The only edits Sassidolfin has ever made have been changes to Emmer’s page. Most involving scrubbing of Emmer’s DWI history.
The start of a discussion regarding this issue can be found on Emmer’s page’s talk page.
Here is the information Sassidolfin has repeatedly scrubbed from Tom Emmer’s Wikipedia page:
Emmer was charged with intoxicated driving on two separate occasions. In 1981, he pled guilty to DWI. In 1991, he pled guilty to careless driving after DWI and license plate violation charges were dropped.
I’m curious. What do you think? Is this relevant information for the Wikipedia page of an elected official and gubernatorial candidate? Based on Sassidolfin’s actions, I think we have one “no” vote although that editor has not explained why they’ve repeatedly scrubbed the information.
UPDATE: It looks like Sassidolfin is now taking a different approach to editing Tom Emmer’s Wikipedia page. Rather than scrub the DWI information yet again, Sassidolfin has added information about DWI legislation Emmer proposed in 2009:
However, Sassidolfin failed to mention that Emmer’s proposal was opposed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the state’s head of the DWI Task Force. That information was included in the same article Sassidolfin cited.
Note: I just realized that the title of this post may make it sound like Emmer was convicted of two DWI charges. As I read it, he was charged twice, but pled to a lesser charge on one of the cases.
Another Update: Sassidolfin continues to attempt to rewrite history by editing out Emmer’s history again:
This user has also pasted directly from Tom Emmer’s campaign site’s bio at least twice today. The user refused to engage on the discussion page of Tom Emmer’s Wikipedia page as requested but instead is attempting to bully their way into a revised history of Emmer’s life.
Update: Sassidolfin has now been attempting to rewrite Tom Emmer’s history on Wikipedai for 24 hours:
2 points for tenacity. But a 10 point deduction for failing to post with a neutral point of view. Another -5 for failing to explain scrubbing history.
One more update:
What got this started? I subscribe to the revision history of Emmer’s Wikipedia page, so I received an alert to the changes being made by Sassidolfin as they occurred. The very first edit Sassidolfin made on Wikipedia was this rewriting of Tom Emmer’s stance on the restaurant server tax credit debacle. Sassidolfin deleted the Wikipedia content that relied on a MinnPost piece by Doug Grow for citation.
Sassidolfin scrubbed the Minnpost cited perspective and replaced it with a version that relied on Emmer’s campaign website instead.
That piqued my interest, which led to this post where I dropped the names of all recent editors of Emmer’s Wikipedia page onto TheDeets.com to see whether others were also trying to figure out who pseudonymous editors like Sassidolfin are. It turns out that this does appear to be happening based on the search traffic I’ve received from Google for related search terms since that post went live.