Talk:Liberal quotient

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What a fabulous Encyclopedia entry, with entries like this I don't see why no one is using this site?

Fantastic!! This means we now have a wonderful new method of assessing Conservative Bias, and for the first time it is measurable. To calculate the Conservative Quotient (CQ), all one has to do is to know the Liberal Quotient (LQ), then apply the formula: CQ = 1 - LQ.

A rating above zero presumably means that there is Conservative Bias?

Shurely Shome mishtake?

--CatWatcher 13:39, 5 April 2007 (EDT)


A source for that might do nicely. DrLib 14:08, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

There is a poll under journalism students suggesting that 80% have liberal opinions. I will look it up when I have time. I saw another research suggesting that journalists are socially liberal, but economically more conservative. Few oppose NAFTA, for example. So its a well-off kind of liberalism. User:Order 7 April 00:45 (AEST)

Liberal quotient of Conservapedia

Not counting the vandals, I'm genuinely curious what our liberal quotient is. MountainDew 14:13, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

Most of the liberals here have been pretty disenfranchised, a few still prawl around the talk pages but they are not really "part of the group" so I don't think its very high. There is what, about 40 active users, maybe a dozen or so are liberals, but I think they have been pretty effectively shut down by bans, warnings, and condescending and insulting sysops. Etaroced 14:23, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

(Inserted comment) I'm opposed to most condescension and nearly all insults. Please help me develop guidelines for a standard of Conservapedia:Civility. --Ed Poor 10:49, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

Sneaky and deceptive as they are by nature, I suspect many liberals are unlikely to freely admit to being liberals, therefore making an accurate measurement of the liberal quotient here difficult to obtain. --Jeremiah4-22 16:22, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

Technically, and I don't expect some people on here to understand this, I think you would have to say everyone on here is moderately liberal. We allow for the addition of material that might question our beliefs, could contribute to free and open debate. Those are classicly liberal ideas. Don't like that--go to Saudi Arabia where they aren't so liberal. Flippin 10:26, 6 April 2007 (EDT)
I think that liberals 'decorate' our project rather nicely when they aren't making sly digs. As far as I'm concerned, they are welcome to stay and particapate as equals. I think some of the syosops are liberals, not that I want to out anyone.
But if they are here to disrupt and play tricks, like the Seattle WTO protesters who provoked the police into "excessive force" just so that they could accuse 'the establishment' of 'not listening to them' then they aren't helping anyone. Serious thinkers see right throught that kind of malarkey.
Any liberals who want to preserve their franchise would do well to couch their suggestions in polite terms. Any idea can be brought up, if done in (1) the right way (2) in the right venue (3) at the right time. (My talk page is always open. :-) --Ed Poor 10:30, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

Liberal Quotient will always be a subjective factor, of course. If one assigned an LQ based purely on party association, and started digging into American history a little bit, one would find Democrats who went around lynching blacks, and Republicans who went around trust busting. Teresita 11:15, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

'But if they are here to disrupt and play tricks, like the Seattle WTO protesters who provoked the police into "excessive force" just so that they could accuse 'the establishment' of 'not listening to them' then they aren't helping anyone. Serious thinkers see right throught that kind of malarkey. ' But the police still used excessive force. That is a legal fact. You keep bringing up this accusation, Ed Poor; scared?

Oh, and I've made this. Wikinterpreter

Fox News

Quoting from article: Television news anchors on the major networks had a 100 percent liberal quotient until Fox emerged

Does this mean that Fox News is a Bad Thing as it upset the finely balanced (and therefore unbiased) 50:50 distribution of liberal and conservative anchors?


I'd rather define it so that 100 percent is all Liberal, 50 percent is half and half, and 0 percent is no Liberals. --Ed Poor 10:21, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

I don't think Order's changes helped the article:
The liberal quotient is defined simply as the ratio of liberals to conservatives in a group. Thus the liberal quotient is zero when there are no liberals in the group. It is infinity if there are no conservatives. A quotient of 100% corresponds a group that has as many liberals as conservatives, while a quotient below 100% means that there are fewer liberals than conservatives. The same number of conservatives and liberals will always result in the same liberal quotient, regardless of the size of other groups, such as moderates or independents. [I marked up the part I didn't like with strikeout formatting. --Ed Poor 10:46, 6 April 2007 (EDT)
You may not like it, but that's how it's defined in the article. If the quotient is ratio of liberals to conservatives in a group, then the liberal quotient is infinity if there are no conservatives. And liberal quotient of 1 amongst news anchors means that there were equal numbers of liberals and conservatives Chrysogonus 13:49, 8 April 2007 (EDT)

