a vandal report, it's not a new issue, this is the same basic fight they've been having for about 9 months now.--Karekmaps?! 07:53, 1 July 2008 (BST)
Dont accuse me of misconduct just because its similiar to another case that you didnt bring. Also, if you had read what i said in my post, you would know why i didnt actually report it. See, things would be easier if you read the fucking background i gave you. Read it, understand it,, and at the least make an informed decision. Or you can fuck off and take your half cocked ruling with you. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 08:01, 1 July 2008 (BST)
I didn't rule the first time because I hadn't read it and wanted to give you a chance to actually defend your position, I ruled the second time because you obviously refused to organize your thoughts by relevance forcing me to read your absurd block of text.

You played moderator, locked it on a disputed edit, circumvented arbitration, and want it to not be misconduct because you think the DHPD people are full of shit, the precedent has been that we revert to before the disputed edit in an edit war, it's very basic knowledge, you know this, Conndraka knows this, I know this, Everyone that is or has ever been a Sysop or regular contributer to the wiki knows this. What you do not do is lock it to prevent reverting from the edit or editor you agree with.--Karekmaps?! 10:39, 1 July 2008 (BST)

The before disputed edit has never been enshrined in policy, thus miscondicting me bsed on that alone is highly dubious. You can call me a rules lawyer all you like, but ad hominem does not an argument make. You have completely misread both the tone and intent of my post above, in which i detailed the incident, all the twists and turns, my reasoning for not doing certain things like taking them to A/VB (Which you made a fuss over above, clearly demonstrating that you havent read the thing, paragraph 4, i didnt explicitely spell it out but it still stands, and i made the point at least once more in the post). Yes, while when there is a dispute, it is customary to revert to before that dispute, but when one is patently and blatantly falsifying information (As determined by two independant observers) ict can quite realistically be seen as vandalism, and reverting to before the vandalism before protecting is also appropriate. You may not agree with that judgement, but you cant misconduct me for it.
I shall reiterate: I had absolutely no opinion either way when i went in, and while i may now think of the DHPD as a bunch of dicks (With one notable exception so far), that is entirely due to their childish behaviour in the dispute. While we are not moderators, theres nothing prohibiting us or anyone else from taking the role of mediator on a dispute. Saying we arent moderators is an empty point, a red herring using weighted words to give your position the appeance of extra substance while adding nothing of the sort.
To put it quite succinctly: Your case that this is misconduct fails on the grounds that none of the things you are saying i did violated the guidelines, combined with an implied ad hominem you actually came out and used on me in IRC.
There is no real real dispute over the edit here. There are people who have come and independantly checked and found that the DHPD are full of shit on this issue. Im one of them. I fully encourage everyone to send a zombie over to have a look, hang around for a few days, go door to door. You will see this. This is not an edit dispute where both sides have a case, its one where something has been independantly checked and verified by multiple people, and the group it affects is being intentionally deceptive in order to salve their wounded egos, which is how this conflict has arisen. There is absolutely no difference between what they were doing, and rewriting skills pages to display phoney information, or rearranging the suburb map. The DHPD have been given every opportunity to prove thier case, and have declined every single time. Given that a suburb page is intended to provide factual information as its a resource for players, intentionally posting misleading information is, at least in my book, vandalism, i treated it as such and reverted it, and locked the page.
But yby all means, please ignore this post just like you did the last. It looks long. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 11:11, 1 July 2008 (BST)
You mean the "Ad Hominem" where I called you a rules lawyer for exactly this kind of thing? Cute. You can't just ignore standard procedure when it suits you, hmm, now where have I heard that before?--Karekmaps?! 12:48, 1 July 2008 (BST)
Ah, excellent. You ignored everything else i said, exactly as i anticipated. Way to prove me wro... ohwai... --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 12:54, 1 July 2008 (BST)

Not Ruling But still... Its interesting to see that I was brought up on misconduct for doing the same thing...yet I was accused of being slanted for the DHPD for stopping an edit war that strangely enough I had verified myself as well... hmmmm Bias only swings one way I guess. Conndrakamod TTBA CFT 03:42, 1 July 2008 (BST)

Don't play the innocent here, Conn. You want to talk misconduct? How about the Dead of Dunell Hills deletion/protection/redirect and workaround shit that you pulled? You are as slanted to DHPD as I am to the Dead. At least, I don't use my sysop powers to fuck over DHPD like you did to The Dead. --– Nubis NWO 05:27, 2 July 2008 (BST)

As someone involved in the edit war and conflict wafting around Dumbell Hills, I'm piping in... First of all, please refer to this, from the page on sysop conduct etc., a part you's above left out: "Before a page is protected, it is expected that the system operator will ensure that there is good reason for its protection — these include protracted edit wars, and constant vandalism by multiple users on a high-visibility page." Such a protracted edit war was going on. I know. I was, like, there. So this peanut gallerian would say, if he were allowed, Not Fucking Misconduct. Frankly, while I wonder whether Grimch could have dealt with all of this better... I also wonder why he is the only sysop who's taken a real stand on this bullshit wiki edit pissing contest that has been going on literally for MONTHS, on and off, between the DHPD and the Dead? Seriously, folks, it's out of control. Start dealing with it. --WanYao 12:44, 1 July 2008 (BST) Addendum: It may have been much better form to ask another sysop for protection. Because Grimch was involved, after all, in the "dispute". His objectivity or alleged lack thereof totally notwithstanding and rather irrelevant -- he was involved. However, bad form is a "soft warning" and a firm "don't do this again". Not misconduct. My not so humble opinion. --WanYao 12:56, 1 July 2008 (BST)

I would have thought that, in an edit war, the done thing would have been to revert to the original version - Grim seems to have let his own bias as to what he felt was the more accurate stand in the way of this. As to our pissing contest with the dead - we've only jumped in when they start trying to get in our faces on the wiki and have not been giving them a hard time outside of these cases. Sanpedro 13:10, 1 July 2008 (BST)

