How does it work? First you start of with -5 points and if your score goes positive, then on some level... you are a crackpot. Think you can avoid a positive score? Well let's look at a few entries on the list. (See the above link for the complete list.)
First, some common mistakes:
1 point for every statement that is widely agreed on to be false.
3 points for every statement that is logically inconsistent.
5 points for each such statement that is adhered to despite careful correction.
5 points for each mention of "Einstien", "Hawkins" or "Feynmann".
40 points for comparing those who argue against your ideas to Nazis, stormtroopers, or brownshirts.Second, a telltale sign someone is a crackpot is that they advocate established science is fundamentally flawed:
10 points for each claim that quantum mechanics is fundamentally misguided (without good evidence).
10 points for each favorable comparison of yourself to Einstein, or claim that special or general relativity are fundamentally misguided (without good evidence).
10 points for arguing that a current well-established theory is "only a theory", as if this were somehow a point against it.
40 points for claiming that the "scientific establishment" is engaged in a "conspiracy" to prevent your work from gaining its well-deserved fame, or suchlike.
40 points for claiming that when your theory is finally appreciated, present-day science will be seen for the sham it truly is. (30 more points for fantasizing about show trials in which scientists who mocked your theories will be forced to recant.)Next, what's so funny about these next few is I know from experience they actually happen fairly often in some form or another.
10 points for mailing your theory to someone you don't know personally and asking them not to tell anyone else about it, for fear that your ideas will be stolen.
30 points for suggesting that Einstein, in his later years, was groping his way towards the ideas you now advocate.And last of all, the ultimate test (If you want to be a legitimate scientist.) :
50 points for claiming you have a revolutionary theory but giving no concrete testable predictions.Okay, so: if you were making such a list what items would you add? (Remember, go read the full list!) Given this is weighted toward physics, what issues do you see pop up in your fields?