Wikipedia:Requests for mediation/VeryVerily and Gzornenplatz, Kevin Baas/Request

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Request mediation with VeryVerily regarding his reversion practice on various articles including George W. Bush and Henry Kissinger. Gzornenplatz 04:46, Aug 30, 2004 (UTC)

Second the request. Kevin Baas | talk 18:28, 2004 Aug 30 (UTC)

I'd be willing to give it a try. However, I strongly doubt Gz's motives. I believe he is not interested in mediation and is making this request solely to "technically" satisfy the requirement of trying mediation before initiating an arbitration request. This is analogous to his previous action of leaving me a note on my Talk page to satisfy the requirement that two people must contact a user before starting an RfC (see [1]). I offer in support of this theory his statements on Wikipedia talk:Requests for arbitration that he believes mediation would be fruitless [2] [3]. It seems unlikely mediation can succeed when one party does not especially wish it to. VV 03:40, 31 Aug 2004 (UTC)
I openly admit that I consider mediation futile, because you have previously demonstrated your complete obstinacy on this question whenever I talked to you about it (and I don't see what the interpolation of a mediator should change about it). But if you want to change your immovable stance now, great. If you don't think I wish this to succeed, what do you think I wish? I wish this question resolved, by one method or the other. If mediation does it, fine. If not, arbitration is needed. Gzornenplatz 10:14, Aug 31, 2004 (UTC)
Once again, there's the curious claim that I am the obstinate one, but I see other obstinate people here. But the point is that mediation has little hope if one party has a vested interest in it failing, and your prediction of "futility" will be self-fulfilling. VV 19:14, 1 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Once again, I have no "vested interest" in it failing, I'm just afraid it is doomed to fail because of your previously stated determination to continue reverting, which I therefore believe only an arbitration decision can end. Gzornenplatz 19:46, Sep 1, 2004 (UTC)
So the sooner arbitration starts, the better? So the sooner this mediation business is over and declared a failure, the better? Is that how you see it? If so, it seems you have an interest in it failing. (Recall that mediation might require that you give a little, which you have been wholly unwilling to do.) VV 19:56, 1 Sep 2004 (UTC)
The sooner you stop reverting, the better. That's how I see it. I don't see what I can possibly give here, this is solely about your behaviour. I am already showing considerable restraint in reverting. Would you prefer I behave like you and reflexively revert, ensuring permanent page protection? Gzornenplatz 20:01, Sep 1, 2004 (UTC)
No, I am suggesting mediation is unlikely to work, because your heart won't be in it. VV 20:07, 1 Sep 2004 (UTC)
And I don't think yours will be. That's why I tried arbitration right away. But it's your choice now. Do you want to try mediation anyway, or shall we let it go to arbitration? Gzornenplatz 20:11, Sep 1, 2004 (UTC)
Why wouldn't my heart be in it? Do you think I want to burden the ArbCom with this frivolous scrap? VV 20:34, 1 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Since you say you have no problem with the wording I propose, why don't you give it a rest? I know you think you're defending a "principle" - that if a passage is preferred by editors 5-3, then it becomes forever unalterable until a further vote goes another way. That is at the very least un-wiki-like, and if you read Wikipedia:Survey guidelines, you'll see polls are non-binding, only for limited purposes, and "supposed" to be implemented much unlike they were in this case. VV 20:12, 1 Sep 2004 (UTC)
This is not particularly about polls (though I may remind you that in one case the vote was 20-3 against you). It's about trying to force your way by reverting, which is what is un-wiki-like here. And if you read Wikipedia:Three revert rule, you'll see that it's simply against policy. Gzornenplatz 20:24, Sep 1, 2004 (UTC)
As I have said a thousand times, that poll was on an unrelated issue (how much detail to have in the popularity section). As for forcing my way by reverting, that is what the other side is doing, and so I must too to keep up. Other methods have proven ineffective every time I have tried them, including enforcing the 3RR. VV 20:34, 1 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Ineffective for what? Any attempt of yours to install a specific version against the prevailing talk page opinion is supposed to be ineffective. The 3RR applies to everyone else too. If everyone adheres to it, and you can't get your way because you're outnumbered by people favouring a different version, then all you can do is try and convince more people of your position on the talk page. Gzornenplatz 20:42, Sep 1, 2004 (UTC)