Ok, on that issue I can see your point. Because the edit war started -- and I was involved then! -- when the DHPD was first taken off the list. However, was he aware of when the war actually started? Dunno... so, he may have been reverting to what he thought was the last edit. But this is all speculation. And there are two concrete issues here: a) was he acting in bad faith? and b) was he going against the policy? I'm just a peanut gallerian, but I answer no to both... But... one more thing... who started all this isn't the issue anymore, IMO. By this time, both "sides" involved has acted inappropriately. One side perhaps more than the other, but 1 wrong plus 1-1/2 wrongs still don't make a right. Really, this needs to go to Arby. That's where it belongs, all said and done. --WanYao 13:25, 1 July 2008 (BST)
If you truly believe that, after the lengths he's gone to discredit DHPD's position, you need an urgent reality check. --brb, church DORIS CGR U! 15:45, 1 July 2008 (BST)
Nice use of loaded terms to make an ad hominem out of thin air. I went to great lengths to get an accurate picture of the suburb alongside that presented by another individual, WanYao to be specific, the fact that this picture completely undercut the DHPD's position was purely coincidental. Had it been the other way around i would have argued just as strongly in their favour. The accusations of bias floating around have no basis in reality, and seem to be coming about simply because i didnt beat up on the goons with everyone else like a good little sysop when it was open season on them, and instead acted like a rational human being, which combined with the truth that the facts just dont fit the DHPD's case makes the ignorant numbskulls such as yourself think "OMG! BIAS!!!1!!oneone oh noes!". In any case, i fail to see why the burden of proof is on me to prove that im not biased here rather than on the person making the bloody accusation in the first place. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 16:38, 1 July 2008 (BST)
I suggest you learn the definition of "ad hominem" before embarrassing yourself any further. --brb, church DORIS CGR U! 16:48, 1 July 2008 (BST)
I agree that one of us needs to look it up, however you are the one in need of it. Implied Ad Hominem attack on myself as well as a direct one on WanYao by asserting he has no grip on reality because of the conclusions he has reached, with nothing there to support that assertion, or even contradict what he has said. That is the entire meat of your post. In so doing theres the personal attack on me implied. Hows about you stop embarrasing yourself? Go find another place to go troll. I hear Tselita is good for lulz these days. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 16:52, 1 July 2008 (BST)
Again, I suggest you look it up. It is not merely a "personal attack". --brb, church DORIS CGR U! 19:58, 1 July 2008 (BST)
And i wasnt using it as such you neanderthallic buffoon. I explained it perfectly clearly above: An attempt to discredit a position by referring to the person. In this case by saying they muct be losing their grip on reality to have reached a particular conclusion. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 20:05, 1 July 2008 (BST)

I feel that Grimch's action is not misconduct in this case, but I do think arbitration of the edit war is needed. Personally I'd side with DHPD, provided they can demonstrate (informally) they have a decent number of members in the suburb. The fact that they can't currently accomplish any of their stated goals in that suburb, does not in itself make them inactive in that suburb; it just makes them unsuccessful there. The fact that the Dead are proud of keeping them from re-taking the suburb in fact goes to prove that they ARE active there; you can't defeat an inactive group.
A "decent number" in this case would be more 10, I'd asy; enough to show up as a group on the stats page.) This should go for ALL claims of suburb activity, IMO; if your group members in a given burb wouldn't even show on the stats page if they formed thier own group, you shouldn't be gunking up the sidebar with your icon. I think we probably need a policy about this, and while we are at it, we might as well make it a policy to regularly remove ALL such icons from ALL suburb pages, so that people have to "refresh" them occasionally. And they probably should be included from a sub-page of the suburb, ratyher than edited directly onto the suburb page. That way we could just periodically blank the sub-pages. I'll work on writing up said policy. SIM Core Map.png Swiers 20:43, 2 July 2008 (BST)

Misconduct - Grim himself got involved in an edit war, and rather than taking it to arbitration and requesting the protection on A/PT, he used his sysop powers to lock the page himself to silence the regular users that disagreed with his interpretation of what a pro-survivor presence in the suburb was. The guidelines allow us to lock pages for a short time for pages that are being vandalised, not for conflicts that should go to arbitration -- boxy talki 02:49 3 July 2008 (BST)

And you are basing your ruling in direct opposition to the statement i made about them posting knowingly false information on the page which i treated as vandalism and reverted (This is not a new line, i said that it was vandalism in my first post on the issue), and locked the page up to prevent it from happening again. You disagree that its vandalism and base your ruling purely on that disagreement (Summary: You are letting your personal bias in the issue at hand cloud your judgement of how i handled the affair officially). Good call... ohwai... --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 04:12, 3 July 2008 (BST)
They didn't post knowingly false info. They replaced themselves as a pro-survivor group with members in the area (there is no requirement for them to be alive at the time to be pro-survivor in intent, mrh? cows are still pro-survivor). They didn't post that the buildings weren't ruined, they didn't post that they were protecting anyone, only that they were still in the suburb. The Dead were still attacking them, so they were still there, and worthy of inclusion in the group listings -- boxy talki 15:01 8 July 2008 (BST)
Direct opposition to a statement doesn't make the opposing statement wrong. --  AHLGTG 04:21, 3 July 2008 (BST)
It is to Grim. I'm surprised you didn't know that already. --brb, church DORIS CGR U! 11:57, 3 July 2008 (BST)
Did so! --  AHLGTG 15:46, 3 July 2008 (BST)
At that stage i hadnt even formed a personal opinion of the matter. I was trusting the then only independant observers opinion, as he was independant and had made several anti goon statements on suggestions (Thus demonstrating he wasnt sucking up to them). I later confirmed his observations with an alt of my own, after the first page lock. The fact that one of the member openly admitted that they were not there on the page makes it more than qualify as vandalism, the sole reason i didnt take it to A/VB being because i actually wanted to work out the issue without opening it up to being a mega drama clusterfuck. Other reasons as to why i considered it vandalism have been mentioned previously, another being down in my next post below (Same timestamp) --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 12:01, 3 July 2008 (BST)

Not Misconduct, but barely. It's irrelevant if you think they are there or not, the point is to stop an edit war. Given all the drama surrounding the DHPD, the Dead, and POV, I think Grim was justified in protecting the page. Perhaps poor form to use his abilities to completely silence the other, seeing as he was the one who was in conflict. He did take it upon himself to show his reasons on A/PT about the second lock (after locking it for a single day). I don't believe he was using his powers to win the argument. --  AHLGTG 04:21, 3 July 2008 (BST)

I didnt completely silence the other side. If i were shutting down one side or the other i would be protecting the talk page too, which i didnt. Instead i encouraged discussion and the presentation of evidence to either side, and discouraged edit warring by both sides (by protecting). I stand by all my previous statements, from the start, that posting knowingly incorrect information on primary informational pages is vandalism, as this wiki is meant to be an information source for players, not a place for people to swell and show off their e-penii. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 12:01, 3 July 2008 (BST)

I fail to understand how this is not misconduct... grim was the one creating the edit conflict, and any pages with edit conflict should remain as they were before the conflict began (in this case, with the DHPD being listed there). If grim's wanted the page to remain as he wanted, HE was the one who should create an arbie case, not marty. Grim clearly abused his powers there, by protecting the page as he wanted it to be. --People's Commissar Hagnat talk 18:11, 3 July 2008 (BST)

