We sent the link to this story out yesterday in leftovers but Guy Chapman has written it up for us in a post worth reading. Thanks, Guy.
If there’s one thing proponents of SCAM (Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine) cannot stand, it’s objective unbiased information. Wikipedia’s policies have long mandated against giving undue weight to fringe and pseudoscientific beliefs, and the SCAM brigade took it upon themselves to petition founder Jimmy Wales demanding that he change this. They posted a petition on Change.org.
The results were entirely predictable (see here for some of the reasons).
Jimmy’s response was superb:
No, you have to be kidding me. Every single person who signed this petition needs to go back to check their premises and think harder about what it means to be honest, factual, truthful.
Wikipedia’s policies around this kind of thing are exactly spot-on and correct. If you can get your work published in respectable scientific journals – that is to say, if you can produce evidence through replicable scientific experiments, then Wikipedia will cover it appropriately.
What we won’t do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of “true scientific discourse”. It isn’t.
Well, that’s them told. Loved it. I do wish more curt and to-the-point responses like this would be made regarding purveyors of nonsense.
They can always go to a site that is more sympathetic to their aims such as wiki4cam, whose policies (unlike those of Wikipedia) forbid dissenting voices. Wiki4CAM’s thriving community of nearly four users have created over two hundred articles, with three edits last month alone.
By Guy Chapman
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