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Hello Mr. Schlafly. User Jpatt redirected me to your biography, and I had several questions for you about your personal background and the site itself. If possible, our class work would be published in Loyola's primary publication, the Phoenix. 1. I read the information about the founding of Conservapedia, and I'm interested in more details. What drove you to make the choice to move from Ivy League law practice to online communication and media dissemination? Do you have any advice for someone looking to publish on the web, especially given that technology moves so quickly in the modern age? Thank you for the information. Sarah

The traditional media options have been:
  • write a book, with a typical best-seller reaching only about 30,000 people, and only one one topic
  • appear on television, prevented by the format from conveying anything of substance and reaching only a "dumbed down" audience
  • print a newspaper, which is too slow and anachronistic today, and dominated by biased liberals
Conservapedia is obviously better than all the traditional options. Conservapedia reaches far more people, on far more topics, than hundreds of best-selling books. Conservapedia provides substantive information in contrast with the television medium, and to an audience that is not dumbed down as TV viewers are. Conservapedia is also much quicker than newspapers, and free of the their liberal bias.
As an added, bonus, Conservapedia incorporates the best of the public. Your student newspaper should consider switching over to a format like Conservapedia to benefit from insights and information offered by your students, and to provide more content than the fixed format can. But some liberals in the media oppose opening their formats to more public input, because that reduces liberals' ability to censor and control. Increasingly, traditional media are about controlling information rather than providing it. Thank God that Conservapedia contributors are able to bypass that liberal censorship here.--Andy Schlafly 10:15, 3 March 2012 (EST)
I don't know how Loyola's newspaper works, but UConn's paper allows any student at the university to write for them, and with a few exceptions, can't censor content based on opinion (presumably because we are partially funded by University Funds. As of tomorrow, I'm going to be a writer for them, so I'm not going to cost myself a job by saying anything bad. But it does have a huge liberal bias. Gregkochuconn 19:22, 4 March 2012 (EST)
That's an interesting observation, Greg. As you suggest, I think that may be an advantage of state schools.--Andy Schlafly 20:39, 4 March 2012 (EST)
Could be. Then again, maybe not. It does lead to a lot of liberals getting in, but it also allows conservatives to voice their opinions. My understanding is that as long as it's not completely inappropriate (i.e. "kill all the black people") and as long as you can write 600 words about it, you'll get in. That does allow some people who are even further to the left than private papers to get in (we had one column a few weeks ago openly advocating socialism) but it also allows conservative students to get in when normally they would be ignored by the paper. But I should be careful what I say about it in public. Gregkochuconn 22:41, 4 March 2012 (EST)
Hello Mr. Schlafly,
My name is Ted. I'm another student in Communications 206, Writing for the Web, and I'd like to follow up on your responses to my colleague Sarah, if you don't mind. You describe how Conservapedia attracts an audience of a higher intelligence than television does, and this makes me curious, as studies have been conducted that find differing levels of intelligence among consumers of different forms of media. However, such studies have often had difficulty with mediums on the web because of the dynamic nature of their viewers. How do you quantify the average intelligence of your average viewer? Although it may be difficult, I would guess that it is certainly possible to create a rough estimate of the intelligence of an editor once they make several contributions, but I'm curious how this process works for someone who only views the project.
Also, you briefly discussed how the format of television prevents it from conveying anything of substance. Could you expand on this? Are you referring to technical limitations of television, like NTSC/PAL conflicts, or the traditionally non-interactive nature of television programs? If the latter, what is your opinion on newer forms of television that utilize Internet connections and interactive content, to list a few examples?
Our student newspaper functions on a similar model, since any student is allowed to submit work to the paper to have it published. The only editing or "censorship" that takes place is basic copy editing for grammar and location, because the newspaper has several distinct sections that are only filled with certain kinds of content. For example, if someone submits a classified advertisement to the section dealing with construction on campus, the article will be rejected with a note asking the student to resubmit it to the correct section. This is simply a courtesy to make the lives of the editing staff simpler. Also, as a private Catholic university, problems like the liberal bias you speak of are not widespread, least of all in our student works and publications. I do not speak for my university when I say this, but I personally believe that problems of bias would be *significantly* greater at a state school than a private religious institution. No population is homogenous, of course, but as a university that currently houses its own seminary, sends almost six buses worth of students to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. every year, and maintains a highly efficient budget that has allowed us to construct numerous new buildings and free ourselves from debt in less than two decades, I think the credentials of our university and student body are quite secure.
Thank you for the information and your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
It's a sad day when UConn sends more buses full of students to our basketball games in Hartford than you send to March for Life. But I digress. Yes, given that you have significantly more conservative students than the average institution, I'd imagine you're right. However, a private but nonreligious school could censor its students articles easily. I don't know if most of them do or not, though. I attended a summer program at Amherst College (hosted by the college but not directly affiliated with it) and at one point, we had to look through old campus newspapers. They have a huge liberal bias, far bigger than UConn's. Of course, Amherst is a far more liberal school than UConn. And I didn't work for the paper at Amherst, so I can't say for sure what goes on there. And as for our budget, we're going to go bankrupt in 2014 if we don't get a student fee increase passed. It's being voted on by students as we speak, and in a couple of days, I'll know if it got approved. Gregkochuconn 12:16, 5 March 2012 (EST)
Hi Greg. I think your comparison fallacy digresses, as you say, from the true intent of my statement, since a more valid comparison would be the number of buses each school sends to the March for Life, relative to their undergraduate populations. Moving past that, however, I do not believe the point is worth debating because there are many indications of the religious and political leanings of a school, outside of a bus count. I understand your point, though, and as a student, I know that the university could push our support for March for Life to a much greater extent. Even though "a private but nonreligious school could censor its students' articles easily," I fail to see how that applies to Loyola University, because we are most certainly *not* a nonreligious institution. The president of our university is himself a Catholic clergyman. What applies to private, nonreligious schools does not apply to our institution at all, because Catholicism is the core tenet of our school (our school's motto is a true testament to that, as it embodies our mission and goals succinctly). You openly admit that your school has a problem with bias, and impugning the integrity of a school that has a significantly lesser problem with the issue is irrelevant and a distraction from the issue at hand.
As to your other point, perhaps your university could learn a lesson from Father Garanzini's debt management expertise, if you are so close to becoming bankrupt? To be fair, a state school like yours is subject to the whims and problems of state budget difficulties, but nevertheless, Loyola University went through rough times and emerged a stronger school for it. Although the university does raise our tuition every three to four years to compensate for inflation, rising construction costs, etc. we have kept a handle on other costs, e.g. labor costs, through innovative means. Several of our more left-leaning students attempted to unionize student workers in the mess halls because several student workers complained about working when the mess halls were open, despite how contradictory that complaint may be. Thankfully, the school decided against these efforts and continues to use private contractors in every possible capacity to reduce costs. Maybe your school could adapt some of these ideas? I notice that the University of Connecticut is currently spending millions on its campus in Avery Point, including oceanography and marine biology programs. Perhaps your university should balance its budget *before* spending millions on programs like these? My university certainly spends money on programs that I question, but we have this ability because we are not in dire financial straits as you are.
However, university finances nor the biases of our respective universities are not the focus of my questions to Mr. Schlafly. I am interested in his work writing on the web, per the title of our course, and would like to constrain the discussion to those issues. If you have knowledge of the system from the server side, as I assume he does as the owner, then please feel free to incorporate your knowledge into an answer. Otherwise, I would greatly prefer his perspective on the site and my original questions. Thank you.
Ted, I'm surprised and impressed that Loyola sends six buses to the March for Life! That said, I don't think I criticized your college (I am not very familiar with Loyola, and would like to learn more about the school).
Conservapedia is a far better medium for communicating, educating, learning, etc., than television, books and newspapers are. I didn't say that Conservapedia users have higher intelligence than television-watchers, although on average I expect that is true. My point is that the medium and format of Conservapedia is far more substantive than television is. This simple conversation and debate could not even occur on television, with its limiting sound-bites, commercial breaks, and overall "dumbed down" format. Forty years ago a guest on a talk show would have something like 7 minutes to make a point. Today it is more like 7 seconds! Counterexamples to an Old Earth are profound and take longer than 7 seconds to communicate and understand, and benefits from the printed word just as textbooks do. Moreover, no host on mainsteam television is going to invite someone on to speak to profound issues that may "offend" a portion of the liberal audience, as the truth often does. We are not so constrained here.
Added to that are the discussions that ensue on Conservapedia, like this one. How often does a television viewer get a chance to open a dialog with the persons seen on the television? Virtually never, of course.
As to the student newspaper's procedures for accepting and editing submissions, why not allow that immediately, wiki-style, as Conservapedia does?--Andy Schlafly 18:17, 5 March 2012 (EST)

