The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #87860   Message #1710726
Posted By: Scoville
04-Apr-06 - 09:51 PM
Thread Name: BS: Wikipediaists?
Subject: RE: BS: Wikipediaists?
I like Wikipedia well enough, again with the caveat that you ALWAYS double-check. I always double-check anyway, no matter what the original source. I've found it to be lacking in some respects but I've also found some definitions that [pleasantly] surprised me (I don't know who wrote the definition on the Society of Friends but it's one of the better ones I've seen anywhere, religious "encyclopedias" included). I've also found it surprisingly helpful for some medical terminology. I work for a med school library (historical stuff, not so much medical stuff) and sometimes use it when I run across a term with which I am not familiar.

I don't think it's any less reliable than anything else you find on the web. I think people just get into trouble when they take it, or any source, as the final word. I don't think of that so much as a Wikipedia failing as a researcher failing.