Talk:Skeptic (disambiguation)

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Climate Change Skepticism[edit]

The term "skeptic" is often used by those who deny the reality of global warming. The term "climate change skepticism" is primarily used by those who doubt or deny the scientific consensus to describe their own position. However, many mainstream scientists use the term "climate change denial" to describe outright rejection or doubt about global warming science. To avoid confusion and possible conflation with scientific skepticism, I have added "Climate Change Skepticism" as item to this disambiguation page. Since no dictionary definitions or sources are used for any of the other terms on this disambiguation page, I provide the following sources here on the talk page: [[1]], [[2]],[[3]],[[4]]. IHaveAMastersDegree (talk) 02:46, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Even if it was true that "the term 'skeptic' is often used by those who deny the reality of global warming", it would not be demonstrable that they all are -- and besides, you are not supposed to be talking about people. Your sources claim to be able to tell when their opponents are hiding their true intents, but I don't see that your sources have PhDs in telepathy. I suggested, and suggest again: since you are trying to make Wikipedia redefine a word, you need a dictionary for a source. Peter Gulutzan (talk) 15:51, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
Wikipedia favours secondary sources over dictionaries to settle disputes such as this. How do the preponderance of reliable, published secondary sources define climate change skepticism? — TPX 16:59, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
I think it's clear that "climate change skeptic" and similar terms are used with enough frequency in the media that it should be disambiguated from the more conventional uses of the word "skeptic." Since there needs to be an entry, I will wait for someone to propose something. If Peter Gulutzan is unable to come up with an acceptable entry, then he should revert his undo of my edit. IHaveAMastersDegree (talk) 19:24, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
Okay, I put in a link to climate change skepticism. That currently gets redirected to Global Warming Controversy. If there is still dispute, then anyone can revert to the original wording of the article from before IHaveAMastersDegree's redefinition. Peter Gulutzan (talk) 23:14, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
User:ThePowerofX removed your entry "because we do not have an article that attempts to define climate change skepticism." However, we do have an entry for the synonym, climate change denial. The simplest fix is to redirect climate change skepticism to climate change denial. IHaveAMastersDegree (talk) 00:11, 26 January 2014 (UTC)
User:ThePowerofX reverted to the original wording of the article from before IHaveAMasterDegree's redefinition: OK. Pushing again for a redirect to denial, which is not a synonym: not OK. Peter Gulutzan (talk) 01:43, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion is the place to go, until we have an actual article and not simply a redirect. — TPX 17:42, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

To anyone who might in future want to open a discussion on Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion: it's already been discussed for the redirect from climate change skepticism. Peter Gulutzan (talk) 17:05, 27 January 2014 (UTC)