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

Fred Bauder fredbaud at fairpoint.net
Sun Oct 24 22:26:26 UTC 2010

> On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 15:59, Andreas Kolbe <jayen466 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> And where there is a body of scholarly research, the peer-reviewed
>> scholarly literature is the most authoritative literature around.
> Can you address the issue of vested interests? If a drug company has
> financed all or most of the peer-reviewed work, your argument is that
> we should nevertheless reply on those studies exclusively, and not
> allow high-quality mainstream media who may be pointing to problems
> before anyone else does.
> Why would you place so much trust in the companies who benefit
> financially, and why do you feel that it would not be an NPOV
> violation?
> There is no other area of Wikipedia where we allow the people who sell
> things to be our exclusive sources on whether those things are good.
> Sarah

Conflict of interest plays a role in determining reliability of sources.


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