[Foundation-l] Fwd: for an academic endorsement of wikipedia articles?

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 22:28:06 UTC 2007

On 17/12/2007, Dirk Riehle <dirk at riehle.org> wrote:
> Academic papers reference other written work for many purposes. The
> most common one is to position one's own work, so you refer to what's
> come before your work or working going on in parallel and how your's
> is different. For a variety of reasons you won't or shouldn't find
> that work on Wikipedia.
> Still, there are good reasons for referencing Wikipedia, typically
> ancillary, and not for original research. Examples that come to mind
> are "for a short introduction on X, see Wikipedia article on X" or "as
> the editing frequency of X on Wikipedia shows, the topic X is of much
> broader interest than Y which hasn't seen a revision in months."
> I don't see many folks objecting to the second type of use.

We're not talking about referencing Wikipedia in an academic paper,
we're talking about publishing a Wikipedia article in an academic

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