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The new culture is a term that describes the predominance of the "order and purpose" strain of RationalWiki editors, compared to the "fun and games" variety. The poles of this contradiction are likely Ty and Doggedpersistence (or Blue and Ace McWicked, if you want), with everyone else who has an opinion on site politics falling at points on the gradient in between. The "new" culture refers to the perception that, in recent times, consensus has - if tentatively - endorsed the "order and purpose" perspective. It's important to remember that despite the rhetoric, the vast majority of editors who are vocal in this debate do really want the best for RW.

In other words, it's an insidious effort by saboteurs and jack-booted thugs to subvert the utopian, anarchic ideals of the "Old RationalWiki" with a vast, sprawling bureaucracy designed to crush the very life of the wiki and its users.

Other way of lookingEdit

The above is written in the present tense which is really very timelessly accurate - though the names will need to be updated. As users come and go there is a constantly "new culture" at RW. Until such time as the user base becomes significantly larger and user retention improves there will be a "new culture" every nine months or so.

Other uses Edit

In the theme of "not your circle jerk anymore," Brxbrx used the phrase "new culture" in one of many arguments with Ace McWicked, saying that he was part of a "new culture" to which Ace did not belong.[1][2] Maratrean also endorsed Brxbrx's conception of the idea.[3]

Night of the SysopingEdit

The Night of the Sysoping was a big round of demotions that happened on RationalWiki on 3 December 2008, which is seen by some to be the most definitive watershed moment in the slow relaxation of the criteria for sysopship on RationalWiki that eventually culminated in the events of May 2011.

The event, possibly named after the Night of the Blunt Knives at Conservapedia,[4] lasted exactly four hours, during which Π and Caius demoted eight new sysops, including several newcomers to the site and two Conservapedia sysops. Of the eight, only two (ListenerX and Hamster) remained active 3 years later.

Logs of the nightEdit

from the user rights log
  1. 07:43, 3 December 2008 Caius (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Newton from (none) to sysop ‎ (Victim of the night of sysoping)
  2. 07:40, 3 December 2008 Π (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Neon from (none) to sysop ‎ (Victim of the night of the sysoping)
  3. 07:36, 3 December 2008 Π (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:OneForLogic from (none) to sysop ‎ (Victim of the night of the sysoping)
  4. 05:29, 3 December 2008 Π (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:ListenerX from (none) to sysop ‎ (Victim of the night of the sysoping)
  5. 05:27, 3 December 2008 Π (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Hamster from (none) to sysop ‎ (Victim of the knight of the sysoping)
  6. 03:46, 3 December 2008 Π (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:BlueSprite from (none) to sysop ‎ (A little earlier than normal but it is good to have opinion diversty around for once)
  7. 03:45, 3 December 2008 Π (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Publius from (none) to sysop ‎ (Victim of the night of the sysoping)
  8. 03:43, 3 December 2008 Π (Talk | contribs | block) changed group membership for User:Fox from (none) to sysop ‎ (Victim of the night of the sysoping)

ReferencesEdit

  1. The first mention by Brxbrx in response to this comment by Ace McWicked.
  2. Brxbrx stakes a claim to a new culture, shits all over more than five centuries of African-American history in the process.
  3. [1]
  4. Night of the Blunt Knives

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