Talk:Debate:Conservapedia as a snapshot of the election to come

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Definition of "Political Tool

Jpatt, I'm not sure how to respond to the question because I'm not quite sure what you mean when considering Conservapedia as a "Political Tool". Do you mean that CP pageviews could be a barometer of public sentiment in the nation? CP as a core national touchpoint and reference for expressing the conservative view (the way Rush Limbaugh or shows on Fox News are? Or something different altogether? --DinsdaleP 17:31, 18 October 2008 (EDT)

Essentially, Conservapedia as a tool for accurate measurements of political demographics. The site attracts people who have interests in politics, hence the url title. That would make CP a place for LV, likely voters. Could CP publish political data based on page views with a degree of accuracy? As you and others have added to the United_States_Presidential_Election,_2008, would it make sense if CP eyeballs be added to the poll tracking? --Jpatt 19:11, 18 October 2008 (EDT)
The biggest problem I see is that this site was originally conceived to be an online reference created by and for homeschooled students looking for content from a conservative perspective. Aschlafly uses CP to host the online version of his high-school level classes like American History 101, and has the students reference and edit the site as part of the course. Since a core part of the site's activity is cetered around the activities of students under 18, that limits the effectiveness of trying to correlate CP pageviews with the interests of voters.
Also, keep in mind that much of the traffic on CP comes from people sent here by detractors of the site, not supporters of it. There's just no practical way to differentiate between those who come here to learn and agree with CP's content from those who come here for entertainment and laughs. --DinsdaleP 22:55, 18 October 2008 (EDT)
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