[WikiEN-l] Fake it 'till you make it? Internal links that look like academic citations

Steve Bennett stevagewp at gmail.com
Wed Feb 27 06:45:39 UTC 2008

On 2/27/08, Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu> wrote:
> If this is the policy I would be happy to come up with a database query that
>  deletes all such references.

A database query that generates a list of all such references might be
useful. They could then be perused by hand.

It's definitely inappropriate for Wikipedia to cite itself as if it
was a reliable source. However there is a grey area - if a person's
source of the information is actually Wikipedia, it would be good to
somehow record that fact (maybe as a <!-- HTML comment -->). Yes, all
information should ideally be cited...but most of it isn't, and
information honestly cited to its source is better than information
with no citation whatsoever.


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