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Anticreation Bias on Wikipedia
Many CreationWiki authors have expressed frustration with Wikipedia and its apparent double standards. Wikipedia claims to take a neutral point of view (NPOV) and in most cases it seems to follow it quite well for most topics. However, Wikipedia, it's editors, and administrators have shown that for some topics, they aren't afraid to completely ignore this policy, such as creation science and intelligent design, for which a very negative view is shown. An example is the classification of creation science and Intelligent design as pseudosciences. This is a rather standard anti-creationist tactic which has been implemented by Wikipedia.
Articles for Deletion
An example of this negative bias towards creationism and ID within the pages of Wikipedia was the nomination to delete an article titled, "Views of Creationists and mainstream scientists compared." Although voting based on your personal opinion of the topic was and still would be a blatant violation of voting guidelines, the administrators left the votes up.
|“||The title of the page is inherently wrong, as it suggests that creationism is a scientific view.||”|
|“||...comparing religious doctrine to scientific theory is comparing apples and oranges, and thus non-encyclopedic.||”|
|“||By opposing "creationism" to "mainstream science", the article title suggests that creationism is a scientific POV.||”|
|“||Creationism is not science.||”|
|“||Delete, since creationism is ultimately based on untestable religious beliefs...||”|
|“||Creationism isn't an alternative scientific theory: it is one of many alternatives to science.||”|
The contributor who nominated the article for deletion was a staunch anticreationist, who had vandalized the article several times and considered anticreation website Talk.Origins Archive to be "the most balanced treatment on the web to date"!
Trinity School incident
NPOV at Wikipedia would seem to mean rather that they conform to the POV of the editors. Almost all conservative Christian institutions and individuals get treated differently at best or thought to be only believers in lies at the worst. The Trinity School of Apologetics and Theology reportedly had a long battle with Wikipedia over numerous false reports published on Wikipedia.
In spite of documented evidence to the contrary, they were forced to contact the WikiMedia Trustees before the articles containing slander and libel against them were finally removed.[Reference needed]
Many public schools overlook Wikipedia in the use of their programs to keep the internet decent for children to look at. Wikipedia, however, provides access to pornographic pictures and videos, and while censorship measures were attempted in the past by Wikipedia staff, the website's users did not comply. Wikipedia contains a gap between its staff and users, is largely unregulated and prone to vandalism. Wikipedia is not an appropriate website for children -- or adults.
CreationWiki on Wikipedia
Wikipedia previously had an article about CreationWiki, which has since been deleted. The article was typically found expressing the anti-creationist sentiment said to be found there and retained a clear POV criticism of CreationWiki. Subsequent articles about CreationWiki have been posted that were also rapidly deleted.
In April 2006 there was a proposal to delete the article, and the end result of the discussion (with ten votes to keep and seven to delete) was "No consensus (defaults to Keep)". However, another proposal to delete in August 2006 succeeded, with four votes to delete and two to merge to a separate article on Christian Wikis. However, that latter article was itself deleted in early November 2006.
The behavior clearly demonstrates the aforementioned anticreation views of the Wikipedia editors. It is also noteworthy that the Wikipedia editor who first recommended the deletion of the CreationWiki article is the self-proclaimed head of the Wikipedia Neutrality Project.
Wikipedia has been set up for Interwiki linking. A link like
[[Wikipedia:Main Page]] will appear like this: Wikipedia:Main Page and redirect you to Wikipedia's Main Page. To create a titled link, use a format like
[[Wikipedia:Creationism|Creationism]], which will simply appear as: Creationism.
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