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Yesterday, I posted a diary, Wherein I win the first ever Conservapedia challenge!, sharing my accomplishment for winning such a prestigious award, at least so I thought.

Anonymously, someone pointed this out on Conservapedia, "The Trustworthy Encyclopedia," so I was certain that they would reward my brilliance and expedience for completing their challenge:

At least one blogger has already claimed to have won the challenge: No Latitude. He cites and links to the following data: [snip, lots of cute PDF urls]

Of these, the last is particularly data-rich.

Sadly, the proprietor of the site found fault in my rather astute observations:

The missing data are very specific. The above citation list is a common tactic of distraction: try to obscure by burying the reader with volumes of meaningless or less meaningful info. Most of the dates on those cites are years ago, predating when key data could have even occurred.--Aschlafly

And when someone else points to the data is identified:

The missing data are identified in Richard Lenski. We do not permit the repetition of falsehoods here, and unless you can fill in those boxes then you will not be allowed to continue to state here that these identified data have been produced.--Aschlafly

Okay, so now Mr. Schlafly has identified the precise data he wants. Now I can finish the challenge and claim my prize!

A Conservapedia challenge is an unsolved problem or task that offers the promise of bettering society when lawfully accomplished.

The first Conservapedia challenge is to find a legal means for obtaining public disclosure of Lenski's federally funded data.

In my followup blog posting, Conservapedia: Demanding the wrong data, I point out that the data Mr. Schlafly requests from Richard Lenski's page are completely immaterial and unnecessary for assessing the results of the experiment, need clarification of his questions as they are far too vague, or are available in the very paper he neglects to read fully.

Given that, except the DNA sequences and the method used to sequence the bacteria, I have answered Mr. Schlafly's requests for data, and for those missing parts I have given Mr Schlafly directions to the University and contact details for duplication and mailing services in the area in case he cannot get to the University himself to get the data, I expect my prize to be awarded posthaste.

I wonder if it will be a trophy or medal? Science-y stuff usually comes in bronze medals, don't they? Think there's money to be awarded? Maybe even an academic scholarship!

Originally posted to Christopher Bair on Fri Jul 04, 2008 at 02:56 AM PDT.


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