As we become one of the central institutions of global culture, people
justifiably feel that their "take" on things ought to be included. Iridology
is Irismeister's thing. Despite our banning of Iridology for sustained POV
editing and edit warring over the matter we continue to have an article on
Iridology which begins as follows:
"'''Iridology''' is a form of [[alternative medicine]] in
colors and other characteristics of stromal fibers of the [[Iris
(anatomy)|iris]] are examined for information about a patient's health.
Practitioners match their observations to ''iris charts'' which divide
iris into many zones believed to correspond to specific parts of the [[human
body]]. Little scientific evidence exists confirming any such link between
the aspect of the iris and a patient's state of health."
What it doesn't say, as Irismeister would have it, is that iridology is the
best thing since sliced bread. He did not achieve his goal of dominating the
article with his viewpoint which, while represented, takes its place
alongside extensive criticisms. Now, as a professional iridologist, he has
filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
From: David Gerard <dgerard(a)gmail.com>
Reply-To: David Gerard <dgerard(a)gmail.com>om>, English Wikipedia
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 11:45:26 +0000
Subject: [WikiEN-l] Fwd: email from Irismeister
I have no idea why Irismeister is sending this to me in particular.
Forwarded without comment, hard as it was to resist.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Irismeister <danjipa(a)freemail.iris-ward.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 13:54:56 GMT
Subject: Wikipedia e-mail
To: David Gerard <dgerard(a)gmail.com>
As per your choice of banning me for one year, and our "agreement"
concerning such an unwise move, please find attached the text of my
first legal action. This was started during the day of my ban. And the
fronts of the huge legal battle that has started against your
dictatorship are multiple and wide.
Ten individual FTC Consumer Complaint Forms have been filed on behalf
of prominent public figures nominally, against each of the offending
sysops on the Wikipedia list.