Talk:St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

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Alleged Conflict of Interest[edit]

I reverted the alleged “conflict of interest” because Mr. Harder fails to provide any hard, verifiable, and reliable evidence or documentation to support his speculation that the URLs that I posted are an actual conflict of interest. In my opinion, he has removed the below links, which are pertinent to this parish, without any clear, stated justification or reason for claiming that a “conflict of interest” has occurred.

(Note: there are three citations because each quadrangle contains a significant piece of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana)

First, the original concern about a conflict of interest on my talk page was about an article cited in the Bosnian pyramids, which is a very controversial topic, and that I cited a popular, non-peer-review article that had serious and valid concerns about it meeting the Wikipedia standards for criteria for verifiability and reliability. Given the lack of any serious controversy about the current geologic mapping of Louisiana that has been published in the peer-reviewed literature, I am not promoting my point of view over another point of view by putting links to the PDF files of geologic maps to the web pages from which he reverted them. There is no conflict for me to have a conflict of interest in. I am just putting links to where people can find free PDF files of geologic maps that cover these parishes. I fail to see where a conflict of interest exists in providing URLs to where people can find free, peer-reviewed information about the geology of these parishes.

Second, given that the Quaternary geology of Louisiana is my specialty, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to add links up-to-date publications about the geology of southern Louisiana without referencing my own publications. If he would look at the publications that I have added, none of them are self-published. Before publication, as is official policy of the publisher, they have all been intensively peer-reviewed by geologists both inside and outside of the publisher.

If was to write a short paragraph about the geology of each parish, I would have to, in addition to the peer-reviewed publications of other geologists, also cite my own peer-reviewed publications, to provide an accurate and up-to-date summary of what has been said about the geology of the area. If I write for Wikipedia about something, which I am expert in, i.e. the Geology of the Louisiana coastal plain, it would be essential that I would reference some of the papers that I have published about Louisiana geology.

Finally, Louisiana references that he reverted all meet the criteria for verifiability and reliability. For example, references to hard copies of the geologic maps that I provided links to all can be found in either Geologic Quadrangle Maps (1:100,000) or Open-File Geologic Quadrangle Maps (1:100,000). Hard copies of the information circulars, to which I posted links are listed at Public Information Series. The links to the PDf files of the posted publication are officially online at Maps and Public Information Series.Paul H. (talk) 12:37, 11 October 2009 (UTC)

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