adamsmithsghost (adamsmithsghost) wrote in ljphilosophy,

"Randaphobia" on Wikipedia - for the moment

"Randaphobia" has been posted by someone else on Wikipedia, and almost immediately has been targeted for deletion – properly so, since it violates several basic Wiki rules, in particular "neutral point of view." I was notified of the posting this morning, and could not help but to try to correct the deficiencies. Specifically, I added this preface:

' "Randaphobia" is a spoof psychological "affliction" invented by an Objectivist to describe unusually uncivil rhetoric and behavior that many Objectivists contend is often directed against them and Objectivism (the philosophy of Ayn Rand) by some opponents of the philosophy as a substitute for civil discourse. The definition was originally posted in the following form on Objectivist-oriented pages of popular blog sites in early 2006.'

Below is the current discussion on Wiki. I am not a Wiki person, and am learning as I go along. If any readers have Wiki experience and think Randaphobia is work defending, please feel free to jump in.

Prod tag disputed on talk page; Original research, non-notable neologism, (maybe WP:POINT too), 26 Google hits (on newsgroups and blogs). OhNoitsJamie Talk 21:53, 15 August 2006 (UTC)
• Delete - I believe this is Original research and thus merits deletion. --TheM62Manchester 21:55, 15 August 2006 (UTC)
• Delete Made up at school one day. Though I am amazed that the article didn't find a way to link to Jimmy Wales. 22:39, 15 August 2006 (UTC)
• Delete dumb. Danny Lilithborne 23:26, 15 August 2006 (UTC)
• Delete neoblogism. Gazpacho 01:01, 16 August 2006 (UTC)
• Do not delete because the "dumb" comment and the "made up in school one day" comment above (especially the first, which isn't even clever), may be examples of what this spoof "affliction" seeks to characterize. Adam smith's ghost
• Delete. Just some neologism invented by a Wikipedian. -- LGagnon 02:18, 16 August 2006 (UTC)
• Delete neoblogism. Gazpacho 01:01, 16 August 2006 (UTC)
• Do not delete This is not a neologism. The term "Randaphobia" goes back at least to 2000, since it shows up with a slightly different spelling in this article: . Adam smith's ghost

Some related points from the Wiki policy pages:

In this situation, it may be tempting to illustrate a point using either parody or some form of breaching experiment. For example, the contributor may apply the decision to other issues in a way that mirrors the policy they object to. These activities are generally disruptive: i.e., they require the vast majority of nonpartisan editors to clean up after the "proof".

Wikipedia is not the place for original research. Citing sources and avoiding original research are inextricably linked: the only way to demonstrate that you are not doing original research is to cite reliable sources which provide information that is directly related to the topic of the article, and to adhere to what those sources say.

Neutral Point of View (NPOV) is a fundamental Wikipedia principle which states that all articles must be written from a neutral point of view, that is, they must represent views fairly and without bias. This includes maps, reader-facing templates, categories and portals. According to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, NPOV is "absolute and non-negotiable."
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