On Mon, 11 Jul 2005, Paul Biggar wrote:
> 1. http://www.snopes.com/lost/false.htm
Yes, and I'm particularly impressed by your sense of false of
authority wrt EB.
> 2. If the reference information was better, this might be possible.
> You seem to think you hit a goldmine with the chili reference, but
> its hard to tell what data from the paper it's citing.
It isn't actually citing it, it's providing it for further
> Taking a glance at it, it looks like it's going for the chemical
> formula, and it's not until the last line that you get what you're
> looking for.
It provides a fair amount of interesting info about capsaicin which I
never knew before. Then links to other stuff with lots more
> Would it kill it to provide a better reference? The
> report shows how it's done: authors, title, journal name, and best
> of all, page numbers.
That'd be nice, yes.
>>> 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?
>> How did you verify this accuracy, I wonder, when you knew little
> enough about the topic to need to look it up?
I don't, but I can correlate provided information against other
sources I find via google.
Same question to you wrt EB. What makes EB such an oracle of accurate
information. (AFAIK, they /do/ make mistakes).
> True. But if it's serious research, you'll only be using it as a
> primer anyway.
Right. If you were to cite Encyclopaedia Britannica as part of a
paper, I'd very much hope your audience would laugh at you.
Wiki is as useful as EB is as a primer on a topic and to give you
google fodder for further research. 'Cept with the wiki, I can
Wiki is also a damn sight cheaper..
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