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briggl
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: New England
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted posted 09-22-2005 19:55

Am I correct the the Wikipedia is like other wikis in that anyone can add or edit articles in it?


reisio
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Florida
Insane since: Mar 2005

posted posted 09-22-2005 22:34

yes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Help_desk

briggl
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: New England
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted posted 09-22-2005 22:39

It amazes me then that I've seen so many people quote things from the Wikipedia as authoritative. Who knows how much the contributor actually knows about the subject he or she is contributing?


reisio
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Florida
Insane since: Mar 2005

posted posted 09-23-2005 00:42

Please tell me I didn't reply to a post originating from someone losing an argument because of Wikipedia.

briggl
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: New England
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted posted 09-23-2005 01:17

nope, just wondering


Ramasax
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: PA, US
Insane since: Feb 2002

posted posted 09-23-2005 02:52
quote:
Who knows how much the contributor actually knows about the subject he or she is contributing?



Being that it is an open community, and what one writes is open to the scrutiny of many if wrong, the checks and balances system seems to work well. The topics which are disputed have a little stopsign icon at the top to let you know, but for the most part, a lot of the information I have gathered on Wikipedia is accurate...or at least checks out with other sources.

I've had no complaints, and it is usually my first stop for reasearch nowadays.

Ramasax
www.AmericanSerf.us

briggl
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: New England
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted posted 09-23-2005 15:48

I have never had anyone use info from the Wikipedia to refute any of my arguments.
But I have seen people on the Asylum use information from there as part of their arguments in certain threads.
In my mind, that is not valid, as we do not know the credentials of the person posting the info on Wikipedia. It may just be someone posting biased info based on facts mixed with their own beliefs, which just happen to correspond with the beliefs of the person posting on the Asylum (or anywhere else for that matter).


DL-44
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: under the bed
Insane since: Feb 2000

posted posted 09-23-2005 18:11

I do use the wikipedia, but as Ramasax hinted at, it's best use is as a starting point, not as the final word.

Skaarjj
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 09-24-2005 01:58
quote:

briggl said:

It may just be someone posting biased info based on facts mixed with their own beliefs




Which is, quite frankly, true of any information source on the internet, credentials or no. Impartiality is a myth.


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