TALK.ORIGINS (often capitalised to TALK.ORIGINS or abbreviated as
T.O.) is a moderated
* 1 History * 2 Culture * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links
The first post to talk.origins was a starter post by Mark Horton , dated 5 September 1986.
In the early 1990s, a number of FAQs on various topics were being
periodically posted to the newsgroup . In 1994, Brett J. Vickers
established an anonymous FTP site to host the collected FAQs of the
newsgroup. In 1995, Vickers started the
The group was originally created as the unmoderated newsgroup net.origins as a 'dumping ground' for all the various flame threads 'polluting' other newsgroups, then renamed to talk.origins as part of the Great Renaming . Subsequently, after discussion on the newsgroup, the group was voted to be moderated in 1997 by the normal USENET RFD/CFV process, in which only spam and excessive crossposting are censored. The moderator for the newsgroup is David Iain Greig (and technically Jim Lippard as alternate/backup).
The group is characterized by a long list of in-crowd jokes like the
fictitious University of Ediacara, the equally fictitious Evil
Atheist Conspiracy which allegedly hides all the evidence supporting
Creationism , a monthly election of the Chez Watt-award for
"statements that make you go 'say what', or some such.", pun
cascades, a strong predisposition to quoting
Apart from the humor, the group includes rebuttals to creationist claims. There is an expectation that any claim is to be backed up by actual evidence, preferably in the form of a peer-reviewed publication in a reputable journal . The group as a whole votes for a PoTM-award (Post of The Month), which makes it into the annals of TalkOrigins Archive .
* ^ Horton, Mark (5 September 1986). "starter message for talk.origins". Newsgroup : talk.origins . Usenet: 2518@cbosgd.UUCP . Retrieved 9 September 2009. * ^ Dave Greig\'s home page The Virtual University of Ediacara, Feb. 16, 2014 * ^ "Ediacara University Home Page". Retrieved 20 September 2008. * ^ "The Evil Atheist Conspiracy". Retrieved 20 September 2008. * ^ Grumbine, Robert (5 May 2005). "Re: Chez Watt (was Re: I am a creationist)". Newsgroup : talk.origins . Usenet: email@example.com . Retrieved 9 September 2009. * ^ "TalkOrigins.org Post of the Month Archive". TalkOrigins Archive . 12 August 2007.