You don't have the facts right, Haggis. In fact, I am the one who started the edit war, imo justifiably so, with this edit. At the time, I took the Dead at their word and left the DHPD off, but did it in an NPOV manner. While taking a slag at the trolls, of course... Anyhoo... Go look at the rest of the history.. Grim stepped in AFTER all this. Grim stepped to stop an edit war on a highly visible page. What's pathetic is that I know the rules better than half of you sysops... Grim's actions are ALLOWED, possibly ENCOURAGED, according to your fucking rules. Grim may have acted out of line and in very bad, heavy-handed form -- and I think he did -- but according to the rules (and imo their spirit) it is not fucking misconduct. Barely.... If he does something similar again... well... that's a different story... Smack him down in that case. --WanYao 02:38, 4 July 2008 (BST)

Ok I know I'm starting to sound like a troll suddenly popping up on half a dozen talk pages but here's my personal view:

  • It started with the Dead removing us from the page, citing that we hadn't managed to get a live survivor inside a building for '3 months'. This fact is grossly exaggerated, as I already showed in a screenshot of our forum, it was closer to 30-40 days. We (as a group) couldn't possibly deny this, the facts speak for themselves.
  • The argument started because The Dead feel that the 'Known pro-survivors in this suburb' list refers to actual, live human survivors. Throughout the course of the dispute, the point was repeatedly raised that dead members of the DHPD also count as being a 'DHPD presence'. Thus, the argument then became 'but there aren't any dead DHPD in the suburb either'.
  • A member of *The Dead* then posted a screenshot of one of our officers attacking him, in Dunell Hills, as a zombie. He also said that he had been doing it for some time. This is part of a tactic we're running to soften up the buildings so we can repair them, while the rest of our members try and get the surrounding area reasonably safe enough to capitalise on the weaknesses exposed. The argument then became 'one dead officer and scouting runs don't count'.
  • If you look at the Dead's public threads on UD, you'll see that they're quite aware of more than one member of the DHPD in the suburb, they're just failing to mention this in their argument.
  • The 'independent verifiers' that keep getting referred to, are 2 people that looked around all of Dunell Hills and observed that all the buildings are ruined and open. No shit. What they didn't see (what they are unable to see) are the DHPD members that are dead in the suburb, and the live ones that pop in and out to scout on a daily basis.
  • I would appreciate if people stop quoting me when I said 'we admit we're not in the suburb'. It's completely out of context, at the time we were arguing about whether the DHPD had a substantial *live* presence in the suburb. That was before someone pointed out the whole 'pro-survivor, not live survivor' debate (a point that was actually raised at great length further down the page, which I stupidly forgot about when arguing our case against Grim and The Dead).

So anyway yes, I think Grim went off half-cocked and backed The Dead's side despite their argument being inherently flawed, and if he had held off on the locking and allowed it to develop a bit further, he would have found that it was not as clear cut a decision as he obviously felt. That being said, myself and other DHPD were slow to actually put our finger on the exact reason they were wrong, so for the first day or two of headbutting, we were arguing in vague emotional terms instead of laying down actual facts for proof. Still, at the time I knew the debate was only just begginning and that one way or another it was going to end with us being put back on the page, so I was more than a little miffed to see the page locked with the disputed post intact. Still, I don't understand what a misconduct ruling is going to achieve.. Ezekiel UK 19:41, 3 July 2008 (BST)

