Re: OT: Wikipedia as a reference source

Subject: Re: OT: Wikipedia as a reference source
From: Stuart Burnfield <sburnf -at- au1 -dot- ibm -dot- com>
To: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2006 18:22:25 +0800

Thanks, Dick. I'll have a look at it on the weekend.

My own opinion is that Wikipedia is an *excellent* reference tool when used

Yes, it's a rich stew or fact, opinion, error, advice, prejudice and hidden
assumptions. Does that remind you of anything? It's just like techwr-l!

Fact for fact, our beloved list is probably even less reliable than
Wikipedia, but it's still so useful because we quickly learn how to sort
the wheat from the chaff.

I don't use Wikipedia a lot for work-related questions. I wouldn't trust it
as a final source for anything important, but so often it's the first place
I look, because it helps to work out what questions to ask next.


Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net> wrote on 28/07/2006 05:58:23 PM:
> On a more serious note, this week's New Yorker has an excellent article
> on Wikipedia; it provides a more complete picture of strengths,
> weaknesses, and internal processes than I'd seen elsewhere. Worth a read
> for anyone interested in the subject.


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