jt Fivetwelve Posted over 2 years ago Discuss the note to the TED community on the withdrawal of the TEDxWestHollywood license. John Campbell has made the following argument to conclude that John Hoopes is a TED forum administrator. It is a case study in sloppy thinking and willingness to jump to a conclusion on insufficient evidence. He begins with the following premise: "The only way I was able to post a direct link to the TCM Group to my own Wordpress site or any Wordpress site was if I was admin of the site in question." And from that premise, he draws the following intermediary conclusion: "Any site that uses Akismet automatically deletes the comment that contains the link to the TCM group." And, using the above intermediary conclusion as an additional premise, he draws his final conclusion: "You sir [ie, Hoopes], are an admin on this site." But the intermediary conclusion does not logically follow from the premise. It does not follow that just because John Campbell has been unable to post the link to the TCM Group on any Wordpress site that he has tried, and can only post it as an admin on his own site, that any site that uses Akismet automatically deletes the post unless you are an admin. Furthermore, this conclusion is factually wrong. I use Akismet on my own Wordpress site, and I was able to post a comment comtaining the link to the TCM Group using an unprivileged user account. So, not only does John Campbell's final conclusion, that John Hoopes is a TED admin, not logically follow from his premises, the premises themselves are not even (all) true.