Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Iasson/Evidence

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Anyone, whether directly involved or not, may add evidence to this page. Please make a header for your evidence and sign your comments with your name.

When placing evidence here, please be considerate of the arbitrators and be concise. Long, rambling, or stream-of-conciousness rants are not helpful.

As such, it is extremely important that you use the prescribed format. Submitted evidence should include a link to the actual page diff; links to the page itself are not sufficient. For example, to cite the edit by Mennonot to the article Anomalous phenomenon adding a link to Hundredth Monkey use this form: [] [1].

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Evidence presented by Humblefool[edit]

Jan 2005[edit]

  • 07:46, 13 Jan 2005 [2] [3] [4] [5]
    • Iasson votes to keep South African Art Music, and adds his own voting rules to be applied to the rest of the votes as well, not in accordance with general VfD policy.
  • 12:40, 14 Jan 2005 [6]
    • Iasson votes to keep Consensus Reality, and adds his own voting rules to be applied to the rest of the votes as well, not in accordance with general VfD policy.
  • Jan 9 2005 - Jan 16 2005 [7]
    • The article in question was created by a anonymous user widely suspected to be (both now and at the time) Iasson. Although he denied the fact, the article was a list of peole who had voted on VfD - not something that too many anons care about!
  • 17:18, 20 Jan 2005 [8]
    • Iasson changes the Deletion Policy using multiple edits. SimonP reverts his changes twice.
  • 12:14, 14 Dec 2004 [9]
    • Changes to the Admin del. guide. Reverted by multiple users.

Sockpuppets and IP addresses[edit]

Article creation[edit]


  • This user appeared soon after Iasson "left" and attempted a different tack: public accounts.Whan Wikipedia users began to change the freely given passwords for these accounts, as they saw them as a form of "plausable deniability" for vandalism, he took up his case with the adminastrator's noticeboard with little result. Wikipedia:Administrators%27_noticeboard#Please_help_me.21. The accounts are now blocked on sight as "stolen".

Evidence presented by Deathphoenix[edit]

User:Acestorides and others from the List of Greeks[edit]

These users appeared when it became obvious that the various Faethon accounts were being easily detected and blocked. His user page indicates a slightly more complicated method of finding his other "public" accounts, but still noticeably in the style of Faethon. Subsequent accounts would be named according to alphabetical order from the List of Greeks.

Faethon and the others deny being Iasson, but For the purpose of dispute resolution when there is uncertainty whether a party is one user with sockpuppets or several users with similar behavior they may be treated as one user with sockpuppets. I believe these users exhibit similar behaviour to Iasson.

Notable user activities are as follows:

Iasson and some more polls[edit]

Although the arbitrators are probably seeing these first hand, I present the following evidence that Iasson is disrupting his own arbitration case by imposing his own rules and "peculiar polling".

Evidence presented by Michael Snow[edit]

Both the Faethon accounts and the "Ancient Greek" accounts (Adrianus et al.) were involved in conducting a nonsensical poll and debate at Talk:Vandalism, which they tried to advertise by listing the poll on the Vandalism article itself. (See history). A number of different accounts are involved, both in the history and on the talk page, as the passwords were regularly altered once the account was revealed.

I argued there that we have an implicit policy against public passwords based on the past handling of so-called role accounts (User:Mediator et al.), Tim Starling's intervention in dealing with the breached password security of User:The Trolls of Navarone, and the handling of the CheeseDreams situation. If the Arbitration Committee accepts this case, I believe it should make a finding that this is, in fact, established policy and practice, and order the blocking of all accounts whose password security is breached. --Michael Snow 04:11, 18 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Evidence presented by Scott Burley[edit]

