Single purpose editing and ownership issues at Armenian Genocide threaten the reputation of Wikipedia
Single purpose editing and ownership issues at Armenian Genocide threaten the reputation of Wikipedia. Étienne Dolet is most at fault and should justify his editing before his peers.
Picture of the Day for 24 April 2015 (i.e. today as I write) commemorates Armenian Genocide Day. The image originally suggested, a map used in the Armenian Genocide article, nominated by Étienne Dolet, was quickly found to have issues of copyright and authenticity and discarded in favour of the image used today. The caption was agreed by Étienne Dolet with the POTD administrator [Chris Woodrich, Crisco1492]. Possibly because of a misleading lede in Armenian Genocide, the administrator erroneously used the phrase "eight years of genocide" in the caption. Whereas many people, including myself, might well think the massacres over eight years were genocidal in nature (I happen to believe the massacres were genocidal over the whole period 1894-1923), what is recognised as genocide are the atrocities over the period 1915-1916 coinciding with the notorious death marches promulgated by state decree. To have continued with "eight years of genocide" might very well have provoked a complaint from the Turkish government. Yet my attempts at both the article Talk page and the Template Talk Page to address this issue with a reasonable edit avoiding the phrase "eight years of genocide" were met with heavy resistance from Étienne Dolet, quoting walls of OR text in support of his thesis that the genocide extended over eight years. It was only when the POTD administrator corrected his edit that the issue was resolved, apparently because Étienne Dolet was not prepared to accept liability for the edit on his own account. At no point, and I do think this is significant, did Étienne Dolet address my suggestion that the point of the POTD was to commemorate the victims of the massacres and that it wasn't necessary to seek to make historical points about the duration of the genocide.
The passage in the lede at Armenian Genocide I suggest responsible for the error reads as follows;
The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases ...
In the first place it suggests the genocide lasted over the whole eight year period, but there is also an obvious difficulty in that the passage suggests the "genocide" after World War I was also carried out in two stages (i.e. involving death marches; these in fact ceasing in 1916, although it is another defect of the article that this important fact is not mentioned). I traced the origin of the edit on the Talk page: it is essentially a copy edit problem arising from an inadequate grasp of English. Finally there is a Wikipedia MOS issue in that the massacres after World War I mentioned in the lede are not given adequate attention in the article, save for a single mention in a single sentence in a paragraph whose section heading refers to the casualties in 1914-1918 i.e. during the war and not after it. I addressed all this at Talk:Armenian_Genocide#1920-1923_reprise. I said the issues needed attention, but that I was unwilling to spend yet more time on the article. Nevertheless I made it clear that if the issues were not addressed I would eventually do so myself. I subsequently introduced a new section "Massacres after World War I" and made an edit in the lede. These were peremptorily reverted by Étienne Dolet less than two hours later on the grounds they needed consensus.
Presently editors may not even correct obvious errors of fact such as the extent of the historical Armnenian homeland or the date when the Turkish republic was created, without first bringing it to the talk page for "consensus". Étienne Dolet has accused me of complicity in the Armenian Genocide and threatened to block me. Étienne Dolet has been editing for some eight years solely on Armenian related topics. I edit at Wikipedia mainly on Mathematics, privacy issues, and European Union law. I came to Armenian Genocide because I edit at Perinçek v. Switzerland, a decision at the European Court of Human Rights presently on appeal, whose crux concerns whether freedom of expression extends to denying the Armenian Genocide.
I am frankly affronted by Étienne Dolet's discourtesies to me. If they are not addressed at least to the extent that he apologises to me and restores my edits, I shall quit editing Wikipedia. c1cada (talk) 02:03, 24 April 2015 (UTC)