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Wikipedia Slams Door on Scientology’s Editors

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Posted on May 29, 2009
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It’s been a rough week for the Church of Scientology. First there was the opening of a trial that could lead to the banning of the organization in France, and on Thursday L. Ron Hubbard’s controversial religion was banned from revising articles in Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia that is edited by Internet users.

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Culling information from several sources, a Huffington Post article today said the online encyclopedia Wikipedia “has banned the Church of Scientology and its members from editing its site after discovering that members of the church were editing articles in order to give the church favorable coverage.” This is the fourth time, according to the piece, that Scientology has been embroiled in a Wikipedia dispute.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 29, 2009 at 8:43 pm Link to this comment

I can’t tell you how many sick pups and vicious, sadistic d***heads I have met who came out of the COS.

If this is “The Modern Science of Mental Health” then I want to be a lunatic!

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By ardee, May 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Wikipedia policies)

  This page documents an official English Wikipedia policy, a widely accepted standard that should normally be followed by all editors. Any edit to it should reflect consensus. Consider discussing potential changes on the talk page first.   


Wikipedia has developed a body of policies and guidelines to further our goal of creating a free encyclopedia. Our policies are considered standards that should be followed, whereas our guidelines are more advisory in nature, and our processes are routine methods to serve the above policies and guidelines. While neither label confers an inherent importance over the other two, if process, guideline or policy pages appear to conflict, then policies should be generally, but not always, followed before guidelines, and guidelines before processes.

Policies and guidelines describe standards that have community consensus and apply to all editors. Indeed consensus is itself a core policy and philosophy. Wikipedia strives to create a welcoming environment for those who take a neutral point of view, are civil to and assume good faith in others, seek consensus in discussions, and work towards the goal of creating an increasingly better-written and more comprehensive encyclopedia.

Policies need to be approached with common sense; adhere to the spirit rather than the letter of the rules, and be prepared to ignore the rules on the rare occasions when they conflict with the goal of improving the encyclopedia.
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Regardless of the status of Scientology, or ones opinion about it editing articles to enhance self image is against policy. Or is it if that enhancement makes the encyclopedia an “improved product”?

I can see it now, somewhere Tom Cruise is jumping up and down on his couch….

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By Blackspeare, May 29, 2009 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment

Scientology——what is it?  On the surface it appears to be a self-help type of religion-like philosophy akin to many we see today.  However, L. Ron Hubbard made the statement, “That if you want to get rich, create a religion” probably taking a lead from Joseph Smith!  Hubbard mixed in a little psychology and sci-fi into his philosophy just to make it interesting, but on the whole he probably meant well.  However, his disciples and followers structured the philosophy into a business trying to emulate the HRCC, but they have a long ways to go.  Read “Dianetics” and you’ll understand the basis for Scientology.

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