Wednesday, February 21, 2007

no wikipedia, please

Middlebury College has banned using Wikipedia (or any similar website) as a source. This after a Japanese history prof noticed several students all making the same mistake, and discovering the same error on the Wikipedia entry on the same topic.

Good move. Wikipedia is useful. I used it today to find a link showing where Juventus stand in Italy's Serie B soccer league, and spent a few pleasant hours last weekend reading some articles about rock bands from the 1970s. But you gotta be careful using it because there is no requirement that you know what the hell you're writing about, or any reliable check to prevent an author from trying to mislead others with intentionally incorrect entries.



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