Even if now the argument now stands differently (I havent actually had time to check in the last three days, what with work and various RL issues), at the time what i protected the page as was very much the case. If you had simply made your case instead of nattering on and avouiding it for a week or so, then perhaps this excessive dramamfest could have been avoided. As it stands, no one on your side tried, wan and I went up, looked around, and found that aboslutely nothing pro human was going on in the area (ZKing is not inherently pro human, and is a perfectly viable "I want exp" tactic for zombies. I Zked yesterday in an indoor revive clinic to soak up more needles, but if we are going to use it as a definer of zombie intent, well, the Dead got me day 1). At the time you had very much failed to make your case. At the time you had nothing on your side except an assertion. As such i made the decision i did and locked it when you repeatedly posted what appeared to be false information on the page. I Only use uncertain terms here because i have not had and do not have the time to examine the argument further on the talk page, and thus havent the foggiest what has happened since then. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 04:11, 4 July 2008 (BST)
Since then, we've been put back on the page and the argument that we shouldn't be there died 2 days ago. The point is you didn't actually give anyone time to make a proper argument, you leapt straight in on an assumption - and scarily, at no point did it occur to you that the Dunell Hills Police Department being taken off the Dunell Hills suburb page was strange or wrong in some way (even when several of them immediately kicked up a stink over it). You completely misinterpreted the purpose of group templates on suburb pages, and I personally would expect more from a beaurecrat since you're supposed to *know* that stuff, I'm not. You didn't take a neutral POV but instead assumed that the assertation members of The Dead had made (we haven't seen a live survivor of theirs in 3 months, therefore they should be taken off') was correct. If you had been neutral, you would have attempted to actually argue our case as well instead of going 100% pro zombie endgame domination on us. It should be obvious that they want to remove as many traces of the DHPD from the wiki to cement their concept of 'we win they lose', and the Dead are a lot more organised about that stuff than we are so alarm bells should have been ringing straight away. I knew we were going to win the argument one way or another because it's patently ridiculous, for way more than one reason. If you'd waited it out, or locked the page with the *contested* edit intact to allow the debate to progress before an authoritative decision was made, you would not have been able to make the decision you made, because it would clearly have been wrong. I don't mind you arguing the point against us, but if you're going to do it in the future you'll need to ask a sysop to do the locking and protecting. Actually when you were denied the 30 day lock you requested it should have been pretty clear that you were stepping over the line. :P
Anyway I'm done with discussing, too much UDwiki is bad for your health. I'd like for you to be able to just admit you were wrong and move on Grim, but I appreciate you can't really do that when we're on your misconduct trial page. Putting aside all the protections, locks and accusations, this has been quite a healthy and needed discussion, so I hope the upshot is that future 'issues' with groups and their template links will be a hell of a lot clearer.. Ezekiel UK 12:26, 4 July 2008 (BST)
I was neutral to start with. I dont care about the dead, i dont care about you. In that sense i still am neutral. The problem is that when i went and checked i was confronted by something: The fact you werent there. The fact you yourself had said your group wasnt there only a few days previously, the fact i couldnt find any survivors there, the fact that the suburb was entirely obliterated and at hideous levels of ruin meant that on that particular issue, i was going to follow what my eyes told me. I never said that this was the way it was and shut everything down. I said this is what i and other uninvolveds see, please cease editing the page until you can prove that you are there (Which you failed to do, forcing me to lock it), and then you guys dicked around for more than a week. If it takes a week for you to unveil the locations of your super secret dont care about being killed zombies, well thats pretty pathetic. I personally do not buy the whole "We are there as zombies" argument because as zombies you cant do anything pro survivor (Headshotting a zombie is better than ZKing it, and your presence inside a building as a zombie prevents it from being repaired). Thats an opinion, and its equally valid as anyone elses, perhaps more so given the reasoning presented. The fact that others disagree with me on a subject where there is nothing clearly defined doesnt mean i am wrong. Why did i accept the three months thing? Because you never challenged it. If you dont want things to be believed, attack them. Failure to do so indicates to any observer that you are not contesting the allegation, which means it is highly likely to be taken to be the truth. Thats a failure on your part, not mine.
As it stood, what i saw was a bunch of whiners up against a bunch of trolls, and the trolls had made their case, the evidence supported them, and the whiners didnt care and were adding anyway. I treated that as vandalism and reverted it, and locked the page in the unvandalised state. The fact that you contest its status as vandalism is immaterial.
Also, dont read too much into your being back on the page. Karek unilaterally did that, thinking wikipedias guidelines applied here and completely ignoring the statrements i had made on this case prior to that edit. Doing so without an edit request on A/PT is quite probably misconduct.
Your shot at me being a crat and thus should "know" what isnt defined anywhere is laughable. What magic senses should i have obtained to allow me to see the truth of the undefined upon my promotion? Id really like them. Can someone please call the shipping company and get them to get a fucking move on? The purpose of the page is purely informational. Its meant to give an accurate picture of the suburb to any people examining the wiki. The fact that such accuracy is never perfect is beside the point. We can simply make it as accurate as possible. I do not see how your desire to include yourselves when you admitted you werent there constitutes undermining that singular purpose. At the very least its egotistical dickwaving, at the worst its deliberately and intentionally misleading egotistical dickwaving.
It might be worth noting that this wiki has an immense pro survivor bias in its population and stances. This is because the zombies think its a fucking hole and have nothing to do with it. The sole exception being The Dead. Thus, when you consider general trends on the wiki, you need to bear this factor in mind. But dont take my word for it. Visit the zombie channels on irc.nexuswar.com and ask them. Im not joking, go and ask them what they think of the wiki. It should be informative to say the least.
As for the rest: Did i think there was something wrong with removing the DHPD from DH? No. Did i think that it was wrong if you were making a stink? No. You failed to provide evidence for a week after being asked, instead reposting simple assertions of your presence over and over. That didnt strike me as a valid complaint, but as a stink being caused by peoples egos being bruised. If you had presented the evidence when asked, instead of waiting a week in which time you could have shifted alts in from all over, then ot would have been another story entirely. Its a shame that it took so long for anything remotely evidencial to be posted, and it does not reflect well on your group, though thats mostly aside from the affair. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 12:55, 4 July 2008 (BST)
Seriously come to our IRC, we don't bite, much and there will probably be afew faces you recognise, isn't space_butler knocking around a DHPD alt. IRC is Internet Really Chat, its a chat room basically. Come check it out, this is a browser based IRC client, its fast, you can use it to join the irc channels, check out any of the following channels, "rrf-ud" "mob" "sanitarium". No excuses!--KOOKY 22:53, 4 July 2008 (BST)
LOL. --brb, church DORIS CGR U! 01:46, 5 July 2008 (BST)
Heh, you're using the NW IRC server? Grim you've just done exactly what I said not to do, for the 3rd time, which is to quote me saying 'The DHPD aren't in Dunell Hills' out of context. The whole tone of what I was saying was 'just because its ruined and we're all dead doesn't mean you can take us off the list'. It was the opening statement for what was obviously going to be another long dispute, and everything I said then and shortly after was in reference to us being *alive* in Dunell Hills. I said that we didn't have live feet in the suburb, but at the end of the day that didn't matter because we are always constantly striving to return again and again, in one form or another. I didn't straight away nullify your argument by saying 'we have actual members in Dunell Hills but they're dead, but that still technically counts as being there' because I felt there were a lot more reasons, reasons of just simple basic common sense, that said that what the Dead were doing was plain wrong. I'd rather persuade someone of THAT than just try and argue about finnicky rules. You don't see DHPD shitting all over the wiki and other's pages with libelous digs at other groups.
