To be what you are or not as the case may be
We can begin by reviewing what can be gleaned about Aaij and Hafspajen. As far as Aaij is concerned, that's straightforward. He's a minor academic of surpassing insignificance at an American university who happens to edit Wikipedia a lot and apparently gained tenure on the strength of that. He's an administrator, meaning his editing and knowledge of Wikipedia has won him extra powers, including the ability to block people from editing. He was recently elected to Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee, which means, amongst other things, that he now has Checkuser privileges, able to review private information about editors' accounts.
Hafspajen is a much more complex proposition. Go to her user page and you will be met with the banner "Je Suis Hafspajen", an obvious (and most would say an obviously inappropriate) parody of the famous Charlie Hebdo meme (carried on this site for many months incidentally). In fact this appears to have been provided by a Swedish fan and clicking through the links brings you to Hafspajen's Talk page on the Swedish wikipedia. Swedish is not one of our UN languages and is quite incomprehensibly spelt, but one can get the gist of it. It appears that Hafspajen has a degree in landscape architecture. Her gender is not clear from any discussion we have seen, although in the recent outburst we record here, she says she is a woman. Nevertheless, a remark she made on the Talk page of the Wikipedia editor Sagaciousphil (who identifies as a woman) suggests that on the contrary she is a man, and there is a wealth of other evidence, not least her evident sexism, to support that view. She edited on the Swedish wikipedia from 2013 to 2015 retiring twice, once because she couldn't put pics on her Talk page, which is foreign to her entire nature, and the second time because the Swedish wikipedia is like a prison, not that she's ever been in one of course. Aaij jollied her along with gifts of coffee, lager and a dear little kitty, but to no avail and indeed both he and Hafspajen were blocked for their trouble. In an ensuing discussion, Aaij affirms he knows Hafspajen personally and claims that she is a man. We shall take her gender on trust as she herself has declared it.
The issue that led to her retiring was that the Swedish wikipedia has strict rules about embellishing a Talk page. They suggested she could use her User page for that or start a blog. Hafspajen rejected these suggestions and retired her account. She was not allowed to delete all reference to it. She made her last edit on the Swedish Wikipedia on 2 April 2015. It's worth noting that this account was a "sock" in her terms, as she already had an account on the Swedish wikipedia.
The account she already had in place was called "Warrington", both a girl and a boy's name in the UK. She used this to edit on the English and Swedish wikipedias. She began editing on these in September 2007 and ceased editing on the Swedish wikipedia abruptly in September 2008, continuing to edit on the English wikipedia until March 2009. The editing at the Swedish wikipedia seems to have been for the most part uneventful, editing mainly in food and popular British literature, as well as a number of other areas, including landscape architecture and world religions, but not at this time in art. However, her last edit in 2008 expressed frustration with an editor who had taken her to task over the ordering of columns in a table and she announced her intention to retire because the editor was giving contradictory advice to people trying to do something good. True to her word she did not subsequently edit at this account except just twice recently to remove criticism. This is the first indication we can find of her morbid sensitivity to criticism. We think it likely she continued to edit on IP addresses. On 27 April 2013 she began a Talk page on an IP address. The contribution record for this address continues back to January 2009 and the listed edits are consistent with her edit areas. Similarly a number of unsigned edits at around this time reveal an IP resolving to the city of Lund in Sweden, confirming a remark Aaij had made in connection with their blocking on the Swedish wikipedia
The origin of the moniker "Hafspajen" is hard to determine. "Haf" is Welsh for "summer" and that chimes with other indications we have found of a Welsh connection (including the poem on the Warrington User page contributed by Hafspajen at the article on the Welsh poet Taliesin), but "spajen" is very problematic. It is a suffix in Yiddish meaning "spit". It might equally occur in an Oriental language, perhaps as a Buddhist dharma name or something of the sort. We think it likely that the moniker is a nonce-formation designed to ensure that internet searches on it resolve to her.
On the English wikipedia, Warrington mainly made food edits, but she did a certain amount of vigilante policing involving vandalism and socks as well. On the 25 November 2008, she made an enquiry about the proper preparation of Spätzle on the Talk page of the Wikipedia editor ChildofMidnight who introduced Warrington to the illustrious Drmies (Aaij) and Warrington's life, quite simply, changed for ever.
United by a common love of pork products, Warrington and Aaij embarked on a dazzling series of culinary edits unparalleled in the history of writing on-line encyclopedias ...
... erm, except that's not really what happened. What actually happened was that Warrington became a fairly frequent contibutor to Aaij's Talk page over the next four months. At that time Aaij's Talk page was dominated by ChildofMidnight whose contributions, especially when they were of a political nature, were generally of an amusing bantering nature. Nevertheless there was sometimes a definitely mocking edge to them and comments such as this must have caused concern. Later, he became embroiled in what the Wikipedia community dubbed the "Obama wars". In the end CoM, a sophisticated and very prolific editor, was found to have abused multiple accounts and blocked. At this time, however, his relations with both Aaij and Hafspajen were amicable. In his May 2014 comments atCoM's sock puppet investigation, Aaij (Drmies) makes it clear that CoM was a personal friend and that he had turned a blind eye to CoM's socking.
