[Foundation-l] Has Wikipedia changed since 2005?

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Tue Oct 5 00:17:29 UTC 2010

On 04/10/2010 19:43, geni wrote:
> The Wikipedia that went from nothing to top ten site was never built
> on  verifiable knowledge. It was built on what people happened to have
> in their heads. The whole citation thing outside the more
> controversial areas came later. Don't believe me? This was a featured
> article:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Murder_of_James_Bulger&oldid=3191413

Have you looked at the current version of that page? Every sentence has 
at least one ref, it looks like a spider has fallen into an ink well and 
then run backwards and forwards across the page. Typographically the 
result is a mess and almost unreadable with great gaps between one word 
and the next. I'd be amazed if there weren't less than a dozen sources 
that cover the entire sorry affair and each paragraph covered by 1 
reference. 100 different references smacks of OCD.

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