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Unread postby Night-Walker » November 3rd, 2008, 6:15 am

Is wikipedia totally reliable?

I mean, some articles in Pt version disapointed me... Either because lack of informations, references, or worse, vandalism (putting the wrong information), since it can be edited...
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Re: Wikipedia

Unread postby Odd dude » November 3rd, 2008, 8:30 am

Nothing is 100% reliable.
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Re: Wikipedia

Unread postby Night-Walker » November 3rd, 2008, 8:25 pm

Sorry, my question wasn't exactly to be like this, one looking at this kind of question may find ridiculous why I'm asking this... Well, I'll reformulate my question since it could lead to ambiguities...

When I asked "Is wikipedia totally reliable?"
I meant actually "When should I trust or not in an article written on this site?"
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Re: Wikipedia

Unread postby Odd dude » November 4th, 2008, 2:14 am

Personally, I tend to trust longer articles with quotations from people (or books/etc written by them) which I know to be knowledgeable on the subject.

As an example.

I don't trust "The heart: your heart is some thing in your body which when it stops working causes you to die now have fun"

I do trust "The heart of aliens: Mr So-and-so Expert has confirmed that the alien aorta pumps the blood coming from the lungs through the so-many'th chamber through the Valve of So-And-So Expert which then makes the blood turn green in a process that is called hypervertosis. (see hxxp://thiswebsitedoesnotexist.mrexpert ... eheart.com)"

(I made this all up :lol: )

So, to answer your question:
- Nothing can be trusted 100%
- Go for longer articles with difficult terms
- Go for articles with quotes from experts on the subject

In general, I find Wikipedia pretty reliable.
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Re: Wikipedia

Unread postby muppy03 » November 4th, 2008, 3:47 am

hmm can odd dude be trusted ? :D :mrgreen:

I think trusting one particular piece of information regardless of who writes it can be naive. Even if the author believes 100% in his or her work it can still come down to either their opinion and or their research which could be lacking. I feel it is a great starting point but best to read other seperate references for checking any results.
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Re: Wikipedia

Unread postby Odd dude » November 4th, 2008, 10:06 am

muppy03 wrote:hmm can odd dude be trusted ? :D :mrgreen:


Trust me - I can't be trusted

Do you really want to go there? :twisted: :twisted:

You state a good point - but this might be the case for EVERYTHING.
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Re: Wikipedia

Unread postby dk2rb » March 10th, 2009, 9:08 pm

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Last edited by dk2rb on October 16th, 2011, 10:24 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Wikipedia

Unread postby Gary R » March 11th, 2009, 7:08 am

dk2rb wrote:i've been banned from editing Wikipedia pages because i consistently vandalized the page for Kenny G, saying all sorts of things like his website is iamtheworstsaxplayerever.com


Please read the PM I've sent you about this matter.
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Re: Wikipedia

Unread postby Bv202 » March 11th, 2009, 10:30 am

dk2rb wrote:
Night-Walker wrote:or worse, vandalism



i've been banned from editing Wikipedia pages because i consistently vandalized the page for Kenny G, saying all sorts of things like his website is iamtheworstsaxplayerever.com


What's the fun in that? :?
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Re: Wikipedia

Unread postby dk2rb » March 11th, 2009, 2:51 pm

Bv202 wrote:What's the fun in that? :?


taking a screenshot, reverting it, then claiming that it's true. unfortunatley, i forgot to revert it once...
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