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Aww, we knew him when…

Blake Stacey has taken the first step towards becoming another Mike Godwin or Bruce Salem*: Blake’s Law has a Wikipedia page.

*Relative obscurity, known only for a kneejerk phrase on the web?

Comments

  1. #1 Blake Stacey, OM
    July 17, 2007

    All well-known phrases start from humble, small beginnings. If you doubt this is possible, how is there are PYGMIES + DWARFS!!?

  2. #2 Zeno
    July 17, 2007

    And the Wikipedia entry cites PZ as some kind of trafficker or something. Trafficker in terminology?

    And congrats to Blake, now semi-famous forever.

  3. #3 Shawn Wilkinson
    July 17, 2007

    That was relatively quick for a wiki to appear about it…

  4. #4 Zombie
    July 17, 2007

    Taking bets on how long before it gets proposed for deletion for non-notability?

  5. #5 Rey Fox
    July 17, 2007

    Why not Stacey’s Law? Too girly?

  6. #6 Blake Stacey, OM
    July 17, 2007

    Zombie:

    I was thinking “less than a day”, actually. If it were anybody else’s Law, my vote (or !vote, or whatever they’re called) would be a merge to some other article.

  7. #7 Bronze Dog
    July 17, 2007

    Well, I’ve done my initial part in keeping it alive. I’ll be sure to reference it when I comment on an appropriate topic.

  8. #8 forsen
    July 17, 2007

    Completely off topic, but the impending death penalties of the Tripoli Six (the Bulgarian doctor + nurses in Libya) have been turned into life sentences…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/libya/story/0,,2128643,00.html

  9. #9 IanR
    July 17, 2007

    Zombie’s right – it won’t last very long. But thanks to Bronze Dog, it will probably have to go through AFD, which it give it 5 days post-nomination. Pharyngula is a start – now could we get Dawkins to use it? Maybe someone here has a gig with NYTimes? Anyone? :)

  10. #10 cleek
    July 17, 2007

    Taking bets on how long before it gets proposed for deletion for non-notability?

    too late. it’s already been marked as such.

  11. #11 divalent
    July 17, 2007

    I dunno; the problem with his law as currently formulated, is that (unlike Godwin’s Law) it does not have the element of time and/or amount of discussion altering the probability.

    Here’s Blakes law from wikipedia:
    “In any discussion of atheism (skepticism, etc.), the probability that someone will compare a vocal atheist to religious fundamentalists increases to one.”

    It’s missing the cause-and-effect element. Should be something like “As the length of any discussion of atheism grows, the probablility …” (And it really should be “approaches one”)

    It might be better to propose it as “Blake’s corollary” to Godwin’s law, and adopt that law’s cause-and-effect structure.

  12. #12 Rev. BigDumbChimp`
    July 17, 2007

    Well, I’ve done my initial part in keeping it alive. I’ll be sure to reference it when I comment on an appropriate topic.

    Same here and I’ve already got me a nice troll for a roast in the comments.

  13. #13 Jsn
    July 17, 2007

    Someone needs to book you on The Colbert Report; do you have a book to promote? (remember: publish or perish) It’s only a matter of time before there are wanton PZ groupies, or do you have to fend off co-eds by the dozens already? Pygmies and dwarves(bwa haa haw)…

  14. #14 CP
    July 17, 2007

    Looks like it’s already been merged with the Pharyngula entry.

  15. #15 Dayv
    July 17, 2007

    Some people just don’t understand what wikipedia is for.  I’ve made up terms before, and they aren’t on wikipedia either.  They kind of have to catch on first.

  16. #16 Peter McGrath
    July 17, 2007

    I thought Bruce was best known for his back yard: Salem’s Lot.

  17. #17 Torbj÷rn Larsson, OM
    July 17, 2007

    Not bad for a head popping thought. I hope the meme doesn’t go extinct. (Especially if the unwikifying will occur – it should be a constraint on discussions.)

    Btw, there is a ‘corollary’ to “”Blake’s corollary” to Godwin’s law”: As the accumulated length of any office walks grows, the probability that a head pop occurs approaches one. :-P

  18. #18 Torbj÷rn Larsson, OM
    July 17, 2007

    Not bad for a head popping thought. I hope the meme doesn’t go extinct. (Especially if the unwikifying will occur – it should be a constraint on discussions.)

    Btw, there is a ‘corollary’ to “”Blake’s corollary” to Godwin’s law”: As the accumulated length of any office walks grows, the probability that a head pop occurs approaches one. :-P

  19. #19 Kseniya
    July 17, 2007

    Blake’s awesomeness knows no bounds! Outside of Wikipedia, I mean.

    I’d bat my eyelashes, or something, if I, you know, like, did that.

  20. #20 Carlie
    July 17, 2007

    Shouldn’t the entry read “frequent commentator and Order of the Molly recipient Blake Stacey”?
    Someone with a Wikipedia account fix that, will ‘ya? I’m too lazy to register.

  21. #21 Rey Fox
    July 18, 2007

    Make that MEMBER of the Order of Molly. Or maybe recipient of the Molly Award.

  22. #22 Bob O'H
    July 18, 2007

    I just looked now, and thought “Wow, that’s incredibly conceited of PZ, to put this post up which links to the Pharyngula wiki entry”. Then I checked: they’ve just merged the entries. Poor Blake, being assimilated into the Pharyngula mind-hive.

    Someone with a Wikipedia account fix that, will ‘ya? I’m too lazy to register.

    And then go through the Pharyngula page and change all the spellings of Myers. It’s just not right, having so many correct spellings in one place.

    Bob

  23. #23 Ginger Yellow
    July 18, 2007

    “Relative obscurity, known only for a kneejerk phrase on the web?”

    With apologies to Peter McGrath, you’re saying that this is Salem’s lot in life?

  24. #24 Peter McGrath
    July 18, 2007

    Ginger: chapeau!

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