Wikipedia deletes Church of Reality Again

This post was written by marc on November 28, 2005
Posted Under: Religion

The web site Wikipedia has again deleted the Church of Reality from it’s listings. The do the same thing with most Atheist based articles. Only after a monumental affort will they post Atheist related stuff. The did the same thing with the movie, The God who Wasn’t There.

In this case according to their discussion they insist the the Church of Reality has only one member and that’s why it’s being deleted. Here’s the link for those who want to weigh in on the subject.

Wikipedia has now shut down the discussion to undelete the Church of Reality. Apparently when the votes don’t go their way they stop the voting.

I saved the deleted discossion:

==== [[Church of Reality]] ====
* {{On AFD|Church of Reality}}
* {{On AFD|Church of reality}}

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ I would like the Church of Reality undeleted. It was originally deleted because it wasn’t notable because it had only 3000 Google hits and it wasn’t a 501(C)3 non profit. It now has 24,900 Google hits and is now an [http:// _tax_exempt_status/ IRS blessed 501(C)3 church]. So the reason it was deleted is no longer valid.–[[User:Marcperkel|Marcperkel]] 02:12, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

* The reason that I gave in the original AFD discussion is as valid now as it was then. Nothing has changed to affect the status of this subject as mis-use of Wikipedia as a soapbox by its author. Marc Perkel has continued his self-promotion campaign and the number of Google Web results has as a consequence increased, but there is still no evidence that this religion has any more than 1 adherent. ”’Keep deleted”’. [[User:Uncle G|Uncle G]] 02:23, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
** The Church of Reality [http://www.churchofreality.org/phpbb/ PhpBB discussion board] shows 360 users and 1415 articles. That’s just the number of Church of Reality members who participate in discussions. Church of Reality [http://www.churchofreality.org/wusage/monthly/2005/10/01/index.htm Usage Statistics] shows 91,000 page views for the month of October. –[[User:Marcperkel|Marcperkel]] 02:39, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
***And yet, no evidence of any but the 1 adherent. [[User:Uncle G|Uncle G]] 03:35, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
***And yet an alexa ranking of 384,137. [[User:Zoe]]|[[User talk:Zoe|(talk)]] 02:42, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
***Could you let us know when Mike Malloy covered this, so I can look at his archives to see what he had to say about it? [[User:Zoe]]|[[User talk:Zoe|(talk)]] 02:45, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
****From Marc Perkel’s blog: [http://marc.perkel.com/archives/000660.html Perkel to be Interviewed on Air America Radio], [http://marc.perkel.com/archives/000667.html Two Radio Interviews I did receintly], [http://marc.perkel.com/archives/000664.html Marc Perkel on Mike Malloy’s Show on Air America Radio]. [[User:Geronimooo|Geronimooo]] 15:54, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
** If it has extensive coverage, it doesn’t matter ”why” the author wrote the article. I’m not arguing either way yet (waiting to see if people think this new info would change the outcome of an AfD), I’m just saying. — [[User:SCZenz|SCZenz]] 02:27, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*** The Church of Reality ”hasn’t” had extensive coverage. Marc Perkel has created an extensive self-publicity campaign. (In the original AFD discussion I listed several of the web sites that he operates.) But ”all” of the information about this religion comes from a single source, Perkel himself, and thus suffers from the original research, non-neutrality, and verifiability problems that such [[Wikipedia:autobiography|autobiography]] does. Even the coverage by Mike Malloy was ”information sourced directly from Perkel himself”. No reliable sources independent of him had produced works of their own about it then, and Perkel has presented no evidence that any reliable sources independent of him have produced works of their own about it since. Perkel has continued his self-publicity campaign, of which it seems apparent that repeatedly submitting this same article to Wikipedia is a part, but this continues to be original research, a novel belief that has not been peer reviewed and accepted into the corpus of human knowledge, for the same reason now as it was then.

Contrast the situation here with religions that are ”not” original research. You’ll find plenty of published works from multiple sources, that are independent of the subject, that deal with [[Christianity]], [[Islam]], [[Scientology]], and the like. (See the references sections of those articles, for starters.) There is ”nothing” like that for Perkel’s church of 1 adherent.

