User:Scott

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2002—2014[edit]

My name is Scott Martin, and I don't care any more.

No, that's a lie. I do care. I care very much. But I can't keep pretending that anything I do makes any real difference.

I expect to still make edits here and there now and then. It's not practical to imagine that I'll be able to resist editing completely, because it's impossible to ignore Wikipedia completely — you can thank Google for that. But, fundamentally, this project is beyond saving.

If you want to understand what's wrong with Wikipedia, start reading the Wikipediocracy forums. Put aside any ideas you have about the personalities you see there — even though you'll see everyone from banned editors, non-editors, editors in good standing, admins, to former and current members of ArbCom — and read. Keep reading, and reading, and reading, until it sinks in, and you realize that it's never going to stop, and the more you dig, the worse that it gets.

I've given up my admin status. I will freely admit that hurt. I enjoyed using it to try and make things better and help people. Nevertheless, I was entrusted with it by voters in 2007 on the understanding that I would actively use it to benefit the project. It would be disrespectful to them, and current editors with the same expectation, to walk away in this fashion while still retaining access to privileged tools.

If you're curious about my former activities on this project, you can see them on the last active version of this user page.

You'll see posts from me at the Wikipediocracy forums from time to time, with the user name Hex, but a better way to be in touch is Twitter, where I'm @hex.

Adieu.