I am a citizen writer of senior age. In earlier years, I took the trouble to educate myself on the premises of Cambridge University Library (CUL). This undertaking was entirely at my own expense. I maintain a vocation of citizen independence in study and composition. My project at CUL was concerned with learning, not career advancement or the acquisition of credentials.
I do not claim any accomplishments, scholarship, or credentials. I have encountered some liberal academics who have been disposed to assist me, but others are conservative and also insularist. In a way, I represent the citizen population who are customarily disdained by insular academics as being inferior and lacking in intelligence. I have quite frequently observed the insular attitudes.
For many years, I was strongly resistant to the internet, and in some respects still am. The predominantly commercial nature of the web seems to get worse every year. We live in a consumer society dominated by American capitalism and the exploitive values of advertising. The citizen is generally at the mercy of a commercial process seldom comprehended. There is an individual onus to perceive the extent of malformed social patterns and assumptions which govern living.
I have been visible online since 2007. I have persevered with six websites, four of which are ongoing projects. There is also Commentaries. I maintain the citizen right to complain against injustice and institutional discrepancies. In my case, the latter problem tends to represent "new age" organisations. The former problem (injustice) has, in my personal instance, included a pro-sectarian libeller and other sectarian biases. The injustices have converged in anomalies clearly visible on Wikipedia.
The situation of pseudonymous editorship and administration on Wikipedia is lamentable. I have never been a Wikipedia contributor, and have no wish to participate. I have never used a pseudonym, and do not agree with that tactic on the web. Some very suspicious identities have been concealed in this manner. I concur with the academic view that aggressive trolls on "discussion pages" are farcical for education purposes, contributing to unreliable articles in which a monopoly interest can occur.
A documented episode on Wikipedia involved a real name academic editor who argued in my favour, and a pseudonymous administrator who wrongly associated my output with the "new age" scene. The former was Simon Kidd, and the latter was Smartse. The Smartse stigma is disproven by reference to my websites and books, one reason being that I have expressed strong criticism of New Age organisations and exponents. Suspicion attaches to flawed Wikipedia judgments.
Smartse also completely overlooked the presence of an influential User page on Wikipedia that was contributed by a pro-sectarian activist in 2006. Wikipedia editor SSS108 (Equalizer) created extensive misconceptions about myself and others, and in the explicit cause of Sathya Sai Baba (d. 2011). The controversial guru was purportedly beyond criticism, and therefore any critic must be punished with censure and ridicule. This was the situation at the attack website of SSS108 (alias Gerald Joe Moreno), his saisathyasai.com declaring the loaded agenda against all critics [that site is no longer visible]. The major quote in this respect was the pervasive motto "Exposing Critic's Smear-Campaigns Against Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba."
My crime was to have included three appendices in one of my books, appendices that comprised reports by ex-devotees of Sathya Sai Baba. The cult attitude is that no criticism can be valid, and must therefore be attacked. The internet terrorist was clearly using Wikipedia in the pursuit of a sectarian activist tactic; he was banned from Wikipedia in 2007. However, Moreno continued his prodigious output of attack blogs, and I remained one of the many victims. Moreno (alias Equalizer) even launched a separate blogspot.com cycle against me, using items duplicated from his increasingly notorious attack site. The pro-Sai activist claimed to "expose" me, as he did with so many ex-devotees of his guru. His libels and distortions influenced some Wikipedia editors. See further the counter blog Not Exposed.
Close analysts concluded that these slanders were improvised in an attempt to divert attention from the strongly alleged abuses of Sathya Sai Baba. All critics of the guru became "Anti-Sai" villains. Relatives of victims were also targeted, and persons who supported victims. Simon Kidd himself became a target, because he mentioned me favourably on Wikipedia. Moreno paraded images of victims, while suppressing his sole known image. Victims were represented as liars, conspirators, perverts, vanity publishers, and Anti-Sai fanatics. Moreno was the angel of Pro-Sai vengeance and the supreme judge in a proliferating web inquisition. Uninformed and questionable parties sometimes believed his libels, more especially cultists with a dubious agenda of their own.
The Wikipedia leader Jimmy Wales personally deleted the proscribing SSS108 User page in February 2012, but this event was not acknowledged by the opponents of Simon Kidd, who included Smartse. The opponents numbered persons of sectarian association, and another editor who was discernibly influenced by Moreno emphases. A Noticeboard campaign featured attacks on myself, and Wales became aware of this development. The extremist nature of these attacks was such that certain entries were blanked. This disgraceful situation of hostility (instigated by Smartse) occurred despite the pervasive Wikipedia banners warning against "potentially libellous or harmful" material about living persons.
