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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by pro-bipartisan View Post
    No way, when I can go on their and change stuff it's not reliable.
    So if I can edit it and add verifiable information [and cite it], it is unreliable outright?

    One thing people seem to forget when getting hysterical is that there are millions upon millions [if not more] articles. Just because one CAN edit things to make it outright false, or vandalize it does not mean that one WILL - the rate, IIRC, isn't that terrible. Plus, its not like they were blind to the fact this could happen upon creation - they have means of dealing with vandalism and inaccurate information. IMO, however, they need to step it up in whatever way they can.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by pro-bipartisan View Post
    No way, when I can go on their and change stuff it's not reliable.
    You realize that they have a large amount of paid employees who monitor changes to articles, right?
    "An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." - Gandhi

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Wikipedia is good for:
    General points of interest/information.
    Cited articles can be used for whatever you want - although it's sometimes better to just use the cite itself.

    Wikipedia is bad for:
    Quoting an uncited article as a sole source of information to prove your point.
    The truth may be out there, but lies are in your head. ~Terry Pratchett

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by EgoffTib View Post
    You realize that they have a large amount of paid employees who monitor changes to articles, right?
    Not to mention all the anal-retentive people with OCD who guard certain articles zealously.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    I nearly hit the majority with this one.
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    On most subjects, with casual debates ,IMO, it is sufficient.
    On legal debates?....no.
    As I am not highly educated, I'd find few errors.. Most of the found errors are probably minor to trivial....

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by EgoffTib View Post
    Maybe you're looking for a site more like this:

    Conservapedia

    Yes, Conservapedia. They (or their associates) are also working on a re-write of the Bible as they apparently find it not to their liking either.

    Conservative Bible Project - Conservapedia

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    It is mostly reliable.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    It is mostly reliable.
    That's actually a funny sentence when you break it down. Mostly reliable is accurate, but it brings into question the value of something that is "mostly reliable".

    For some things, that's totally unacceptable. For example, would you get on an airplane that was labeled "mostly reliable"?

    I sure wouldn't.

    Essentially, for serious matters, "mostly reliable" just ain't good enough. For inconsequential things, it's acceptable, but not preferred.
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    idea Can be if used correctly

    I really try not to use Wikipedia as the final say when I do personal research online, but I sometimes give in.

    I don't believe it in itself is always credible, but often times you can be directed in the right direction of finding the right answer online by simply verifying what it already says.

    For instance, if I wanted to look up Newton's Second Law (Force = mass * acceleration), I can look it up on wikipedia, see what it says and from there I can look at other sites to see if it's right. Where as if I knew nothing about the topic I'd have to wander the internet to figure out what I'm looking for. Maybe not the best example, but I hope you get my point.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Depends Chelle.
    Don't quote unless its source is cited. Verify the source.
    If in doubt cross reference with Snopes.

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