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OK, I admit it, Wikipedia works

Posted October 26, 2005 11:02 AM by Bayes

When I first heard the concept behind Wikipedia, I have to admit I had my doubts, but I'm a believer now. Any questions I run into, be they regarding the history of the English Monarchy or Hartree-Fock Theory, I turn to Wikipedia. Just a tremendous tool. I used to use Mathworld for equations and theorems, but I found that site too technical, whereas the Wiki would be much more approachable.

For those of you who don't know, Wikipedia is a publically authored online encyclopedia. In other words, almost anyone can add a article. Wikipedia's english site has over 700 thousand articles on every subject you can imagine (including Wikipedia).

Density Functional Theory - Check
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This Side of Paradise - Check


It's nearly impossible to stump Wikipedia, and I find the articles to be well written and accurate. Unfortunately, their site can be a little slow at times and is not very forgiving of misspellings. Still, I have found Wikipedia to be a valuable tool.

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Wikipedia founders acknowledge quality problems

10/28/2005 10:03 AM

Actually, quite a bit of what is on Wikipedia is incorrect, not to meantion poorly written. Co-founders Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger recently admitted this.

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10/31/2005 8:57 AM

I have to admit I find your article disturbing. Still, in my experience it has been a useful tool. I have fact checked it several times, but of course you can't fact check everything. As a general rule, I tend to view anything on the web with a critical eye, so I don't take what Wikipedia says as gospel, however I do find it a useful resource. Perhaps I was too strong in my praise, in which case I'm glad you commented to make the two readers of this journal (me and you;) aware that there is another side to this story.

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Re: OK, I admit it, Wikipedia works

01/22/2008 9:57 AM

http://wikiscanner.virgil.gr/

yes it works, but it has its dark side. People with their own agendas can do all sorts of stuff if they have a mind to. And google slim-virgin to see just how high it goes.

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