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Old 08-18-2007, 09:08 AM   #11
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I tend to use it for the bibliographies at the bottom, and then search from there, it`s a nice platform to take off from.

Excellent idea!
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Old 08-18-2007, 10:37 AM   #12
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People don't look up 'fairly easily recognized facts'. They look up stuff they don't know.
The two are not mutually exclusive. Many people do not know what you would consider easily recognized facts.
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Old 08-18-2007, 11:39 AM   #13
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The two are not mutually exclusive. Many people do not know what you would consider easily recognized facts.
Exactly!

Each person looks up stuff they don't know. And no one looks up stuff they already know. So they would be inclined to accept the info as accurate as it's not easily recognizeable to them. Which is why they looked it up in the first place.
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I can say that most of the High end Physics stuff will be accurate, as I know most the guys that contribute there, and they would not say bad things.
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Old 08-19-2007, 03:05 AM   #15
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Each person looks up stuff they don't know. And no one looks up stuff they already know. So they would be inclined to accept the info as accurate as it's not easily recognizeable to them. Which is why they looked it up in the first place.
andy, i look up stuff that i know a lot about, but need to get some more info on the matter to be more accurate in my use of my knowledge.

i also look up stuff that i know, and use the link to wiki's explanation for expediency. a perfect example would be the picture i used in the chopsticks thread to explain korean steel chopsticks.
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:16 AM   #16
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andy, i look up stuff that i know a lot about, but need to get some more info on the matter to be more accurate in my use of my knowledge...

You look up subjects you know a lot about but not for the stuff you know, rather, for the new stuff you don't know yet. That's when you and others become vulnerable to misinformation.
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You could say the same thing about DC though Andy. There is really no difference between wiki and DC as both are getting information from users who post it.
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Yes. Except maybe the expectations are different.

Wikipedia=encyclopedia=the ultimate source for reliable information. Where did you go for info for school papers and reports - the encyclopedia. Brittannica ruled.

I think expectations are a bit different here. Not to excuse misinformation or errors.
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I do not think your definitions are not accurate.

Wikipedia does not equal encyclopedia.

Wikipedia = free-content encyclopedia

There is a difference.
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You are correct.

However, consider what the perceptions of many users may be. The fact that we see Wiki links presented here as 'proof' so often should give you an idea of how it is perceived (differently from what it is).
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