maridonna at maridonna.com
Wed Mar 22 05:32:02 PST 2006
Isn't Wikipedia the encyclopedia where the information in an article
can be changed by anyone?
Dec 2005 LOAR Cover Letter
From Pelican: On Wikipedia
Submitters are turning to Wikipedia as a source for name
documentation. In recent commentary, Nebuly summarized what is good
and bad about this approach:
The content of Wikipedia is in a constant state of flux, and
there are many articles written by people who have no business
writing an article. I say this as someone who has recently begun
contributing to Wikipedia (mostly in botany thus far). Though there
are some very fine articles by very knowledgeable people, often it
is not possible to distinguish the reliable information from a pile
of dingo's kidneys.
We wish to remind heralds that, while Wikipedia is a fine starting
point for name documentation, it should not be an ending point for
any name element. Recent publicity has shown that Wikipedia is about
equal to other standard reference works for scientific articles.
However, there has not been an evaluation of articles about history
or onomastics. Because of the nature of collaboration that goes into
this source, its accuracy runs from excellent to atrocious.
Unfortunately, in most cases it is often impossible to tell what is
accurate and what is not without recourse to other more scholarly
sources. Furthermore, as with many general reference works, most
articles give present-day normalized forms of names which is not
useful for the purposes of name documentation. Therefore, articles
from Wikipedia are not sufficient as sole documentation for any name
Andrea / Maridonna
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