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FIRST OF ALL, YES THIS IS A SOCK-PUPPET. I HAVE MADE NO EFFORT TO HIDE THIS FACT AND ANY ADMIN IS WELCOME TO CHECK MY I.P. IF THEY ARE INDEED THAT BORED. ACCORDING TO THE RULE OF LAW OF UNCYCLOPEDIA, WHILE THIS SOCK IS ACTIVE, I WILL NOT USE MY MAIN ACCOUNT, NOR WILL I USE THIS SOCK FOR ANY KIND OF VOTING SHENANIGANS.
edit WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS SOCK?
THIS SOCK EXISTS FOR THE GREATER GOOD. MORE SPECIFICALLY, IT EXISTS TO HELP EXPLORE THE GREY AREAS IN UNCYCLOPEDIA'S RULES, THE LOOPHOLES IF YOU WILL. MY GOAL IS TO ESTABLISH NEW PRECEDENTS ON OTHERWISE AMBIGUOUS SITUATIONS AND TO STUDY THE REACTIONS OF USERS AND ADMINS WHEN THEY ARE EXPERIENCING WHAT PSYCHOLOGISTS LABEL AS "COGNITIVE DISSONANCE", THE DISTANCE BETWEEN A PERSON'S PROFESSED VALUES AND THE REALITY OF THE EXPERIENCE THEY FIND THEMSELVES IN.
IN SHORT, THE POINT OF THIS SOCK, AND ALL FUTURE ARTICLES WRITTEN BY THIS SOCK IS TO STUDY THE COMMUNITY HERE AND SEE HOW PEOPLE REACT TO SITUATIONS THAT AREN'T EXACTLY BLACK AND WHITE. THE VALUE OF DOING SO IS THAT IT CREATES NEWER, MORE SPECIFIC STANDARDS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH SITUATIONS OR USERS THAT UNCYCLOPEDIA MAY NOT OTHERWISE BE PREPARED FOR. IN ESSENCE, I'M AIM TO "DEBUG" UNCYCLOPEDIA'S RULES AND STANDARDS AND FIND A WAY FOR THE ADMINS AND USERS TO WORK TOGETHER TO HANDLE PROBLEMS MORE EFFICIENTLY.
edit SO YOU'RE TROLLING?
NOT EXACTLY. A TROLL DOES IT FOR THE EGO AND THE ATTENTION. I'M DOING THIS FOR THE GREATER GOOD. MEANS TO AN END AND ALL THAT. MORESO, THIS IS MORE OF A CONTROLLED EXPERIMENT. IF THE COMMUNITY IN GENERAL THINKS THAT I HAVE GONE TO FAR IN A PARTICULAR EXPERIMENT, ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS TELL ME TO STOP AS A COLLECTIVE. IF AN ADMIN DELETES AN ARTICLE OR "EXPERIMENT", THAT ALONE GIVES ME ALL THE INFORMATION I NEED ON THAT PARTICULAR EXPERIMENT. IT SENDS THAT MESSAGE THAT TO AT LEAST ONE ADMIN, THE EXPERIMENT IN QUESTION IS NOT A GREY AREA. I WILL NOT TAKE IT PERSONAL. RATHER, I WILL TAKE IT AS A USEFUL INSIGHT. HOWEVER, WHAT IF THE ADMINS JUST DELETE ALL OF MY EXPERIMENTS? WHAT HAPPENS THEN? WHAT MESSAGES ARE SENT? SURE, IT SENDS THE MESSAGE THAT UNCYCLOPEDIA TAKES NO SHIT. HOWEVER, IT ALSO SENDS THE MESSAGE THAT UNCYCLOPEDIA IS INFLEXIBLE, THAT UNCYCLOPEDIA HAS NO APPRECIATION FOR THINGS THAT ARE GENERALLY CONSIDERED GREY AREAS HERE, THAT ANYONE WHO DARES TO QUESTION OR PUSH THE ENVELOPE WILL BE MET WITH SWIFT JUSTICE. AND THAT...CAN'T EXACTLY BE A HEALTHY THING FOR A HUMOR WIKI, CAN IT? MAYBE IT CAN, I DON'T KNOW, BUT THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO FIND OUT.
