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Rorschach test dispute reported

New York Times writer and longtime Wikipedia observer Noam Cohen wrote up a story on a dispute on Rorschach test, which revolves around whether posting the ten original (public domain) inkblot images will cause patients of psychologists to game the test, making it useless. The publisher of Rorschach's work said it was looking into a lawsuit against the Wikimedia Foundation, about which Mike Godwin, the Foundation's general counsel, seemed unconcerned.[1] The story was picked up widely, with coverage ranging from the straightforward[2] to the mocking.[3][4] The Globe and Mail published an extensive account of the kerfuffle,[5] while Newsweek and Science Daily used the controversy to emphasize that the Rorschach test is not considered particularly effective.[6][7] Discussion among Wikipedians is ongoing.

In brief


  1. ^ "A Rorschach Cheat Sheet on Wikipedia?". New York Times. July 28, 2009.
  2. ^ "Testing times for Wikipedia after doctor posts secrets of the Rorschach inkblots". The Guardian. 29 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Victorian Psychiatrists Upset at Wikipedia Exposing Their Voodoo Secrets". Gawker. 29 July 2009.
  4. ^ See Talk:Rorschach test#Streisand break for a more extensive list of media coverage.
  5. ^ "Rorschach and Wikipedia: The battle of the inkblots". The Globe and Mail. 30 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Analyze This". Newsweek. 30 July 2009.
  7. ^ "Invisible Ink? What Rorschach Tests Really Tell Us". Science Daily. 30 July 2009.
  8. ^ "NIH Staffers Get Into the Wiki World". The Washington Post. July 28, 2009.
  9. ^ "NIH to Edit Wikipedia – A Slippery Slope?". OMB Watch. July 28, 2009.
  10. ^ "Whose Art Is It, Anyway?". The Wall Street Journal. 30 July 2009.
  11. ^ "Judges decide on Man Booker Dozen". The Man Booker Prizes. 28 July 2009.
  12. ^ "Debut Booker Longlister Subject of Controversy Online and Off". The Millions. 30 July 2009.
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