When you talk
about "cite sources" never ever put it into connection
to people editing and adding contents - it must be seen as something
separate - many people are not able to "separate" things themselves
they will combine and make something different out of all this.
What does this mean? How can citations be separate from adding content?
Only the person adding a fact actually knows where it came from; other
people can do nothing but guess.
No: if I can add things I do - but I must not add anything.
For example: I know loads of stuff because of my job, but I cannot give
you a source at once that confirms it - if I must research for that
source to contribute I simply will not contribute, since I have only a
certain amount of time. Someone else who knows a source that confirms it
can add it - otherwise: well you will need to rely on what I learnt
during the past 40 years ...
Whoever believes without asking in something written ... well ... if I
do a research on a certain topic I do not only believe what is written
in one encyclopaedia (take Brockhaus and Treccani - they sometimes
differ a bit), but I have a look at other sources as well ... so what I
learnt comes out of reading many, many books, letters, questions and
answers, e-mails, websites, notes, whitepapers and whatever - all is
somewhat related and confirmed. I know that I can rely on it - certainly
I am not even able to research again all what I learnt only during the
past 10 years (and I am not willing to do it - it would be like saying
to a professor: when you give lessons you need to show me where you
learnt your lessons and where what you say is confirmed).
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