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[edit] Profile of anti-vaxxers
Should this go in the article? If so, where? FuzzyCatTomato (talk/stalk) 01:25, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

It would be great to figure out a way to include it, yes. Middle to upper class, white, well-educated, leading to thinking they (and their FB mommy group...) are smarter than doctors, scientists, and especially government officials? ħumanUser talk:Human 02:59, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
Yep. Should there be a section on who tends to be a part of the anti-vaccination movement? It would be a linkfest to conspiracy, hard right, and very green positions. αδελφός ΓυζζγςατΡοτατο (talk/stalk) 03:16, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

[edit] can someone lern me how to fix the reflist thingy in this article?

Civic CatTalk to Civic Cat 16:44, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Okay, so some kind soul inserted the reflist template with the parameter "group=note" (and saved me much embarrassment) now. Basically those ref tags declared themselves to belong to a note group that we hadn't bothered listing, so ugly red text was shown to show us the error of our ways. PacWalker 17:24, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
Ah. Still, I guess I have some reading to do. wp:Template:ReflistCivic CatTalk to Civic Cat 18:06, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
RW mostly uses 3 "kinds" of reflists. The first, {{reflist}}, displays a single column of refs at 100% size, for normal articles. The second, {{reflist|2|#}} or {{reflist|3|#}}, shows two/three columns of refs at #% size, for citation-heavy articles. The third, {{reflist|group=note}} displays a single column of references tagged "group=note"; usually these footnotes can be normal refs, but if there are a lot of them this works. Not much more to know. Herr FuzzyKatzenPotato (talk/stalk) 18:19, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. :-)
Civic CatTalk to Civic Cat 19:27, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Found this pile of horseshit on my Tumblr

Vaccinations lead to Heroin addiction!--Pokefrazer (talk) 02:32, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

[1] FüzzyCätPötätö (talk/stalk) 02:42, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Nature woo, "soft" anti-vaxxers - do we have enough on them?

Being familiar with a debate over a Danish facebook group promoting "natural" immunity through deliberate infection with diseases, rather than vaccination, I wonder if the RW article could need such a section? These are not the U.S.-style über-conspiracists, but appears to be the nature woo "vaccinations are unnatural and healthy living, a good diet and natural infections are better"-crowd. It has generated quite a controversy in a country where vaccine denial, especially the "hard" one, tend to be given short shrift and one Danish father has apparently reported the infection facebook group to the police (with the argument that as his 3-month old child is too young for vaccination the infection group puts all such cases in potential risk). If anything concrete comes out of the report to the police, it would make an interesting addition and this vaccination debate also includes suggestions (so far rejected by the political level) that vaccinations be mandated by law (something that polls suggests that around 75% of Danes favour). ScepticWombat (talk) 06:37, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

They are part of an anti-vax movement, so they're included in this page's broad sweep, and you say they're making news, so I say a bit under purported reasons about naturalistic fallacy and/or (and) an entry under the Media stuff#Scandinavia bit would be cool. PacWalker 06:46, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
I'll add something if there's some actual development in the story (i.e. on mandatory vaccination or police action against the infection group) beyond the current issues (mainly encouragement to vaccinate and public and health professionals' outrage at the infection group).
What I think the article might mention is this idea of deliberately infecting your children "naturally" and possibly highlighting different "flavours" of anti-vaxxers, for instance under the Anti-vaccination proponents section. I think I heard some years ago about a veritable cottage industry/scam selling purportedly infected items by mail catering to parents who preferred "natural" infection to vaccination. Currently, the RW article seems to drown these nature wooers in a sea of Andrew Wakefield/Jenna McCarthy/anti-government U.S. style politics with a dash of religious fundamentalism (incl. Islamists). Sure, the nature wooers are just as non-scientific as these others, but they don't fit the profile of either "hard" conspiracy theory ("It's all Big Pharma and/or Government what dunnit'!") or religious fundamentalism ("Vaccines are SATANIC!"). ScepticWombat (talk) 07:02, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

I think what this discussion shows, there is no movement or subculture against vaccinations. It is a collection of people who choose not to inject their bodies for a myriad of reasons. An African that can't afford a vaccination is not the same as a Boulder,CO liberal who doesn't feel he has to infect his kid with an inoculation when everyone else already has, or the same as the people who had measles as a kid and don't see what the big deal is. I think the authors are taking a complex but interesting story and making a joke out of it with the nasty smug language, "quotations", italics, and the dismissive anti-vaxxer name calling. This article is crap in my opinion. And by the way, I fully support vaccination for all.

Well shoot, let me drag out my (not green) writing pen then. PacWalker 07:05, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
How about a section on "reasons people are anti-vaccination"? "Reasons" could be in scare quotes or not. Is there any mention of pox parties yet? ħumanUser talk:Human 03:37, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
"♫♬ We represent the Lolly Pox Guild…" Bongolian (talk) 19:44, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Gold?

Really? The opening paragraph is a bit jumbly, unclear. The second is good though. The list of promoters wasn't even alphabetized. Gold/cover story implies a certain level of almost-perfection. Was it there once and suffered some bit rot? ħumanUser talk:Human 02:52, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

The mess referenced one section up is my fault; I still need to clean it up. PacWalker 02:55, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
What would you change in the opening paragraph? Cømrade FυzzчCαтPøтαтø (talk/stalk) 03:14, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
The first, second, and fourth sentences at least. The fourth is the weakest, the first and second just have no punch... let's look at the first.

"The anti-vaccination movement is an irrational trend of mistrust of vaccination that blames vaccines (or their ingredients, dosage, or administration) for a wide range of health problems, often childhood illnesses"

First, it is ridiculously repetitive, drifts into parentheses, and ends with an afterthought. It's very weak sentence to open a supposedly gold article with.

How about "The anti-vaccination movement is a loosely organized subculture which blames modern vaccines for a wide range of health problems. The movement, often led by people with no qualifications - or even stripped credentials, is based largely on alleged short and long term side effects, which are often compared to trivialized claims of the severity of what were once common illnesses."

I'd say that would be a simpler, stronger opening paragraph. My second sentence still needs more work, but you get the gist. ħumanUser talk:Human 00:36, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Added, with a few changes. FüzzyCätPötätö (talk/stalk) 00:40, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! ħumanUser talk:Human 01:07, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

[edit] This is the most stupid thing ever

You have to vaccinate. Why, why?! do we even put up with this anymore. The people who refuse to jab should be stripped of benefits in society, because they are not helping of anyone's health. XY007 (talk) 22:17, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

That's only punishing poor idiots, not rich ones... CorruptUser (talk) 22:55, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
Even worse. XY007 02:37, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
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