[WikiEN-l] Are phone books reliable sources?
macgyvermagic at gmail.com
Tue May 30 10:24:07 UTC 2006
On 5/30/06, Ray Saintonge <saintonge at telus.net> wrote:
> That's a great example of a non sequitur. It's usefulness won't be
> established by choosing one of the most common names as a straw man.
> Once you've established that a person lived at a particular address his
> continuing appearance in the phone books for a 15 year period is
> evidence that he may have lived there for that 15 years. Whether any
> information source will be useful depends on what we are trying to do
> with it. Why dismiss it prematurely?
> Because you have no way of knowing whether the phone book is up-to-date.
> Even if the celebrity in question doesn't have a secret phone number, the
> encyclopedic merit of including phone book information is pretty much
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