As I understand it, Gzornenplatz favors this version:
The validity of the Florida vote was heavily disputed and contested. Due to problems with voting equipment on Election Day, a manual recount was begun in several counties. The Bush campaign sued to stop the recount from continuing. The Florida Supreme Court allowed the recount to continue, but in mid-December the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the recounts must be stopped. After this, Gore conceded the election. The election results are still disputed by some, though no longer contested in any legal venue. (See U.S. presidential election, 2000).
And VeryVerily favors this version:
The Florida vote, which favored Bush by a tiny margin in the initial count, was heavily contested due to concerns about flaws and irregularities in the voting process, and became the subject of a series of contentious court cases. After a U.S. Supreme Court decision in mid-December favoring Bush, Gore conceded the election. The election results are still disputed by many, though no longer contested in any legal venue. See U.S. presidential election, 2000.
Would this version be acceptable to both of you?
The Florida vote was heavily disputed. While initially favoring Bush by a tiny margin in the initial count, a manual recount was begun in several counties due to concerns about flaws and irregularities in the voting process. The Bush campaign sued to stop the recount from continuing; after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the recounts must be stopped, Gore conceded the election. See U.S. presidential election, 2000.
[[User:Neutrality|Neutrality (talk)]]14:07, 30 Aug 2004 (UTC)
This is incorrect. The version I favor is the one you state above that Gz favors. VV 03:41, 31 Aug 2004 (UTC)
You're right. Fixed. [[User:Neutrality|Neutrality (talk)]] 04:03, 31 Aug 2004 (UTC)
Actually, both VV and Rex prefer the version purported to be favored by VV. The version purported to be favored by Gz is favored by Neutrality, Gz, Iainscott, StellarFury, and Lyellin. (See Talk:George_W._Bush/Archive_11#Disputed_election_results_paragraph_-_building_consensus_2 for evidence.)

  • This is not at all about what version of the article I prefer (I agree in part with VeryVerily's), it is strictly about his behaviour. No matter how right his version may be, he can't just keep reverting (and without even an edit summary!) to force his way when most people favour different versions, as the polls have shown. This will just lead to constant page protections. Gzornenplatz 15:29, Aug 30, 2004 (UTC)
    • Nobody can stop VV from reverting except himself, ArbCom, and Jimbo. That's not what mediation is for. [[User:Neutrality|Neutrality (talk)]] 16:06, 30 Aug 2004 (UTC)
      • Yes, except that when I requested arbitration, they rejected it, saying mediation has not been tried first! I know mediation is futile here, I'm just playing along with the bureaucratic rigmarole. Gzornenplatz 16:12, Aug 30, 2004 (UTC)
        • I'd prefer if mediation is actually given a chance here, rather than dismissed. Let's wait for VV to respond, and see if he would like to go through mediation. [[User:Neutrality|Neutrality (talk)]] 16:47, 30 Aug 2004 (UTC)
          • Now you're contradicting yourself. You just said this is not what mediation is for. Gzornenplatz 16:51, Aug 30, 2004 (UTC)

To date, I have seldom agreed with Neutrality, but on this point he is correct - when he states: "I'd prefer if mediation is actually given a chance here...". Gzornenplatz's comment of "I'm just playing along with the bureaucratic rigmarole" is totally out of line an anathema to collegial editing. Rex071404 03:23, 31 Aug 2004 (UTC)

In the end, it's your call. If you both still wish to proceed with mediation, do either of you have any preferences for a mediator? Ambi 06:31, 31 Aug 2004 (UTC)

There are a number of mediators who should be recused, as they have already been involved, attempting to negotiate/mediate informally. Beyond that, I currently don't have criteria. I'll list them when i have more time. Beyond this, i'd be happy with whatever gz and vv are happy with. Kevin Baas | talk 20:51, 2004 Sep 1 (UTC)

Take your pick:

  • Angela
  • Anthere
  • Bcorr
  • Cimon Avaro
  • Dante Alighieri
  • Ed Poor
  • llywrch
  • moink
  • sannse
  • Stevertigo

Hmmmm, I haven't seen cimon, dante, llywch, or moink. How 'bout one of those, with preference in alphabetical order? Kevin Baas | talk 00:52, 2004 Sep 5 (UTC)

I have no preference. Gzornenplatz 11:16, Sep 7, 2004 (UTC)

BCorr is willing to mediate
I am willing to mediate this dispute if I am an acceptable choice. Kevin and VeryVerily, please indicate if I am an acceptable choice. If not, please indicate specifically who would be, and we can begin.

