Just one question…

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)

What a great bunch of people.

About PsyGremlin

PsyGremlin is a former Conservapedia sysop (although the position was earned nefariously), stand up comedian, DJ, and is currently a self-employed financial adviser, who impersonates a responsible adult at least 5 days a week. However, highlighting and poking fun at the crazies out there remains his first love. Well besides pork crackling. And custard. And cricket.
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9 Responses to Just one question…

  1. Norse says:

    They simply retreat at the first sign of their defense cracking. Like Jinx and his blog, he sits there with comments like “So go ahead and call me racist. It will only prove that you have no actual, legitimate, rational, intelligent arguments to make.” and refuses to post any comments that might show the flaw in his self-perceived intelligence level.

    -Vandal? Block.
    -More vandals? Range block.
    -Foreign editors? Night editing disabled.
    -Being proven wrong? Revert comments.
    -Being proven wrong constantly? Delete talk page.
    -Being proven wrong all the time? Protect talk page.
    -Do something stupid? Oversight it away.
    -Any of the above? Accuse, lie, and bully. No one will stop you.

    Little steps into madness, enclosing themselves in a glass shell where everyone can point and laugh. Oh, and for the sysops’ listed:

    *Terry Koeckritz – For those that don’t know, he betrayed the inner circle of CP and disclosed the Special Discussion Group to the public. He’s done more damage than anyone else (besides Andy of course).

    *Andrew Schlafly – He’s the reason things are so bad. He refuses to discipline any sysop for any action, is deeply paranoid, and attacks anyone for proving him wrong. If he can’t even manage a handful of people, he might as well lock his door to everyone.

    *Brian MacDonald – Ahoy, matey! Not only is he an abusive bully (I WAS IN THE NAVY FOR 20 YEARS!), but he’s a class act liar. He said he’d “deal with Bugler”, but emails revealed he kissed ass, supporting Bugler for adminship, not even mentioning once of his foul (parodist) conduct.

    As for Geoff? He’s done nothing for the “encyclopedia” for quite some time, aside from cover up the embarrassing shit stains the site admins create. Though, it’s more like covering poop on the floor with saran wrap (it’s still there). He’s just a tool.

    • cpmonitor says:

      It’s a strange kind of laager mentality, except they’re building the laager with glasshouses.
      Geoff is a strange one – he’s a highschool kid, who admits on his WP page that he’s too immature to deal with dispute resolution, which goes a long way towards explaining the non-existent work as Terry’s parole officer, including failing to “notice” the UCLA article was copied by Terry.

      Biggest laugh. he went to Conservapedia to “develop “people skills” that had been sadly lacking” Bad news Geoff, with behaviour like this, they still are missing.

      Then again, we’re talking about somebody who claims to hold “certificates in Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, and Photoshop” and yet manages to create something as hideous as the Conservapedia Awards (http://www.conservapedia.com/Conservapedia:Awards Scroll down after the first 5 – it’s pretty depressing).

      I think Geoff needs another article. I left a note on his WP talk page in the meantime. Let’s see if it stays there.

  2. ThoryOfPractice says:

    “Why are conservatives so scared of open and public comments?”–You need to either expand the scope of that comment (ideologues of all stripes do that sort of thing)or narrow it (“why is CP so scared….). Because as it reads now, you’re implying that the behaviour of CP sysops is indicative of “conservatives” everywhere, which is giving way too much undeserved cred to CP. -ToP.

  3. cpmonitor says:

    Actually in reply to TOP, I think it is a bit more general that just Conservapedia. Ray Comforts blog is a good one. I’ve seen plenty of conservative blogs saying things like ‘If you bring knives, we’ll bring guns. Negative, trolling comments will be deleted / blocked.” I signed up for the Coultinator’s forum (for nefarious reasons) and there you can’t use a g-mail account and you’re only granted access if a moderator approves you. Not a very ‘public’ forum is it?

  4. I completely agree there! They actually award people barnstars for enforcing their strictly wingnut regiment (the “barnhammer” for ‘tireless vigilence against fascists, vandals & trolls’). These articles are prime examples of this:
    they even locked the articles!

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