Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wikipedia: worthless as a source for anything

It bears repeating: Wikipedia shouldn't be trusted as a source for anything. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. For anything you want to know, no matter how ephemeral, obscure, or unimportant, there is always a far better source, and often that source is on the Web. Sports trivia? Nope. Try looking in a sports almanac. Try looking at ESPN on the Web instead. How about obscure German movies from the 1960s? Try the IMDb. Or maybe the latest fads in American slang? Urban Dictionary is far more thorough and a lot less uptight. You can ask me for any category of human knowledge and I can point you to a better source than Wikipedia.

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