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Authored by: bradleyd1971 on May 01, '06 03:45:16PM
You should really do some research.... There was an article in the NY Times several months back that detailed the results of a study of wikipedia's accuracy.

The study found that in most cases it (wikipedia) was just as accurate, or even more accurate, than The Encyclopedia Brittanica. I beleiieve that it ended up that TEB had an error ratio of approximately 3 errors per 1000 facts, and wikipedia had approximately 4 errors per 1000 facts. The type of errors were different though. TEB's errors were mostly omissions (due to a longer publishing / editing cycle), while wikipedia's were typically opinions being listed as facts and defacements of paricularly contentious topics.

So yes, wikipedia can be an authoritative source, you just need to be careful when using it as a source for certain topics.

Here is a link to a slashdot post on the subject.

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didn't realise
Authored by: frgough on May 02, '06 07:56:37AM

You should take your own advice. Britannica gave a very lengthy and in-depth response to the "study."

The conclusion: A bunch of agendized journalists did the study with biased reporting and slipshod research methods in a fairly clumsy attempt to pump up Wikipedia.

The sad thing is, a lie can generally be told in a sound bite while the truth takes a few paragraphs.

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