On Mon, 11 Jul 2005, Paul Biggar wrote:
> It would take an incredibly large amount of time to verify
> references on every page you read.
You should at least:
1. Examine the references
2. Quickly look at the references (eg the introduction) to see there
isn't a glaring inaccuracy in how the citee has interpreted it
You should probably do this regardless of whether it's a wiki or some
other encyclopaedia, you should /definitely/ do so if you're doing
more than casual research.
> Contrast this with a proper encyclopedia: once you ascertain it's
> reliablilty for a few pages, you can be pretty certain of the
> quality across the whole thing.
In that case, how come you can't do the same thing for wikipedia?
I use it regularly and have found it quite useful and accurate (least
for non-stub pages). Why can't I then apply your criteria and
conclude it then likely is generally useful and accurate?
You can't - no more than you can with the EB. You should be wary of
human error in /both/ cases.
> An occasional well written page (funny I can't find it - has it
> changed already?), doesn't clear the rest (and vice-versa, my
> example doesnt condemn the rest). But taking medical advice for
> wikipedia? Dangerous trend..
Not from the wiki page:
but rather from the linked to EU Science Committee paper: "Opinion of
the Scientific Committee on Food on capsaicin, at:
Course, the fact that a wiki article linked to this report probably
makes its accuracy suspect to your mind..
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