Keeping out novel concepts that have not gained any traction in the world outside of their creators (and the Wikipedia articles written by their creators) is part of the reason that we have a [[Wikipedia:no original research|no original research]] policy. That a proponent is vociferous, and creates a huge self-publicity campaign, does not change that. [[User:Uncle G|Uncle G]] 03:35, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’Keep deleted”’. ””’333””’ unique hits out of those thousands cited, and no references in Google news or Google Book search. Also only 42 hits when searching Google groups. This made-up church is as nn now as it was at the time of the vote. [[User:Zoe]]|[[User talk:Zoe|(talk)]] 02:35, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’Keep deleted”’ as per Zoe. Another misguided attempt to use Wikipedia as a launching pad. –[[User:TheMidnighters|TheMidnighters]] 02:42, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’Abstain”’, but as the admin who deleted it the 2nd time, I figured I should at least explain my actions. I saw the 2nd listing on AFD, compared the new version to the old/deleted version, and observed that they were substantially the same. To be sure, the new one is longer, but in my opinion, they were on essentially the same topic, so I speedied the new version under [[WP:CSD]] G4. I am, shall we say, agnostic on the issue of whether it should be undeleted or not. –[[User:RoySmith|RoySmith]] 02:47, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’Keep deleted”’ per Uncle G and Zoe. [[User:Starblind|Andrew Lenahan]] – Starblind 03:03, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
* ”’Overturn and Keep”’ I have full faith in the Church of Reality (the irony!) –[[User:BenE|BenE]] 03:08, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
** Neither your faith nor having made your first edit here ({{tl|welcome}} and congratulations) change the issue at hand, which is whether there’s new information that warrants a reconsideration of the article’s notability. — [[User:SCZenz|SCZenz]] 03:22, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
***Well at least you can’t say there are no adherents. This is a religion with international reach, (I’m canadian) Oh and thanks for the welcome! –[[User:BenE|BenE]] 04:00, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
****The welcome was just a way of pointing out that I’m a meatpuppet wasn’t it? Shame on you for using sarcasm on a newbie!–[[User:BenE|BenE]] 04:24, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
***** Honestly, I was [[WP:AGF|assuming good faith]] and welcoming you as a possible productive editor. I’ll admit I was also pointing out you’re new, so that whoever ends up counting viewpoints to determine consensus can take it into account at the end of the discussion. We really do love new editors, but they tend not to be well-versed in deletion policy. So I’m willing to call it partial sarcasm. 😉 — [[User:SCZenz|SCZenz]] 04:46, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
****** I’m well versed in your deletion policy. It’s simple. If is isn’t Christian then it gets deleted. I am totally unimpressed with the censorship here. –[[User:Marcperkel|Marcperkel]] 06:24, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*******That’s pretty ridiculous, you’re not the only atheist editor here, maybe you should go take a look at [[Atheism]], [[history of atheism]], [[Criticism of Religion]] and many more similar articles. If you want to be taken seriously you should drop the whole persecution and censorship act since it’s completely groundless and juvenile. Noone has said your articles should be deleted on the grounds of religious outlook, it’s the fact that there are only 348 unique google hits and you have yet to prove notability. –[[User:TheMidnighters|TheMidnighters]] 06:43, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’Chuckle”’. I like this quote from the [http://www.churchofreality.org/wisdom/irs_tax_exempt_status/ IRS blessed 501(C)3 church] web page, ”One [IRS] agent even commented that he thought it was one of the most interesting applications he’s reviewed.” –[[User:RoySmith|RoySmith]] 03:38, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
**You’d do well to look at the source of that information. How do we ”know” that the IRS agent said that? Who is telling us? [[User:Uncle G|Uncle G]] 04:19, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*** So you think I made up 360 users in the BBS discussion and then faked 91,000 hits to generate stats pages? And I faked the Mike Malloy interview, and the IRS tax letter … –[[User:Marcperkel|Marcperkel]] 04:41, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
* ”’undelete”’: Real enough. [[User:Ombudsman|Ombudsman]] 04:10, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’Might want to consider these FACTS.”’ Usage Stats on [http://www.churchofreality.org/wusage/monthly/2005/10/01/index.htm CoR website]. The [http://www.churchofreality.org/phpbb/ Discussion Board] Shows 360 members with 1400+ articles that are involved in discussions. Here’s the [http://www.churchofreality.org/wisdom/irs_tax_exempt_status/ IRS Papers]. Here is a recording of the [http://www.churchofreality.org/ads/malloy.mp3 Air America Interview with Mike Malloy]. So – is this a one person religion? I don’t think so! –[[User:Marcperkel|Marcperkel]] 03:54, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
**All of those URLs are for [http://www.churchofreality.org/ http://www.churchofreality.org/]. Information from a web site (one of several) that you own and run, and thus whose content you have control over, does not qualify to be verifiable fact. [[User:Uncle G|Uncle G]] 04:19, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*** Yes, but the radio interview is presumably real, isn’t it? Likewise the amount of readership the website has matters. The question is only whether the new information is compelling enough to warrant a new AfD. — [[User:SCZenz|SCZenz]] 04:46, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”undelete”: **This certainly isn’t a parody religion (unlike the flying spaghetti monster)… it is actually very well thought out, I found it quite compelling. I understand that that doesn’t mean that it has gotten “traction” on the Web, etc… but Marc has been interviewed on the radio, has IRS tax free status, and was cited by BoingBoing. I think that it’s worth an entry! {{unsigned|151.198.26.199|04:23, 28 November 2005}}
*”’Keep”’ as far as numbers are concerned, I am also a member. The Church of Reality is a serious undertaking and should remain. {{unsigned|63.203.231.61}}

