Why are Conservapedia’s administrators (and – generally speaking – a large number of online conservative commentators) so scared of open and public comments? Are they really that scared of having to defend an indefensible position? Are their egos that fragile that the merest questioning of their motives and actions will send them to their beds with a case of the vapours?
In fact, for Geoff Plourde, who is an Administrator of an (allegedly) open wiki that constantly rails against perceived censorship, to openly declare that his talk page is out of bounds is, quite frankly, a sad state of affairs, but also indicative of the kind of people running it. These are people who deal with secrets, who prefer to keep things “off-site” because then there’s no witnesses to their deceit.
This is the same person, however, who closed down the only avenue available to editors who felt the administrators were exceeding their authority. Which was silly really, because CP administrators get off on exceeding their authority – and they answer to nobody but God. It’s couched in the usual spin: “Conservapedia no longer handles complaints of abuse on the wiki. This allows us to handle such matters carefully and professionally, and allows all parties to retain their dignity.”
In other words, we’ll sweep it under the carpet. You can send us an e-mail if you like, but there’s more chance of Jesus coming back to open the bowling for Australia, than there is of us actually replying to you.
Then again, he’s not the only administrator to lock his talk page:
- Terry Koeckritz’s is locked until February 2010.
- Andrew Schlafly locks his on a regular basis.
- So does Brian MacDonald (Karajou)