Essay talk:Why notability is stupid and I hate it
Good points. I hadn't thought of a RationalWiki's notability standards (or at least what little we have) this way. Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 06:40, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
- Thanks for taking the time to comment on it, that made it all worth it! Now let's be happy together until we both get banhammered to the dimension of the reptilian overlords for talkin' trash about the management! Reverend Black Percy (talk) 21:45, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
Since today was the day Jade Helm was supposed to throw us in FEMA Camps and instate Martial Law (Obviously didn't happen) I've decided to give my own thoughts on Reverand Black Percy's paraphrase, specifically this bit :
I was personally lured dangerously close to the fringe for no other reason than the fact that the cranks knew the mainstream version (of any given crank topic), but the mainstream didn't acknowledge the cranks at all - which LETS the cranks "build" on the existing theories, or gish gallop flaws, or claim to account for tons of things the mainstream doesn't. Googling and finding a wall of claims and not a single sceptical rebuttal to this flood of claims is enough to convert surprisingly sane people to fringe causes.
I have never found a quote more relatable to the current situation i am in now. For a year I have been going off the deep-end, desperately trying to cling to my sanity. To this day people still don't know why I'm so anxious and paranoid, and I honestly have no way to express it to the point i started feeling alone in the situation I'm in. The beliefs cranks have are razy, sure, but it's the tactics they use that truly make them volatile.
I could Google any common conspiracy theory right now, find a wall of claims, and spend hours paranoid about said theory being true, or finding refutations. Or even search it on Youtube. Hell, I even get the temptation to, to the point I'm actually blocking search engines so I have no ability to give in. It's helped give me more time for more enjoyable and important things, but having to block sites like Youtube and freaking google is downright inconvenient.
This site is the sole reason I still have some degree of sanity, and if I didn't discover it in the months I was hanging on so desperately, I would currently be warning everyone that it's an Illuminati disinfo site.
The videos and infographics conspiracy nuts use are probably the most volatile. Videos are pretty, and some popular conspiracy theorists know how to look professional. They're crazy, but I need to admit, they can make some pretty catchy intros. Not only that, but obviously clickbait titles talking about leaked footage about the Illuminati can draw people in, even make people believe it if weaker-minded people see it. The infographics? A quick Bing search a couple of weeks ago (Yes I used Bing in the past) once got me This when I searched something about aliens being in demons in disguise. It's especially common with fake/OOC quotes.
I digress though. This is an amazing essay and clearly shows why cases such as mine exist, and even eases my anxiety a little. I'm not to active on this site due to my shitty writing, but I hope in the future, when I'm less busy, I can help promote the cause.--Pokefrazer (talk) 05:36, 24 September 2015 (UTC)