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Fake Professor in Wikipedia Storm

  1. Mar 6, 2007 #1

    jtbell

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    Who cares. It's theology.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2007 #3

    arildno

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    But..what if he's got the transsubstantiation wrong??

    That would be to propagate heresy, wouldn't it?
     
  5. Mar 6, 2007 #4

    Astronuc

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    All H*** would break loose. :biggrin:
     
  6. Mar 6, 2007 #5
    What a dummy
     
  7. Mar 6, 2007 #6

    BobG

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    I admit that I groaned instead of laughed, but it wasn't that bad of a joke.
     
  8. Mar 6, 2007 #7
    God forbid!

    Good. We need more heresy. Means people are thinking. And then they turn dogmatic too and...

    Never mind, I'm in bad mood.
     
  9. Mar 6, 2007 #8

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    Variable. The joke was that, not the dummy. :smile:
     
  10. Mar 6, 2007 #9
    I have a feeling there is a lot of people like him on Wiki..

    few days ago, I was reading the discussion page of Bell theorem, people shouldn't write and edit pages on wiki when they are high...
     
  11. Mar 6, 2007 #10

    BobG

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    They shouldn't have edit wars, either, where one editor deletes information, a second adds it back in, and on and on.

    Wiki has its uses, mainly because its quick and mostly reliable. I wouldn't depend on it for anything formal. I'd use the links it lists as a quick means to a better source.
     
  12. Mar 6, 2007 #11
    My comment was in reference to him gathering his information from "Catholicism for Dummies". :smile: Appropriate book name for the context. Made me laugh.

    EDIT: I am not saying that catholics are dummies, don't misunderstand. :P
     
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    Quite. I mean is there any other? (Context : I'm technically Catholic).
     
  14. Mar 6, 2007 #13
    Theology is a legitimate academic discipline. That's probably the reason this is being taken so seriously.
     
  15. Mar 7, 2007 #14

    verty

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    Well if he pulled it off, it must mean that it isn't that difficult to pretend to be a theology professor. Perhaps that's why it is being taken so seriously... hehe
     
  16. Mar 7, 2007 #15

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    The big deal of it is that Wiki apparently just take's people's word for it about their credentials, even if giving them a position of editor. C'mon, you don't have to make their real name public knowledge just to verify their credentials. I wonder how many of their other theology editors are frauds too if they didn't notice discrepancies in what the person claims their credentials are and what their knowledge level really is. Or maybe they did notice and that's the source of such editing wars that Janus mentioned.

    It just reinforces that anyone can get away with pretty much anything for a very long time. Who's to say the entire editorial staff there isn't filled with frauds. When you rely on people's honesty to represent themselves accurately on an internet forum, well, it's the internet and we all know that not everyone is who they say they are.
     
  17. Mar 7, 2007 #16

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    What I find more "amusing" about this is that people are still "surprise", "shocked", and "dismayed" that such a thing is happening on Wikipedia.

    HELLO??!!!!

    Are people THAT naive (stupid?)?

    I really do not blame this fella. I blame those who actually put "faith" in something like this. I've said this earlier, but really, if people actually expect a consistent valid info out of something like this, then they DESERVE to be taken in! They paid attention to something that can easily be bogus, and then acted surprised by it. At some point, some people should not be saved from their own stupidity.

    Zz.
     
  18. Mar 7, 2007 #17

    JasonRox

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    That'll never happen. The whole purpose of humanity is to save each other from stupidity somehow. :rolleyes:
     
  19. Mar 7, 2007 #18

    jtbell

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    When I read about this affair, my first thought was of a certain famous cartoon. Egad, I can't believe it's approaching 14 years old!

    Ironically, I had read about this guy before, in a recent article about Wikipedia in New Yorker magazine, before his "outing."
     
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  20. Mar 8, 2007 #19

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    Very true. I worked with a post-doc who for some reason loved that cartoon, but I think her poor English must have given it a different meaning to her, because she used it for the most inappropriate situations (like stuck into a slide for lab meeting). Now I don't laugh at the cartoon (because I've seen it so many times), but at remembering her odd usage of it (we had to tell her to take it out of an interview seminar :bugeye:).
     
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