  • 01:18, Dec 14, 2004 [43]
    • Iasson votes to keep Wikipedia:The toilet because "its funny". He later (as an anon) changes this vote to Delete, and adds his own voting rules.
  • 02:24, Dec 14, 2004 [44] [45] [46]
  • 04:14, Dec 14, 2004 [47]
  • 09:13, Dec 14, 2004 [48]
  • 00:29, Dec 22, 2004 [49]
  • VfD votes like the preceding two were made for the rest of December, and in a handful of cases in January.
  • 06:44, Jan 12, 2005 [50] [51] [52]
  • 09:18, Jan 20, 2005 [53] [54]
  • 04:36, Jan 26, 2005 [55]
    • Iasson posts to Wikipedia:Votes for deletion/Average rule: "And I am saying to you that, for now on, I am going to cast peculiar votes in all proposed for deletion articles. It is finnaly clear to me that your Vfd policy is against NPOV, and as long as I am a strong advocate of NPOV I want to destroy anything that is against it. Be prepared, my peculiar votes are going to flood your POV Vfd policy and procedure, until an administrator bans me."
  • 23:49, Mar 20, 2005 [56] [57] [58]
    • Iasson attempts to change to voting rules on the proposed decision page for this case. He is reverted three times.
  • 23:24, Mar 24, 2005 [59]
    • User:Lakis2, claiming to be a public account unrelated to Faethon, makes edits this RFAR complaining about elitism in the arbitration process. This is the only edit from this account, indicating that this may be another Faethon sockpuppet.

Evidence presented by Thryduulf[edit]


  • 11:00, 15 Jan 2005
    • I certify the RfC and it becomes accepted [61]
  • many many timestamps between 08:23, 17 Jan 2005 and 13:57, 28 Jan 2005 at Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Iasson and between 17:36, 20 Jan 2005 and 09:06, 2 Mar 2005 at Wikipedia talk:Requests for comment/Iasson (his first and last edits to the page in both cases)
    • Iasson refuses to stop his activities, desptite the overwhelming consensus against him. Note also the number of polls with and about his "peculiar" voting rules.

Edits to description of RfC on Main RfC page[edit]

20th Jan 2005[edit]

  • 14:08
    • Iasson alters the allegations against him in the description of his RfC [62]
  • 21:01

21st Jan 2005[edit]

  • 02:48
    • Korath adds a note to the RfC about Iasson's changes to the allegations. [64]
  • 06:20
    • Iasson reverts Korath's revert on the main RfC page. [65]
  • 06:23
  • 06:52
    • Iasson edits the allegations again (not a revert as the changes are different). [67]
  • 06:53
    • Iasson makes further edits to the allegations to make them similar to the version he wanted earlier. (It should be noted that a series of small edits is very characteristic of Iasson's editing style). [68]
  • 06:53
    • Fvw reverts both edits by Iasson. [69]
  • 07:04
    • Iasson edits the allegations yet again, effectively a revert of Fvw's changes, but slight changes in the formating suggest he re-wrote his changes rather than going back to a previous version of the page. It is possible that Iasson's other reverts were done this way also, but whatever the method the net effect is the same. [70]
  • 07:07
    • Fvw reverts Iasson's again. [71]
  • 07:27
    • Iasson responds to Korath's comments on the Rfc, saying that he will continue to edit the allegations until they are NPOV. [72]

Edits to other's comments on his RfC[edit]

20 Jan 2005[edit]

  • 18:24 and 18:25
    • Iasson alters the description of his bevhaviour at the top of the RfC. [73]
  • 18:40
  • 19:01 and 19:04
    • Iasson moves one of Jayjg's comments [75]
  • 18:43
    • I make a strongly worded comment on these edits on Iasson's talk page. [76]
  • 19:07
    • I make a note on the RfC about Iasson's altering other's descriptions. [77]

21 Jan 2005[edit]

  • 01:26
    • Humblefool adds the diff to my comment that I was unable to due to connection speed issues. [78]
  • 07:46 - 08:37
    • Iasson makes formatting changes to comments by several other users, including myself. [79]
  • 08:05
    • Xtra "strongly reccomends" on Iasson's talk page that he does not edit other people's comments. [80]
  • 08:59
    • Korath "hand reverts" Iasson's changes. [81]

22 Jan 2005[edit]

  • 11:46
    • Iasson adds vote: to the votes of everyone who has voted on one of his polls. [82]
  • 12:15
    • Iasson moves a comment by RickK, appends vote: to the front of it to make it seem like an answer to a poll question that he adds in the same edit. [83]
  • 20:55
    • user:Carnildo 'removes Iasson's words from his mouth' by deleting the vote: prefix Iasson inserted. [84]


