Re: the Netherlands vs. The Netherlands

Subject: Re: the Netherlands vs. The Netherlands
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: Lou Quillio <public -at- quillio -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 13:07:34 -0400

Lou Quillio wrote:

Nobody, and no tool, can save you from having to filter information
and reach your own conclusions. I appreciate a tool that doesn't
even try to, doesn't claim authority. Often the most valuable thing
about a WikiPedia entry is the way it serves as a focal point for
the provided external references, which link to other references,
and so on. WikiPedia's refreshing intent is to help me make up my
own mind.


While this is all true, I think it misses at least one important point. Because of wikipedia's model, a sufficiently strong-willed page editor can cause bias and inaccuracy to persist despite the best efforts of others to correct it. With a more hierarchical publishing model (and I'm no fan of hierarchies in general), appeals to a more senior editor can initiate a correction. With wikipedia, that doesn't seem to be possible. As in any field of human endeavor, the special interest of the few tends to bring more focused energy on maintaining an error that benefits them than does the diffuse interest of the broader community on correcting the error.



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