posted on Jul, 12 2012 @ 09:50 PM
Actually, very little needs to be done actively; the community itself does the job all on its own.
Because of the sheer numbers of people, we get so much noise that any 'truth' is obscured in the dust. Couple that with the natural tendency for
cognitive bias and you get a very polarized community, one that has a very loud, fringe group that decries anything that might disturb their world
view, calling any criticism 'shrills' and 'cointelpro'. Any real effort at disinformation has very little work to do on their own, since the
forums population does the work for them.
You won't find any misdirection until you can teach the population a few simple skills, such as vetting their sources and multi-sourcing their data,
removing emotional statements and opinion from debate and understanding the 'peer review' process.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. Be prepared to present such, or, to stand down, open minded, without a preconceived conclusion.
We also need to learn to have a conversation - a thing sadly lacking around here. Please read through a thread before contributing, our efforts must
be collaborative in order to be strong. Otherwise you're just singing in the wind to yourself.
Learning critical thinking skills is essential to preventing what could be a great endeavor for joint exploration to become a bed of endless
repetitive rhetoric and noise.