14 responses to “BADD: A Screenshot’s Worth A Thousand Words”

  1. RMJ

    I love posts about Wikipedia, and this is particularly insightful. Thanks for writing this.

  2. Julie

    My partner is a high-level admin on Wikipedia (he’s in the top 10 for total articles edited) and I’m going to ask him about re-ranking this, sourcing statements in the article, generally making it more “compliant” as per Wikipedia’s “rules” (comparing it to the standards used for the other articles in the Discrimination series), etc. I will see what I can do about this!

  3. Julie

    Okay, over the next month or two I’m going to work on making the article more “sourced” and a little bit more nuanced/academic, but in the meantime, check out the importance level, sociology-wise! 😀

  4. Lounalune

    Strangely, I can’t see the importance rating on any of the sociology articles. I wouls have loved to check out what it is now…

  5. Lizzibee

    Good article, definitely worth 1000 words, thank you for writing it.

    You are wonderful and amazing to see the problem, realize you can do something about it, and act on it so quickly. Thank you as well.

  6. Anna

    Lounalune, they’re all on the Talk page, rather than on the main page itself. Here’s a direct link to the ableism one. My eyes are not focusing clearly today, so I’m not sure if it’s all text or if it’s an image or what.

    That’s so cool that it’s gone up. :)

  7. Mina

    I spent 5 years as a prolific editor and vandalism-fighter on Wikipedia and I found many ways the site was broken. For one, they have a policy spelled out that “Wikipedia is not a democracy” so you can’t just take a vote and go with majority rules. They want consensus, which means in Wikipedia speak that pretty much everyone agrees. That’s never going to happen. (I could be more specific and refer to a huge site split but I’d rather not risk revealing my WP name. I was harassed off site for correcting vandalism there.)

    That’s great that you got it re-ranked and that you’re willing to work on the article. I know it’s hard work. :)

  8. Kaz

    It’s changed! It’s now high-importance for sociology. However, it’s mid-importance for human rights, and racism is high.. and sexism is apparently not considered in the scope of human rights at all, wtf?!

  9. Kaz

    Also, the fact that it was once nominated for deletion really says it all.

  10. Julie

    Thanks for your kind comments everyone, but honestly, it was not difficult. My partner is also disabled, and after I showed him this post, he pretty much grabbed my laptop, logged in, and changed everything around immediately.

    He’s going to look into changing the human rights categorization tonight (we didn’t want to draw too much attention to the article by changing everything) and he’s put it on his watch list to make sure no vandals attack it. Also, we added sexism to high-importance human rights. If anyone else notices anything weird about other articles in this topic area, let me know (doorautomatica at gmail dot com) and we can probably get it fixed at some point.

    Another way that anyone who is able to can help with Wikipedia issues is by contributing to the WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia project, which is a collection of audio recordings of people reading Wikipedia pages aloud. The details are here, and they include a how-to list, a link to articles already completed, and a link to requests for articles to be recorded.

    Okay, I’m done being Wikipedia-nerdy for the moment, and I apologize for my lengthy comment. I’m just very excited at the potential for this article to become a resource for people wishing to learn about ableism as well as the potential for making articles more accessible.

  11. lauren


    What just loved was the arguement from the “should we delete it”-dicussion that claimed the post was not needed- because they already have one on the disability rights movement- because thats totally the same, right? You know, just like sexism is the same as feminism and womanism; racism is the same as the civil rights movement and homophobia is the same as the LGBT-rights movement.

    What do you mean, one means a form of oppression and the other is fighting again that oppression?lso

    And abelism not being a “real” word? Seriously?

  12. Stephanie

    I would never have thought to look for that, but I think you’ve revealed a very important and insightful reflection of the world situation.

  13. seahorse

    It’s great to see the results of this blog post. Well done everyone and I hope the Wikipedia page goes on to become a major resource. Should we have a separate page for disablism, for UK readers? I know the distinction is made high up in the ableism page but I wonder about searches, and what comes up under a google disablism search?

  14. Rosemary

    Love to see some activism in action here! :)