There is a great deal needing attention in relation to molesters who adopt misinformation tactics on Wikipedia. For the benefit of those who struggle with lengthy articles, what follows is a summary of some contents in my web article Wikipedia Anomalies. Observers have commented that I was correct to record the various events comprising that article, and also the Sequel.
Section 1: Reference to two cult situations on Wikipedia, the first being more well known, namely the controversial input of Jossi Fresco, who for a time succeeded in making sectarian biases seem perfectly legitimate. In fact, Jossi was a component of the second and less well known instance, appearing prominently on the disputed User page of SSS108 that Jimmy Wales deleted over five years later.
Section 2: Refers to various criticisms of Wikipedia articles, editorship, and administration. The sources used include Wikipedia articles, well known academic judgments against Wikipedia, and the dissenting website Wikipediocracy.
Section 3: A Wikipedia article about myself was favoured by Simon Kidd, who applied the description of Good Article. Some other editors opposed this development, and the article was nominated for deletion. Investigation of Wikipedia pages revealed that some pseudonymous opponents were closely associated with sectarian/devotee movements, namely those of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Adi Da Samraj, and Meher Baba.
Section 4: The real name editor Simon Kidd had formerly used a pseudonym, like most other Wikipedia editors. He had been wrongly represented by SSS108 (Equalizer, Moreno) as a mock entity of no relevance (because he had given deference to my books, which he had read). When Kidd revealed his true identity as an academic philosopher in Australia, Moreno continued to attack him. The cult apologist had asserted that I was attempting "to con the general public" by identifying two Wikipedia editors (Jedermann and The Communicator) as academics, which in fact they were (as proven by Citizendium and Wikipedia files). A pro-sectarian Wikipedia editor subsequently ignored Kidd's own testimony, and instead confused me with the former pseudonymous identity of the real name academic. To repeat, I am not an academic in Australia, but a citizen in England. The mode of logic involved in some Wikipedia deductions is so crude that, by comparison, "rule of thumb" is a charter of precision.
Section 5: In the train of confusion and incompetence, the error capacity of pseudonymous editors was demonstrated by a Noticeboard fiasco in 2009. Participants were unable to assess the importance of Encyclopaedia Iranica. The discussion depreciated this authoritative academic source, deeming it to be a peripheral work of no consequence. There followed suggestions that this work might be more relevant, but the general ignorance was substantial. The moral is that unread works should not be judged adversely, but this is common practice on Wikipedia.
Section 6: In 2009, an Article for Deletion (AfD) page bore tangible witness to sectarian interests. An affiliate of the Meher Baba movement (Dazedbythebell) resorted to libellous blogs of SSS108 in an attempt to defame me. This influential tactic openly displayed links to Equalizer (Moreno) blogs on the Kevin R. D. Shepherd AfD page. The same sectarian affiliate placed a banner on the AfD page giving the impression that I was the author of the article he wished to delete. The real author (Alex Jamieson, alias Stephen Castro) complained, but to no avail. The administrator Smartse did eventually point out the discrepancy involved, meaning that attack blogs were on view via links on the AfD page. However, Smartse did nothing to stop the offensive banner, despite the request of Jamieson. Smartse admitted that he had formerly never heard of Sathya Sai Baba or Meher Baba. Yet Smartse was here supervising on an AfD page saturated with sectarian biases relating to those two entities, a page that had so flagrantly displayed links to libels of a Pro-Sai blogger via the prejudiced attitude of a Meher Baba supporter.
Section 7: The real name academic editor Simon Kidd contributed a lengthy defence of the Kevin R. D. Shepherd article that was in prospect for deletion. He made a case for extending the Wikipedia guidelines, which he considered too rigid in this instance.
Section 8: Simon Kidd was over-ruled by an opposition featuring Smartse and others. Kidd was clearly concerned at the general situation, and informed that Moreno was already declaring on the web his hostile version of the deletion, and again to my detriment. Kidd suspected a form of collusion with some Wikipedia personnel. Moreno blogs had certainly been favoured by Dazedbythebell. Kidd also stated: "I do genuinely suspect that the motivation for the AfD nomination, as well as several of the submissions, were sectarian."
Section 9: Information is here supplied about SSS108 (alias Equalizer, alias G. J. Moreno), the American defender of Sathya Sai Baba who gained the reputation of being a cyberstalker. The ex-devotee and other reports of Moreno reveal his extremist agitations that have shocked many readers. Lawyers in three different countries considered his attacks to comprise serious defamation.