* Church of Reality [http://www.churchofreality.org/ads/prince-hives.mp3 Radio Spot]. Pretty sophisticated for a religion with only one member. –[[User:Marcperkel|Marcperkel]] 04:58, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’Endorse and keep deleted”’. Looks like a valid AFD to me. It’s a vanity article with hardly any credible outside sourcing (and the proverbial fifteen minutes of fame just don’t cut it). [[User:Radiant!|R]][[User_talk:Radiant!|adiant]][[meta:mergist|_>|<]] 09:25, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*Here’s another outside link…not sure if that makes any diffefrence, but I wouldn’t just dismiss it as only having one adherent: http://blog4mike.blogspot.com/2005/11/welcome-to-reality.html[[User:Mar10029|Mar10029]] 14:42, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
:*On the other hand, I would dismiss [[User:Mar10029|Mar10029]] as being a sockpuppet who has only ever made three edits, all to this discussion [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Mar10029]. –[[User:RoySmith|RoySmith]] 15:26, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*I guess by sockpuppet you mean that you think that I am Marc Perkel, trying to rig the discussion. I am new to Wikipedia, but I really like the COR philosophy, and heard about this discussion on the COR message board, so here I am, to show my support.
I realize that the fact that I “like the philosophy” is irrelevant to this discussion, but that is why I’m here. I haven’t posted before because I don’t regularly spend time here. Perhaps that makes my opinions less useful in this forum, I do understand that, and I appreciate the fact that you regular posters put a lot of work into Wikipedia. But I’m not a sock puppet. Sorry to intrude.[[User:Mar10029|Mar10029]] 15:35, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’Endorse close, keep deleted.”’ Valid AfD with strong consensus to delete. Google Web hit counts as evidence of increased notability is unconvincing, as it is well known that souch counts can be artificially manipulated by “search engine optimization” by anyone interested in self promotion. In contrast, but Google Groups (USENET) shows [http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&safe=active&num=100&q=%22church+of+reality%22&safe=active&qt_s=Search only 35 hits], Google Books shows [http://books.google.com/books?q=%22church+of+reality%22&btnG=Search+Books&hl=en no hits at all], and an online search of the last five years of the New York Times up through November 28, 2005 returns “Sorry. There are no articles that contain all the keywords you entered.” [[User:Dpbsmith|Dpbsmith]] [[User_talk:dpbsmith|(talk)]] 15:37, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’Endorse close, keep deleted.”’ For all the above-mentioned reasons. [[User:Nandesuka|Nandesuka]] 15:40, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
* ”’Endorse”’ deletion. No new evidence presented to justify overturning the prior decision. [[User:Rossami|Rossami]] [[User talk:Rossami|(talk)]] 15:46, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’Restore”’- I am a member of the Church, and feel it certainly has as much merit to an article as the [[Church of Virus]] –[[User:Mcsporran|Mcsporran]] 15:47, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’Restore”’ – Not only am I a member of the Church, I feel that it presents a uniquely articulated viewpoint.
*”’keep deleted”’ valid VFD, no demonstration of notability. — [[user:Duncharris|Dunc]]|[[User talk:duncharris|☺]] 15:55, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’restore/keep”’ I must admit that I find it annoying that Marc Perkel calls the deletion censorship. However, ”’The Church of Reality does have members (I’m a member of the mailinglist) and I’m not a sockpuppet”’. [[User:Geronimooo|Geronimooo]] 16:05, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*I agree with Geronmooo… there really are two separate issues here – validity of the COR, and the Internet/MSM “profile” of the COR. Clearly the latter predominates in this discussion. But it also probably not “censorship”, as in active repression of an unpopular viewpoint. I would like the administrators to consider, though, that while I do understand their need to keep Wikipedia reasonably lean and free of self promoting pages, one of the nice things about an online encyclopedia is the ability to more easily include articles on interesting but not widely know topics. This might be a useful exception to the standard numerical rules[[User:Mar10029|Mar10029]] 16:13, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
*”’Keep deleted”’ – I had actually heard about this web-site and visited it previously. My impression was that it is set up like a religion, but in ‘Reality’ is currently something more like a message board / social club for atheists. However, they still fall short on notability. There are plenty of web-sites with larger user groups and higher traffic which we don’t include. I suspect that some of these accounts which are labelled ‘sock puppets’ are instead actually participants in the message boards there coming to Wikipedia for the sole purpose of voting on this issue. –[[User:CBDunkerson|CBD]] [[User talk:CBDunkerson|T]] [[Special:Contributions/CBDunkerson|C]] [[Special:Emailuser/CBDunkerson|@]] 16:34, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

