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Interesting article regarding the accuracy of Wikipedia. I will let you read and draw your own conclussions.

 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10478207/?GT1=7516

 

I will only say that, while I don't cite Wikipedia as a source, I often use it as a quick way to familiarize myself with a subject.

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I mainly use it to get a clue about things I have no clue about to begin with. But I haven't used it as a definite source for anything (except quotes for boards).

 

Maybe I will start now?

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^Agreed. If I need to get a meager grasp of something, I use it.

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Shoo, shoo. :-

 

I blame it on being tired. I just deleted a reply where I tried to make an argument that 80's action flicks aren't old-fashioned. :">

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I was raised by polar bears. I had to fight against blood thirsty wolves and rabid penguins to get my food. Those who were too weak to survive were sent to Sweden.

 

It has made me the man I am today. A man who craves furry hentai.

So let us go and embrace the rustling smells of unseen worlds

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I love Wikipedia. I've spent many hours on the site just jumping from one article to another by clicking through the links to other articles in the one I'm reading.

If I ever want to know something about anything, Wikipedia is the first place I look.

 

I wouldn't cite it as a source--partially because of the stigma many academicians attach to it, but also because if something I'm doing requires sources, I'd be better off reading Wikipedia's reference section and citing those as my sources--but I find it to be a very accurate site, in the main (though the topics I look at are mostly unscientific, like Benjamin Franklin, or Bread). Rather than going against it, the John Seigenthaler/JFK thing only proves how well Wikipedia's collective editing system works. Instead of being a drama queen over an inaccurate article, Seigenthaler could have actually fixed the error himself instead of leaving it there for four months.

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apparently they got a bunch of people to compare, and it turned out that Wikipedia is almost as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

 

Dangit, they deleted my entry on Bioweenies.

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I use it sometimes, mostly as part of posting, whenever I need to refresh some unused parts of my brain about something I normally couldn't care less about...or get some dates right about the few historical things I almost remember.

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I wrote all of the Wikipedia, free encyclopedia, articles.

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My answer would be: No.

If I want information on something I just Google it...the links it gives me (that I click on as being promising) have not yet led to Wiki. Therefore, I assume it wouldn't be very useful to me personally.

 

Either that, or I use one of my many reference books sitting my bookshelves.

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