Hi all. Just very quick thoughts today... I am thinking particularly about starting points and foundations, and remembering all those months ago when Marco and I first said "hi", Marco if you think back, did we not fail to achieve what we mentioned there - am I remembering right that we identified as top priority investigating and doing FOIs and identifying clearly and publicly that these XMRV "replications" were about to fail, and said we needed to explain why, before they published. But we didn't do that. Wessely's was an interesting one, because nobody even knew it was happening until it published, unlike all the others that were announced (and some then abandoned after Wessely/McClure's appeared out of the blue), so we couldn't have got on top of that anyway - but we didn't have counter-information ready as we had intended. Anyway that's my recollection of the past attempts which seem similar to me.
The problems being, that we each of us drift in and out and struggle to maintain the necessary focus on an activity. Which is where groups come in, where we can each 'pick up the baton' and are stronger than the sum of our parts.
So my suggestion is to form a forum group - a much-underused forum feature - whose name can define what we agree on, which I think is supporting the WPI science against disinformation (but I'm sure we share wider aims so considering those too would make sense). Doing so honestly, and dealing with everything from valid critique of the science to malicious lies and slurs, and making that high-quality information widely available, would be my starting point.
Trying to hold things together on threads, or through vague affiliation, hasn't always seemed to work. The earlier expectation that everyone on this forum held, and would continue to hold, the same convictions re:WPI, was clearly an illusion. Hence while some have responded by wanting their own defined group elsewhere with certain common assumptions in common, whereas we prefer to remain 'inside', I think we still have the same need to define our parameters so that we have a space where we can avoid the distraction of pointless arguments about whether we should even be doing what we are doing.
So all we need know is a name, and whoever wants to set it up can do so, so can I suggest a quick discussion about name and then set it up?
PS: personal plea, which applies generally as well: if I drift away from this because I don't have time to explore all the threads on multiple subjects in detail, please PM me to remind me...