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December 03, 2007



Wikipedia is a tremendous resource because it's constantly updated and reviewed by hundreds of people.

It's actually a better resource than archives from newspapers, which most don't bother to update. Even in egregious cases like Jayson Blair and Judith Miller, many of those stories are still out on The New York Times site without disclosure of their problems.

More on that here:

One quick proxy for judging the accuracy of a Wikipedia article is to click the "history" link. If it's an article that is frequently edited, that's a reasonable indicator. Articles that were put up once and rarely edited I'd take with a bucket of salt.

Especially on a technical subject, say something computer related, I'd trust Wikipedia more than that "expert" you have in your Rolodex.

Howard Owens

Over the years I've read many articles on Wikipedia on topics I know about, and I've yet to be dissatisfied with the accuracy of the entries.

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