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zaj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-03-09 12:45 PM
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Reductio ad Communum... Godwin's Law for Communism
I am asking for your help...

So in a discussion on another forum, someone replied "you love communism, don't you." It occured to me that references to 'communism' should go the way of references to Hitler.

In the process I created a Wikipedia entry to a variation of...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reductio_ad_Communum

based on...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reductio_ad_Hitlerum

In doing so, as a quick shortcut, I just copied and repurposed some of the text. It was almost immediately marked for deletion with the comments:

"This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (July 2009)"

and

"This terms appears to be a neologism on the pattern of Reductio ad Hitlerum, but with no evidence whatsoever of any actual external usage. Moreover, the text of the article is just copy-and-pasted from the RaH article, with just the term itself changed (and removal of the pedigree of the actually used term; i.e. "coined by Leo Strauss". LotLEtalk 16:41, 3 July 2009 (UTC)."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_del...

I seek your help in improving the entry to help define the term for something I'm sure we all see regularly, playing the Communist card.



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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-03-09 01:22 PM
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1. It'll get deleted in a day or so; it *is* a neologism
Between Wikipedia's rampant fear and hatred of anything new and the issue of how politicised the place is by the libertarian crowd, any article along that line isn't going to last there. Improving the article won't save it from deletion, and even if it did they'll spam it with VFDs every week until it is.

I'd drop stuff like that on urbandictionary or something, but the way Wikipedia is these days, it just won't be allowed.
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