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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I like wookieepedia, myself. I use it in all of my debates.
    i dunno, some of the articles seem a little hairy
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Perhaps. I know of some that do...again...provided that they can demonstrate that the Wikipedia article is properly sourced and cited.

    I dont really know how anyone can rebel against Wikipedia. Especially since it is such a commonly used source of data. If people completely discount wikipedia then they for sure ought to eliminate any and all periodical references due to bias. And journal articles also dont pass the non-bias test as 'peer reviewed' simnply means the author got a handful of like minded 'experts' to sanction their comments...

    Come to think of it...I cant recall a text book (non math or stats related) that has not been written without some sort of slant or bias.
    It is not that there is a bias, it is that it is an educated and specialized consensus among academic peers rather than being written by any schmuck with a keyboard.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    I think it's an accurate source to learn from, particularly on non-debatable historical subjects, but it shouldn't be used as a source academically.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    It is not that there is a bias, it is that it is an educated and specialized consensus among academic peers rather than being written by any schmuck with a keyboard.
    No...they are written by EDUCATED schmucks with a keyboard. No...scratch that...they are written by undergrad students and grad students FOR the educated schmucks...

    Im not disagreeing its not vulnerable and only cited commentary should be included.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by pro-bipartisan View Post
    There is also a large amount of paid employees who work in Congress, it doesn't mean they do their job well.
    I'm not talking about Congress, I'm talking about the guys at Wikipedia who do a fine job of keeping the site accurate.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    No...they are written by EDUCATED schmucks with a keyboard. No...scratch that...they are written by undergrad students and grad students FOR the educated schmucks...

    Im not disagreeing its not vulnerable and only cited commentary should be included.
    A lot of people are not experts in their fields writing these entries.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    A lot of people are not experts in their fields writing these entries.
    No argument. Just saying...many 'experts' write journal articles with research designed to support their arguments. Yes...I know college professors too.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    I'm not actually sure as to the precise workings of a Wiki article.

    I assume some methods of preventing vandalism are in place, to prevent the addition of statements that skew the attempted accuracy.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    I voted yes, with reservations. It's only reliable if you use it properly.

    It's useful because it gives you leads to further sources and links to them. I think it is less reliable when you are dealing with more esoteric subjects. The contributors to Wikipedia are then a pretty small bunch and you need to double-check even more carefully for bias. Of course, I expect bias, we're only human, but the more opinions you get the more this bias tends to even out.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    It use to be horrible - and some areas still are.
    They've really tightened up the reigns on what can be changed and so forth. . . but there's still room for a lot of improvement.
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