The Problem with Wiki

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    We have a few posters who, except for wiki, reference nothing and nobody at all...Dragon, rightwinger, a few others. Rightwinger actually claims it's bad form to use citations and references when making an argument; but he likes wiki for himself. Dragon generally says "my opinion is good enough" but occasionally will find a wiki article to support him and use that as *proof* of whatever ignorant blather he's posting.

    Here is the problem with wiki. According to wiki:

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    Wikipedia is a very large project that wants to make a free encyclopedia. This encyclopedia is written by volunteers. This approach has been criticised. The main points of criticism are:
    • Anyone can change an article in Wikipedia. Because of this, some articles in Wikipedia may not be entirely true and accurate, instead displaying a hoax or a false information.
    • There is the problem of vandalism. Some vandalism is obvious, other vandalism may be difficult to see.
    • Sometimes, people have a strong opinion about a subject, so they will try to control the articles about that subject.
    • Things stated in articles need to have reliable sources, especially if there is controversy about them. Often there are controversial claims in articles, without a proper source.
    • Some editors do not like each other; they will do things that do not make the Wikipedia better (like edit wars)
    Only a certain group of people edit Wikipedia. For this reason, the opinions of that group, and their interests may be covered more in Wikipedia. This is usually called a system bias, and can be very misleading, since it only shows one side of a dispute. There are also certain forms of group dynamics that are present. This means that the group of editors as a whole is more occupied to please itself than to edit articles)."


    "The use of Wikipedia is not accepted in many schools and universities in writing a formal paper. Several educational institutions have blocked Wikipedia in the past while others have limited its use to only a pointer to external sources.[3] University of Maryland professor of physics Robert L. Park has characterized Wikipedia as a target for "purveyors of pseudoscience."[5]"

    "Some librarians, academics, and editors of other encyclopedias consider it to have little utility as a reference work.[3][8] Most university lecturers discourage students from citing any encyclopedia in academic work, preferring primary sources.[9] One university program and several schools have even banned Wikipedia citations specifically.[10]"
    Problems of Wikipedia - Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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