Section 10: In early 2010, a new editor called WikiUserTalk was observed to harbour a strong antipathy towards myself and Simon Kidd. His hostile arguments and attitude closely reflected the disposition of SSS108. The concensus of informed observer opinion identified WikiUserTalk as being almost certainly the banned SSS108, alias Gerald Joe Moreno of New Mexico, now intent upon a daring mission to sabotage Wikipedia links to my web output and to harass Simon Kidd, who was here seen (by the attacker) as my supporter. Kidd himself expressed the view that the menacing newcomer was very probably G. J. Moreno. The implications for Wikipedia are sobering. The attacking newcomer was gratified when the administrator DGG conceded his request to delete links; WikiUserTalk was able to dialogue with DGG on Wikipedia, although he did not totally succeed in his objective.
Section 11: An almost comical demonstration of error came from Dazedbythebell, a Meher Baba supporter. This entity persisted in the mistake of identifying me with the former pseudonym of Simon Kidd, and also became obsessed with the idea that I was the real name Wikipedia editor Stephen J. Castro. I have called this peculiarity "triple incarnation theory," and others have agreed that the conflation is memorable as an extreme example of what the cultists can do on Wikipedia.
Section 12: In early 2012, Smartse initiated a Noticeboard campaign against my books, which he very mistakenly associated with Larson Publications of New York. The insinuated stigma here was that I am a New Age writer/publisher. This erroneous recourse was in evident support of strong opposition coming from two Meher Baba devotees, namely Dazedbythebell and Hoverfish, who had very recently reacted hysterically to my inclusion in the annotations of a new Wikipedia article which they sabotaged (Critics of Meher Baba, by Stephen J. Castro, since amplified elsewhere). None of these attackers had read my books, including Smartse, who was not convincing to observers more familiar with my output. I take strong exception to his miscasting of my output, which is not New Age. The ideal of NPOV (Neutral Point of View) becomes a ridiculous joke on Wikipedia. Hoverfish even contributed (on the Noticeboard) a strong aspersion against me, originating from the Meher Baba movement in America, and even while denying that he had any sectarian (or devotee) orientation. I replied to this outburst in Meher Baba Movement (further, an investigator discovered the real name of Hoverfish, alias Stelios Karavias, whose Facebook page contains contacts and links revealing him to be a Meher Baba devotionalist).
This Noticeboard attack was resisted by Simon Kidd. He proved to observers that the accusers were not familiar with the books they attacked (my own), and that their arguments were misleading and irrational. Kidd even composed a lengthy 40-point document to clarify his position. This was treated as a long-winded invasion upon editorial time, which preferred a single paragraph for easy read in the general atmosphere of semi-literacy. Simon Kidd's reward for diligence was a snub; the books he defended were prohibited by another belligerent troll called Fifelfoo.
Section 13: While the Noticeboard campaign was in process, Jimmy Wales (Jimbo) personally deleted the hostile User page of SSS108 dating to 2006, which had militated against my books. While Fifelfoo converged with the Moreno prohibition, Wales offset the cyberstalker influence. In private correspondence, Wales acknowledged that undue hostilities and errors can easily arise on Wikipedia. He placed a caution on the User talk page of one offender, who nevertheless continued to express insidious animosity (in relation to me) at the Meher Baba discussion page.
Jimmy Wales also intervened on the discussion page of Sheriar Mundegar Irani, now strongly associated with two American sectarian contingents. Observers had noticed that a disparaging comment (about myself) had appeared on this page, along with a link to an accusing Moreno blog (bearing his pseudonym Equalizer). The editor involved here implied that I was the calculating author of the article, because one of my books was cited. The Moreno blog was linked as evidence of my iniquity. Simon Kidd had complained on the same page about this hostile comment, which had no basis. The allegation was totally disproven by an entry at Citizendium, where the real author of Sheriar Mundegar Irani had transplanted his original format, along with the complaint that his contribution on Wikipedia had been altered by Meher Baba devotees.
The real author of the article was a British academic, as Citizendium disclosed in March 2007. Formerly using the pseudonym of Jedermann, Dr. M. Emmans Dean made his statement on Citizendium six months before Moreno asserted on his website that my reference to Jedermann as an academic was a con. This genuine academic had read a book of mine concerning his subject, and duly acknowledged the source of his inspiration. See Fifelfoo ignores Citizendium, andabove. See also Wikipedia Biases and Sectarian Strategies.
In February 2012, Jimmy Wales deleted the misleading commentary on the discussion page for the article Sheriar Mundegar Irani. This action was ignored by opponents of Simon Kidd, who soon afterwards removed the citation of my book From Oppression to Freedom (at that same article). Observers also noted that the diverse remedying actions of Jimmy Wales went some way towards validating the efforts of editor Simon Kidd to rectify cult misinformation and administrator aggression.
Conclusion: As the recipient of various forms of troll attack described above, I insist upon the right to fair representation, and in the face of misinformation contrived by irresponsible Wikipedia personnel.
Kevin R. D. Shepherd
March 2013 (slightly modified March 2015)
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