By accident last night I came across the Acta Pauli blog. I was hitherto unaware that this group blog existed. It is, of course, dedicated to the study of the apocryphal Acts of Paul, and their better known extract, the Acts of Paul and Thecla. The blog contains much useful information on this text, not least that discoveries of portions of it are a continuing process.
It seems that I am not the only one to attempt to contribute to Wikipedia, and to get receive harassment and insults in return. There is a series of posts in which one of the authors describes his attempts to do so. One of them is this one.
I therefore recommend that scholars like myself not bother to make edits on that platform where any non-specialist can take them down within seconds. Scholars don’t have the time to waste on such games.
It turns out that the “administrator” harassing him was 14 years old (!) at the time:
I’ve learned that Anonymous Dissident, who removed my links from the French and German articles on the Acts of Paul and Thecla, is
12approximately 14 years old. Wow, that’s pretty cool Wikipedia! A 12approximately 14 year old is able to eliminate a link to this site which is being published by people with PhDs. Now I’m sure that Anonymous Dissident is very mature for the age of 12 approximately 14, but it does lower the status of Wikipedia considerably when scholars can’t even add a little insignificant link to your so-called encyclopedia.
The author of the blog is considerably more courteous to this impudent schoolboy than I would be. Indeed the author chose to write a post, highlighting the failures of the article on the Acta Pauli. His reward was might be expected: a prolonged and insulting jeer about “disaffected whinings”, combined with a statement that the troll proposed to appropriate his comments and use them himself on the article.
Wikipedia is not a safe place for sensible people to participate. And until the likes of “Anonymous Dissident” are expelled from it, it will continue to be a very dangerous place for contributors.