On Mon, 11 Jul 2005, Paul Biggar wrote:
> On 7/11/05, Paul Jakma <paul at clubi.ie> wrote:
>> Course it's quotable, with proper attribution. Even better, a good
>> Wiki article should itself provide references to its sources, which
>> you can follow and quote yourself.
>> reference is checked, or of who wrote it in the first place.
Err, why not read the reference yourself? Use your brain and evaluate
credibility - as you have to do for /all/ information.
> And it's references are terrible: if you're lucky, the title of the
> book the info came from, or a link to the page. More usually
Strange, other day we were talking about chili on #linux and were
wondering whether hot chili could be bad for you. Went to wiki and
found an EU paper on the subject in the references..
(conclusion: chili can cause slight increase in risk of cancer in
very high doses - but harmless in doses most europeans take. What
level is safe requires further research).
> So I would say that wikipedia has its use, but if you own
> encyclopedia, you probably want to use them, and wikipedia is a poor
> substitute. And it's not quotable for any real use.
A good wiki article is eminently quotable. If the wiki article isnt
good - keep googling (and feel free to update the wiki article based
on what you find).
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