[Foundation-l] Misplaced Reliance, was Re: Paid editing, was Re: Ban and moderate

Austin Hair adhair at gmail.com
Sun Oct 24 17:19:36 UTC 2010

On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 6:33 PM, Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org> wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 11:52 AM,  <wiki-list at phizz.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>> On 24/10/2010 14:20, Fred Bauder wrote:
>>> Taking this problem seriously, how can we mitigate misplaced reliance?
>> Well you could put a banner above every article that read "The
>> information contained on the page could well be nonsense".
> A better start would be to stop calling Wikipedia an encyclopedia.

Who on earth thinks an encyclopedia is an authoritative source?

Any professor would flunk you for citing an encyclopedia—any
encyclopedia—as a reference.  I was homeschooled, and my mother would
have slapped me in the head for not finding a primary source.


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