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If you are from Wikipedia originally, you may want to check out this article:

David Tribe 23:12, 31 March 2007 (CDT)

Paranormal Subgroup

Hi - although only the Citizendium Council can create new workgroups, articles can still be gathered under specific 'subgroups'. I have created a 'Paranormal Subgroup' that you may wish to use to keep related articles together and promote collaboration. You can see that you can track recent changes to these articles, edit the subgroup's pages and make yourself a member. To add articles, the easiest way is to hit "Click here to edit this metadata using the metadata form" at the top of an articles Metadata template (click the little 'M' in the bar at the top) and enter 'Paranormal' under "What is the first [/second/third] subgroup that the article belongs to?" I have added near-death experience to the subgroup. I find it sometimes takes a while for articles to show up in subgroup pages. John Stephenson 19:07, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

What workgroup would the paranormal subgroup be a subgroup of?
My next step was to determine if there was any interest amongst editors by posting in the forum. I am just waiting for confirmation to access the forum.
It is curious to me that there are no articles about the paranormal in evidence. My first thought is that it is not a subject that is welcomed here. Thomas Butler 19:47, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
Subgroups can be 'affiliated' with any number of workgroups with the approval of Editors (i.e. experts) in those workgroups, but they can be started by any user. In practice, there is no barrier to this and many subgroups have no official affiliation. This allows for interdisciplinary work and for subjects that don't fit anywhere well to be assigned. With regard to the lack of articles, I can't recall anyone willing to do serious work in a representative way. (Whereas a lot of people have edited on alternative medicine.) As for the forums, I did approve your account - perhaps the spam filters killed the reply? You should be able to log in. John Stephenson 20:20, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
There was a fair amount of drama caused by the UFO article, as I recall, skeptics vs. less-skeptics.... Hayford Peirce 20:12, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
It is my intention that the articles will be fair and balanced, and that they will also include references that are not allowed when skeptics are in charge. Citizendium is not a place to advocate a point of view, only to explain concepts. Your help will be welcomed. 21:48, 17 January 2014 (UTC)