Now just go back and read what you wrote:
"Ok, unless the DHPD can show proof of their presence and survival in the suburb in significant numbers and for a protracted period of time without getting slaugheterd every one or two days, you can add yourself to the page. If not, and you persist in editing the template to add yourselves, i will protect it and take you to A/VB. Im sick of this stupid edit war, and it ends now. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 15:57, 26 June 2008 (BST)" (sorry dunno how to make things quotes).
So yes, you asked for proof. Sadly you were talking right out yer arse so we decided we weren't going to bend over backwards providing you with your evidence when what you were asking for was ridiculous and irrelevant. Survival in the suburb, significant numbers, protracted period? It sounds to me like you just made up some kind of rules that you liked and then harrassed us to provide evidence to the contrary. So yes, we argued that no, we didn't have to provide evidence of us being there alive and in significant numbers for a protracted length of time, because if that were the case then half the groups in the wiki should be removed at one time or another, including the RRF from Ridleybank. And saying that you trusted the word of the only independent unbiased observer is great, but he also told you that the entire suburb had been completely ruined for 9 months, which is also horseshit. Any member of the DHPD can tell you we've barricaded buildings and started up sieges in the Hills many times since the Dead laid waste to the suburb, it's just that they don't last long and we've learnt that bailing out before it goes tits up is the smartest tactic there is. When you suddenly changed your mind and said that what you wanted was any evidence of DHPD presence at all (contrary to your previous statement), evidence of exactly that was provided to you just over 12 hours later. Here's another favourite quote:
"Given that the Dead say you arent there, and Wan Yao and myself as independant observers have now have examined the suburb to find that this is actually the case, the concensus is that you are not in the suburb and should not be listed as such until you have a significant foothold due to the nature of the suburb."
Again, you were wrong. AFAIK survivor groups are not required to maintain a 'significant foothold' in a suburb to have their template listed on the suburb. If that were the case, then FUACK would not be listed in Dakerstown. They're a survivor group, they're often dead, but they persevere in trying to retake Dakerstown just as we persist in Dunell Hills (my DHPD character spent some time working with them, so this is first hand knowledge). What the hell would you know? Hell - you just admitted I'm stupid for thinking a sysop or beaurecrat knows who's right and wrong yet you instantly judged who was right and who was wrong going on your own personal knowledge/opinion. That's fair enough and its your prerogative as a member of this (supposedly :P) democratic wiki. The problem is, you didn't wait to see if we could persuade you otherwise, you took the role of a participant in the debate and then backed your opinion using your moderator powers. You told us you were going to lock the page, with us off of it, because we weren't trying to argue our case. You admitted we had a case to argue, but basically told us that as far as you were concerned we were wrong and the onus was on us to prove otherwise, and until then you were going to carry on thinking we were wrong. It probably never even entered your head that you might be wrong, and that's not a healthy attitude for someone with authority. Next time, just give us a bit more time to actually put an argument together.
Apologies for the hideous wall of text, I'm still trying to figure out how to make things look shiny on the wiki. If someone wants to move this chunk somewhere else feel free, I don't think it has much bearing on the case. Ezekiel UK 20:11, 5 July 2008 (BST)
I think what he's saying in a round-about way; and this was my initial point, was that it is wrong and an abuse of power to proclaim yourself judge, jury, and executioner of a matter before parties can weigh in and especially when standard policies contradict your actions. Decisions of that nature must be made carefully and logically without emotion or bias; ergo, if you feel you have bias... have someone else without that bias intervene for you; Do not be a cowboy. Also, If a group pledges themselves active in an area and their group has been listed on that area's page for the better part of two years. Unless that group has disbanded, I would surmise that it is highly unlikely that the word of that groups advesary is true when they claim that the group has abandoned fighting in that area. If things were different and it was The Dead who were claimed inactive there, would you be so quick to come against them so brazenly and without regard for proper protocol? I know for a fact you would not... --Marty Banks (aka. Mundane) <DHPD> 07:13, 6 July 2008 (BST)
Marty, you're a fucking [hypocrite].
MartyBanks said:
Regardless of whether it is against a 'rule in the books' of the wiki... Please do something man...
LoL. --Emot-siren.gif LABIA on the INTERNET Emot-siren.gif Dunell Hills Corpseman The Malton Globetrotters#24 - You rated this wiki '1'! Great job, go hog wild!|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| TMG 07:46, 6 July 2008 (BST)
Not only does that not have anything to do with this issue, that was dealing with the mockery you've all made of me here... Which I might add is extremely inappropriate and is good cause for me to complain and request assistance... Thank you for bringing it up though... because I'm sure everyone on the wiki would like to see the one where I put a gun to my head and blow a hole through my skull... oh the laugh value on that one is huge... but yet again... you seem to bring up matters that nothing to do with this issue... Please stay focused if you could and save the mockery for ingame chat... --Marty Banks (aka. Mundane) <DHPD> 10:17, 6 July 2008 (BST)
In the quote above, you ask for help "regardless of whether it is against a 'rule in the books' of the wiki" and now you are complaining about a so called "abuse of power". You are either deliberately obtuse or an idiot, I can't decide which one. --Emot-siren.gif LABIA on the INTERNET Emot-siren.gif Dunell Hills Corpseman The Malton Globetrotters#24 - You rated this wiki '1'! Great job, go hog wild!|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| TMG 21:36, 6 July 2008 (BST)
1) I am a HUGE Idiot... ask anyone...
2) That situation has no bearing on this issue as the circumstances are vastly different...
3) Your attempt at changing the subject so people forget about issue that is at hand now will not work; They are smarter than that...
PS: I'm impressed at your amazing ability to take people out of context, you're worse than cable news...
Grim if I could address your issue with the survivor bias on the wiki; Yes there is. I concur with that assesment; however I would like to point out that it would be extremely strange if the 'website' for the city and buildings and suburbs of Malton (that were according to common sense established by humans prior to the outbreak of a zombie apocalypse) were written as they were being run by the undead. It would be stranger still if at the same time that these zombies were killing, ransacking, and eating human flesh had found time to update their former community's webpages. So I agree entirely, because of that simple fact the wiki started with a huge survivor bias; I think it wrong to make other players 'second class citizens' just because they choose to roleplay as the undead; Old habits die hard though, and change takes time. I agree but I ask that you understand why there is a survivor bias on the wiki as a whole and I hope that in the future more zombie players are willing to contribute to the wiki to help balance its bias and interact with the survivor players, that way we can all have fun killing zeds/eating brains together.
--Marty Banks (aka. Mundane) <DHPD> 21:57, 6 July 2008 (BST)
My attempts to harass you are not working! I think I'm in Love with you, a/s/l? --Emot-siren.gif LABIA on the INTERNET Emot-siren.gif Dunell Hills Corpseman The Malton Globetrotters#24 - You rated this wiki '1'! Great job, go hog wild!|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| TMG 00:16, 7 July 2008 (BST)
13/f/cali --brb, church DORIS CGR U! 04:31, 7 July 2008 (BST)
26/f/China ^^--Emot-siren.gif LABIA on the INTERNET Emot-siren.gif Dunell Hills Corpseman The Malton Globetrotters#24 - You rated this wiki '1'! Great job, go hog wild!|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| TMG 17:23, 7 July 2008 (BST)
39/f/Tibet :P --/~Rakuen~\Talk Domo.gif I Still Love Grim 02:14, 8 July 2008 (BST)
Comming over to Tibet to oppress you! --Emot-siren.gif LABIA on the INTERNET Emot-siren.gif Dunell Hills Corpseman The Malton Globetrotters#24 - You rated this wiki '1'! Great job, go hog wild!|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| TMG 21:17, 9 July 2008 (BST)
BAAAW!!! --/~Rakuen~\Talk Domo.gif I Still Love Grim 19:04, 11 July 2008 (BST)
I say you get this topic back, well, on topic with the dicussion at hand. This section is bad enough to scroll to look for misconduct/not misconduct votes with all the tl;dr posts. --High Gen. Grue Talk 05:23, 10 July 2008 (BST)

