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Wikipedia Edits For Slings?
Oct 9th, 2011 at 11:08pm
 
Does anyone have a wikipedia account they can use to try to edit the below out of the end of the wikipedia article on slings?  The only place I've seen such nonsense is in a videogame.  It doesn't even make sense.

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The clumsiest part of using a shepherd's sling is to regain control of the release cord. Conventionally, the loop of the retention cord is placed around a finger of the strong hand. Several projectiles may be held in the weak hand. After the release, an expert will continue the motion. The cradle will catch around a stone held out with the weak hand, so that the end of the release cord swings back to the strong hand retaining the loop. Just after the knot begins to swing, slightly before the knot reaches the strong hand, one drops or throws the projectile toward the ground with the weak hand, starting into the next release. Some people braid the end of the release cord around a weight to help perform this maneuver. With this method, a skillful user can throw an aimed stone every few seconds in a cyclic coordinated movement, until the weak hand is empty.


Even in theory, if someone had enough skill to catch the stone in the cradle after releasing the previous stone, how would he then be able to drop that stone and cradle before even receiving the release cord back yet into his hand? 

And seriously, a weight at the end of the release cord would not assist in this process whatsoever.  It would result in a sling which doesn't release smoothly since it's working against the dead weight in the release cord in order to release.

Where did this quote come from!?  It has to be just a dirty joke or something.

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Re: Wikipedia Edits For Slings?
Reply #1 - Oct 10th, 2011 at 8:54am
 
Undecided Never seen that before.
Although a skilled slinger can do a shot every few seconds I doubt nearly anyone uses this method when doing so.
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Reply #2 - Oct 10th, 2011 at 5:56pm
 
timann is a pretty good speed slinger.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXzBUW2krck
Though I guess with a lot of practice one could load a little faster than that, I think he's going at pretty close to the max.  If someone has a faster system I'd sure like to see it.
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Reply #3 - Oct 10th, 2011 at 7:19pm
 
I remember a quote nearly identical to the one above appearing in a thread a few years ago as the result of a speed slinging debate.  You might try searching the old posts to see if you find something.
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Reply #4 - Oct 10th, 2011 at 9:01pm
 
it's from clan of the cave bear. Ayla learns to do this with two stones. *shiver* i'm starting to hate Wikipedia.


if you don't know what it is, it is neolithic pornography clumsily disguised as historical fiction.
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Reply #5 - Oct 11th, 2011 at 1:53am
 
I've seen like two scenes from that movie.  A relative of mine lost a court case because of an inaccurate quote from wikipedia.  People trust it but it sometimes contains raw garbage.
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Reply #6 - Oct 11th, 2011 at 3:16pm
 
I have an account... on it Cheesy
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Reply #7 - Oct 11th, 2011 at 3:19pm
 
Hmmm lost my account info, but set up a new account and made the changes.
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Reply #8 - Oct 11th, 2011 at 10:41pm
 
I'm sure that quote was from the forum, not the book, but darned if I can remember the context.
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Reply #9 - Oct 16th, 2011 at 9:15am
 
xxkid123 wrote on Oct 10th, 2011 at 9:01pm:
it's from clan of the cave bear. Ayla learns to do this with two stones. *shiver* i'm starting to hate Wikipedia.


if you don't know what it is, it is neolithic pornography clumsily disguised as historical fiction.

Its not pornography until book two. It is, however, far closer to the "fiction" side of historical fiction than the history side. And Wikipedia is usually pretty accurate, all things considered, particularly when compared to other encyclopedias. Which doesn't change the whole "encyclopedias are terrible things to use as sources for anything even vaguely scholarly" angle.
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Re: Wikipedia Edits For Slings?
Reply #10 - Oct 17th, 2011 at 1:09pm
 
Yep that passage can go.
It's doable but much much easier to hold the extra ammo in your 'strong' or slinging hand. And a weighted release cord is unnecessary. Plus anything from clan of the cave bear is almost guarenteed to be historically and practically incorrect.

Anyone can add anything to wikipedia. And given some of the claims and threads we've had on here recently - I weep for the slinging community if some of our members get loose on the slinging entry  Shocked
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Reply #11 - Oct 17th, 2011 at 10:37pm
 
Curious Aardvark wrote on Oct 17th, 2011 at 1:09pm:
Anyone can add anything to wikipedia. And given some of the claims and threads we've had on here recently - I weep for the slinging community if some of our members get loose on the slinging entry  Shocked

Overall though, the community here has their heads on straight, which suggests an improvement. Mostly because the baselines is really rather low on slinging related articles, in Wikipedia and elsewhere.
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Reply #12 - Oct 17th, 2011 at 10:55pm
 
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No, this is neolithic pornography. Grin
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