Monday, December 05, 2005

Wikipedia

An ariticle at "http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-5981119.html" mentions some problems with Wikipedia recently. Apparently wikipedia carried a false story about one "John Seigenthaler". The outrage is amazing. Yes, it should be (and has been) corrected. But does this mean that the concept of the Wikipedia is worthless and should be ablolished?Oh no! Something other than "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth" got published for 132 days. And nothing like this ever happened to any other encyclopedia or reference book. Not ever No never! Simply couldn't happen! Oh my! Certainly we should never allow anyone except experts, declared so by a body of experts, to ever record information about anything. Then we will always have 'the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.' And then we shall never have to think again. Oh blessed experts!!!

I don't know how this is known but it apparently took 132 days for anyone to notice. Mr Seigenthaler might do well to take to heart the sentiment "You would worry a lot less about what folks thought of you if you realised how seldom they did."
And how long did it take to correct it once the incorrectness was pointed out? A good bit less than 132 days I suspect.

Nothing is perfect, not even the Encyclopedia Britannica if for no other reason than the whole world of stuff they leave out. I would say that all in all I would rather have Wikipedia's editors than theirs.

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