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Wikipedia Rated

I don't use Wikipedia as a serious reference source but I do use it to find out what things mean that I read on LJ. I used Wikipedia to look up what "shipper" and "Mary Sue" meant. I read these terms right after the last Harry Potter book came out and was clueless. Wikipedia to the rescue.

But even the founder says that some of the entries are 'a horrific embarrassment' and there are messages on some entries that say, "This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality."

To test Wikipedia's accuracy, several experts were asked to rate the Wikipedia entry about their fields of expertise. So can you really trust Wikipedia? Some entries rated: Basque people, Samuel Pepys and TS Eliot.

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surrealkitten
Oct. 24th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
i'll listen to anything mark kurlansky has to say on any subject
silverdee
Oct. 24th, 2005 11:33 am (UTC)
My husband is actually reading his book about salt right now. When he finishes it, I want to read it, too.
weather_fan
Oct. 24th, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
In case it ever comes up, I wrote the article on Dave Garroway, and that thing is accurate.
silverdee
Oct. 25th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
That article is so well-written. And I know that it's completely factual.
ladymeow
Oct. 25th, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC)
anybody can submit an article to wikipedia. That's the problem with it. Some of them are good, some are really, really bad.
silverdee
Oct. 25th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
And you know some jokers have had to put in foolishness in the entries, too.
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