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Anyone can send info on that site, you have to give and take some infos you found there

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Anyone can send info on that site, you have to give and take some infos you found there
Well, that's not unique to Wikipedia, that goes for any Internet site.
And most of media too

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Anyone can send info on that site, you have to give and take some infos you found there
then a geek would say : PWN3D!

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I have always found that Wikipedia is extremely reliable and accurate.

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I have always found that Wikipedia is extremely reliable and accurate.
It mostly is, since it's often edited and monitored by people who actually knows and cares about the subject. But sometimes you find severly odds 'facts'.

Esp on less common pages, like not so wellknown NHL players.

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Well, that's not unique to Wikipedia, that goes for any Internet site.
And most of media too
Nope...you can personaly right now go on wiki and edit any existing topic because everything is public property. That's the strenght of wiki's. You can do that with any internet site or most media.....

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Nope...you can personaly right now go on wiki and edit any existing topic because everything is public property. That's the strenght of wiki's. You can do that with any internet site or most media.....
I know, I do add or correct stuff now and then.

But what I meant was that you can't take anything there, or anywhere else, as 'the truth'.

But errors on Wikipedia is often corrected very fast, unlike media and other Internet pages.

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Wow you edited a Wikipedia page? Congrats on being able to point, click and type.

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Wow you edited a Wikipedia page? Congrats on being able to point, click and type.
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Wow you edited a Wikipedia page? Congrats on being able to point, click and type.
Well maybe...just maybe, when you turn 8 years old you too will be able to have a normal conversation w/ some adults.


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A study comparing Encyclopedia Britanica & Wikipedia was recently published in Nature, which is basically the top scientific journal.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal...l/438900a.html

Overall, both are quite similar in terms of the amounts of errors they contain, with a very marginal lead to Britanica. The biggest difference was in the quality of the written text itself, where the professional writers at Britanica have an edge. On the other hand, Wiki is FREE and it's way more up to date.

Personally, I find Wiki super useful when I need basic superficial information on a subject I know very little about. Which is all an encyclopedia should provide anyway. It's increadibly impressive in that respect.

Bottom line, if you get your information from ANY secondary source, whether it be a book or an encyclopedia, you should always take it with a grain of salt - but generally speaking there will be very few factual errors. If you want real in depth information, read the original papers or books by leaders in that field. And still, never stop thinking through everything you're told - one must be especially weary of opinion disguised as fact.

That's my $0.02.

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