TK was the most controversial member of RationalWiki (MarcusCicero is the second, with Fall down trailing a distant third). Because of his history (see below), he was always given a cold reception at RationalWiki. Also because of his history, the more established members of RationalWiki were prone to grossly overreacting to his (admittedly thoughtless and abrasive) comments (per the TK Protocol). Indeed, for much of RationalWiki's history there was no Headless Chicken Mode without TK, and it was not until he was banned that RationalWiki underwent its first Headless Chicken Mode in which TK was not somehow the root cause. TK is also known as by a variety of backronyms, often rendered by a randomising template. 'Team Killer' and 'TeaCake' have been used often though.
Eventually the only friend he had left on RationalWiki was Bohdan, and this was not enough to keep him on the site.
Modus operandi Edit
TK utilized a number of techniques for tearing down a community. The employment of these methods suggests a bright but bored (with real life) person, who is either an unappreciated genius or an old hand at this game. Additionally, his desperate grabs for sysopship on RationalWiki and his attempts at pulling rank on Conservapedia even after he was de-sysopped suggest a psychological need for power.
One of TK's favorite methods was to contact newer editors privately, and politely, so there slowly develops a group of editors who have only seen his "pleasant and helpful" side. Those editors then jump to his support when other older and wiser editors take the past into account when criticizing him in the present. TK is quite the rat, perhaps he's The King rat.
TK really loved to fragment discussion or dialog into various private, undocumented (not available, say, as wiki diff-links for all to see) venues such as private email, instant messenger chat sessions, and various chatroom forums.
Before joining Conservapedia or RationalWiki, TK was a moderator at the matchmaking site "Hot or Not". There, he devastated the moderator community by playing moderators against each other, destroying any goodwill between them, and obliterating users' trust in the moderators. All of these are tactics he would later use on Conservapedia and try to do on RationalWiki.
The Fellowship Edit
On Conservapedia, TK was, for a time, a member of ASchlafly's inner circle, and his authority was, in effect, second only to Schlafly's. He was also a member of the Special Discussion Group. TK was notorious as the most tyrannical of the sysops on Conservapedia, and even the other sysops feared him. He casually blocked many thousands of IP addresses and hundreds of CP users, including most of the users who would later establish RationalWiki.
TK's tyranny would eventually grow to the point where he would subtly challenge ASchlafly's authority, reverting Schlafly's edits and ceasing to defer to him as the final word on CP policy. Many RationalWikians had been predicting a showdown between TK and ASchlafly, though it was often hard to tell who they were rooting for. Eventually, ASchafly had had enough of TK's antics and stripped him of his sysop powers.
Return of the king Edit
TK returned to Conservapedia on the 23rd of March, after being unblocked by Geo.plrd. Although he was supposedly on parole, the document that discussed the specifics of this status was quietly deleted (again by Geo.plrd) on 28th March with the comment "Per private discussion" (although as usual on Conservapedia, other sysops voiced no objection).
His user page on Conservapedia has a userbox saying, "This user has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior." It will surprise some people that he accepts anybody but himself as Lord. His block log on Conservapedia seems to have at least as many entries as it does on Rationalwiki. As of May 3rd, 2008, he has no blocks in effect. Nonetheless he stopped editing after April 12th, 2008, for several months. when he was blocked for six hours.
On Conservapedia TK was a "Senior Admin", a term he made up himself.
RationalWiki 1.0 Edit
RationalWiki 2.0 Edit
Before shutting down RationalWiki 1.0, ColinR presumably mentioned that that all members of RationalWiki 1.0 would be up for sysopship on RationalWiki 2.0. Following the creation of RationalWiki 2.0, TK insisted that ColinR's off-the-cuff remark gave him the right to sysopship because he had had an inactive sock on the previous site (which he was partly responsible for bringing down in the first place). Not surprisingly his sysop request led to some acrimonious debates, both because of his activity as a sysop on CP and because of the nature of his involvement on RationalWiki 1.0.
Just before he left RationalWiki, ColinR created the infamous "Clean Slate" directive (incidentally, this was his last official act on RW). The Clean Slate policy stated that actions committed prior to the creation of RationalWiki 2.0 could not be held against a user. The bizarre timing of this initiative mostly benefited TK, because the other RationalWikians were already non-judgmental of each others' past offenses.
Although this gave TK a free pass by preventing RationalWiki from simply banning him on the spot, he was still unable to attain sysopship there. When it was suggested that sysops be elected democratically, TK fought the proposal, opining that elections would become a "beauty contest", probably knowing he
was too ugly could never garner enough votes to be elected.
It was around this time that the Great Spica/TK battle commenced, essentially centered on TK repeatedly stating that Spica had been "demanding" things (although TK never stated what Spica was supposed to have demanded) and generally tearing into Spica. Spica applied the basic techniques of manipulation against TK, tying him into an incoherent knot so that, no matter which way TK answered, TK would be wrong.
After his frantic attempts at wikilawyering himself into sysopship ended in failure, TK took his ball and went back to CP.
Return to RationalWiki 2.0 Edit
TK made a few subsequent forays into RationalWiki using sockpuppets.
