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Re: Wikipedia UFO Entries & CSICOP/CSI

From: Greg Sandow <greg.nul>
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 12:28:46 -0500
Archived: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 20:23:44 -0500
Subject: Re: Wikipedia UFO Entries & CSICOP/CSI


>From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 13:05:47 -0500
>Subject: Re: Wikipedia UFO Entries & CSICOP/CSI

>[non-subscriber submission]

>Unfortunately, Wikipedia's strangely casual attitude towards its
>own credibility extends well beyond the controversial subject of
>UFOs.

>An example of the utter worthlessness of another entry is that
>for "Air Racing History", a subject that is known sufficiently
>well by the undersigned to warrant his election to the
>presidency of the Society of Air Racing Historians. I checked
>the entry on this topic a year ot so ago and was shocked to read
>a few paragraphs which were riddled with errors. I promtly
>corrected the many mistakes, as requested by the website's
>policy, appending my credentials. I checked back a couple of
>weeks later and found my entry replaced by another one which was
>substantially wrong, though not quite as bad as the first.

>Don Berliner
>The Fund for UFO Research, Inc.


Wkipedia - in spite of something I myself posted about them -
 isn't as bad as that. Of course there are bound to be mistakes.
There surely are mistakes in any encyclopedia. I've found some
big ones in the standard, expert-written 19-volume classical
music reference book, the New Grove Dictionary of Music. I
think it's 19 volumes. I might be more. I always use it online.

I use Wikipedia often on subjects I know a fair amount about,
just to check facts - dates, and the like - that I'm not certain
of. I find the articles mostly quite authoritative. And sometime
in the past year or so, the New York Times had a story about a
detailed comparison of Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Brittanica
articles. Scientists made the comparison, to check the accuracy
of both. Wikipedia was just as accurate as the Brittanica, and
sometimes more so.


Greg Sandow



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