Basically, we create a fictitious presidential candidate to run in 2012. There are 5 groups creating candidates. My group's in Anthony Louis Benson. We then write position papers outlining their policies for important issues. We wrote about energy policy, the budget, and foreign policy in Iraq, Iran, and Israel. Each of these were about 25+ pages, mind you. And each completed in 10 days.
Now, as I mentioned, my group can be slightly obsessive about this kind of thing. We also like to take things above and beyond. Like so.
- Part of the project is to create Twitter accounts for our candidates so they can tweet and stuff. I wanted our candidate to stand out, so I went ahead and made a Wikipedia page for him. It was deleted by an admin within 3 minutes of its creation, because apparently it was a "blatant hoax". Really now, Wikipedia? The following is my conversation with an admin, in which I pleaded for him not to delete it.Me: Please tell me why you called this page a hoax. It really shouldn't be deleted, since first of all it is true, and second of all I need the page for a project.Admin: Wikipedia is not the place for this kind of page. On this page it says that Benson was governor of California in 2004, which is not true. You also don't provide any sources for the other information in this article.Me: Benson is a candidate who has not yet publicized his campaign for the 2012 presidency. His credentials and biography have been used from his own Facebook page and Twitter account, which he updates regularly.Admin: Once he 'publicizes' this with a reliable source, then the article can be created. You will have to apply to an admin to recreate this article as its been creation protected.Me: What is creation protected?Admin: read WP:SALTMe: This is ridiculous. The page should not have been deleted. You've lost yourself a loyal reader.Admin: If you would have read the article creation policies, and followed those rules with your page it wouldn't have been deleted.(or created in the first place)
- Another part of the project is to choose a VP running mate (an actual, real person). We chose Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). But we actually emailed her to ask if she wanted to be our VP (and offered to send her our position papers). She has yet to respond but I will inform you if she does.
- Another group insulted us on Twitter. So we created a fake newspaper clipping in which we accused them of "mismanagement of campaign funds." Next, we're hoping to do a sex scandal or something.
- We printed up campaign posters and wallpapered the history hallway. Tomorrow, we will be giving all the history teachers cookies in thanks for their support (they let us put the fliers on their doors).
- Then someone took down the aforementioned fliers. We don't know who, but we'll do some investigations. THIS MEANS WAR!