At some point, TK was being assured by AmesG and a few others that they were willing to grant him entry into the secret RationalWiki Forums. Cracker, in a moment of either whimsy or insanity, gave TK access to the Cabal, purportedly to expose to him that behind his back, no, they still really didn't like him. Thus was TK the only person to hold simultaneous membership in both the RationalWiki Secret Forums and the Special Discussion Group.
Later, he visited RW again under the now-outed sock NightTrain, where he attempted to foment a mass assault on Conservapedia. Sadly, the sock's attitude and behavior easily led people to deduce the sock's puppet master.
Wrath of TK Edit
His ambitions foiled yet again, TK used information he obtained from his time on the RationalWiki Forums (or possibly the decoy forums set up specifically to divert TK, Cabal 2), to create the website Rationalwiki.info. The site was both revenge and an attempt at blackmailing RationalWikians into cutting him some slack. The site failed fantastically at this and met much mockery and general disinterest.
Around this time, he was desysoped on Conservapedia (see above). In revenge for this he temporarily opened up their Special Discussion Group for general viewing, although this only lasted a short time before alleged legal threats from Andrew Schlafly and his FBI agents forced him to lock it down again.
Second return to RationalWiki 2.0 Edit
With nowhere else to go, TK returned to RationalWiki. There he continued his campaign for sysopship, this time by lobbying for the rules to be altered to facilitate his bid for sysopship.
TK continued his battles with the old guard (Human, SusanG, Kels and AmesG), but also behaved amiably towards the newer editors who had no previous negative experiences with him. When the call to ban him was sounded, many of those who defended TK were these younger editors he had befriended.
See full article: Great TK banning IncidentFollowing a very high profile, half-assed, and very chaotic voting process, in which the full glory that is a mobocracy was revealed, TK was banned from the site. His ban length was then altered several times because of either appeals for leniency or to keep the ban consistent with the Fibonacci sequence. He maintained several little-used socks on the site, but only to post a few poisonous messages. He would give himself away by making the same idiotic spellin mistakes.
Some time after his banishment from RationalWiki, TK was banned from Conservapedia, allegedly for trying to pull rank and bully other users (in spite of the removal of his sysop powers). Thus, TK was silenced across all venues, and he dropped off the radar after this.
Not quite the Comeback Kid Edit
TK's block expired on schedule on March 10, 2008. Once AKjeldsen unprotected his talk page, TmtamesP (Bohdan) cheerily welcomed TK back. AmesG came along and speculated hopefully that TK was gone for good, which TmtamesP clearly did not appreciate, shrilly calling AmesG a troll and reverting his comment. Less than 30 minutes after AKjeldsen unprotected TK's talk page, Genghis Khant jumped the gun and re-protected it.
Despite much hopefulness and anxiousness on the part of TmtamesP, TK never really returned. He did
poop out share some words of wisdom on one of Bohdan's talk page archives (was he trying to be stealthy?) in the wee hours of March 21.
The saga continues with a whimper and not a boom Edit
From the 25th to the 30th of March, TK was repeatedly blocked and unblocked by various sysops. The final blow was delivered by Cracker, who blocked TK for eighty-eight days and forbade other sysops from unblocking him. TK's most recent block expired on 26 June 2008, at which point he was free to return (not that anyone wanted him back).
He did make one ambiguous comment edit in mid November 2008, which, together with this article, prompted Proxima Centauri to volunteer him for the vandal bin. Given that RationalWiki never bothered to establish a protocol regarding who can/should be vandal-binned, there is no way of telling whether Proxima was right or wrong to do so. Presumably based on the fact that the action was carried out by Proxima it was reversed by RA the following day.
At the same time TK was running riot over at Conservapedia, where he was initially welcomed but quickly received his first post-return block. While there, he caused the usual amount of pandemonium and drama associated with him, including the usual over-the-top suggestions of drastic action.
See also Edit
- A parable on RationalWiki, wherein TK plays the role of the Hammer of Satan.
- Rationalwiki article on TK
- ↑ Revealing commentary discussing TK.
- ↑ Parole statement on TK's userpage.
- ↑ Deletion log User:TK/Parole, which stated the conditions of TK's parole.
- ↑ CP sysop Philip J. Rayment quietly "updates" TK's userpage to bury the freshly deleted parole document.
- ↑ TK's Jesus userbox is third from the top.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Block log for TK on Conservapedia.
- ↑ Contributions by TK on Conservapedia.
- ↑ TK's opposes democracy.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Block log for TK.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 TmtamesP welcomes TK back. AmesG comments . TmtamesP reverts AmesG's comment.
- ↑ The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, all in the span of a half hour.
- ↑ TK's turd on Bohdan's talk page. Note that he posted on an already-archived talk page of Bohdan's.
- ↑ Cracker's blocks against TK.
- ↑ TK's November contributions to RationalWiki.
- ↑ Witness his November contributions to Conservapedia.
- ↑ Blocks received in the month of November 2008.
- ↑ HelpJazz talks of leaving Conservapedia so long as TK is there.
- ↑ http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Conservapedia_Talk:What_is_going_on_at_CP%3F&diff=prev&oldid=427413
- ↑ http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Conservapedia_Talk:What_is_going_on_at_CP%3F&diff=prev&oldid=497889
- ↑ http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Conservapedia_Talk:What_is_going_on_at_CP%3F&diff=next&oldid=497898
- ↑ http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/User:Nutty_Roux/TK%27s_legal_threat
- ↑