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Post by Illusionary on Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:27 am

How often do you use Wikipedia? Do you believe it's a reliable source?

Feel free to discuss the website and other wikis here.
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Re: Wikipedia

Post by Vektrix on Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:29 am

I use it a lot, and in general, I find it reliable. I find the most inaccurate info is found on pages about people who are still alive.

There are an increasing number of pages that have added protection as well.

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Re: Wikipedia

Post by flux on Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:32 am

i can get addicted to it on some nights just roaming around it and at least discovering new things to me
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Re: Wikipedia

Post by Arkanay on Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:52 am

Most info in Wikipedia is reliable, gladly.

I use it quite a lot, as I find it quite useful.


In my university, most professors aren't happy with accepting wikipedia as a searching-source for works and such.
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Re: Wikipedia

Post by LordRemington on Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:55 am

I use wiki a lot for research. Its a pretty reliable source of info and I have never really come across any wrong information. However like ark, I am not allowed to use it as a source when doing an assignment

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Re: Wikipedia

Post by Andeavor on Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:57 am

Despite its reputation, Wikipedia is the most reliable as it gets updated the minute a fact changes about something or someone. In fact, I often get all my information from it about whatever I'm interested because most of the time, Google sends me on a wild goose chase otherwise.

When somebody tells me that Wikipedia cannot be 100% correct at everything, than I tell them, I'd rather know 5% about something rather than nothing at all.

Edit: I'm a big fan of specialized Wikis, such as for video game, movie or television series. Sometimes I do tend to jump from page to page while indulging in all the facts I've missed while playing or watching the series.

Researching Stargate on Wikipedia actually got me back to watching and falling in love again with the show.


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Re: Wikipedia

Post by Vektrix on Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:06 am

Wikipedia is a fantastic starting place, and many articles have "reliable" link list at the bottom that you can use for academic work.

Having said that, it is also a great finishing place.

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Re: Wikipedia

Post by Illusionary on Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:56 am

One of my teachers spoke to me privately about "using Wikipedia's sources". Although you can't use Wikipedia itself on assignments, she told me that the links could be looked over, and provide lots of information. I'm not sure if other professors/teachers would allow that, but it was just a thought.

I occasionally look at the Gears of War, LittleBigPlanet, Dead Space and Mario Wikis for some new and interesting facts about the game.
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Re: Wikipedia

Post by LordRemington on Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:22 pm

Ghost wrote:One of my teachers spoke to me privately about "using Wikipedia's sources". Although you can't use Wikipedia itself on assignments, she told me that the links could be looked over, and provide lots of information. I'm not sure if other professors/teachers would allow that, but it was just a thought.

I occasionally look at the Gears of War, LittleBigPlanet, Dead Space and Mario Wikis for some new and interesting facts about the game.

Most lecturers don't really care if you use wikipedia for research, you just can't list wiki as a source or use quotes from wiki.

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Re: Wikipedia

Post by Icedmask on Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:54 pm

flux wrote:i can get addicted to it on some nights just roaming around it and at least discovering new things to me

So, I'm not the only one after all! Very Happy

I use Wikipedia every time I need information on a topic, but i usually double check it if I'm going to use it in a assignment.

Wikipedia is great to find information about bands, because it's updated so fast Smile
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Re: Wikipedia

Post by Pikachu on Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:26 am

I look at bulbapeadia. the best pokemonz wiki there is! that and cod wiki...

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Re: Wikipedia

Post by Ima on Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:26 pm

I use wikipedia but encyclopedia dramatica is way better Wink
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