Cold fusion wiki created

In response to an ugly situation on Wikiversity, which will be covered elsewhere on this blog, I have created a wiki, CFC, for the use of the cold fusion community and others, to read, create, edit, and critique studies and articles relating to cold fusion, and to coordinate activities. The cold fusion resource on Wikiversity, now exported to Wikiversity/Cold fusion on CFC,  is no longer accessible on Wikiversity, having been deleted in a way that makes it difficult for any reader to discover what happened and where the pages may be found.

For the time being, to avoid some of the maintenance labor, only registered accounts may edit. Anyone may request an account through a comment on a page for that purpose, made with a usable email address (which is normally private information. Real-name accounts may be subject to verification.

Accounts wishing to be anonymous may be assigned an account name of Anonymous N, where N will be assigned to the user by site management. Exceptions may be made on a showing of necessity, but real identity and contact information, in that case, must be known to site administration.

A means has been provided to allow quick anonymous editing without waiting for administrative approval. Ease of editing is important for wikis, but … Wikipedia went way too far. No anonymous account should ever have been allowed administrative privileges; it removes the personal responsibility that is essential to reliability.

To be quite clear, skepticism is essential to science; a cold fusion community that excludes skeptics is, as such, leaning into pseudoscience. Pseudoskepticism can be difficult to distinguish from genuine skepticism and we will be slow to assume the former. Extreme pseudoskepticism, however, can become disruptive; this community will enforce civility policies, but in a way designed purely to create useful discussions, never to punish.

To be successful, this wiki will need substantial participation. The status of the Wikiversity cold fusion resource demonstrates that if community projects are not defended, they may not survive. Defending the study of cold fusion should not require a belief in the reality of claimed cold fusion effects.

Author: Abd ulRahman Lomax


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