ericbarbour wrote:u/wikimandia is a pathetic excuse for a "critic". Spends most of his/her/whatever's time on Reddit babbling about TV shows.
Well at least he/she/it/they/ is a regular, but on social media that mostly means "someone with no life but lots of opinions."
And I will bet that u/johndoe784 is either Oliver Smith, or possibly David Gerard himself. Talks with that classic Gerardesque know-all arrogance, plus shows deep knowledge of the Wikipedia insider scene. The deleted account is probably Smith.
One of the [deleted]s was probably Oliver. (there have been quite a few) You miss Darryl, who is actually the more vicious of the brothers. Oliver is batshit crazy, literally, spills the beans. Darryl is far more discreet, but is likely the one who creates so many sock puppets and impersonation socks. What those socks played was a very familiar tape, most arguments heavily repeated from before. Unlikely to be Gerard, who appears to have been backing off from supporting Oliver lately, it's become far too obvious. Gerard is definitely an arrogant asshole, but that's in a different realm from the Smiths.
Bear in mind: the little shits HAVE to sock-abuse you on Reddit, because they don't have any real supporters on Reddit's staff. Congrats Abd, you might be getting thru to them....
Well, I've thought that before. They do get desperate at times, and desperate, they make mistakes and more is revealed. Oliver tried to get some of his articles deleted because he's being hauled into court (not by me, not yet), and as part of that revealed many articles he'd created, which, of course, confirmed many names (where, before then, they were claiming it was all lies, no socks, no sirree, "RationalWiki Smith brothers conspiracy theory." But they are denying that Darryl edits RatWiki. Yeah, right. The evidence is actually as strong or stronger than for Oliver, but requires more study.
Jimbo called a Darryl sock a "POV-pushing name changer" in December, but seems to not have noticed that until this sock pushed just a little harder, he fit right in, in a community of POV-pushers who use a userbox based on a Jimbo saying about resisting the POV-Pushing of Lunatic Charlatans. So much for neutrality. Fuck neutrality. TRUTH! SCIENCE! And burn the heretics.
(Actually, of course, they will raise the banner of VERIFIABILITY. Which means that if they want to slander you, they find somebody somewhere in some yellow journal -- and they have managed to get blogs declared reliable source, like Quackwatch -- who has said you are a Quack and they report it. Do they a report other blogs saying you are the Savior of Humanity? No, of course not! Everyone knows so-and-so is a quack, and anyone saying anything otherwise is obviously a true believer and biased. I wish this was an exaggeration, but it is not. They actually can call MDs quacks on talk pages and nobody thinks twice.)
In any case, the Smiths have a history of filing complaints with admins and they have done it on Reddit. One was allegedly filed on me. It was preposterous, but what I've seen is that there is a certain percentage of preposterous admin requests that get granted, because admins generally are overworked and make mistakes. I've been warned or blocked on Quora for utterly preposterous reasons. It's pretty well-known there, that if you are very active, you are likely to be blocked for anything that might possibly look bad, so experienced users learn to avoid appearances,, not just actual violations.
However, they do respond to appeals, and it is recommended to appeal if there really was no basis, because warnings pile up unless reversed.
Quora is far more fun than the wikis ever were. Some truly spectacular writers are active, and a community of people who are fantastic to work with , and the system is set up that there is no necessity to deal with the other side, usually. I do not have to allow comments on my Answers, I can delete any comment I please. What experienced users learn is to downvote trolling, delete it, or report it without comment. It is quite satisfying to get the "We acted on a report from you, last week." The old internet macho tradition was also to dish out what came in. Not on Quora. Focus on self expression, not domination or winning, and let the readers decide what to read and upvote.
People actually appreciate detailed Answers, which is pretty nice after so many years of assholes quoting a long post, with only tl;dr at the end. Don't like it? Don't read it!
The Trolls are getting no traction on that subreddit. But they really don't care. There is no easy proof connecting them to the accounts, except the duck test, and to understand the duck test one needs experience, and few have the experience. Reddit accounts can be tracked, but they delete most of them.