1. Friday, December 8, 2006

    the unfortunate war on blogs took another casualty yesterday 

    this time it was the self proclaimed president of the Gay Niggers Association of America. thats right, our old pal timecop himself.

    Although the fact that he wrote and intentionally kept a lie about me in a public discussion page indirectly linked to by Digg and refused to take it down even after being warned that what he was doing was committing libel, the Administrators of Wikipedia did not block him indefinitely for that, in fact they never mentioned it in their decision.

    instead they popped him for being disruptive, being a troll, being offensive, using racial slurs, ethinic slurs and basically being an asswipe.

    here are some of his comments that the Admins linked to as they discussed whether or not they should block him from editing/commenting on Wikipedia:

    ethinic slurs:
    – Yes go for it. Sorry, i tried to reply but wikipedo jewed up my edits.

    general asswipery and profanity
    – Whoever took the time to look this up has a tiny penis.
    – However, you for some reason insist that this is GNAA related (it is not), and are turning this into a name-calling shitfest.
    – merge to list of blogshit and delete
    – The problem is, you’re getting into something you shouldn’t be part of. If you don’t read blogs, stop caring about what happens to them. I guess you can consider this a warning of some kind.

    But probably the most laughable statement that timecop made was when he wrote that two admins were trying to make him lash out and fuck up. Laughable because by slandering me in an illegal, libelous manner, he fucked up plenty and if he wasn’t going to get busted for being an overall prick, he was going to get popped once the Wikipedia’s attorneys got wind that they had a user intentionally breaking the law on their public pages:

    [[User:HighInBC]] and [[User:Cyde]] are on a crusade to ‘free wikipedia’ of ‘offensive user boxes’ on my userpage. They’ve taken sudden interest in my page due to my involvement in a non-notable blog nomination [[Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Tony_Pierce_%28second_nomination%29|right here]] and now they’re determined to make me break some wikipedia rule in order to find a reason to ban me.

    anyways, one of timecop’s pallies complained that the GNAA president had been banned without a consensus from the wikipedia community

    so they presented the evidence and stated whether or not he should be blocked or not.

    the most interesting comment came from the last Admin to remove the last block on timecop:

    At the time, I unblocked mostly as a procedural item; I strongly believe in gaining the support of a group before unilateral action. That said, I support an indefinite ban on User:Timecop. His behavior, while at times seeming to work towards Wikipedia’s goals, is more often than not divisive, uncivil, and designed to get a rise out of people. The “eating dog” comment in the userbox is a slight at the stereotypical “korean’s” love of eating dog, and designed to be offensive. The troll has overstayed his welcome on Wikipedia for long enough. Ban him, and let’s leave it all for the archives. –humblefool®

    which was followed by this Admin’s comments:

    While in theory I support the “war on blogs”, the way he’s going about it, including even the very name, is entirely disruptive, and has lead to various problems, including bloggers noticing it and recruiting their readers to come and fight on behalf of blog articles in AfD debates. Add to this the userboxes, the admission of being in GNAA, all of the other disruption … and I think it’s time for him to go. –Cyde Weys

    dear mr weys, i seriously hope that you are not referring to this blogger. although wordy, i know, i suck, bloggereha, etc, i ask you to look over this post that i wrote where i advised my readers NOT to go to wikipedia to join into your discussion, instead i asked them if they wanted to do anything on my behalf that they should buy their mothers flowers and/or give food to the homeless.

    although we have many code phrases here on the busblog “buy your mother flowers” is no longer not code for “OMG EVERYONE GO SAVE MY ENTRY ON WIKIPEDIA!!!1!1”.

    i have said repeatedly that i respect the process at wikipedia, and the project, and the people who volunteer their time there.

    i believe that my entry deserves a place in wikipedia based on the achievements that i have contributed in blogging in the past and the ones that i am accomplishing currently as a professional blogger who has helped triple the hits of a city-based blog that i Edit.

    i have said several times on the pages of wikipedia, in this blog, in emails, and in the comments of this blog that i will respect the decisions of whoever it is that makes the decisions over there regardless of what is decided.