Thanks, BCorr|Брайен 14:22, 8 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Sorry Bcorr, nothing personal: I want someone completely new to the dispute to mediate, to get a fresh perspective. Thanks for offering. If I had to pick a specific mediator, I'd go with Cimon, because he's first in alphabetical order. (btw, you failed to mention Gzornenplatz, who initiated this RfM.) Kevin Baas | talk 14:29, 2004 Sep 8 (UTC)
This seems like a pretty frivolous reason to reject someone's offer to mediate. VV 16:09, 8 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Thanks for offering. I don't have a problem with you as a choice, or indeed with most of the other ones named. My misgiving remains that Gz has no interest in mediation, wishing only to pretend to do it to induce arbitration, and so he will not actually try to make it work. VV 14:32, 8 Sep 2004 (UTC)
I said I have no preference, I'm OK with Bcorr or anyone else. Let's just get on with it. Gzornenplatz 14:33, Sep 8, 2004 (UTC)
OK, I've asked Cimon Avaro to let you know if that's possible. And BTW, I did leave Gzornenplatz a note, but since he'd already said above that he had no preference, I didn't think it was necessary to mention him by name. Thanks, BCorr|Брайен 15:56, 8 Sep 2004 (UTC)
I would prefer the first available mediator among those I have listed. Kevin Baas | talk 00:43, 2004 Sep 14 (UTC)
I've now asked Dante (he's next on your list). Thanks, BCorr|Брайен 19:17, 28 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Is this request even still "active"? Gzornenplatz has posted an RFAr all the while. And the conflicts on the two articles noted have largely settled down. VV 23:27, 28 Sep 2004 (UTC)
We're just trying to do our due diligence with this case, and so far, no one has said that it should be ended, and there is still the outstanding request from Kevin, If you decline mediation, or Kevin and Gzorenplatz say that mediation has ended, we would be happy to archive the case BCorr|Брайен 00:38, 29 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Dante Alighieri is willing to mediate
I'm certainly willing to offer my services. It DOES seem from my brief review of the above that my services may no longer be required, as it doesn't seem to ME that this is an active issue. Nevertheless, should I be wrong, I'm ready to take up the issue assuming I'm acceptable to all parties. --Dante Alighieri | Talk 05:44, Sep 29, 2004 (UTC)

Who's even involved in this now? Gzornenplatz, who initiated it, has had no input here in weeks. VV 09:55, 29 Sep 2004 (UTC)
To answer the implicit question, there has been a new flare-up, but the issue that started this has died down. To be sure, mediation might not be uncalled for in the newest case, especially since I perceive stalking behavior in Gzornenplatz which has its roots in the above-noted conflict, but the phony claims of "consensus", so pivotal to Gz and Kb's righteousness attacks on me before and thus the justification for arbitration against me (Gz's actual goal), can't possibly be appealed to in the latest conflict. VV 10:06, 29 Sep 2004 (UTC)
What further "input" should I have had in the last weeks? I'm waiting for mediation to start. And the issue, which is your behaviour, has not at all died down. This was never about the content of any particular article. Gzornenplatz 12:06, Sep 29, 2004 (UTC)
Let the mediation (which is not about article content) go on! Kevin Baas | talk 13:21, 2004 Sep 29 (UTC)
Fine. My only reservation is that I don't know much about Dante Alighieri. I have seen the name around here for quite some time, but don't really remember in what context. Perhaps I should ask DA if he/she has any predispositions towards any of us coming into this? VV 00:00, 30 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Well, rather than waiting until you ask, I'll just jump the gun and answer. :) I have no predispositions to any of the parties. In fact, the only name I recognize is yours, Verily, and only because you've made enough edits that your name pops up often enough that I've run across it. Hope that lays your mind to rest. --Dante Alighieri | Talk 17:36, Sep 30, 2004 (UTC)
Not entirely, but it will suffice. I hope you understand why I have to ask and don't take it the wrong way; many people here do know me (or the other parties), and I don't know this till they materialize somewhere and talk about me, positively or negatively. In any case, I recall now we had a small conversation on User talk about whether some user was a sockpuppet of Michael or not. VV 23:37, 30 Sep 2004 (UTC)
This sounds like all three parties agree to mediation, and that it isn't conditional on VeryVerily's reservations about Dante. I encourage VV to ask Dante Alighieri (Dante's talk page) any questions, and to move forward with mediation immediately. Thanks, BCorr|Брайен 13:22, 30 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Mediation Begins?[edit]

It seems as though Mediation is about to proceed. Given that, I've found it helpful in the past for the parties involved to list methods that they are comfortable with using to achieve mediation, as well as times that they are available.

I prefer something real-time as it is easiest for me to communicate that way. The downside is, of course, that everyone needs to be available at the same time. IRC or an instant messenger client chat room would be the way to go if that is what is desired.

Alternatively, there's the pseudo-realtime of Wikipedia. Edit conflicts aside, people can post relatively quickly in response to each other but it does allow more time for reflection and does not NEED everyone there all the time. The Wikipedia mediation bulletin board is also an option, and in some ways preferable as there's no chance of edit conflicts or editing of other users' words accidently or otherwise.