*”’Keep and Rewrite”’ – I’m a fan of the COR and on the mailing list. I think the reasons of deletion are valid. However i would very much like to see an article about the COR on Wikipedia. Perhaps if a 3rd party wear to write the initial article and it could be edited from there. Sorry Marc but i just don’t see this as religious censorship. [[User:Zath42|Zath42]] 17:27, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

*”’More Votes to Overturn and Undelete”’

These people posted in the wrong place. They posted these comments on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Fastfission but they are clearly meant to support the restoration of the Church of Reality site. As you can see, they are new to Wikipedia, but their votes still count.–[[User:Marcperkel|Marcperkel]] 17:04, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

Here’s what I moved:
—-

”’CoR”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ I hear that the Church of Reality was a] deleted and that b] there’s only one member. Considering the Church of Reality has federal tax exempt status and I am also a member, I don’t think it’s appropriate to delete the entry.

Nicole M. Wolverton
nicole.wolverton@gmail.com

”’Church of Reality”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ Please consider allowing the Church of Reality to maintain a page in Wikipedia. There are many of us who consider this an important organization. The fact that we have been granted 501(C)(3) status should show that the organization is real. Thank you.

”’Church of Reality”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ I am a member of the Church of Reality. To call it a “vanity religion” only reflects the prejudice of the Wikipedia gang. Read C of R documents to see that it is a useful, sane, reality-based organization, a novel concept in religion. This is not a fraud, but it was Mark Perkel’s idea. Please keep it in Wikipedia.
Gordon Clark

”’I’m friend”’

I am here too 🙂

”’No one is Vandalizing your Talk Page”’

As you have stated. If I am the sole member of the Church of Reality as you claim then I can’t have followers. You’re link is out there and the church of Reality explorers don’t like it when people like you are lying about the number of members of the church of Reality. Maybe it’s time that you admit that you are wrong. –[[User:Marcperkel|Marcperkel]] 15:17, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

The reason so many people are posting here about the Church of Reality is because of an e-mail on the CoR mailinglist.

