Original research is banned.
Ec may disagree with that policy, and he's welcome to propose a change
to that, but that's how the policy stands at present
On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 20:30:07 +0000, R E Broadley
Thanks for your reply. I've recently heard that one of the things that
Wikipedia is not is that it is not a place for "original research". I
accepted this once I heard it, but your last sentence now has me
wondering if the opinion on this is split.
Can we add content that is unproven by the wider scientific community
with a boilerplate, or is it barred altogether?
Ray Saintonge wrote:
If we accept only the opinion of experts we end
up putting ourselves
into an elitist box, and that strikes me as very un-wiki. Ultimately,
the facts should speak for themselves without regard to who is
Proponents of mainstream "science" ofte go to great effort to
discredit ideas which appear contrary to their own, and in doing so
can manage to make themselves look even more foolish than the people
whom they are confronting.. It is not necessary to pepper an article
through with "they believe . . " or "the discredited idea that . .
.", etc. The first burden of proof in a scientific concept rests with
the proponents. If they fail to carry that burden then there is
nothing there for the opponents to disprove. For many of these
articles a simple piece of boilerplate, perhaps as the second
paragraph, should be enough to satisfy NPOV. It could read, "The
subject of this article is considered unproven by the wider scientific
community. Users relying on the information in this article do so at
their own risk."
Keeping things simple can save a lot of flames.
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