[nSLUG] Wikipedia (Was: "Cat5e vs Cat6")
draker at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 11:25:58 AST 2009
2009/11/2 Ian Campbell <ian at slu.ms>:
> On Mon, Nov 02, 2009 at 03:49:39AM -0400, Mike Spencer wrote:
>> Nice object lesson. OTOH, if I want to get a quick backgrounder on,
>> say, Caroline of Ansbach or the 30 years' war, I'm not going to be
>> thrown very far off track if there's an error or even a plausible but
>> meretricious insertion.
> You might, look at the recent controversy over the Battle of
> Agincourt. That has the potential to be 594 years of error.
Not an error. More likely purposeful manipulation by government (of
Henry V). And not an issue with Wikipedia. And as Wikipedia is rapidly
edited, it already contains a section regarding the controversy over
Wikipedia even cites Britannica. Obviously, the printed Britannica in
your parent's basement has no such update.
> ... anyway. It's an encyclopedia. There's a reason you don't cite
> encyclopedias, they're just a starting point.
I'm continually amazed at how many people don't get that.
Friend: "OMG I have a paper to write and I'm totally lost"
Me: "Go look it up on Wikipedia!"
Friend: "I can't do that, we're not allowed!"
Me: "I didn't say to cite Wikipedia in your paper, duh! I mean read it
to get oriented, then you know what to look for in papers that you CAN
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