posted on Aug, 21 2008 @ 09:08 PM
Thanks for the reply, that was great to read. Yes, I, too, thought in those terms, that the sentence got that part deleted from it because it was seen
as derogatory, or such. My thought about that, though, is, the whole encyclopedia is pretty much 'derogatory' like that to begin with; I mean, the
logo here is a tinfoil hat... You know? By the way, the deleted term in the article actually was linking, like you suggested it also should.
Absolutely do I agree that not all whistleblowers are conspiracy theorists. Not even those who whistleblow about conspiracies are necessarily
conspiracy theorists, in fact. I'd say that a conspiracy theorist is someone who theorize about conspiracies (or maybe about just one conspiracy).
The person doesn't even have to tell anyone, which would mean the person was a conspiracy theorist but not a whistleblower (assuming the person
discovered something that could be whistleblowed about). Actually, I think perhaps it was I who added the new category "Whistleblowers". I also,
some time farther back, created the category "Freedom fighters" because I considered that many people who are relevant to have articles about in
tinWiki aren't actually conspiracy theorists (or whistleblowers, either, for that matter).
The term "conspiracy theorist" does not in itself have any negative meaning in it, and in no way means neither "loon" (if I spelled that right),
"tinfoil hat wearer", "paranoid", or, as you said, unreliable. The negative aspects of the term comes only from the impression that is associated
with that term. If a description term does in practice amount to libel or thereabout, then of course I think some alternative term should be used
instead. So, if tinWiki articles should not describe conspiracy theorists as such, then some or other alternative term should be introduced. I'm sure
it's possible to come up with something that could be used.
About Linda Kennedy, specifically, I don't know very much about her, but my personal impression from the brief looks I have taken on the information
she puts out, is that she doesn't just whistleblow and that's that, but that she does contribute more than simply revealing something she happened
across. My impression is she works and investigates and tries to make sense of things, and my impression, at least, is that such types of activity is
what makes a person a conspiracy theorist. I could be wrong about that, and could also be wrong about what Kennedy actually does, but right now my
impression is that she's basically among the biggest conspiracy theorists 'out there' (which is, for the record, not meant derogatorily).
Maybe, just to throw something out with regard to all of this, these are three categories:
- Conspiracy theorists
- Freedom fighters (the category I started...)
And the second category on the list may need to be renamed, if in practice it's unusable because of a derogatory effect (maybe some would claim it
borders on libel?)
Anyway, yes, the discussions are so important to a collaborative wiki like this, I totally agree with what you say, there. To try and make the
discussions a little bit more user friendly and such, I've created some Template messages for the discussions, based on such discussion template
messages I saw in Wikipedia. If you have suggestions for ways to make it easier, in various ways, to use the discussions, feel free to share ideas and
to also go right ahead and make improvements if it's nothing very dramatic or such. Dramatic stuff is good to talk about first. :-) Also, there are
some 'sandbox' pages for trying out stuff in and for collaborating and sharing ideas in, before big changes are actually made, in for example
important pages and so on. Definitely feel free to use the standard sandbox page, linked to from the Community portal, or you could also create new
sandbox pages to experiment on if there's some page you want to try out things for. Add a slash to the normal URL for that page, and write something
like 'sandbox' or whatever after the slash, and you will have made what I think is called a 'sub page' (?).
Anyway, thanks again for the feedback.
My conclusion is, if "conspiracy theorist" can not be used, that should be 'decided' and an alternative term should replace it. Simply removing
key descriptions/terms from articles and information content is generally not ok in an encyclopedia. Is my sentiment here.
How did this all come across?.....