Why didn't my changes help. I just tried to clarify the definition. User:Order 7 April, 1:00 (AEST)

You changed the definition. I think 100% Liberal is all liberals, no conservatives; and 0% liberal is no liberals and all conservatives. Using infinity would make the quotient too cumbersome to use. --Ed Poor 11:01, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

I agree w/ Ed. But I also think that we should present 0% as ideal. --BenjaminS 11:04, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

I disagree with the fact that I changed the definition. But for the moment we can keep it like it is. User:Order 7 April, 1:10 (AEST)
I put this in two places, oops. Here is the "correct and useful" formula: Liberal Quotient = L/(L+C), that is, the number of identified Liberals divided by the sum of identified Liberals and Conservatives. Likewise, the CQ = C/(L+C). This results in a number from zero to one in either case, which can be expressed, as in the original definition, as a percentage.
I just edited the article to reflect this. I hope no one minds. Human 17:37, 9 April 2007 (EDT)


There are, obviously, so many flaws in this whole idea that it is hard to know where to begin. First with definitions of Lib and Cons. I suspect than many of us are not simply one or the other. Also, if LQ=L/C then the LQ of, for instance, the Democratic Party is LQ=1000/0=undefinable.

My 2 cents, just dont make me divide them by zero.--PalMDtalk 14:13, 8 April 2007 (EDT)

One thing to begin with would be to use the definition in the article itself, rather than the alternative that it tries to replace. User:Order 9 April, 21:25 (AEST)
What do you mean? The definition in the article is liberals/conservatives, which gives an undefinable answer when there are no conservatives. Chrysogonus 08:15, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
Oh, dividing by zero is a minor problem. It has a few other problems, such as that 997 moderates, 2 liberals, and 1 conservative have the same liberal quotient, as 1 moderate, 666 liberals and 333 conservatives. To avoid dividing by zero, we can agree that the value is then infinity.
What bothers me most is it that of all the Liberal quotients mentioned in the article none of them was computed according to the definition. And this is the article defining the liberal quotient. And if you look an this talk page, you see that few people do actually understand the definition. Most think its the fraction of liberals or something similar. User:Order 9 April, 22:45 (AEST)
I have to agree with User:Order's assessment. I mean, are people just making these up? That doesn't sound very useful, and it certainly undermines Conservapedia's usefulness as a source! Sterile 13:44, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
Why can't we have people self-identify? I know Richard tried this at one point and got into some hot water (which I won't expand on)but the underlying principle was valid--if this wiki is supposed to contain only conservative content how can we not ask people to tell us the truth about where their allegiance lies? Flippin 13:55, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
Self-identifying won't work, especially not on this site. Andy and his crew are so conservative that almost everyone is a liberal to them (if you don't believe me, look at Andy's posts and how everyone who disagrees with him is labeled a liberal). In most circles I'd be considered a conservative, but here I'm nothing but a dirty liberal hippie (and that's a good thing as I'd rather not be grouped with some of the wingnuts here). Jrssr5 14:03, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
Here is the "correct and useful" formula: Liberal Quotient = L/(L+C), that is, the number of identified Liberals divided by the sum of identified Liberals and Conservatives. Likewise, the CQ = C/(L+C). This results in a number from zero to one in either case, which can be expressed, as in the original definition, as a percentage. Human 17:05, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
You changed the definition. It is now no longer consistent with the long discussion on bias in Wikipadia [1][2][3][4][5]User:Order 10 April, 11:52 (AEST)
Why do you ask people to self-identify in this context? The problem is that Aschalfy first defines the liberal quotient as Liberals/Conservatives and then doesn't use it when he computes e.g. the LQ of news anchors. This is not a matter of liberal or conservative, it is a matter of math. User:Order 10 April, 8:25 (AEST)

A new term coined by Conservapedia?

A new term coined by Conservapedia? I find that hard to believe and suspect it was infact Aschlafly who coined the term. WhatIsG0ing0n 13:59, 9 April 2007 (EDT)

The term definitely existed before. Simple google search proves that. However, I assume that the term has its own, special meaning on this site. Not sure, but it's possible. --Sid 3050 14:04, 9 April 2007 (EDT)

Andy got a lot of comments on the way he arrived at his measure of Liberal bias of Wikipedia; one main point was that using liberal/conservatives to measure bias is confusing. Research uses typically other measures. So, Andy decided to declare his alternative way to compute bias an 'innovation'. User:Order 10 April, 8:35 (AEST)

