From: Timwi <timwi(a)gmx.net>
Daniel P.B.Smith wrote:
A weak point of Wikipedia is that people write
about what they are
interested in, so given several topics of apparently comparable
importance, the length, depth, and quality of the articles may differ
This is true. This is called "Systematic bias":
This largely escapes notice in the web edition,
but will become
much more apparent in a print edition.
Is that really so bad, though?
Not on the Web, no.
I'm sure most people will understand. :)
Yeah, right. I'm sure they'll understand why Phillips Exeter has an
article and Choate (now Choate Rosemary Hall) doesn't.
Why Bronx High School of Science has an article and La Guardia High
School of Music and Art (of _Fame_ fame) does not.
Why Cal Tech gets five paragraphs, Princeton gets seven, Harvard gets
fourteen, and MIT gets thirty-six. (This means the section on MIT's
_architecture_ is longer than the _entire article on Princeton._)
Why Radiology has nine paragraphs and Cytology gets one sentence.
Why Marianne Moore gets eight paragraphs and Vachel Lindsay gets
"Vachel Lindsay (1879 - December 5, 1931) was an American poet born in
It doesn't bother me at all on the Web, but I think the slogan
"Wikipedia is not paper" may turn out to have an uncomfortable amount
of truth in it.
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