HALF TIME And with discussion well and truly heating up with both sides gaining a few points the score stands thus: 2 Misconduct, 4 Not Misconduct and 1 abstention. Please stick all further stuff under this header as it's a pain in the ass scrolling through the whole lot. -- Cheese 19:12, 11 July 2008 (BST)

I do think however that this case is pretty much closed as 7 out of 15 sysops have ruled. However 2 of them are Kevan's accounts (that's 13), 1 is Grim (the defendant) (that would be 12), 2 haven't edited in more than a month (that would be 10) and would just leave Daranz, Zombie and Vantar to rule. So 7 out of 10 sysops have ruled. Give it another day or two to wrap up any further discussion and to see if those three rule. -- Cheese 19:18, 11 July 2008 (BST)

Ruling After about two weeks of discussion, flaming and general wandering off-topic, the decision has been reached that Grim is not guilty of Misconduct. Case Closed -- Cheese 11:27, 13 July 2008 (BST)

Yay, reason triumphs. --The Grimch U! E! 11:32, 13 July 2008 (BST)


12 May 2008

I have been a member of the Urban Dead wiki for more than two years now. Virtually since I arrived, I have noticed that Grim is incredibly hotheaded and completely ignores the "assume Good Faith" guidelines when it comes to newbie mistakes as I learned pretty early on. I present Exhibit A from way back in May '06, where I was reprimanded for accidentally breaking the suggestions page. Rather than accepting the views of the other sysops, Grim decided to repeatedly argue his point ad naseum until it fell to pieces.
Grim has repeatedly jumped the gun on VB cases, especially on more controversial ones where it would have been much more appropriate to get a majority verdict. I present Exhibit B in which he immediately jumps to a warning each for Hagnat and Karek. Since this was previously a Misconduct case in which there was a great deal of weight to each side of the argument, the best idea would have been to offer his opinions and then wait until a majority decision had been reached. [3] and [4]. As you can see, no hanging around to think. Just plain hotheadedness. Which in my opinion, is not a good quality in a sysop.
The next part of my case is this: excessive bullying, or attempts to treat the status of sysop as a badge of authority to force a sysop's wishes on the wiki may also come under misconduct. Grim abuses this rule to the point of sheer and utter disbelief. He is rude, argumentative and intimidating. He continually undermines his fellow sysops in a way that does not benefit the community, in fact quite the opposite. In this case Grim decides that he knows best and decides that it would be a good idea to give his opinion that two of his fellow sysops are useless at ruling on VB cases. I quote directly from the case:

Both Conna and AHLG are extremely inept when it comes to A/VB, and this mess just highlights thier ineptitude.

Follow this with his comment about AHLG on this misconduct page about 43 hours ago:

How about instead of speculating on my motivations and thereby slandering me, you examine the facts and came up with the right answer?

Once again, Grim shows no respect for the opinions of his fellow sysops and uses bulling in order to "prove" that his view point is the correct one. And finally, Grim decided that not even the 'Crats can have a different opinion from him:

That said, im growing used to you letting sysops off for pretty much anything up to murder, so this turn didnt suprise me in the slightest.

This is a complete and utter disregard for the opinions and thoughts of others. He uses his sysop status to attempt to get his own way, boss people around and just generally rule from up high. I do not believe that I am the only person who thinks this as there are quite a few other users who have got on the wrong side of Grim. A sysop is meant to be impartial and approachable by all members of the community, new and old. I think it's time that he learned this. After two years, you would think he'd have done so by now. I apologise for any bad spelling and/or grammar and/or babbling. It's just after midnight and I need sleep for school in the morning. I'll answer questions etc when I get home. -- Cheese 00:13, 12 May 2008 (BST)

Lessee.
  1. First example was a no humourous suggestions violation of yours. Accidental breakage? No. It was you breaking the rules, and im allowed to argue my case if i so desire (I was right there, too. That kind of case has been treated inconsistently from the start). That said, theres nothing there bullying or attempting to use my status as a sysop to force anything to happen.
  2. Second case, theres no requirement that we wait for others to deal with any vandalism cases. I ruled, as is my job. You dont like it? Well, tough, given your involvement in an identical active case you dont have a say in it. Thats not forcing my will, that is also doing my job. When a user is warned, warnings are logged. Failure to do so is abandoning your reposibility. I did think long and hard about the case when it was being done on misconduct. Why should i have a fresh look at it when id already spent an hour on it there? There is no reason that makes sense. My reasoning was explained on the misconduct page. It was not hot headedness, as you assert (And you know it wasnt, because you read and commented on that misconduct case too).
  3. Third case he brought, the sole extend of my contributions there are as follows:
Grim s said:
Vandalism - As boxy. Impersonation is not subject to good faith/bad faith judgements and never has been. If a person wants to sign their post, so long as they arent pretending to be someone else or breaking the wiki, its their own business. No one has the right to change that. Both Conna and AHLG are extremely inept when it comes to A/VB, and this mess just highlights thier ineptitude. Blame karek for calling me back for this one. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 04:32, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
Oh, and discussion moved to talk. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 04:36, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
I am allowed to make comments about other users. Other users are allowed to make comments about me. The fact that Conn and AHLG were overuled on that case pretty much demonstrates that i was right in calling their capacities into question, and a reasonable person would see this as the case if they examined those users posting histories.
There is no civility policy on this wiki, never has been. Excessive bullying requires demonstrable intimidation, prolonged continual harrassment of a user or group (Disagreements is not such). Using the sysop thing as a badge of authority is for interactions between sysops and non sysops. "We do it my way because i am a sysop and you arent" kind of thing. I cheerfully admit to being abrasive, i gleefully accept that i am blunt almost to the point of rudeness. These things do not make me a bully, nor does the fact that i have run ins with the same group of people usually mean im tracking them down to persecute them. At best for you it makes mutually antagonistic enemies of me and some other people on this wiki, but thats not misconduct, it would be if i let such a factor get in the way of my doing my job, but it doesnt because i dont let it. Do i find one person and hound them from page to page to page to page to page hurling abuse at them? No. Do i threaten other users with my sysop authority? No. I call things as i see them, and i simply refuse to sugarcoat anything i say to soften the blow of the truth upon your oh so sensitive feelings.
As for your second comment, all AHLG did was question my motivations for bringing the case, that is slander, and it is also irrelevant. I asked him to do his job instead of questioning motivations behond a case. Did he? No, he threw a tantrum and ran off to have a sook.
I am not required to respect the other sysops, in fact i respect a grand total of one of them. The rest of you are, at best, a bunch of incompetants and at worst an insular ruling clique (And i have every reason to believe that both are true). I have seen rules bent at twisted in ways that boggle the mind by many of the sysops here in order to let another off the hook or crucify another user they dont like (I really liked the time Vantar automatically assumed bad faith on me in December, and it took over ten hours of sustained argument in IRC to even get that assumption back, and even then he didnt reverse his decision).
Anyhow, Cheeseman, none of what you have there shows me using my status as a sysop to force my will on other people. At best you have shown i can argue strongly and passionately for positions i support, and that im not the kindest person in the world. Bravo. You have also shown that i used my right to say what i like to comment on how i feel the wiki is being run. Indeed, you seem to focus on that a lot more than anything of actual substance. Are you, perchance, trying to get them annoyed with me to the point where they ignore the rules and say misconduct, just because i dont like them and have said so? I have never attempted to take over, i have never attempted to kick them out, i have used my voice to oppose them, but my disagreeing with them, no matter how strongly, doesnt mean i an using it asw a badge of authority to force my way, because, lets be honest here, one vote cant beat many.
Actually, misconducting me here would pretty much set the precident that any sysop can be misconducted for dissenting . That would be fun.
So Cheeseman, once again you have completely failed to present anything of substancve whatsoever, what a suprise, though your appealing to the ego's of the other sysops might produce some fruit, but most definately not based on anything illegal on my part. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 00:45, 12 May 2008 (BST)
Actually, after re-examining this, it seems that you seem to be having some personal conflict with me. Perhaps Arbitration would have been a better place for you to have taken this? --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 00:53, 12 May 2008 (BST)

