.....on Wikipedia, as Jimmy alleged Cullen has done. Furthermore, is it an aggressive and insulting remark, an obnoxious insult, that cannot ever be justified, as Jimmy argues?He is pursuing a crank agenda.
If you look at how the Wikipedians lost their minds and rallied around Cullen, you might assume Jimmy was wrong on both counts.
Sadly for Cullen, he is clearly not wrong. There is clear Wikipedia policy which says posting this sort of accusation of this sort of behaviour (which we can politely reframe as "advocating for fringe science") without supporting evidence (ironic) and not in an appropriate forum, is not permitted. The Arbitration Committee no less, has reaffirmed this basic principle on numerous occasions.
Furthermore, since I just proved it is perfectly possible to put the same message across without using an explosive word like "crank", Jimmy is perfectly correct in describing the nature of Cullen's comment, and thus its broad unacceptability on Wikipedia, anywhere, for any reason. If anyone is actually confused about the pejorative nature of the word "crank", consult a dictionary.
Or better yet, simply look at how the Wikipedians use it. I'm reminded of the now infamous formulation, 'if you don't want to be called a c-word, don't act like one'. It works just as well here. No doubt some of those supporting Cullen lament that that historic comment attracted so much criticism. If he is concerned he potentially attracts that kind of support, he didn't show it, pointedly thanking everyone for their support. Everyone. Except Jimmy. Zing! Tough guys, these Administrators. Except Jimmy. Get it? GET IT!
The other way you can tell Jimmy had Cullen bang to rights here, is how nobody, not Cullen or any of his supporters, made any attempt to justify the comment along the above lines, or disprove Jimmy. What they did do, was all rather pathetic really.
Firstly, there was a lot of whattaboutism all round, Cullen included. Which only goes to show that tactic really isn't the preserve of Trumpistas, as the Wikipedians so like to pompously claim. There was a request from Cullen that Jimmy go do the legwork to prove the polite form of Cullen's statement is the truth, which is both not policy, and still rather obviously sidesteps both the issue of its tone and location.
There were also simply the insults lobbed back at Jimmy. Par for the course on Wikipedia. There was also the sorry sight of Bishonen trying to revive her blood feud with Jimmy again, which is also sadly par for the course.
Above all, there was this hilariously ironic outpouring of moral indignation of the form 'how dare you accuse Cullen of being obnoxious, he simply wouldn't do such a thing, he is one of our best and most valued Administrators'.
I hate to break it to the Wikipedians, but I fear Jimmy is acutely aware of just how easily pleased you all are, how low your standards have fallen, and how blind your loyalty can be. I think he regrets it every single day.
To turn one particular cheerleader's comment on its head, if anyone's looking for a full and frank explanation of this comment by Cullen, from Cullen, one that addresses the points made above, you will be waiting a very, very, long time. Being a self-protecting arrogant ass, incapable of defending their actions using the methods they were taught in the academy, is well within reach of even Wikipedia's best and brightest.
To cap it all off, Cullen essentially responded to a firm request to stay of another user's page, with the masterstroke of sophistry that is the idea that Jimmy has no such rights because of his "open door policy". To prove his point, or is that WP:POINT?, he went and posted again. I feel it necessary to remind Cullen that Carrite has first dibs on protesting Jimmy in this way.
Although I expect, just like him, Cullen's willingness to tweak the lion's tail will evaporate like the morning mist. No courage of their convictions, these people. If you want to take Jimmy on, then do it already. We here would all be genuinely interested in the outcome.
As for you Jimmy, just learn the lesson already. These people are scum. Wikipediastan, they're not sending us their best and brightest. They cannot be brought back into line, if they were ever really in line. They cannot be reasoned with, guilt tripped, brow beaten. There is but one law to these people. If you can get way with it, do it.