On Sun, Mar 13, 2005 at 01:15:19AM -0700, Mark Williamson wrote:
Mr. Randombtr will be trusted less about Chinese
history than Mr.
Uneducatedchinesefarmer, even though there is a possibility that Mr.
Randombtr has his Ph.D in Chinese history and has lived in China for
20 years - after all, Mr. Uneducatedchinesefarmer is actually Chinese.
Even if he never saw a history textbook, or if he moved to the UK at
age 3 and never learnt much about Chinese history than some half
truth, half legend that his grandparents taught him (probably more
likely - uneducated Chinese farmers are unlikely to be editing on
en:), he is trusted disproportionately more because "he is Chinese".
You forgot one exception - at least on en, being Polish makes one
considered less trustworthy about Polish history, not more.