  • 21:42, 28 Jan 2005
    • Stormie blocked "User:Iasson" with an expiry time of 24 hours (Making good on his threat to continue to disrupt Wikipedia:Votes for deletion)
  • 21:14, 2 Feb 2005
    • Stormie blocked "User:" with an expiry time of 48 hours (Iasson continuing his campaign of vandalism)
  • 07:20, 8 Feb 2005 - 07:24, 8 Feb 2005
    • Stormie blocked Users:Faethon - Faethon27 with an expiry time of indefinite (stolen account)
  • 03:21, 9 Feb 2005
    • Jayjg blocked "User:Faethon299,792,458" with an expiry time of indefinite (Faethon troll)
  • 12:50, 19 Feb 2005
    • Stormie blocked "User:Faethon38" with an expiry time of indefinite (Account with publically known password)
  • 05:19, 27 Jan 2005
  • 20:31, 4 Mar 2005
    • RickK blocked "User:Faethon39" with an expiry time of infinite (compromised account, vandalizing)
  • 21:21, 15 Mar 2005
    • RickK blocked "User:Aeimnestus" with an expiry time of indefinite (another Faethon account with a public password)
  • 21:19, 15 Mar 2005
    • RickK blocked "User:Aelianus Tacticus" with an expiry time of indefinite (Another Faethon account with a public password)
  • 09:15, 19 Mar 2005
    • RickK blocked "User:Aenesidemus" with an expiry time of indefinite (yet again another Faethon account with a public password)
  • 11:42, 22 Mar 2005
    • Geni blocked "User:Aeropus I of Macedon" with an expiry time of 24 hours (3 revert rule)
  • 22:10, 22 Mar 2005
    • RickK blocked "User:Aeropus I of Macedon" with an expiry time of indefinite (public password)
  • 21:10, 24 Mar 2005
    • RickK blocked "User:Aeropus II of Macedon" with an expiry time of indefinite (returning Faethon public account)
    • see also [85] from WP:AN/I

Questioning legality of ArbCom decision in the CheeseDreams2 case[edit]



  • 11:38, 21 Jan 2005
  • 02:33, 22 Jan 2005
    • Xtra refutes this accusation. [93]
  • 17:07, 21 Jan 2005
    • Taxman notes that Iasson has been casting his "peculiar" votes on the FAC page also. [94] [95]
  • It is now customary to strikethrough all the peculiar comments on VfDs etc that Iasson, etc make, leaving only the vote (where one can been clearly found). This arose out of my doing so in one of his VfDs. I haven't located the relevant diff yet, but will search for it when I get time.
  • see User talk:Iasson for the number of attempts at communication that have failed.

Evidence presented by Gazpacho[edit]

Interference with arbitration procedure[edit]

  • by tampering with the Proposed Decision page for this case:
    • 08:04, 21 Mar 2005 [96]
    • 08:23, 21 Mar 2005 [97]
    • 09:28, 21 Mar 2005 [98]

Evidence presented by Knowledge Seeker[edit]

User:Aeropus I of Macedon[edit]

User:Aeropus II of Macedon[edit]

  • Reverted for the fifth time [102]
  • Reverted for the sixth time [103]
  • Made dubious edits again to Black hole information paradox (see Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Iasson/Evidence#User:Acestorides and others from the List of Greeks above: ([104])
  • Reverted Wikipedia:Blocking policy for seventh time (16:15 24 March 2005). [105].
    • This point of evidence added here rather than in my own section above for ease of context. Thryduulf 17:41, 24 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  • Suggests that he is not here to improve the encyclopedia: "I am against imposed common goals. A common goals should never be imposed, and creating an encyclopedia is an imposed goal." [106] (in response to my statement "I feel that creating an encyclopedia is our common goal here and that this unites us together. I don't understand how your public account would further that goal"). However, his comments on that page and his willingness to discuss this suggest that he does not intend deliberate vandalism and does have reasons for this, however misguided they may be.

Evidence presented by Raven42[edit]

3RR violation[edit]

Three revert rule violation on Wikipedia:Blocking policy by User:Aeropus I of Macedon.