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Is Wikipedia Unreliable?

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Is Wikipedia reliable?

  1. Yes (9 votes [31.03%])

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  2. No (15 votes [51.72%])

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#1    bigjoester99

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 03:38 PM

Is Wikipedia really reliable enough to use? I've heard people say that it is un reliable, but I'm not sure. All I know is that I use it way too much.


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 09:06 PM

I don't think it's unreliable, but you shouldn't use it as a primary source for research of any kind. When I want to know something, I use it as a platform for getting the basic information I want then I follow links at the bottom in the reference section. And doing a Google search will direct you to other sites. It's just too easy for trolls to go in and randomly make changes - putting crude comments in place of entire articles or even just slipping them into an article. The concept of Wikipedia might've been good, but to put it to practical use is impossible.

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 09:15 PM

I think it's a great place to start for some general info. I know people can change it, so it's not totally reliable. Wiki pages often link to published papers and other sources that may be more reliable.

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:29 AM

Usually it gives sources, unlike some of the members on UM.


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 05:12 PM

depends what you are looking for, as tertiary source it is reliable enough, but the main objective of those (and that includes any encyclopedia) is to point you to primary sources.

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 07:17 PM

I just tried to look up Wikipedia on Wikipedia and I might've created a baby black hole.


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:36 PM

You can make it more reliable.

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:09 PM

I don't consider it reliable enough to cite as a source. I never use it as an only source for any subject. I do consider it fairly reliable as a resource for a general overview and sources depending on the subject.


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:21 PM

View Postrashore, on 03 January 2014 - 10:09 PM, said:

I don't consider it reliable enough to cite as a source. I never use it as an only source for any subject. I do consider it fairly reliable as a resource for a general overview and sources depending on the subject.

Not to try to rain on your parade: No dictionary is authoritative enough but to be quoted as a non disputable source,and that includes Wikipedia.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 01:08 AM

Bearing in my mind that a Wikipedia page can be edited by anyone, a certain degree of skepticism is needed as for the acuracy and reliability when using it for informations.

That said, I do think Wikipedia is a great body of knowledge, open for the public to contribute. Often but not always the references of the article is provided at the bottom of the page. So, I would certainly not dissuade people not to use it, but to at least try to validate with a third party the informations found in it.

Edited by sam_comm, 04 January 2014 - 01:10 AM.


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:49 AM

You think Wikipedia is unreliable?

Try looking at RationalWiki.

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:21 AM

If you want to see how messed up fundies and creationists are, check out www.conservapedia.com. Pure crap.


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Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:55 AM

I don't think unreliable as in the information not being correct, but it can be inconsistent in the amount of information and the way it's presented. The problem I think is that the people who contribute articles can present them in their own style, and what I think it could really do with is some editing to present the information in a consistent style. There does tend to be too much of it that's people's opinions rather than facts.

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:56 AM

View PostChild of Bast, on 02 January 2014 - 09:06 PM, said:

I don't think it's unreliable, but you shouldn't use it as a primary source for research of any kind. When I want to know something, I use it as a platform for getting the basic information I want then I follow links at the bottom in the reference section. And doing a Google search will direct you to other sites. It's just too easy for trolls to go in and randomly make changes - putting crude comments in place of entire articles or even just slipping them into an article.
really? I've never found that.

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 08:00 AM

View PostRlyeh, on 08 January 2014 - 07:21 AM, said:

If you want to see how messed up fundies and creationists are, check out www.conservapedia.com. Pure crap.
I was sure that must be a joke, along the lines of the Onion.

The causes of homosexuality are attributable to man's sinful nature, nurture and environment, and personal choice.
The Bible, being the most comprehensive transcendent moral authority, abundantly deals with human nature and behavior and consistently manifests that the nature of man has not changed since the Fall. So the Bible is certainly the preeminent authoritative source when it comes to providing a framework when determining the causes of homosexuality

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