We record Warrington's interactions with Aaij here. There are several points of interest in Warrington's early editing worth examining first.
Warrington's first edit was at the article Komondor, a Hungarian shepherd dog. Ultimately she was to abandon her account over edit warring at this article. The issue was that she felt the article didn't emphasisize sufficiently the size of the breed. However in this first edit at least, she found no issue with the description of the dog as one of the larger breed of dogs. From the outset it's clear that Warrington's command of written English is very limited. For example we read:
Traditionally the coat protected the Komondor from the wolfs bite. The wolf wasn´t able to bite the dog only the thick coat.
Nevertheless she felt herself sufficently proficient actually to contribute an article about the language. This was her curious article start on the word "Never". It prompted an immediate Article for Deletion (AfD) disussion. Her response was to canvas various editors for support, leading to a rebuke. Warrington replied that she didn't know disruptive canvassing was discouraged and that she would stop. Nevertheless, this kind of canvassing when she finds herself in difficulties is a hallmark of Hafspajen's editing. For what it's worth, what she was trying to achieve with her article had already been embarked upon with considerable more success at List of idioms of improbability. In December 2013, the Wikipedia adminstrator Yngvadottir moved the deleted article into Hafspajen' s sandbox. Yngvadottir was one of the editors Hafspajen canvassed during her spat with Coat.
There was a singular unsigned July 2008 edit at the article on Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the present Panchen Lama:
THE DALAI LAMA IS THE PERSON WHO HAS THE ONLY AUTHORITY TO SAY WHO THE PANCHEN LAMA IS.
This provoked a rebuke pointing out that Talk pages were for discussions aimed at improving articles. Warrington's response was to blank her Talk page. In general, Hafspajen appears knowledgeable about Tibetan Buddhism, as can be surmised from her considerable edits at the Talk page on the Celibacy article.
As for her interactions with Aaij we record here, there's not really much to say other than to observe that for the most part she is appealing to Aaij for help with her editing.
There's no question that Aaij's Talk page at this time was blatantly sexist. As far as we know, at this point Aaij had not identified himself as a lecturer at a university (as he must have been, but this not entirely clear from the brief details publicly available) and he is entitled to hang out with his friends in private as he thinks fit. But it is surely worth observing that the effect of all the banter about boobies, balls, and cocks, must have been to exclude most women from his Talk page. When Warrington posted an image on Aaij's Talk page of topless women sunning themselves on a beach, Aaij might well have thought that was something to be quietly removed. He did not.
Warrington's last edits were to canvass the Wikipedia adminstrators Elonka (an expert cryptologist) and Tznkai on what she regarded as socking at the Komondor article. These edits were essentially a repetition of her evidence at a Sock Puppet Investigation (SPI) she had initiated. They both ignored her and the SPI was delisted. Her last article edit was on Polkagris, a kind of Swedish hard candy. She was not to return to Wikipedia projects until early 2013, when she used her moniker Hafspajen to set up new accounts on the Swedish, French, Hungarian and Norwegian wikipedias. On each of these projects she engaged a new found mission to provide galleries in art articles and to decorate her Talk pages with art images. The French and Swedish projects actively discouraged her from doing this and she quickly turned her attention back to the English project she had abandoned four years earlier, with this casual 17 April 2013 "How are you?" at Aaij's Talk page. Aaij, who in the meantime had become an administrator (one of the most successful applications ever) and had lost ChildofMidnight to an SPI, hailed her back as a prodigal son. Hafspajen asked that her Warrington account be renamed to Hafspajen and after some debate over the intricacies this was granted.
Return of the mad monk or not as the case may be
Go to Hafspajen's Talk page today as we write (12 October 2015) and you will be greeted by a pale shadow of former glory (or not as the case may be). What you are looking at is a divafest, which is where the faithful congregate at a diva page and festively beg the diva's return. Aaij for example has sent a dear little kitty while his fighting knives expert mate Xanthomelanoussprog has sent a brown white-lipped tree frog. It's not entirely clear to us that all of these festive offerings are necessarily in the best of good faith (German Leopard slug?) Gareth Griffiths-Jones (The Welsh Buzzard), one of Hafs' most devoted followers, is likewise concerned. We will just have to wait and see.
What has provoked all this was that Hafspajen's account had been temporarily blocked because Hafspajen feared her computer had been hacked and her account compromised. This, in turn stemmed from her monumental spat with a Wikipedia editor back in April which ended with Hafspajen threatening to shout him dead in the street and retiring her account. Everyone thought at the time that the reason Hafspajen retired her account was because she was extremely mad. But that wasn't it at all. What it was, was that a certain editor whose name Hafspajen knows (an Aaij cabal speciality by the way) had been hacking her computer all that time. In the end an administrator blocked her account and ordered an investigation by the Wikimedia Foundation and CheckUsers. As it turned out, it seems Hafspajen's account was fine all along and it was unblocked. All the same Hafspajen has yet to restore her Talk page. Will she or won't he? The world holds its breath (or not as the case may be). We will keep it informed (or not).
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