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==What they say about themselves==
 
==What they say about themselves==
 
''RW is not an encyclopedia. Their purpose includes the following: Refuting and analyzing the anti-science movement, ideas and people Refuting and analyzing the full range of crank ideas, why do people believe stupid things? Essays and works on right wing authoritarianism, religious fundamentalism, and other social and political constructs We encourage works that are predominantly original research and authorship. In many ways this is closer to blog-type entries than encyclopedia articles. People can come along and improve the works posted by others, but they are still essays.''
 
''RW is not an encyclopedia. Their purpose includes the following: Refuting and analyzing the anti-science movement, ideas and people Refuting and analyzing the full range of crank ideas, why do people believe stupid things? Essays and works on right wing authoritarianism, religious fundamentalism, and other social and political constructs We encourage works that are predominantly original research and authorship. In many ways this is closer to blog-type entries than encyclopedia articles. People can come along and improve the works posted by others, but they are still essays.''
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''Discussion generated by our articles is just as important, if not more so than the articles themselves. We seek dialog and debate, and we value having a record of that debate. In this fashion we are more like a forum than a wiki. The debate will be an important piece in and of itself. We therefore encourage people of all stripes to come in and argue.''
 
''Discussion generated by our articles is just as important, if not more so than the articles themselves. We seek dialog and debate, and we value having a record of that debate. In this fashion we are more like a forum than a wiki. The debate will be an important piece in and of itself. We therefore encourage people of all stripes to come in and argue.''
   
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The kind, honorable people at RationalWiki remain unpopular at [[Conservapedia]] as can be seen by this post on Conservapedia by their mild-mannered user RobSmith:
 
The kind, honorable people at RationalWiki remain unpopular at [[Conservapedia]] as can be seen by this post on Conservapedia by their mild-mannered user RobSmith:
   
''' RW is the home hideout for the putrid, stinking, miserable, vile, poorly educated, wife beating, psychopathic trolls who plague us.''' {{fact}}
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'''RW is the home hideout for the putrid, stinking, miserable, vile, poorly educated, wife beating, psychopathic trolls who plague us.''' {{fact}}
   
 
I think the folks at RW take that as a compliment.
 
I think the folks at RW take that as a compliment.
   
On Conservapedia today, all traces of Rationalwiki have been banished and it is a blockable offence to mention their existence, how silly.
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On Conservapedia today, all traces of Rationalwiki have been banished and it is a blockable offence to mention their existence. How silly.
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== Site downtime ==
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RationalWiki is currently unavailable online as it experienced a server on the 21st August. Site owner Tmtoulouse will not have server access again until 6th September, and as such the site will be down until at least then.
   
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==

Revision as of 11:57, August 26, 2009

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RationalWiki is a Wiki that tries to fight against the evils of Conservapedia like Liberapedia, the EvoWiki, and to a lesser extent Uncyclopedia do, but unlike Liberapedia, it uses a special sense of humour (called "snark") instead of 100% irrefutable facts and truth. As such, RationalWiki should not be taken at face value. The site was started up by former Conservapedia members who found themselves being blocked for inserting tested, substantiated and factual information. Rational Wiki has a conservative bias.[citation needed] Though it is somewhat less pronounced than that of many other wikis it is still very prominent.

What they say about themselves

RW is not an encyclopedia. Their purpose includes the following: Refuting and analyzing the anti-science movement, ideas and people Refuting and analyzing the full range of crank ideas, why do people believe stupid things? Essays and works on right wing authoritarianism, religious fundamentalism, and other social and political constructs We encourage works that are predominantly original research and authorship. In many ways this is closer to blog-type entries than encyclopedia articles. People can come along and improve the works posted by others, but they are still essays.

Discussion generated by our articles is just as important, if not more so than the articles themselves. We seek dialog and debate, and we value having a record of that debate. In this fashion we are more like a forum than a wiki. The debate will be an important piece in and of itself. We therefore encourage people of all stripes to come in and argue.

So, we are not an encyclopedia: we are a collaborative blog/forum/wiki with a specific focus.


RW and Conservapedia

Most of the editors at RW came together because of the experience with Conservapedia. It was not a pleasant experience. Because of this a lot of our shared interest is in dealing with the issues we all experienced at that site. Conservapedia also represents a microcosm of much of what is wrong with right-wing authoritarian religious fundamentalism. So it provides good fodder for making our point. RW is not just about Conservapedia, or a response to Conservapedia. But, for all the reasons discussed, much of the material will spin off from Conservapedia. Over time it is hoped the focus will expand to encompass a wider range of examples and ideas, and a wide range of people who did not have the odious experience of being an editor at Conservapedia.

Conservapedia on RationalWiki

The kind, honorable people at RationalWiki remain unpopular at Conservapedia as can be seen by this post on Conservapedia by their mild-mannered user RobSmith:

RW is the home hideout for the putrid, stinking, miserable, vile, poorly educated, wife beating, psychopathic trolls who plague us. [citation needed]


I think the folks at RW take that as a compliment.

On Conservapedia today, all traces of Rationalwiki have been banished and it is a blockable offence to mention their existence. How silly.

Site downtime

RationalWiki is currently unavailable online as it experienced a server on the 21st August. Site owner Tmtoulouse will not have server access again until 6th September, and as such the site will be down until at least then.

External Links

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.