It's not murder, so I'll let him off -- boxy talki 10:33 12 May 2008 (BST)

Oh I don't know... does character assassination count? --Honestmistake 17:49, 12 May 2008 (BST)
Thats (mostly) intended to be humorous by the way! --Honestmistake 17:50, 12 May 2008 (BST)
After carefully reading this, it has exceedingly clear that there is a major problem going on here, and it is located directly between Krazy Monkey's ears where it is beyond the scope of this administration's abilities to fix. --The Malton Globetrotters#-0 - kid sinister TMG 19:08, 12 May 2008 (BST)


4 January 2008

Grim has been using his moderator powers to unfairly remove my suggestions. I asked him nicely about the issue without any progress, you can probably fill yourself in on most of it by reading the discussion on his talk page. What I would like is Grim to not be able to use any mod powers in regards to suggestions I post. --Jon Pyre 17:17, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

I'm not really sure how to handle this one. It's not against the rules, so I'm really not sure if it can be considered an abuse of power, there is certainly no precedent for it. What does everyone else think?--The General T Sys U! P! F! 20:23, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
I don't dispute Grim's ability to remove suggestion, however the standards for doing so are not that vague. I think it is pretty clear that Grim's arguments don't hold up, and cross into an abuse of power. I think asking that Grim recuse himself is not an unreasonable request. --Jon Pyre 20:35, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
I agree that Grim really shouldn't spaminate every suggestion possible when some of them really didn't deserve it, but I'm not sure that it counts as abuse of power when it is within letter (if not the spirit) of the law. I'd like to see what everyone else says (The consensus on the talk page seems to be in favour of Grim, though).--The General T Sys U! P! F! 21:40, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
I'd be going for not misconduct, although I think sysops spammination should be reserved for the totally ridiculous (shotguns being buffed to do 50HP damage, or the like), it is within the rules, and telling grim to leave your suggestions alone, but be free to spamminate others isn't going to happen -- boxy talki 00:29 5 January 2008 (BST)

Fucking hell. Take your whining somewhere else Jon Pyre. As i have said elsewhere, i do it to everyone. Not just you. You are the only person to complain. If you want it to stop happening, dont take me to misconduct. Go to the suggestions page and have the rules changed. Of course it looks like im going out to get you if you just look at statistics, because everyone assumes that everyone makes an equal amount of suggestions in a periord of time, and that they are all of equal quality, as opposed to you pooping out a retarded idea every day. You have a much higher rate of suggestions than anyone else has ever had on this wiki, and almost all of them are crap. Its stands to reason that they are going to get spammed into oblivion in larger numbers than anyone elses, if only because you post suggestions ten to twenty times more frequently than the average suggester.
Lets face it. What i did was not against the spirit nor letter of the sysop spamination rule. If you do not like it, change the rule. This case has no foundation in fact or law. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 00:40, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