    mostly because i can plainly see that wikipedia is an ongoing, living, well-meaning project where things are added and deleted every minute of every hour of every day.

    and because, yes, i am That confident of my achievements in blogging and how it relates to the terms of notability.

    for some reason one of the mandates is that a blogger be written about in newspapers, magazines or interviewed on television (despite the fact that bloggers and blogs should be judged within the realm of blogging since its clear that mainstream media still has no farking clue what to do with the blogging phenomenon).

    no bother, i have been written about in newspapers around the world,

    i have been the subject of tv interviews in the US on G4TV (.avi), and interviewed by the French equivalent of 60 Minutes called Envoyé Spécial in Feb 2005 and it was broadcast in June in France, of course (they came to my home and interviewed me and several days later, as emmanuelle explained, a party was thrown for them).

    i was on World of Wonder’s “Ring My Bell” this year for an hour and they graciously chopped that live appearance down to 5 minutes for later viewing, as is their custom.

    for some reason Wikipedia also want bloggers to write books to prove that they’re notable. not only have i written a few books, i even helped coin the phrase “Blook” thanks to Jeff Jarvis who invented it. and not only did i write the first two blooks “Blook” (2002) and “How to Blog” (2004) but that word was the runner up for the Oxford Word of the Year this year and Lulu now has an award called the “Blooker Prize” where the winner of the best blook of the year gets ten grand(!).

    some say that’s not good enough, that in order for a blogger to be recognized for writing a book he has to be dumb enough to give a publisher and an agent and a book store a cut: aka being a “published” author.

    yeah, no thanks. those of you who are familiar with my life know that i have a very good and accomplished Book Agent who ive written about because she flatters me, who represents about a hundred authors who are probably just as famous as Jenna Jameson, but thats the only author of hers that matters to me.

    as ive discussed before, although it would make my mother proud to have a son whose book is in the book store, im not a huge fan of deadlines. for example, this blog post could have/should have been posted about 8 hours ago when i got an email from someone from the GNAA telling me of timecop’s demise and that she was sure it would only be temporary so “don’t get ur hopes up”.

    i am also not interested in dedicating myself to writing a book for six months only to have it edited and going through the process of rewriting after its been edited and possibly having to go through that a third time. ive said it before i will say it again, im an amazingly lazy writer. if i write something and you want to edit it, go for it, but then put it out.

    i also enjoy immediate results and instant feedback. writing a book proposal (or two, as was my case) in January, talking to publishing houses in February, accepting an advance of a few thousand dollars in March, writing the book(s) for six months as the publisher “checked in”, waiting for edits in September, rewriting in October, and waiting until April to see the galleys, and then waiting until May to see it hit the shelves (if then…) is not worth the small amount of parental pride that my mother would get going to her local book store and seeing my book heaped among all the other loser books that nobody cares about.

    there have been exactly zero books on blogging that have mattered and i was being asked by an agent and a publisher to write Two. how about this, how about i write something and when im done i upload the PDF my own fucking self, create the cover(s) my own fucking self, and sell it through CafePress my own fucking self. if i get super ambitious (which I wouldnt) i could hustle a few dozen copies around to independent book stores that I BELIEVE IN and then tell my dear mother where those stores are. how about that?

    i love my agent but i will not be someones monkey for a year of my life for a small bag of shekels. render unto doubleday what is doubledays. and besides, my mother is plenty proud of her son, the blogger.

    heres the deal with real bloggers. we’re not wannabe journalists. journalists cant say this: my fingers still smell of that vollyball chick from vermont and for the second straight day i have avoided washing my hands because i miss her.

    bloggers are not wanna be authors of books. real bloggers fucking Love this medium because when you hit a home run it goes around the fucking world. real bloggers are known within the blogging communities in which they participate, which is why if your determination of notability is how important is this person in his field, you cant delete Google hits that end in blogspot.com, dumbass.

    nor can you attempt to knock an author whose blook or book isnt in Amazon. im the number one tony pierce in google and the number 3 tony in google. if someone is looking for a book by tony pierce they will find it by typing tony pierce in that fucker. amazon does not deserve a cut so amazon will not get a cut. if amazon wants to sell my books they can pay me up front for the privilege, not the other way around.

    blogging is the field that im notable in. it really shouldnt matter if newspapers are hep to me, or if tv shows want to interview me. or if the LA Weekly wants to feature me as one of the 100 interesting people in LA alongside rick rubin, sarah silverman, and yes a waitress and a bartender. there are a few notable waitresses and bartenders in LA and if they dont fit in your encyclopedia thats fine too. none of us asked to be in there in the first place. we’re doing what we are notable in, not what we’re faking at.

