Reading LENR Forum, categories of participants become apparent. As could be expected, categorization may vary with the experience and understanding or belief of the categorizer. Some of this is really and routinely obvious, though. This is explicitly my categorization, what occurs to me, and objections may be made to these in comments below.
Generally, a Planet Rossi trait is objection to the identification as “Planet Rossi.” However, “Planet Rossi” is a term invented by Dewey Weaver to describe a category of people who have taken what Rossi Says as fact, and who, as well, commonly attack whatever Rossi has attacked or might make him look bad, and argue against what others consider fact, sometimes very strongly established, as if it were preposterous. Merely thinking that “Rossi has something” doesn’t necessarily create the mantle of Planet Rossi.
Human beings vary, and the use of categories does not imply otherwise. Those who are identified as being in a category may only be so in some ways — and this could even be a simple error. But if we cannot talk about what we see, we will be hampered. Nobody is “wrong” because they are identified as “Planet Rossi.” This is not an ad hominem argument, in itself, because it is not an argument, it is an impression, an occurring.
IH Fanboy (Anonymous)
See our page studying IH Fanboy.
Ele (Anonymous) (possible Rossi sock)
Peter Gluck (retired chemical engineer, blogger)
Rionrlty (retired real estate broker)
Formerly MrSelfSustain, identity as Planet Rossi not necessarily fixed.
In this category I will include those who may support LENR research, but who apparently take a “scientific-skeptical” approach, overall. I hope this is my personal position, actually. I hopefully base whatever might be called “belief” in cold fusion on specific evidence. That is rebuttable.
THHuxleynew (Anonymous, though known)
Pseudoskeptics (may be sincere, but fixed in belief and position)
Mary Yugo (Anonymous)
(… though known to be a physician. The profile says “Female.” That is deceptive.)
kirkshanahan (Kirk Shanahan) chemist, published critic of LENR
Henry (Anonymous) also Troll
Anyone who uses the cover of Park’s Voodoo Science as his Avatar in a forum dedicated to LENR is trolling (in the classic sense).
Believers (in LENR, not in Rossi)
This category is to emphasize a balance toward belief rather than skepticism. These people may be skeptical about this or that, and the belief may be based on knowledge, but they may express personal conclusions as fact. (This category may blend into Skeptics.)
Jed Rothwell librarian, lenr-canr.org
Eric Walker LF moderator ?
Alan Smith LF moderator
AlainCo (Alain Coetmeur), LF administrator
This is a nearly useless category because it has only one member. The term was invented, as I recall, by Peter Gluck as a reaction to “Planet Rossi,” but there is nobody who treats Industrial Heat claims with the high level of deference that is seen routinely on Planet Rossi, beyond arguably the following, who is actually an investor in and contracted consultant to Industrial Heat, responsible for outreach to scientists. Not legally, but practically for those on lenr-forum, he is Industrial Heat, the only insider who is open to discussion.
Dewey Weaver formerly nckhawk
I’m using this name because it is short and expresses the effect these users may have on others. Some of these are Aspies, who may be very intelligent and knowledgeable in some ways, but may be socially disabled in some ways.
Sifferkoll (Torkel Nyberg) (inactive)
Paradigmatic, actually Aspie (wrote a book about it), and highly abrasive, manic in the sense of creating fantastic conspiracies from very thin evidence. Also Planet Rossi.
Wyttenbach PhD in mathematics.
Axil (Anonymous) long-term participant in many fora
[This has been challenged in comments below.]
I’m starting this post, which I intend to update extensively, especially as users appear prominently in discussions on lenr-forum or elsewhere. Many claims are being made about personalities that sometimes don’t match the observable histories. People matter. Some people are reliable, some are not. Some carefully check what they write, and correct errors if found, some do not.