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Petition to Wikipedia: Create and enforce new policies


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This looks like a good Wikipedia petition to rally around. Here’s the link:

Create and enforce new policies

12-21-2013:  It’s now exceeded 5,000 signatures.

Here’s the gist of it:

Wikipedia: Create and enforce new policies that allow for true scientific discourse about holistic approaches to healing.

You’ll find an in depth description below.  Why is it important to sign a petition?  In this case, if it can get enough signatures, it becomes a way of publicizing people’s mass displeasure with Wikipedia.  It’s very doubtful that Wikipedia would act on a petition alone, unless it got something like a million signatures because Wikipedia is pretty deaf to criticism, but it doesn’t have to reach that number to be a good media tool if it can be demonstrated that it got a huge number of signatures, particularly if it happens quickly.  This is how we show our strength.

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Wikipedia is widely used and trusted. Unfortunately, much of the information related to holistic approaches to healing is biased, misleading, out-of-date, or just plain wrong. For five years, repeated efforts to correct this misinformation have been blocked and the Wikipedia organization has not addressed these issues.  As a result, people who are interested in the benefits of Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology, and specific approaches such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques, Thought Field Therapy and the Tapas Acupressure Technique, turn to your pages, trust what they read, and do not pursue getting help from these approaches which research has, in fact, proven to be of great benefit to many. This has serious implications, as people continue to suffer with physical and emotional problems that might well be alleviated by these approaches.

Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, left the organization due to concerns about its integrity. He stated: “In some fields and some topics, there are groups who ‘squat’ on articles and insist on making them reflect their own specific biases. There is no credible mechanism to approve versions of articles.”

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One comment on “Petition to Wikipedia: Create and enforce new policies

  1. Tom Butler
    December 13, 2013

    Thanks for posting this.

    I was working on the energy healing article in Wikipedia and one very influential skeptical editor came in and drove off all of the conservative editors and merged it with magnetic healing bracelets. Perhaps this petition will help.

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