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Wikipedia shenanigans

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Many people are critical of Wikipedia believing that allowing the great unwashed to post and edit entries leads to misinformed, inaccurate or plain self serving content.

Today the BBC reports that someone from Conservative party HQ has been caught editing Titian’s birth date on Wikipedia to support David Cameron’s claim that Titian was 86 as opposed to Gordon Brown’s claim of him being 90.

Put aside the fact that this ridiculous argument exposes how absurd our politicians can be. Does this incident tip the argument against the wisdom of masses in favour of the wisdom of scholars?


Written by Dontthinktwice

February 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm

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  1. no – because it has been exposed immediately
    the wisdom of scholars would have put it in the encyclopedia and no-one would have questioned it


    February 11, 2009 at 6:55 pm

  2. It’s perfect because there is a debate about his age, so in fact we have two politicians sniping about facts in numbers, when in fact neither of them knows shit… and the underlying number is not know…

    Well, at least they have a lot of practice with that.

    No one knows when Titian was born, isn’t that the real issue?


    February 12, 2009 at 10:59 am

  3. Do scholars actually write on Wiki? Wouldn’t they rather have their own specialized website or book published?
    Wiki is written by the masses for the masses and unfortunately taken as being correct.


    February 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm

  4. chakdephatte – there is a scholars version of wikipedia: citizendium
    Wikipedia IS largely correct.


    February 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm

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