Random diary of my wikipedia and commons activities Testing videos
Since July I have added some articles to icelandic wikipedia even if I had decided to quit adding stuff to wikipedia and the commons. I consider everything I do in wikipedia environment to be activism, I am trying to add stuff to the open culture repository of the world, especially my culture. --Salvör Gissurardóttir (talk) 17:59, 7 September 2013 (UTC)
The only option an wikipedian has is to leave. Since my latest frustration with Wikimedia Commons in aprli 2012 I have devoted my time writing articles in Icelandic Wikipedia. This year I have written 162 new articles in Icelandic Wikipedia, I participated in the 10 year celebration of our wikipedia which will in December 2013 and my goal was 150 articles. And now I have stopped adding more new articles. It is because I was so frustrated of two things, first a fellow wikipedians erased links I had given as source to article about biopower, claiming there was a ban from University of Iceland against linking to thesis done by students that are on open access at http://www.skemman.is and second a fellow wikipedian (who also happen to be fellow member of pirate party in Iceland and was persecuted some years ago for running the main p2p server and activist in the open movement) wrote on my wall statement about he had noticed I was copying something from copywrited articles. I felt insulted and let down by this. But I am amused that it was article about biopower that was the tipping point for me now. That is very appropriate. --Salvör Gissurardóttir (talk) 16:19, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
I have decided to quit adding stuff to wikipedia and the commons. The last deletion request was a turning point for me. I can not work in so hostile environments. But I hope my over 5000 edits on Icelandic wikipedia and several hundred photos on the Commons will be useful to some (that is those that have not been deleted). I also decided not to go to the Wikimania this summer and not accept the scholarship I got to attend. Now Icelandic wikipedia has 33.760 article. The last article I wrote on the Icelandic wikipedia was about w:Absalon, a Danish archbishop from around 1200. Even if I find history fascinating, I do not live in the middle ages and I am bored and angry with being deprived of my own culture and not being able to write and document my culture in text and photos. --Salvör Gissurardóttir (talk) 05:46, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
I will try to use this page as "confessions of an wikipedian" writing my wikipedian story starting with the end. I will add to it randomly.
My proposed Wikimania presentation was rejected (which means I have difficulties to get funds to come) and that along with some bizarre copyright rules (my country has not freedom of panorama rules) some of my photos were dominated for deletion in the Commons and a project that I am doing with my students where they write wikipedia articles (small scale small country campus program) were so difficult to monitor, almost all their articles were put up to deletion and I had to rewrite or change them in order to save their work pushed me into the decision that I will leave Wikipedia and not try to promote writing wikipedia articles and not made it a required assignment for my students. At least until the environment becomes less hostile or more people (like my students) understand and are able to participate in the kind of writing wikipedia is composed of. That all together (deletion of pics which I had donated just because in around 1/10 of the picture there was part of a house that was designed by an architect that had not died 70 years or more ago, rejection of proposal, deleted articles) made me think "Whom am I kidding? Why spend effort in an environment that you can not even control whether your input is deleted or not and where you input is deliberately kept nameless as it was written without author and probably will be used be someone else that both takes credit for your work and uses it in commercial purpose." I do feel Commons is getting very important sourse of illustrative materials for all kind of stuff but I feel the stricht rules it is putting up is not something to benefit the (information) poor but more to the benefit of freeriders and creating a resource that access can be sold to. --Salvör Gissurardóttir (talk) 18:31, 9 May 2012 (UTC)