Tuesday, April 5, 2016

We've Been Wikipedicized!

Wikipedia has millions of articles and is used much as the old print encyclopedias of the last century. Additionally, Wikipedia’s pages are given great weight by search engines placing Wiki articles at the top of search rankings. That's a ton of internet "juice" that helps to make Wikipedia the world's greatest authority on practically every subject under the sun. At least, that's what they would have us think.

Wikipedia has strong "Leftist" leanings and a noticeable anti-Christian bias. My guess is it's because it has attracted editors from academia. Though some of Wikipedia’s leftward push has been overt, most of it is cleverly subtle and promulgated through the use of the online encyclopedia’s own editing rules, the use of sockpuppets (fake editor accounts), and through the manipulation of secret agenda-pushing cabals of editors. Those wishing to distort and censor Wikipedia have become experts at “Wikilawyering”. Typically they use Neutral Point of View (NPOV) arguments and other tactics to counter any wiki content that they dislike.

Whenever a Wikipedian dislikes a new article, they'll flag it for deletion. Usually, the reason given is “lack of notability”. (They use the flag “nn”, which stands for “non-notable”.) Given the leftist view of the majority of Wikipedians, many articles about subjects of interest to Constitutionalists, conservatives, libertarians, and Christians become targeted in Articles for Deletion (AfD) campaigns. The debates in these campaigns are often heated, but their result (“by consensus”) almost always exhibits a leftist bias. The end result is that more articles on leftist topics survive. Many articles are summarily deleted, but some don’t go down without a fight in the AfD process.

It is not just individual Wikipedia articles that get deleted. Entire categories are deleted. Just try to find “Category: Climate change skeptics.” It no longer exists. Poof! Down the memory hole, it’s conveniently gone.

A Wikipedian activating a sock puppet,
or perhaps simply talking to himself.
The root of the problem with Wikipedia is the existence of secret cabals of agenda-pushing editors. These cabals are most apparent in the edit-warring campaigns on topics like gun control, homosexuality, pedophilia, and abortion.

The very existence of cabals is denied, and the phrase “There is No Cabal” (TINC) was used as far back as 1995 on Usenet. The TINC phrase is “…used as a pseudo-ironic statement, since presumably an insider or someone who knows “the cabal” would inevitably deny that there is a cabal.”

The cabals grow by a simple method: A cabal member notices edits being made to an article of interest by someone who is obviously like-minded. He contacts that editor via their User “Talk” page and offers his e-mail address. Once they have established private contact, they immediately remove the comments to their respective Talk pages. They then conspire to maintain Watch Lists on articles of interest. They then take turns editing articles in attempt to wear down anyone with a different opinion or politics. These tag-teamed edit wars rage on month after month, often with attempts to edit, restrict, block, or cancel the accounts of other editors. Through Wikilawyering, they gradually bash many of their opponents into submission.

Wikipedia is now influenced by paid editors, in the employ of “reputation management” companies. The work of these paid editors brings the legitimacy of all of Wikipedia’s Bibliographies of Living Persons (BPLPs) into question. Even worse than manipulative editing in Wikipedia are its outright lies and hoaxes that end up in print in magazines and newspapers with alarming regularity. Many of these hoaxes have gone on for years. For a good case in point, see: Wikipedia Seigenthaler biography incident.

Wikipedia itself admits: “Mere hours after the death of French composer Maurice Jarre, Irish student Shane Fitzgerald added a phony quote to Jarre’s Wikipedia article. The quote said “One could say my life itself has been one long soundtrack. Music was my life, music brought me to life, and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life. When I die there will be a final waltz playing in my head, that only I can hear.” The quote was quickly copy/pasted by journalists and incorporated into numerous obituaries of Jarre published in newspapers around the world, including The Guardian and The Independent.”

There are only two cures for Wikipedia’s now deeply entrenched bias. First, a larger number of Constitutionalists, conservatives, libertarians, and Christians need to get involved in watching Wikipedia and correcting errors. Second, the alternatives to Wikipedia (such as Conservapedia) should be promoted. Failure to contest a lop-sided, left-handed view of the world will result in Wikipedia’s leftist cabals continuing to predominate. If they continue to distort and censor Wikipedia unchallenged, then they will have won their part of the ongoing Culture War. Idiocracy will reign and surely the next era of Dark Ages will begin.

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Oh, by the way: Don’t go looking in Wikipedia for an article on “The Culture War”. It was deleted. Nor should you bother with looking for the Wikipedia article on “Wikipedia Cabals”. It no longer exists. In fact the word “cabal” does not even appear in the “Criticism of Wikipedia” wiki page, and that entire criticism page has been nominated for deletion seven times. Still, it has somehow survived, now with a new and improved unblemished sheen. You see, all of the most incisive criticisms are quickly removed by sharp-eyed Wikipedians as soon as they appear.

Thanks to Hugh James Latimer.

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