Sexology case nears closure after stalling over topic ban
case is nearing completion after arbitrators were unable to agree on a topic ban for one of the participants.
The case started off-wiki in a bitter academic dispute between James Cantor and Jokestress, who are open about their real life identities, James Cantor and Andrea James. The case was brought by Mark Arsten, after the community was unable to agree on an interaction ban or a topic ban for James Cantor, Andrea James, or both.
The on-wiki conflict originated in the hebephilia article, which deals with the classification criteria of mental disorders for adults with a sexual preference for pubescent children, but involved other articles on paraphilias and transgenderism as well. James Cantor has been accused of using his own publications as sources for the articles, and of negatively editing Andrea James’ Wikipedia article; Andrea James has been accused of promoting fringe theories.
The proposed findings of fact that have passed as of this writing are:
1) Jokestress and James Cantor are involved in off-wiki advocacy or activities relating to human sexuality; the topic is a primary area that the two edit on Wikipedia.
2) Jokestress has repeatedly asserted, without evidence, that users she is in an editorial dispute with have a conflict of interest with the topic at hand.
3) Jokestress is a prominent party to an off-wiki controversy involving human sexuality, in which she has been sharply critical of certain individuals who disagree with her views, and has imported aspects of the controversy into the English Wikipedia to the detriment of the editing environment on sexuality-related articles.
4) Off-wiki conduct of individuals not named on-wiki while this arbitration case was pending, as referred to on the case pages, is not attributable to any of the named parties to the case and has not affected this decision.
No findings of fact were proposed for Mr. Cantor.
Proposed remedies that have passed to date are:
1) Jokestress and James Cantor are banned from interacting with each other, commenting on and/or commenting about each other including their professional lives, works and on-wiki activities. This applies to all namespaces, but excludes dispute resolution that explicitly relates to both parties.
2.1) Jokestress is indefinitely banned from the topic of human sexuality, including biographical articles.
4.1) Standard discretionary sanctions are authorized for all articles dealing with transgender issues and paraphilia classification (e.g., hebephilia).
Arbitrators were sharply divided over whether to prohibit James Cantor from editing “hebephilia, biographies of sexology researchers, and related advocates”. Six votes were needed for passage; there were 3 support, 3 oppose, and 2 abstain, with a third arbitrator withdrawing after seeing how the case was proceeding.
In the case, brought by Lecen, an editor is accused of systematically skewing several articles involving former Argentinean president Juan Manuel de Rosas in order to portray a brutal dictator as a democratic leader, in keeping with the political motives of Argentinian "nationalists" or "revisionists".
The arbitration committee is looking for uninvolved editors with expertise in Argentina and the Spanish language to participate in the workshop phase of the case.
The evidence stage closed 12 April 2013, and a proposed decision is scheduled for 26 April 2013, though these dates may be extended by the recent floods in Buenos Aires, which have adversely affected an editor involved in the case.
This case was brought to the Committee by KillerChihuahua, who alleges the discussion over this American political group has degenerated into incivility. Evidence for the case was due by March 20, 2013, and a proposed decision scheduled for April 3, 2013.
Other requests and committee action
- Clarification request: TimidGuy ban appeal: This request, brought by IRWolfie, seeks to clarify the relationship between privacy and conflict of interest in a situation where employees of a transcendental meditation institute may be editing an article related to that institute.
- Request for clarification (April 2013) - Ebrahimi-amir ban appeal: An appeal of an Armenia-Azerbaijan topic ban was declined.
- Amendment request: GoodDay: In this request, brought by his mentor, Steven Zhang, the committee voted for a one year ban under a previous arbitration case.
- Request for clarification: Transcendental meditation movement: A request for clarification made by Keithbob regarding the transcendental meditation movement, which is under discretionary sanctions, and tagging of articles was closed, with the general advice that tags should not be applied routinely to broad categories, but only to articles that are under discretionary sanctions and that have seen problems, or where such tags might be helpful.
- Procedural issues at Arbitration Enforcement: A request for clarification brought by Gatoclass was archived with no action. The arbitration committee indicated they would review the issues of arbitration enforcement and discretionary sanctions in May 2013.
- Monty Hall problem: An amendment request made to the committee by Martin Hogbin for amendment of the remedies, including removal of discretionary sanctions, was archived without a decision after several of the arbitrators expressed reservations about loosening sanctions at this time.
- Clarification request: Discretionary sanctions appeals procedure: A request to clarify the appeal process for discretionary sanctions warnings was filed by Sandstein