To be sure of this, I went back and watched the Backster episodes.
Since the focus seems to be Backster's method with the plant reaction to the death of other biological life, this experiment entailed "random and unexpected" death with no other life present for the experiment, thus removing the possibility of human or other life interference in the experiment. When he did the shrimp test he set up his test to be completely random and set to to perform overnight while no life was present in the building but the plants and the shrimp. This part of the protocol was important because Backster found if there was other life present the plants didn't really react because they "weren't concerned about the shrimp". Other scientists performing this test did not follow this the protocol of the experiment and were present while the experiments were taking place. This includes the Mythbusters tests but there were other issue I found when watching that episode too (though they did reproduce the results of harming the plant via both physically harming the plant and mentally thinking of harming the plant).
By definition the protocols of the experiment must be followed to validation or invalidate the results. This is why I am dismissing citations 13 and 14. Anyone that wishes to argue against, I encourage to do the research themselves or watch the presentation provided by David before poking holes (I can gift the video that covers some of this data for anyone to watch...I think. I've never used their gifting feature so I'm not sure how it works). I will freely admit that I rarely fact check David because the way he presents the data is by laying it all on the table via slides of the actual data for you to see and validate on your own. When possible he also provides the links to the information for you to go and fact check it yourself in the event you don't follow what he is saying.
I don't follow your latest post, though, and am not connecting the dots of how any of this is connected to STEP's acceptance of mods. This is the Banter Inn thread of which is provided for discussion of any random topics the community wishes to discuss upon. It can your pub to have some friendly chatting or your lecture hall to have intellectual debates. Do not consider anything in the Banter Inn as connected to any way to STEP processes. The staff shouldn't have to put up a disclaimer up every time we discuss something in this forum. Discussions herein are our personal views and in no way reflect upon STEP.
To address Crash Fixes, which is off topic, mods of this nature are installed by the staff and ran with them installed for longer periods of time than your typical mod to attempt to weed out any potential issues with the STEP set of mods. I've had the mod install for months and am 100% confident it will be accepted for STEP inclusion. It should also be noted that STEP is going through some pretty big changes behind the scenes so work on the Guides is not a priority, atm.
Wikipedia is an encyclopedia from the public masses, but that doesn't mean the sources it cites are reliable (and I realize you didn't say that they were, but that was the point I was making). In this case, I wouldn't deem them reliable in the slightest besides possibly three or four of the 19 which be be followed up on and fact checked independently. I'm sure you brought it up for amusement, but I really don't consider Mythbusters a reliable source for anything but entertainment. Though I did go watch the episode to do my own fact checking and they did reproduce some of the results, but dismissed them later because they couldn't reproduce them in other (different) scenarios such as their egg drop. Of which, their egg drop was a joke because it was suppose to be into boiling water. You can clearly see in the episode there is no boil on that water. It's just plain water they're dropping them into. Again, Backster's protocols weren't followed, but it's just a TV show for entertainment.