From reliably-levelheaded SF fan and professional Eurodiplomat Nicholas Whyte, more evidence that Wikipedia is being gamed with increasing success by people with bad agendas. In this case, a dingbat from New Zealand eager to persecute those he determines to be following “the homosexual agenda.” (Follow Whyte’s links, and the links from those links.)
Whyte’s most searching point, buried in his own comment section, is that the system appears to not only allow people to be banned for alleged sockpuppetry on no good evidence, it also further punishes them for attempting to appeal the ban—the crime of “self-confessed block evasion,” i.e., trying to log in from an unblocked IP in order to protest one’s innocence.
Ironically, Wikipedia itself features a reasonably decent summary of Kafka’s The Castle:
The narrator, K., is a land surveyor summoned to the castle to perform a survey. K. arrives in the village, governed by the castle, under the impression he is to report to a castle authority. He is quickly notified that his castle contact is an official named Klamm, who, in the introductory note, informs K. he will report to the Mayor (also known as the Council Chairman, depending on the translation).K’s problem, no doubt, is that he failed to master the intricacies of Checkuser. He just wanted to survey land, poor fool.
The Mayor informs K. that, through a mixup in communication between the castle and the village, he was requested erroneously. Trying to accommodate K., the Mayor offers him a position in the service of the schoolteacher as a janitor. Meanwhile, K., unfamiliar with the customs, bureaucracy, and processes of the village, continues to attempt to reach Klamm, who is not accessible.
The villagers hold the officials and the castle in the highest regard, justifying, quite elaborately at times, the actions of the officials, even though they do not appear to know what or why the officials do what they do. The villagers simply defend it.