THE ONLY THING I ASK OF ADMINS IS TO GO EASY ON ANY POSSIBLE BANS. I REALIZE THIS IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE A PAIN IN THE ASS FOR YOU, BUT I THINK THE PAYOFF IS WORTH IT IN THE LONG RUN FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. IF YOU FEEL A BAN IS NECESSARY, MAKE IT A SHORTER ONE. IF I PUSH THINGS TOO FAR, TELL ME SO. MY AIM IS NOT TO ALIENATE ANYONE OR CREATE PROBLEMS BUT TO SOLVE THEM. ULTIMATELY, I WANT ADMINS TO CONSIDER THE MESSAGE THEY SEND IF THEY CHOOSE TO DELETE THE EXPERIMENTS OR BAN ME FOR MAKING THEM. I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS WILL ALL PLAY OUT, BUT I HOPE IT WILL MAKE UNCYCLOPEDIA STRONGER.
edit WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING?
DON'T WORRY, I'M NOT ANGRY. ;) THIS IS ACTUALLY MY FIRST EXPERIMENT. OFTEN WE SAY THAT ALL CAPS IS SHOUTING (IT ISN'T, IT'S JUST A GUY WHO HIT THE CAPS LOCK BUTTON) AND THAT CONSTANTLY TYPING IN ALL CAPS IS A BANNABLE OFFENSE. USER:BENSON SET THE STANDARD FOR THIS. MY QUESTION: IS TYPING IN ALL CAPS SOLELY ON YOUR USERPAGE AND TALKPAGE A BANNABLE OFFENSE? WE HERE AT UNCYCLOPEDIA TREAT THE USERPAGE LIKE A SACRED AREA WHERE YOU CAN PUT ALMOST WHATEVER YOU WANT ON IT. SO THERE SHOULDN'T BE ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT, OR SHOULD THERE? DO YOU THINK BEING ANNOYING IN ONE'S OWN SPACE IS A FREEDOM A USER SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO HAVE?
edit IF THIS IS YOUR AIM, DOESN'T SAYING SO ON YOUR USERPAGE COMPLETELY ELIMINATE THE POINT?
A LONG TIME AGO, I TRIED SOMETHING SIMILAR WITHOUT INFORMING PEOPLE AND MET DISAPPOINTING RESULTS. PEOPLE ASSUMED I WAS TROLLING FOR TROLLING SAKE, AND THE WHOLE THING FELL APART. RATHER THEN A LEARNING EXPERIENCE, I JUST MADE PEOPLE ANGRY, BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO. ALSO THERE'S THIS WEIRD PSYCHOLOGY THING THAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE BEGIN TO ACCUSE YOU OF TROLLING, YOU BEGIN TO ACT MORE LIKE A TROLL.
IN THIS INSTANCE, I'M WARNING PEOPLE PLENTY IN ADVANCE TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM. IF DOING SO RUINS THINGS, THEN AT LEAST I GAVE IT THE COLLEGE TRY. TO MAKE AN OMELET YOU GOT TO BREAK A FEW EGGS AS THE SAYING GOES.
edit EXPERIMENTS (NOT COUNTING THE ONE ON THIS PAGE)
Your anticipation of being banned, and your dare to the Admins that to do so would be making a statement about them, is as unappealing as when a caller tells a talk-show host that the host is about to hang up; it is guilt-based, preemptive manipulation. Your conviction that you are doing us the service of probing the ambiguity of the rules is at once self-indulgence and the perception of external conspiracy against you. You have been on a self-based crusade for weeks and have seriously disrupted the creative purpose of this website for the sake of making that one final point, even though no one knows what the point is, except that you see something the rest of us don't. Why don't you stalk that ex-girlfriend. You know you need to have the last word. No, the last last word.01:40 1-Jun-12