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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

    I personally like it, because alot of the information is linked to (on the well done topic/subject pages), and further information is only several (at most) clicks away.

    That said, I always keep in mind that it is written by people, and people are prone to flaws.

    But any other source would have the same against it, really.

    It's just that Wikipedia (and other online/electronic sources) are easier to manipulate than paper.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Most articles are reliable for casual reading. I wouldn't use it as a formal source, though. It also depends on the article too. Most historical or technical articles are fine. Political articles just beg for edit wars. It really depends on the individual article.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    People are rather snobbish about wikipedia.However generally speaking its pretty accurate.I hate how its reference on certain tv programmes etc as some kind of joke source.Obvously you can easily find faults but same goes for any encyclopedia ever made.

    As any encyclopdia it not meant for deep knowledge on a subject just a general overview.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

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    Why or why not?

    I've come across factual errors in it on maybe six occasions.
    It's probably to be expected, considering.
    On the bright side, they usually get corrected eventually.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    It's definitely a useful tool. It's vulnerable to vandalism, however. For example, the article on Rodney King had been vandalized to make his name Rodney Queen.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Wiki is only as reliable as the individual entries are. Some entries are more reliable than others. Since anyone can edit an entry, there's no guarantee that the most recent edits have any validity because they haven't undergone scrutiny. There's very little control on Wiki, thus there's no guarantee that any individual entry is worthwhile at all.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Not Really.. They do not allow ya to use it in college.. So just no. Anybody can edit it and I do go there
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    It's great if you use it as it should be used. For simple stuff, it's handy. For more controversial or complicated stuff, it's a great place to start, with a ton of source links to follow for further and better information. For most of us, it's one of the big 2 sources to start researching, the other being a google search, and it's much more useful than a google search.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    No way, when I can go on their and change stuff it's not reliable.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    For some general things I think wikipedia is alright. I wouldn't rely on using them as an accurate source regarding controversial topics or anything political. They tend to have a liberal bias and remove conservative editings.

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