Project Directives

  1. Seek out all responses and replies to the work of Dr. Richard Carrier (online and in print) and get them listed here.

  2. Compose official responses (in consultation with Dr. Carrier) and publish them here.

  3. Identify errors and defects in Dr. Carrier's work so he can revise and improve it.

Entries should generally appear with the following format (not every line is required but the more the merrier):

Author: (actual or nickname)
Title: (or equivalent)
Location: (site and URL)
Updates: (links for receiving updates if the page changes, or RSS or alerts for the site in general)
Type: (blog, web article, pdf, book, print article, etc.)
Target: (the writing, speech, article, etc. of Dr. Carrier's that is being responded to)
Merit: (Lame, So-So, Important)

Argument: (thesis, gist, or point)
Content: (summary of arguments and evidence)
Consult: (list of pages, articles, etc. of Dr. Carrier's that will help build a reply)
Response: (a brief in-line reply, or a link to a new article responding, and/or links/references to pages/articles where Dr. Carrier already responds to the same or similar points)

Additional instructions for all contributors:

1. Develop a system of tags and label pages with then, both general (philosophy, history) and specific (epistemology, Jesus studies); tags should also include labels identifying the target piece (e.g. criticisms of Sense and Goodness without God should share an identifying tag in common).

2. Feel free to correct typos and make additions or improvements in articles and entries posted here by other contributors (the version history makes tracing and reversing such changes so easy there is no reason not to treat every document here as under total collaborative authorship, with the exception of articles with a strong authorial voice that defend that author's particular views: anything more than typo editing of such documents should be conducted in a way as to make clear which contributor is saying what).

3. Focus on claims to fact (any claim that Dr. Carrier's facts are incorrect, or any newly claimed fact that would logically alter his conclusion) and logical fallacies (cases where their conclusion does not follow even from their own premises); avoid digressions that don't get to the heart of the matter and ignore criticisms that have no bearing on any argument Dr. Carrier has made.

4. Links to Richard Carrier's books should point to the pages provided for them in Dr. Carrier's Amazon store. Sales made through that channel will provide a small commission to Dr. Carrier.

5. WikiSpaces is a bit glitchy and clunky, and somewhat primitive. Be aware you must always go back and double check your edits to make sure they took, and that nothing else weird happened. Fortunately, usually when you see a glitch and then go back in to fix it, it stays fixed.
Some particular issues to be aware of:

  • (a) To create hyperlinks inside a page, the page must be fully created and saved first. Then you can go back in to edit that page and add anchors, and then hyperlinks pointing to those anchors.

  • (b) When you create a new page and it asks for a title or name, use no spaces or punctuation. Create the page, do some basic entry on it, then save it. Then go into Manage Wiki, and from there enter the Pages manager, and rename the new page you just created, this time with any spaces or punctuation you want. The reason for this is that ugly and confusing hypercode will replace any spaces and punctuation in the URL upon initial creation, but when you rename it in this back-end way, WikiSpaces replaces spaces in the title with clean and simple + signs, and retains the punctuation, making a cleaner, easier-to-read-or-remember URL. The side-bar table of contents, meanwhile, posts the name of the page, and sorts pages alphabetically that way, so you will want the use of spaces and punctuation to control this appearance for ease of navigation.