“[Fastfission thinks there’s only one CoR memeber.] Here is his Talk page. Please let him know that the CoR has more than one member. Click on Edit next to the church of Reality section at the bottom of the page.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Fastfission”

so I doubt it’s Marc Perkel using a proxy and spamming. [[User:Geronimooo|Geronimooo]] 16:26, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

”’User:Fastfission removed my talk on talkpage”’

User:Fastfission removed my talk (and others) on his talkpage. [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk%3AFastfission&diff=29492013&oldid=29491913] [[User:Geronimooo|Geronimooo]] 16:08, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

prejudice of the Wikipedia gang….

* Yep – he removed a lot of material from his talk page. Looks like he’s not following the rules but he took it upon himself to delete the Church of Reality claiming it has only one member so this is what happens. –[[User:Marcperkel|Marcperkel]] 16:39, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

** Here’s what he deleted

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ I certainly doesn’t matter what this hairball thinks of our church. Reality is what it is and will win against superstition and bigotry in the end. One doesn’t even need “faith.” (Pardon my dirty mouth.) One doesn’t have to believe in reality. Reality will not be swayed by the doubts of unbelievers.

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ Sirs,
I am a member of the Church of Reality. I do not know Mr. Perkel personally, but I am aware of your concerns that his desire to put an article on your site is merely an attempt at self-promotion. I do not believe this is the case. The church is a real (albeit small, relatively new and technically a charity) organization of those like myself, who feel that the injection of mythical deities into an otherwise rational debate of very pressing issues greatly hinders the ability of our collective effort to achieve practical solutions.

Before I became aware of the recent controversy of the posting, I was surprised when I found that your site did not have an article on the church. I had a mind to write one myself when the time became available to me. But, obviously, Mr. Perkel’s article would be more comprehensive (and definitely better written) than any I could write.
Thus, with the utmost respect and appreciation for the work you do, and with the understanding that you must be vigilant of those who would use your wonderful resource as a platform for personal gain, I would like to convey my belief that Mr. Perkel’s motives are benefic and the cause just.
Please reconsider the deletion.

Thank you,
Frank D.
nthsign69@yahoo.com

”’Devout Member of the Church of Reality”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ I am a recent convert to the Church of Reality. I believe it deserves to have an entry on Wikipedia if for no other reason than it represents a response to the prevalence of supernatural and religious beliefs in modern society.

”’Church of Reality ”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ I am proud to say that I, too, am a devout member of the Church of Reality, so I believe that you will have to retract your statment that our church has only one member.
By the way, the usual disclaimers apply: I do not personally know Mark Perkel nor am I being paid by the church, nor have I accepted any reward or other perquisites for this statement.
I just want you to know that we church members are serious about our membership and about our church, and I believe that you are perilously close to the application of a religious “litmus test”. I believe you know that this would be the first step on the road to religious persecution of other sects with whom you disagree.
Is that really what you want?

”’Church of Reality vs. Flying Spaghetti Monster”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ You have a nice site for the Flying spaghetti monster, and you won’t have one for Church of Reality?

Take a look at CoR expanding membership and body of work, you should agree that it’s much more developerd than the FSM. CoR deserves it’s own entry in the Wiki.

thanks.

”’Church of Reality.. ”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ Hey, there more of us than just Marc..! Seriously, read the site.. pretty well thought out and insightful. Certainly more useful as a life philosophy than the pastafarians over at the FSM site, even though they spread a lot faster through viral marketing…

Anyway, just standing up to be counted!

Mike in NYC

”’Church of Reality.. ”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ I’m an active member of the Church of Reality. I regularly post to the forums and can atest to there being many others who engage in discussion within the forums. I believe the Church of Reality deserves to have an entry within Wikipedia.

Chris J.

Northern California

”’CoR”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ Missouri here, I totally support the Church of Reality. I think it’s a very important movement towards uniting the world in facing
REALITY! Before we blow it up in the name of God, and…I’m sure your God would agree.:)
M.P. is one of the most brilliant philosophers of the century.

”’A CoR member.”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ I am a CoR member in my own ways. I subscribe to the Church’s teaching and very much keep up with any new church developments. I also advocate the church when ever I have a chance.

