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Source Country

I wonder how useful the source country section is? It is not a criteria I have ever used to look for material, but maybe others do.

agreed. We could downplay this category. Initially I thought it would be interesting to see the differences in style/argument among the different source countries, but this is probably not very useful. Admin 10:17, 12 August 2008 (EDT)

It also begs the question about what catagories are useful? How likely is someone to be searching by the name of the newspaper? and is the search function sufficient?

I think by source newspaper is useful since there is definitely a connection between things that the WSJ or the Australian publish Admin 10:17, 12 August 2008 (EDT)

I do not pose the question to be difficult, but more with an eye to the fact that catagorization takes time, particularly as they add a layer of decision making re: conventions (eg is Swindle 'Television' or 'Documentary' or both?}

television is the better category - documentary not so much. Admin 10:17, 12 August 2008 (EDT)

If a catagory is used to help people find a resource quicker, then by all means - but is it used? --Greenfyre 23:38, 10 August 2008 (EDT)

By Topic

Lack of clarity on my part again, sorry. I am most definitely not suggesting creating something new to replace Cory, realclimate, UCS, skeptical science etc, not at all.

Rather I am suggesting that the sublinks within these sites be organized by issue here as well, reasoning:

i) in many instances specific myths show up and it would be nice to have a single link (ie here at the wiki) that links to all of relevant sections. Thus a page on the 70s cooling myth would not discuss the myth, but link to the relevant section at Grist, realclimate, etc.

ii) An issues based index makes it much easier for site users to use the wiki to debunk myths they encounter in espace. Thus the lay user could use the site to debunk everything from newspaper articles like Bolt and Solomon to blogs where they find them; things that none of the serious commentators are ever going to bother with, but they have an impact nonetheless.

iii) not all of the collections are kept up to date. A wiki based issues page makes it easy to throw new work into the mix

iv) it is something I am doing anyway (collecting the links by topic) so it is a relatively simple matter to do it here rather than on my machine. --Greenfyre 23:38, 10 August 2008 (EDT)

I could see a kind of meta-listing on issues, linking to individual debunks on the other sites. That could be useful, but there would be some work involved... Admin 10:38, 12 August 2008 (EDT)
--Greenfyre 15:13, 12 August 2008 (EDT) Let me putter away at it in the background and we can promote it when it has enough substance to be useful