    LonelyGirl15 was on the cover of Time for being a fake. does she deserve to be in wikipedia? sure (despite an almost unanimous delete discussion followed by an almost unanimous keep discussion a few weeks later), but not because she was on the cover of Time, but because she got millions of hits on YouTube. was she interesting because she was a faker? no she was interesting because people felt smart that they outted a fake. and she was interesting because she was a pretty girl. if it was LonelyBoy114 nobody would have given a crap. nobody.

    me and amy in collegetony pierce has accomplished the things that hes accomplished inspite of not being a pretty girl, inspite of not being a political or gossip blogger, inspite of pretty much only talking about himself, inspite of not spell checking or grammaring or always being all fucking sweet and omg i love you.

    this blogger once ripped the instapundit so well that most of it got in the Washington fucking Post a month before the elections and not only am i still on his permalinks but im on the permalinks of his buddy at LGF and Baldilocks. to be on those far right blogs, and to be on far left blogs, and to be in gossip blogs, gambling blogs, hot chick blogs, and every type of blog inbetween adding up to nearly 2,000 blogs earning me a Technorati ranking in the top 500 of 55 million blogs.

    noting that someone is being in the top .001 percent is better than noting that he has 400,000 google hits because it shows that he does have some standing in the blogosphere, his field.

    becoming one of the few professional bloggers proves that i have standing, asking for and getting enough money from my readers to buy a car proves i have standing, so does asking for and getting two ipods and a trip to aruba.

    as does being asked to be on several blogger panels at the biggest meeting of bloggers, SXSWi, as does winning an award from the best known blog awards,

    as does having a post called “How To Blog” linked to from all over the world and translated into different freakin languages.

    do non-notable bloggers have their shit translated, toned-down, and/or annotated?

    many of the editors who stated Delete in the discussion did so and claimed Vanity despite that objection being against the rules, one tried to compare Google ranking to that of the Daily Kos which is a group blog of dozens of writers, and some voted to delete my entry despite not even pretending to be Neutral in relation to blogging, which is standard that Wikipedia requires their editors to be. every “vote” that claimed that I wrote my own entry and should be Deleted should be Deleted itself based on Wikipedias own rules.

    but the most annoying part about all of this is that the editors of wikipedia try to line-item veto each of these accomplishments, which shouldnt be the point. the point should be to look at all of these things as a whole. do all of the above equal someone who is notable enough to be on wikipedia in the world of blogging?

    yes there have been lots of people who have been quoted in the NYT, yes there have been a lot of people interviewed on cable tv, yes there have been a lot of people intereviewed on the French 60 minutes, yes there are 500 people in the Technorati Top 500, who have coined the second best word of the year, etc etc, but when you add them all up, I believe you have someone who has done something unique from the other bloggers.

    i am a real blogger and this debate is difficult because i dont really fit in easily to the definition of notability on Wikipedia. good. that means im doing the right thing. bloggers shouldnt fit in to old media or in this case new media trying to improve on old media.

    blogging isnt a tv show it isnt a newspaper it isnt a radio show it isnt a diary it isnt a love letter it is something very different and when its at its best it defies all of those olde school failures.

    which is why if i dont get in it wont kill me. people know where to find me. either from one of the 2000 other links on the blogosphere, from one of the 400,000 google hits, or from putting “tony” into google and avoiding the unbelieveable temptation of clicking the Tony awards or Tony Hawk.

    plus the entry they have on me up there is shit. but thats another post for another day.

    spill some of your fourty out to timecop, m’ niggas.