Friday, 23 February 2007

Wikipedia: It Ain't All That

People are shocked that that Wikipedia is sometimes wrong. They are also shocked that students are using it as a resource. They shouldn't. QA place called Middlebury has banned citations of it in tests and papers and the Wikipedia co-founder agrees:
Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia and chairman emeritus of its foundation, said of the Middlebury policy, "I don’t consider it as a negative thing at all."

He continued: "Basically, they are recommending exactly what we suggested — students shouldn’t be citing encyclopedias. I would hope they wouldn’t be citing Encyclopaedia Britannica, either.

"If they had put out a statement not to read Wikipedia at all, I would be laughing. They might as well say don’t listen to rock ’n’ roll either."

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