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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

On a rail, no doubt

The Minnesota anti-PRT propagandist has received two more scoldings from Wikipedians--one from a surprising source.

From the Personal Rapid Transit talk page (in response to Labridor's strange observation, "Anderson does not have the standing in the field of transportation of Professor Vukan Vuchic... Since PRT has largely been associated with Dr. Anderson, it only makes sense to delete this article for lack of notability..."), JJLatWiki notes:

...what kind of logical fallacies are used in your paragraph? Maybe a Proof by example? PRT ∈ J. Edward Anderson and since J. Edward Anderson is statistically insignificant, therefore all elements of the J. Edward Anderson set are also insignificant. But, your logical fallacies also have elements common to Hasty generalization, Spotlight fallacy, Red Herring, Association fallacy, and maybe ultimately, Loki's Wager.
The second disciplinary action comes from, of all people, Ovendoor's Wiki-patron Guy Chapman (Just Zis Guy). Guy wrote, on Aviboor's own talk page:
I don't think Anderson is notable per our guidelines and you really are giving the guy a hard time just for doing what he does. So what if he designs PRT systems? That's not a crime. So, please take more care, or you will be at risk of being run out of town. This is the friendly warning, OK? Source
The comment's title? "Not good"! I love the British gift for understatement.

Update: Chapman deletes PRT and Olson information from Labridor's Wiki article about Zimmermann, due to "Undue weight, guilt by associaiton" (sic).

Ken Avidor, 00.7 (Licensed to shill)

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