Wikipedia has hidden the evidence, but we can help
We captured the edit history for the major edit mentioned in the lawsuit.
The IP address belongs to jsilny.com in Miami. The vandal left a
trail of previous edits that reveal specific musical interests.
With 47 employees, everyone at the water cooler must know whodunnit.
The Essjay Evidence
Wikipedia has once again hidden the evidence, but we can help
March 4, 2007
1. Essjay's user page from August, 2005. His first claims of bogus credentials were made several months earlier, not long after he began editing on Wikipedia in February, 2005.
2. His Wikia user page was noticed in January. The details at the bottom of the page are sharply at odds with his Wikipedia user page, and set off alarms for researchers at Wikipedia Review.
3. Meanwhile, Essjay was getting wined and dined by the cabal during a trip to San Francisco. He had a great time.
4. The conflict over the two different biographies bothered some Wikipedians. Essjay's first inclination was to brag about how clever he is.
5. That seemed to satisfy some of his supporters, so he expanded on the same theme.
6. Lurking behind the scenes, a major correction was in the works at The New Yorker. Their March 5 issue featured an extensive editor's note about Essjay. This issue was published on February 26, but they don't put "The Mail" page online. On February 28 they appended this note to their original article. Now that there was something solid online, the controversy moved into high gear in blogville. At first Essjay and his supporters blamed online persecution for his behavior, claiming that his fake credentials served to throw Brandt-style "stalkers" off of his trail. But researchers soon pointed out that Brandt didn't become involved with Wikipedia until October 2005, by which time Essjay had already been using his fake credentials to browbeat other editors into accepting his version of disputed items in Wikipedia articles. That behavior had nothing to do with protecting onself against "stalkers."
7. Pressure is building. Essjay presents his most complete explanation on March 1. In the process he manages to libel Stacy Schiff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the original piece.
8. On March 3, Essjay resigns under pressure from Wikipedia and Wikia.
Chapter 2: What did Jimmy know and when did he know it? (not yet available)
We've got more than 12,000 articles about Kermit,
Miss Piggy and the rest of them. You'd never get
that kind of activity on Encyclopaedia Britannica."
Jimmy Wales, New Scientist, 31 January 2007