You don't do it to everyone because except for my suggestions your spam vote has not been "ridiculous, take a vacation." On your talk page you say that part of your reason for spamming my suggestions is that you don't like that I often make one a day, meaning on some level your spam vote is against me, and not my suggestions. You tried to do something similar to Mr. A a while ago with an arbitration case to ban him from the suggestions page for a month because his suggestions were "shitty." It was decided that bad suggestions don't justify banning someone from the suggestions page, something your use of the mod spam vote is essentially doing to me (not that I'm admitting to making bad suggestions). If you can accomplish the same kind of ban with moderator privileges as opposed to a wacky arbitration case I don't see how that makes it justified, when it isn't if you're just a mortal. The suggestions page is not the Louvre, not everything in there has to be a flawless masterpiece. It is a method of developing ideas and seeing what the community supports or opposes. Even a suggestion that is losing gives Kevan an idea of what not to put in the game. My suggestions follow the Dos and Donts, are in the correct format, and are submitted on a time schedule in accordance with the rules. If once a day is too much then you can propose the rules be changed to have suggestions once a week, or month, or however sparse you would like the suggestions page to be. At the end of the day you're using your moderator powers to make suggestions you personally don't like, by a voter you personally don't like, to leave the suggestions page faster than letting their voting process go out. Whether that violates the spirit and not the letter I think that still justifies these proceedings, and I believe it violates the letter as well. Even if your intent is pure, which I'm sure it is, this page should be a way for the community to try to change the actions of wiki officials, both illegal and legal. The very fact that your motivation can be called into question should be reason for you to recuse yourself. --Jon Pyre 04:36, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
2 suggestions is hardly suppressing someone, much less you who posts more suggestions in a week than the average user does in two months.--Karekmaps?! 04:58, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
This is not new, it stretches back years (And I would point out that I have more suggestions in game as well so clearly I hit the mark often enough that I shouldn't be driven off the suggestions page as Grim has asked me). The frequency or quality of my suggestions also does not justify use of mod powers in this way. Some voters use spam votes as a strong kill. Grim uses his mod spam as a super strong kill. If there was an additional level of enforcement he could sic on me, like banning me for a month, I'm sure he'd go to that too as a super duper strong kill. I'm not going to argue general misuse of the spam vote here, but most voters don't have anything above a strong kill spam to use on suggestions they dislike. Grim does, and he shouldn't be using his powers in that fashion.--Jon Pyre 05:03, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Hey John calm down I'll buy you a whine-iken and some french cries. If all else fails I can call a WAAAAAAA-mbulance. Omega 05:10, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Your witty barb has cut my argument in two. I think I'm justified in being taken seriously here. I wrote the rule Grim used to remove my suggestion, so I think I'm in a position to argue what is and is not abuse of it. If you're going to post here be productive. --Jon Pyre 05:15, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
If you're going to post on the suggestions page be productive XD Omega 05:17, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Feel free to check out my user page for what I've contributed to the game. But what I've submitted, or how good a suggestor I am, or how thick or thin a skin I have, is not what is being discussed here it'd be better not the clutter this page with random insults and internet cliches.--Jon Pyre 05:20, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
This is nothing but you bitching and moaning because the rule you wrote is biting you in the arse, and the person doing it is someone you personally dislike. If it had been Vantar doing the removals, i dont see how you would be complaining. if it had been boxy, same thing. Karlsbad, no case. But its me. So i must obviously be nasty and bullying to you because im simply using an ability on the suggestions page to remove spam suggestions on your suggestions that i use on everyones suggestions equally. But no, it is your contrivance that because i do it to everyone equally, that i must be bullying you specifically in a sysop manner. What i have been doing is legal. I havent threatened you in any way, shape or form. I have merely gone around doing my fucking job, and you have had the temerity to come here and then accuse me of doing all sorts of insane bullying things without, i might add, a shred of proof to back yourself up. This is whining, pure and simple. Its a waste of everyones time. I ask for a ruling to be made and the case thrown out so we can get on with our lives. I have work i need to do thats been put on hold because of jon Pyres moaning bitchfest. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 05:53, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
In response to your last line, I could say the same thing regarding suggestions I would like to work on. Your job as moderator is to keep the suggestions page working, not preventing suggestions you don't like from remaining around. The fact that it is not Vantar and Boxy and Karlsbad and others removing my suggestions but solely you I think supports my argument. Misconduct is not for extreme cases of illegal behavior but a record of bad judgments. I'm not trying to get a ruling that you're a bad mod, because you do a lot of good work, but on this issue I think you should let all those other mods you listed handle things, if in fact this situation ever required a mod to step in at all.--Jon Pyre 06:17, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
There are no such things as moderators on this wiki. There are sysops. Read the policy. And given it takes you all of twenty seconds to come up with a suggestion, and the fact that you are, mercifully, restricted to one suggestion a day means that you arent missing much. Unlike you, im actually contributing to this wiki, and it takes me an hour or so to work through each page im expanding, something i cant do if im constantly forced to check up on the state of this case. As for your latest addition: Given the fact that i am the only sysop doing it, and im doing it to everyones suggestions, kind of beats your argument over the head, strips its naked, drops it in a ditch outside of town, then shoots it in the head. And stop edit conflicting. Write out what you want to say, THEN post it. Think things through for once in your life. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 06:25, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Sysop, mods, whatever you call it, your use of abilities should be to encourage suggestions, not stop them. You can't argue the page is overcrowded now. It's a ghost town. One suggestion a day total? Less sometimes. --Jon Pyre 06:36, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
The suggestions system exists to vet suggestions to see if they should go to peer reviewed, or if they should be rejected. It is there for the removal of bad suggestions just as much as it is for the passing of good ones. I am serving in that respect, well within the rules of the page. You are just whining because its not working out they way you would like. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 06:38, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Even losing suggestions are designed to remain for two weeks and allow voters to see kill votes. That way voters learn what not to suggest, and Kevan can see which concepts the community opposes. Spam votes eliminate ridiculous stuff like permanent kills and rocket launchers. You are not serving the purpose of the rules. Even if you are not breaking the letter of the law the spirit is not being served. As I said, I'm not seeking punishment for a crime but a change in future conduct. Even if you are following the law to the letter the misconduct page is appropriate. --Jon Pyre 06:45, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Not Misconduct If Grim had been removing suggestions that should not have been removed under the suggestion page rules then you would have a case but that is not what is happening here. Grim removed suggestions that should have been removed in accordance with the page rules, that is his job, he did it. Your issue is with the rule, not the person following that rule- Vantar 07:01, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Ok, then the Suggestions page belongs to Grim. I think I'll take a leave of absence and give him the full monthly ban (or more) that would make his heart sing. I don't see the purpose of using the suggestions page when there is such a negative attitude against brainstorming and suggestors. This also sets a bad precedent for the wiki in that following the letter of the law excuses anything done under it. There is a lot of trouble that can be caused within the rules, and if that ever happens now there is no recourse. Enjoy shepherding the five monthly suggestions Grim. --Jon Pyre 15:23, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
I didnt break either the letter or spirit of that law. You are the only person arguing that. This is just you whining. Feel free to try the arb case you started. I mean, its still open. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 15:27, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Jon... most people use the Talk page for brainstorming before submission, it would have avoided both of these recent cases! --Honestmistake 15:28, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Dont waste your bandwidth. He has been told all that before and during this case. He is a classic Ferrous Cranus. Nothing can penetrate the shell of ignorance he shrouds himself in. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 15:32, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Shut the fuck up Grim -- boxy talki 15:37 5 January 2008 (BST)
Y'know, i dont think i will. I merely pointed out that Jon pyre has been told exactly what Honestmistake told him, and he has been told it dozens of times. Most recently before this was on the talk page by myself. He doesnt get it. He wont consider new ideas (Pretty hypocritical for someone who wants us to accept his ideas). I have correctly labelled him as a FC so as to help others avoid wasting their time trying to convince him of anything. Obviously im not allowed to do that though. I mean, it annoys you. How about if something annoys you, you visit the relevant talk page instead of posting a stupid, unhelpful "Shut the hell up". I can guarantee you at the very least ill consider your position. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 15:48, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
So you make out you're doing a public service by telling others not to bother responding to him... but continually taunt him, suggesting that he continue this on arbies... you idiot. If he's not worth responding to... don't -- boxy talki 15:58 5 January 2008 (BST)
1: Once isnt continually. 2: My responses are no longer directed at him, but the crowd. I know its impossible for him to see the error of his ways. The only thing that can be done is to show how he is wrong so others dont start believing him because no one has responded to shoot it down. Too many people do this for my liking. --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 16:05, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
[insert rebuttal here] -- boxy talki 16:14 5 January 2008 (BST)
[insert counter rebuttal here]--The Grimch U! E! WAT! 16:17, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
[insert facepalm here] --Cyberbob DORIS CGR U! 16:20, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
[insert philosophical comment here] --  AHLGTG 16:46, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
[insert coins here]--'BPTmz 19:42, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
*Points to mouth* [Insert Pie here]-- dǝǝɥs ɯɐds: sʎɐʍ1ɐ! 20:04, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
*points to all the children above* [Insert Warning for SPAMMING Admin Pages!]]--Honestmistake 20:44, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
a) Backseat modding hurr
b) Irony in calling others children --Cyberbob DORIS CGR U! 20:46, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Now that the case has been decided how about we all just quit the misconduct page? It's not going to get us anywhere.--The General T Sys U! P! F! 21:00, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

*Points at the general and shouts "ya boo sucks"*--Honestmistake 04:45, 6 January 2008 (UTC)
*points at Bob and pulls funny faces before noting that he is twice his age and therefore allowed to be bitter and horrid ;)*--Honestmistake 04:45, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

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