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    Default Wikipedia: Reliable?

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    A lot of schools are cracking down on the usage of the popular online encyclopedia. Why? Well, because it can be freely edited by anyone at anytime, wonderfully displayed by Tim here.



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    My opinion: I think that it is reliable, as my teacher says, there are "wikinerds" around the country that are constantly viewing edits to the website and checking their consistancy with the truth. Sure some things such as the Helen Keller incident are overlooked, but if you are going to use Wikipedia, you should be looking at the last edit line at the bottom, if it's that day, then you can always check when the last update of the section you were looking at. If it seems suspicious, you can always try another source or cross reference.

    So I say they should just trust if a student has the ability to depict what is appropriate, what sounds right, and to check either by cross reference or by other means.





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    I use the resource a lot and I do find it reliable, if someone was to vandalize a page they're usually caught within minutes. What's unique about Wiki, the free encyclopedia is that compared to other encyclopedias, it has a lot more depth and useless general knowledge on it. Yes, there is always that risk that is it able to be edited by anyone and yes, that is a certain concern but I don't know how but there seems to be a person monitoring every single activity on there. For over 2 million articles that's pretty good. In a regular encyclopedia I don't think you would find an article for each individual Simpsons episode and trivia and other information on each one. People know what they're doing (most) and it's a good opportunity to share knowledge about the most pointless things.

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    Well, you either have Wikipedia or Encyclopedia Dramatica. They each have thousands of articles, but at different views. Take your pick.

    In all seriousness, what makes Wikipedia any less reliable than other websites. Your at risk of false information everywhere, even in books.

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    Encyclopedia Dramatica is a satire though. I go there for laughs, not for facts.

    Wikipedia may have some false info from time to time, but for the most part they're very good about keeping things in order and correcting any false information they might have.
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    Some of it is fake. It is open for the world to edit, so people can put in their own beliefs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Link View Post
    Some of it is fake. It is open for the world to edit, so people can put in their own beliefs.
    You have no idea what you're talking about. All articles on Wikipedia have strict guidelines to follow, and being completely objective is one of them. People can't just edit an article and put in their 'beliefs', the page will either by flagged as vandalised and edited or deleted entirely. Same goes for 'fake' information. If sources for information in an article aren't cited, they're flagged and if no source is provided after a period of time the information is removed.
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    But, hypothetically, it is possible for some of what is edited to be false. There is always at least a 2% margin of error in all human processes.

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    If i have a question about something, i usually go to ask.com..

    For essays and reports, it's normally a wiki-done deal, however.
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    I almost always use Wiki for Informatiion usually scoring high on the assingments, so that must mean Wiki is reliable enough but sometimes they need to update more (Mario Kart Wii)
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    If you need info on a god damn game there's other sites for that. Try gamespot.com
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    Pikatwo is right. Wikipedia is as reliable as any other website on the internet for any topic you can think of and far more convenient.

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    People who think otherwise are just paranoid. Honestly, the Wikipedia staff knows what its doing. They crackdown on false information very quickly. I admit, one time I submitted some fake info to wikipedia before, in a matter of minutes I was banned from editing the site, and the corrections were made
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    Exactly, and further more WSD1 or for the foreigners Winnipeg School Division 1 Blocks sites like gamespot and I can't go on at home
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    Your school should have blocked wikipedia rather than gamespot, if they have any brains at all.
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    I find Wikipedia very reliable. I know some people who are biased against it, but it's pretty much impossible for anything to exist without bias on either side of it; some people will love it and others will hate it.

    Digression aside, I used to cross-reference information I got from Wiki because I'd heard that "just anyone can put what they want in there!", but I soon found this to be nearly pointless as the information was most always true to fact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingdra View Post
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    Be intelligent please.

    Wikipedia is a great source when used in moderation. If we're talking about strictly for academic or business purposes, I usually get my base ideas and information from there. After that, I would recommend you only go there to cross reference things or look for interesting little tidbits. To make an entire report based solely on Wikipedia's information would be suicide.

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    Hey hey hey.

    Someone re-edited my wikipedia edit. I never had the world "the" in there.

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    They took out "the"?!?! Now look at how inaccurate the article is!
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    On any note, Wikipedia is also a lot of fun to surf around. I love the footnotes at the bottom that take you to all the related articles.

    also, if anyone thinks Wikipedia is unreliable, they should still consider the fact that wikipedia provides A LOT of outside links to the topic you are looking up. Not only that, but sources for their own articles too.
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    'Nuff said.
    Quote Originally Posted by Star View Post
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    I'm impressed with Wikipedias articles, for the most part. Put it this way: they don't have pop-ups asking if you want to download porn or something like that.
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    I don't blame the democrats for either legalizing or illegalizing gay marriage unlike some opinions I've seen before, mostly for the fact that every side someone will be protesting. It must be amazingly hard to at least try to keep every person happy or feed them some believable lies that will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noelle the Bubbly View Post
    I'm impressed with Wikipedias articles, for the most part. Put it this way: they don't have pop-ups asking if you want to download porn or something like that.
    If it did, then google wouldn't have marked them at the top of the sponsored results list for typical searches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by God View Post
    Hey hey hey.

    Someone re-edited my wikipedia edit. I never had the world "the" in there.
    They took out "fictional" too...

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