Wikipedia Is Not Wiki

Advice from Wikipe-tan, Wikipedia's unofficial mascot...

WikiIsNotWikipedia, and by the same token, WikiPedia is not wiki.

Really ... as wikipedia becomes more established and "definitive", as pages become self-contained, self-appointed "truths", wikipedia loses what WikiNature it ever had.

You just said "as WikiPedia becomes more reliable, it grows less chatty and fractious". Darn. WikiPedia today is a global institution - the authoritative index into the internet's knowledge base, and the memory-alpha for all our accumulated facts. It's beyond just a chatty wiki! -- PhlIp

[If by "WikiPedia today is a global institution - the authoritative index into the internet's knowledge base, and the memory-alpha for all our accumulated facts." you mean "long list of uneducated rambling, guessing, and assertions backed up by dubious citations, dressed up as an encyclopedia", then yes. It's literally worthless - a good search engine would do everything WP aspires to do and even a half-assed one does more than WP actually does.]

And as this WikiPedia grows with millions of contributors, the actual content is exponentially getting unreliable!!pp

Oh noes! That means, even if an audit showed its content was as reliable as 1,000 Encyclopedia Britannicas, a policy of delete anything without reason must be culling out the disinformation - at random!

I also H8 WikiPedia because it refuses to confirm all my pet GrandConspiracy Theories...

Interesting audit results. Even my kids' schools are now disallowing Wikipedia info in their topic research, because the info is more unreliable than ever. No, it is not. Many people want to "publish" their wisdom, but may not realize their info is inaccurate. It's too bad that this awesome resource is getting so watered down that it's losing it reputation. It's because Wikipedia is a collection of things. If you want to cite, cite the references in Wikipedia, not the content itself.

The reliability of Wikipedia varies enormously from topic to topic. On many topics it's incredibly accurate. On some of the topics I'm expert in, it's almost as good as the best academic journals. On some other topics, I'm sure it sucks. JasonGrossman

All input, by whomever, must eventually withstand the intense scrutiny of innumerable users. Should someone's intent be malicious it WILL be eventually found out, and deleted, by the Wiki community... the problem lies in just how much damage the malicious entry may do in the interim.

What's the Hawaiian word for slow and cumbersome?


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