Thirdly, there's email. This is my least preferred as it can take ages and ages (OK, hours and hours) to have a straightforward conversation and minimizes the ability for quick response.

I'm open to other suggestions, but let's start with these as that's all I can think of at the moment. :) --Dante Alighieri | Talk 17:36, Sep 30, 2004 (UTC)

This is a matter of Wikipedia so there is no other place to do this but here on Wikipedia. Gzornenplatz 17:48, Sep 30, 2004 (UTC)
A bizarre argument. If we're arguing over who owns a car, do the legal proceedings have to take place in the car? VV 23:40, 30 Sep 2004 (UTC)
A bizarre analogy. A dispute over a car would be a legal matter, and the only place to deal with it would be in a court of law. Disputes on Wikipedia are resolved on Wikipedia. Gzornenplatz 23:52, Sep 30, 2004 (UTC)
An incorrect analysis. And an empirically wrong claim, as many disputes are resolved off-site. VV 23:55, 30 Sep 2004 (UTC)
A great exaggeration. And the fact that some disputes are discussed off-site doesn't make it any more proper. I'm not going to discuss off-site where no records are left, which would just invite lies and misrepresentations later if mediation fails. If it fails, I want it to be clear for everyone to see who was at fault. Gzornenplatz 00:07, Oct 1, 2004 (UTC)
I'm opposed to anything real-time. Sorry. I have no opinion between the other suggested methods. VV 23:38, 30 Sep 2004 (UTC)
How about the message board? [[User:Neutrality|Neutrality (talk)]] 23:45, Sep 30, 2004 (UTC)

Well, I've yet to hear from Kevin, but what do you two (VV and Gzorn) think about the message boards? Neutrality thoughtfully included a link above. This has the advantage of not being realtime and also leaves a "paper trail" so to speak. --Dante Alighieri | Talk 17:45, Oct 5, 2004 (UTC)

I don't see what's the advantage there compared to a wiki page. I have no confidence that threads there will not be deleted. Gzornenplatz 18:21, Oct 5, 2004 (UTC)
Well, to my knowledge only the Chair(s) of the Mediation Committee have the ability to delete threads... So, I suppose it comes down to whether you trust them or not; but if you don't trust the MC, why are you participating in Mediation? I could give you my word that I'll make sure that the thread doesn't get deleted... would that help? --Dante Alighieri | Talk 08:01, Oct 8, 2004 (UTC)
I don't know the Mediation Committee enough, but judging from the nonsense I've seen from the Arbitration Committee, I don't think I should blindly trust this committee either. And that's precisely why I want a completely open process, so that I don't have to trust it. As I said earlier, I don't expect mediation to achieve much here, I'm just participating in it because it seems to be a required step in the process leading to arbitration, which I'm afraid will be required here (though I would be happy to be proven wrong on this). Gzornenplatz 09:15, Oct 8, 2004 (UTC)

Well, I'm off to Reno for the weekend (back Monday Oct. 11), hopefully people will be able to some sort of consensus. For the record, I still suggest either the 'pedia or else the Mediation bulletin board. --Dante Alighieri | Talk 08:01, Oct 8, 2004 (UTC)

Unless you see an advantage to the bulletin board, I don't see the point in trying to adapt to Gz's objections. VeryVerily 09:21, 8 Oct 2004 (UTC)
Let me clue VV in on "the point in trying to address adapt to Gz's objections.": The current step in the mediation process is: reach consensus on a medium for mediation that addresses the concerns of all parties involved. Since Gz is an involved party, the point of trying to "adapt to [his] objections" is to complete this step in the process.
I would also prefer transparency, for reasons more of having a record and the principle of it than trust. I'd also prefer a medium that is quick, because I don't want this dispute to drag out. My last experience with mediation went at a snail's pace when it went at all, leaving the dispute unresolved for a long time. I would like to resolve this dispute in a timely manner.
BTW, if I'm gone for some time, Gz can represent me. I'm going to be at a Wedding over the weekend. Thanks. Kevin Baas | talk 17:31, 2004 Oct 8 (UTC)
Are you just being deliberately dense? Can you really not understand a simple English sentence? VeryVerily 22:41, 8 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Seeing as Gz is objecting to thse use of the message boards, I suggest that a page be created with which the mediation process can be started. I think that creating a subpage here, VeryVerily and Gzornenplatz, Kevin Baas (and possibly moving this lengthy discussion there) would be a good start whilst Dante and Kevin are away. -- Grunt   ҈  01:03, 2004 Oct 9 (UTC)

I agree to this step. Kevin Baas | talk 13:59, 2004 Oct 11 (UTC)