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Just resigned his seat on the Arbitration Committee. He was only eight months into a two year post. Hasn't given anyone a reason why, not even to clarify it it is due to some external factor rather than anything Wikipedia related, although his confirmation he is still going to be around implies the latter.

It says a lot about Wikipedia that this is considered normal behaviour. You can basically do what you like, give people an explanation, or don't. I think the theory goes that because nobody is paying you, you owe them no such niceties. Well, he owes lots of people that nicety.

He owes the 598 who voted for him an explanation, many of whom may have only done so based on his now unfulfilled promises of reform and even potential disbandment, the committee's roles dispersed back to the community. People who may stand on a similar platform in future might be owed some explanation, if his resignation is linked to his failure to achieve his goals.

Indeed, such was his troubling history of sporadic commitment, he was specifically asked if he really thought he would be able to serve a full term. He gave a reassurance that he could, but that he would resign "if I am unable to perform nor working on initiating change." All voters are owed an answer as to which of these two, or a third, is the reason. No details need to be given beyond that.

He certainly owes Mailer Diablo, as the next person in the election outcome who could have had his seat and done the job for the full term.

Come on Alex......


Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:50 pm
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Heh. They should have elected me instead. :roll:

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Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:01 am
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He must have seen my thread......some twelve hours after resigning, but just an hour after my post here, he did finally give a reason.
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Thank you all for the support. It was mostly to do with major changes in real world life. I will still be around to contribute. Alex Shih (talk) 02:55, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
Why could he not have just said that at the time? It raises the suspicion it likely isn't the real reason (as does the "mostly").

Meanwhile, the good people of Wikipediocracy, where Alex is a member, have yet to even notice, much less point out what I did. He has rather snubbed them too, having not posted there since July. Unless there is stuff in the private forum, in which case, why the secrecy......

Can someone give them a kick and remind them their supposed mission is bringing light to the dark parts of Wikipedia :?: :roll: :lol:

A good example of how just because a forum might be active and well read, doesn't mean it's doing anything useful. Just a tip for Gender Desk there, I know how she frets over our lack of visitors. :ugeek: :twisted: :lol:

Still, we should be thankful she is such a well read girl. Where would the critic movement be without such fine journalism as this.....
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I would also note that Alex has just resigned as arbitrator. Kind of odd how many people are hinting about the resignation having to do with “something bad”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia ... _Alex_Shih (permanent link)
That source supports this claim pretty well, right.....
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I hope that is just a too busy in the real world thing, and not something bad. Thanks for serving on Arbcom. Jytdog (talk) 21:05, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

Alex Shih, I echo the sentiments of others here: I'm sorry to see this, and hope that whatever necessitated it is nothing serious. Beyond My Ken (talk) 22:42, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
She can't have any other sources for such gossip mongery, surely. Although it certainly sounds like something you might read on.....the Wikipediocracy sekrit forum :?: :shock: If so, I hope she took precautions. :idea: :? ;)

Whatever the source, if any, it was a rather unfortunate post-script to a post which itself ended thusly......
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I suppose Alex would also expect me to append a note to this post saying that this post has
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…no insinuations of wrongdoing, ill-intent nor ignorance, so that it cannot be read as a mild criticism.
…but I will leave it to my devoted fans to judge for themselves whether Alex is wrong, ignorant, or deserves to be criticized.
I fear the judgement will be be spread around equally, if indeed anyone is reading.

I hope our readers are not so confused about the conclusions we wish them to make about Alex and Wikipedia.

Anway, nit-pickery over, I'll let her get back to fidgeting with filters and whatnot. :lol: Till next time :twisted:

Apologies for all the smilies everyone, I must be low in blood sugar (or high on vengeance).


Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:28 am
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Apparently Alex has been posting about his resignation in the private forum of Wikipediocracy. I guess imitation is the best form of flattery, on wiki ArbCom business of course being private by default.

Naughty Alex. What's so special about that bunch of misfits that they get a private audience, while your loyal 598 supporters get told jack shit? For shame.......

Still, it amuses me to think he at least achieved his goals in part. For he has indeed disbanded and dispersed back to the community precisely 1/15th of their powers. So well done you. Change we can believe in, it really was.

Now, where do we sign up to read your share of the mailing list?


Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:15 pm
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Hmm. Are we to take this as a joke, I wonder?
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Alternately I could go full masochist and just run for ArbCom m(. Jbh Talk 16:13, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

That certainly would not be a terrible idea. You might accidentally get in like I did and experience the surreal environment first hand. Alex Shih (talk) 16:19, 6 September 2018 (UTC)
It is surely a joke, but, well, isn't bailing out after eight months and being reluctant and then vague over the reason why, exactly what someone who never thought they'd even get in, end up doing?

Love how he's got the time to wander around Wikipedia making comments like this. In fact, post-resignation, he seems to have the time to be doing a whole bunch of pretty useless/random/networking stuff on Wikipedia, which is kind of an odd way to "still be around". Most people might have took that to mean he was going to pop in when he could, to see if anything urgent had come up, while he spent most of his time doing whatever it is in real life meant he had no more time for being on ArbCom.

There's also this curious thing to add into the mix too.....

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?ti ... =857003537

The overall picture forming in my mind is that he's just a flake. Nothing wrong with that if he is, we're not all destined for greatness, although he was specifically challenged on his ability to serve a full term, since people had obviously already detected signs of flakiness in his background. And if you're a flake, you know you're a flake, so you don't pretend like you aren't, unless you spend a lot of your life deluding yourself as to who you really are. Which would not be anyone's ideal quality for a candidate.

And if he really is a flake, he ought to at least put all his well wishers minds at rest that his reasons for stepping down aren't remotely anything for them to be worrying about (unless they are an out of work life-coach/spirit guide, in which case, they might have an opportunity to earn some money here). Some of them appear quite distressed for Alex, more so than he looks to be concerned for himself. Who knows, maybe he thinks he's gone too far know to row back and have people reflect on their sympathy and testimonials.


Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:16 pm
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There is a sekrit Wikipediocracy thread. In it I suggested his resignation speech could be paraphrased as "thanks for the hat, gotta' run". Since then, he has only said there are simple reasons (e.g. the job is lame) and complicated reasons (which he does not explain). My assumption is that there are/have been COI issues.

SJ didn't introduce Alex Shih (at least not on camera) as being a wiki-Arb when he appeared at the Berkman Center (§) to talk about his role in Crypto Kitties...

There could, of course, be more than one Alex Shih.


Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:29 am
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You wanna perhaps change your resignation reasoning now Alex?
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Too much of a joke, really; so much for "authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve"; refusing to take responsibility, that is.
It seems pretty obvious from posts like this, that your resignation really has nothing to do with real world issues.

Just be honest with the voters. They need to know. Or do you not want people to know the real.truth about how Wikipedia works?

They also need to know that Wikipediocracy bans people who are scarily good at predicting future events......
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You probably should have put more preparation into your candidacy, because even if you get in, it seems to me you will be one of those people (cough, OR, cough) who suddenly realises the role is not what they imagined, their promises for what they would do will be undelivered, and you just end up winging it, as if you really are just an admin giving an opinion on AN/I. Wikipedia doesn't need that, and the people unfortunate enough to have to deal with the Committee (which nobody does voluntarily, because they are useless) certainly don't.


Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:28 am
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I must say this is quite eloquently put, but misguided as unfortunately no one here is obligated to engage you in your soapbox; these can be saved for alternative outlets. If you would like to stick around, you may make your case at Wikipedia:Unblock Ticket Request System as I am turning off the talk page access for disruptive unblock requests. Alex Shih (talk) 07:24, 9 October 2018 (UTC)
It was indeed eloquently put.

What is not, however, is "no one here is obligated to engage you in your soapbox; these can be saved for alternative outlets."

They guy was making an unblock request. Not much use putting those on other websites, is there?

Anyway, good to see Alex has not lost all his talent for Monging up the wiki. "Disruptive unblock request" = "Any request where I face a choice between admitting my colleagues are lying scum, or saying something illiterate and yanking talk page access before they can respond.

The guy might well email UTRS with the subject line "What is this Mong Alex Shih even talking about?", but really, they must get fifty of those a day........


Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:44 pm
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Alex is barely half way through what would have been his two year term, and he has already descended into madness.

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?ti ... =874313234

He'll never be blocked of course, but he is acting like he wants to be.


Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:01 am
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Alex seems desperate to be taken to Arbitration.

His new persona now includes competing with Drmies to be Bbb23's boyfriend.

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?ti ... =876596412

How ridiculous that a former Arbitrator thinks it's remotely OK to shut down a community review of an Administrator's questionable judgement (arguable incompetence in this case) simply because it has the wrong title.

Alex, you are pathetic. Nobody's paying attention to your attempts to grab attention, except me.


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