Talk:Wikipedia Through the Looking Glass/Jeff Merkey
The page was created with heavy reliance on claims by Vigilant, who was a dedicated enemy of Merkey. Many of the sources have disappeared, but it is possible that copies will be found. "Rhodium comedy" would be an example of a meme probably created by Vigilant. Did Merkey claim to have smelted rhodium in his kitchen? Rhodium has a high melting point, almost 2,000 C. Those temperatures might be reached with a propane torch. But did he say "smelting" or did he say "purifying," which might be done chemically at lower temperature. In standard Vigilant snark, anything that might look unlikely is turned into preposterousness, to make it appear to be the claim of a madman. For example, "sued 200 John Does." People who know nothing about law may think that ridiculous. In fact, the number is arbitrary, and would be likely an upper estimate of the possible people allegedly involved in some tort, and Merkey was clearly under attack by a substantial group. It's meaningless, but, again, it "sounds crazy," suing 200 people. In fact, what really matters is the people served, service costs money! Somewhere, the total damages claimed were multiplied by this number of defendants, to make it a completely ridiculous figure. Again, trolling worked.
This was not uncommon in the wiki world. Fact was thin and warped beyond recognition, sometimes. What mattered was how it looked, and if contempt could be justified, wow! A winner! --Abd (talk) 16:25, 1 March 2020 (UTC)
Google "Rhodium Merkey"
- Merkey on rhodium mining on Wikipedia. archive
- SpanishInquisition smells a lot like Vigilant. archived
- Vigilant mentions Merkey on Wikipediocracy. Similar list of alleged lunacies without sources. archive of page 1. Page 2.
- 2007 AN/I discussion showing division in the WP community over Merkey and the alleged attacks on him. archive
- 2012 AN/I discussion references harassment of Merkey. I think Pfagerburg was correct. It was Vigilant (named accounts) and Merkey (IPs), though the geolocation is wonky.
- [https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Administrators%27_noticeboard/Incidents&diff=479176799&oldid=479176684 strange removal of comment from from above -- edit touched much of the page, making it difficult to see what was actually removed.
- discussion shows Vigilant as long-term source of disruption. Merkey is disruptive, all right, by Wikipedia standards, and often clueless. But so far, I'm not seeing him as vicious.
- Only edit of a blatant anti-Merkey sock
- very weird stuff on AN/I [Bisexual_Orchid User contributions Bisexual Orchid] -- notice no block, though obvious troll. Unlikely to be Merkey.
wow, feel like I found the mother lode. Reliable source documenting haters. (high political agenda combined with contempt). Copy from Forbes, Revenge of the Nerds, 2003. archive [ Yahoo! SCOX - Message board - SCO vs. IBM] covered on sco-vs-ibm.org
and in late breaking news, Merkey is, ah, paranoid
but there is cause. He really has been harassed, but this finding shows the extent of his reactivity: Listing of Internet Stalkers, Intellectual Property Thieves, and Internet Libeler on Merkeylaw.com, from 2006.
He also conveniently archived some attack pages, such as scofacts.org/merkey that seems to be a more complete version than I'd seen -- or maybe not. This is apparently Al Petrofsky, one of the people rumored to be the intense anti-Merkey troll Vigilant. Reading this, however, I'm inclined to consider that Petrofsky is not Vigilant. Vigilant never exercises such care to collect, archive, and present evidence. He just trolls with brief and snarky comments.
It's impressive. And a goldmine for information about the Merkey legal filings. I was led to a ruling by a Utah Federal court judge, which describes what appears to be a very careful analysis of Merkey's behavior with respect to the Novell litigation, in Novell, Inc. v. Timpanogos Research Grp., Inc., 46 U.S.P.Q.2d 1197, 1207 (Utah Dist. Ct. 1998)). text scanned copy (from Petrofsky, not otherwise verified, but very likely to be authentic.
The Second Ammended -sic- Complaint (August 2005) in Merkey v. Yahoo SCOX et al contains many statements about Merkey by Merkey.