The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #86832   Message #1617821
Posted By: Big Mick
01-Dec-05 - 12:28 AM
Thread Name: Wow! Read This About Wikipedia
Subject: RE: Wow! Read This About Wikipedia
I don't think this discussion is about how accurate Wiki is. The premise of the discussion, as demonstrated on the opening post, is that it can be used for character assassination. It is very easy to say that it is interesting, other things are also inaccurate, blah blah blah. The problem is that no one is accountable. When that is combined with serious libel, the problem is clear. If it was just inaccurate in some factual statement, that is easy to fix. When the statement is inaccurate, and it slanders the reputation of a person with gratuitous comments, and there is large readership, the horse gets out of the barn and the damage is done.

Free speech is a wonderful thing, as long as one is held accountable for their usage. No one should be able to cause harm to another's reputation without being caused themselves to demonstrate the validity of their position.