Travis,

Seattle WA

”’CoR”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ I belong to the Church of Reality. I think it is insane to have to expose ourselves in order to become recognized.

Get with Reality.

Precipice

San Diego, CA

”’Reality, church of”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ Hello,
I too am a member in fair standing or the Church of Reality. I recently heard that wikipedia dismissed us as a “parody religion”. What BS !! That is like dismissimg W as a parody president. Sure, he has no integrity but he stold the election fair and square.
But seriousally, the voice of realists needs at least equal footing with those that want to base life on the ramblinge of people who claim to speak for various desert gods, all claiming to be the number 1 and only god.
Get real.
dennis lee trabue

”’I’m also member of Church of reality”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ I really don’t see one sound reason to not include Church of reality on Wikipedia. As far as I know it’s the only religion based solely on reason and by no means on faith.

”’Church of Reality”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ As an active member of the Church of Reality, I must take exception to your deeply offensive characterization of our Church.

Far from being a “parody” or “vanity site”, the COR has recently been given 501C3 tax exempt organization status by the IRS – something I strongly doubt the Flying Spaghetti Monster (which you allow a site entry) has acheived.

By mocking our faith you’ve engaged in religious discrimination, which may be actionable under U.S. law.

I think you owe members an apology.

And please, in the future, do a bit of honest research before ridiculing the beliefs of others.

Thank you

”’PROUD MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF REALITY!”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ The Church of Reality has only one member? Bah! A parody religion? spew. You should do some research. Marc equals one member, plus me equals two, so you’ve already lost, and as far as I can see there are many more devoted members of the Church of Reality. The CoR is a serious thang, it isn’t there to make you laugh, it’s there to make you think about reality and the world around you. I think the flying spaghetti monster just had his wings clipped.

– Thomas King, Auckland, NZ

”’Devote Member”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ I stand in support of our Religion. It is a non-profit religious organization with more than one member. CoR alive, well and growing in Michigan.

”’Church of Reality is valid”’

”’Overturn and Undelete”’ Though created by Marc Perkel, the Church of Reality does have a following of more than just Marc himself. The Church of Reality is fascinating, I consider myself a member and I think what Wikipedia is doing is nothing more than religious censorship.

Toss aside what your personal beliefs are and understand that there are people, like myself, out there who dont subscribe to the standard Christian belief system that is so popular in the US. Is it that hard to fathom a religion based on what is real??? It seems a lot more valid to me because everthing Marc talks about is based on reality. Not faith in some non-existent being or entity that we are supposed to give our lives to.

I dont worship Marc Perkel. I dont worship the Church of Reality. I dont “worship” anyone or anything. I just believe in what is Real. Is that so difficult to swallow?

Lish Robinson

—-

::What’s hard to swallow is so many new users suddenly arriving at DRV—a page whose existence I didn’t discover for months after I joined Wikipedia—and posting expressions of support using such similar styles of phrasing, spacing, and punctuation. [[User:Dpbsmith|Dpbsmith]] [[User_talk:dpbsmith|(talk)]] 17:33, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

::And that ALL of them somehow managed to hijack MarcPerkel’s account. [[User:Dpbsmith|Dpbsmith]] [[User_talk:dpbsmith|(talk)]] 17:35, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

::: That’s because I sent a link to this page out to all my non-existent members to ask them to vote to undelete. I pointed hundreds of people at this page. I’m hoping that I have at least convinced everyone that the Church of Reality has more than one member. –[[User:Marcperkel|Marcperkel]] 17:39, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

** I guess there is no point in just posting a lot of angry notes from COR members who feel slighted, that is irrelevant to the Wikipedia vetting process. But it is a bit infuriating when something that yre is a lot of good stuff there, far beyond what someone would do for a parody. So I see why Marc reposted them here. But I would think that it would be fairly typical for people who feel strongly about a topic to only show up here when there was a DRV; unless you were really into the workings of Wikipedia, you might not know about the process at all.

In any case, Cory Doctorow felt that the COR deserved a mention on BoingBoing, and both Cory and BoingBoing are well represented on Wikipedia![[User:Mar10029|Mike]] 18:11, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

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