"Brian Macdonald" <kara...@gmail.com>, Mon, 19 May 2008 13:49:59 -0500:
Try this example for starters:
RationalWiki is a website purportedly dedicated to refute the "anti-science
movement" on the internet. Created in early 2007, the site instead has
become little more than a parodist blog, its users engaged in harassment,
vandalism, and cyber-terrorism of those they disagree with.
In November, 2006 Conservapedia was created by Andrew Schlafly, the purpose
of which was to provide a clean, family-safe version of an online
encyclopedia alternative to Wikipedia. Joining Schlafly almost immediately
were several individuals whose stated intentions were good at the time, but
whose edits indicated a forcing of a liberal scientific consensus that was
at odds with Conservapedia' stated mission. Instead of complying with the
posted guidelines of the site, they chose to vandalize the site; often they
would pick fights with Schlafly and other sysops over content. By the end
of March, 2007, many of these individuals had been removed from
Conservapedia; forced on the outside, they chose other means and methods to
continue their attacks.
RatonalWiki version 1 was created at roughly the same time, and hidden
within the internet under the guise of a "cabal". Visiting the site was by
invitation only, yet was uncovered by May 2007. Evidence discovered on the
site indicated several past and future attacks on Conservapedia and several
other wikis, forcing one of the operators there to "erase" the evidence and
create a new site, called RW 2.0, which is still in use today.
====L.A. Times article====
(insert screenshot of Flippin cyber-terror letter)
In late May, 2006, newspaper reporter Stephanie Simon chose to write an
article for the Los Angeles Times about Conservapedia, and to do so she
initiated contact with several sysops asking for details. Watching this
were members of RationalWiki, who themselves wrote to her detailing their
own view of the site. One of the letters sent was from a man named "Craig",
who went by the user name of "Flippin" both during his time in Conservapedia
as well as RationalWiki. In it he boasted of using "cyber-terror"
techniques when he and his cronies launched attacks against Conservapedia;
other user histories concerning similar attacks confirmed the "Craig"
letter. One such attack was launched by an "Andrews Palop", who made an
extortion threat against Schlafly (insert CP page shot or link to this
posting); "Palop" was determing to have been a 13 year-old boy from England
who was subsequently handled by London Metropolitan Police.
(Insert subtopic about their own problems refuting the anti-science
(Insert their own failed attempts to defend RW from third-party sites who
looked and criticized them, such as Denise O'Leary)
As a wiki purportedly posted to defend science, it fails by not properly
addressing their own allegations in a straight-forward manner; as a site
refuting the "anti-science movement" it fails miserably in that there is no
sound refutations at all.
As a site it is little more than a blog, run by childish amateurs who's
unofficial stated intent is to destroy the website they were thrown out of
for their own behavior, Conservapedia; indeed, RationalWiki has become a
mere advertisement for an unhealthy obsession against Conservapedia. As
journalist Denise O'Leary has pointed out, RationalWiki is little more than
a "rubbish heap".
If this is to be worked on, do it here first; when ready, upload the proper
screen shots, then this article.