Is it actually possible to classify individuals as being absolutely Conservative or Liberal? With the exception of a few especially pure characters (and I salute your dedication, guys) most people are hopelessly flawed and (at best) somewhat intermediate. So to calculate the LQ of a group accurately, a method is first needed of assessing the Liberality of all individuals included in the party. Otherwise a further level of inaccuracy is necessarily introduced into the calculation.
(As an example, although George W Bush is considered Conservative by most people, any good Conservative can see right through him to his pernicious Liberal tendencies - to call him a true Conservative is clearly erroneous, when in fact he is probably only 70-75% Conservative (Just a wild guess here on my part...).)
If the LQ is to be a useful measure, it needs to be calculated with rigor; a roomful of right-leaning people clearly shouldn't have the same LQ as a roomful of true Conservatives, which seems to be the situation at present. --Jeremiah4-22 21:06, 9 April 2007 (EDT)

Why does formula not matter?

Ed Poor just deleted the section on calculating the LQ and said "(formula is not the point)" in his comment. I don't see why not, especially when numbers are quoted in the last paragraph. Please justify this removal. To call something a "quotient" by definition means that some numbers are being divided. If there is a good reason to leave it out, fine. If not, I will replace it, and, if I can find good examples, add a few references. User:human 21:15, 9 April 2007 (sig added aroound 02:15, 10 Apr.)

If you can come up with a formula as precise as IQ, fine. Otherwise, please let's all stop teasing Andy about this. --Ed Poor 22:17, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
Andy came up with a definition. And Human too. They were both very precise. Or do you claim otherwise? You cannot hide the defintion, just because few understand it, and few use it correctly. User:Order 10 April, 12:22 (AEST)

This article gets better and better. Now it states that the definition is not clear (which is fair enough) yet still has figures for the liberal quotient of journalists and news anchors. I guess that at least makes it clear that these numbers were more or less plucked out of thin air. Chrysogonus 16:24, 10 April 2007 (EDT)

Responding to User:Ed Poor above, I have a couple of questions.
First, and simplest, is what does any of this have to do with "teasing Andy"? I'm really lost on that one.
Second, do you know how IQ numbers are determined? You give a large group of developmentally "equal" people (like a given grade in school, or age) a standardized test, that is set up so all of them will get some of it right, but none of them can get it all correct. Then you take the raw scores and create a transfer function to map them to a Gaussian distribution curve (bell curve). The peak of the curve is marked as "100", and the score scale is created by picking a numerical increment to be equal to each standard deviation (sigma). This is typically 15-16 points = one sigma, making it so five sigmas each way yields IQs of 20-25 and 175-180 - very rare figures indeed, since five sigmas corresponds to less than 0.0001% of the population (I forget the exact number, it's actually even smaller).
I do think that the formula presented (which "explains" the numbers in the last paragraph exactly) is simpler. Using it, for example, on the number of self identified liberals and conservatives on wikipedia (212 vs 75 today), the LQ = 212/(212+75) = 212/287 = 73.9% or 0.739. The CQ is 75/287 = 26.1% or 0.261. The network news example starts off pre-Fox at 3 liberal and no conservatives, LQ = 3/(3+0) = 1 or 100%. You can apply this formula to any group where you have a number for each preference (i.e., registered Republicans and Democrats out of all registered voters).
I really don't care whether or not this article makes "sense", but since it is so easy to have it make sense, why not do it? The original text just wasn't thought all the way through, as numerous mathematically astute editors have mentioned above, in an attempt to make this a better article. Human 13:06, 11 April 2007 (EDT)

Black protestants

I'm glad to see that sterotyping is allowed here (see Federal Reserve) Czolgolz 10:24, 10 April 2007 (EDT)

That black protestants are overwhelimingly "liberal" is actually true as this PEW report shows.[6] Order 11 April, 9:50 (AEST)

Dumbest file imaginable.

Until there is a metric for determining the "liberal quotient" (which is not hard to come up with), it is really embarrassing (to conscientious contributors to this site, and its "owner") and stupid to offer numbers that supposedly represent the LQ of certain groups. Check my previous comments, and deleted edit of 4/9/07 AD ([7]) to see what I mean. I mean, come on. I have no problem with the concept, as a bit of a geek I kind of think it's cool. But as that same geek, I think the formula should be presented. Along with more examples. Andrew, I ask you, you made an accident of language in your first formulation, feathers to chickens*, we all make mistakes, it was obvious what you meant. I (and other contributors) just wanted to get it right. Human 02:04, 19 April 2007 (EDT)

*Every disarming epithet I thought of to use here (heck, darn, drat, doggone) I realized were "nice" ways of using profanity, so I made up my own. Human 02:04, 19 April 2007 (EDT)