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Mr. Schlafly, in this article, the formatting is set off by the infoboxes used for each movie. Is there a way to fix this, or would creating a separate article for each movie (I am not necessarily sure on the site's policy) be more acceptable? And if the latter is the more acceptable option, could you delete the old article after I transfer the information? I will edit the Elvis template accordingly. I hope to also put up image requests for film posters to add to the infoboxes as the article(s) develop further. Thanks.--James Wilson 16:43, 3 March 2012 (EST)


Andy, I have a disagreement with User:Ed Poor over the name of a page. The page is for the It Gets Better Project. The official name includes the word "Project". Ed disagrees that it is a real project and therefore believes it should not be part of the title. I, on the other hand, do not believe that personal opinions on that should get in the way of factual information. Such an opinion should be in the article if he wishes it to be included. I was hoping that you would offer your opinion on the matter since I do not wish to get into an edit war. Thanks, Ayzmo :) 15:59, 4 March 2012 (EST)

"It Gets Better" is a lot of things: a slogan, a video, an actual "dead tree" book [1] and a campaign. Feel free to make a section about any distinct project you may discern, at the It Gets Better page. And also remember even the media don't call Savage's partner a "husband". --Ed Poor Talk 20:41, 4 March 2012 (EST)


Dear Mr. Schlafly,

I saw that you deleted the vandalism at Talk:1. However, you must have inadvertently left the article page, 1, intact (even though it is vandalism created by the same blocked user). It is currently marked for speedy deletion. GregG 19:21, 4 March 2012 (EST)

Thanks. I just removed it as you suggested.--Andy Schlafly 20:30, 4 March 2012 (EST)


Dear Professor Schlafly,

Super Tuesday is tomorrow and we still haven't made an endorsement. I have raised this issue several times and done my best to edit the important articles in this area, but have received little support from anyone on this site. I am asking you with the utmost sincerity to make the right choice and endorse a conservative candidate in the Republican primaries ASAP. As I said in my post on the main page talk page, the left side of the main page is entirely devoted to the Question Evolution Campaign. This seems like a serious strategic error. There is a real campaign going on right now (the Republican Primaries) that will effect the course of the nation far more than a few youtube videos and a blog about evolution ever will. Please consider making an endorsement tomorrow, the fate of the nation could be in your hands... --CraigF 23:20, 5 March 2012 (EST)