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Thread #99952 Message #2000907
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
19-Mar-07 - 07:54 AM
Thread Name: BS: Wikipedia Boo-Boo
Subject: RE: BS: Wikipedia Boo-Boo
First, a non-Wiki observation: No newspaper story is accurate! That is, if you are really familiar with the subject or issue, there's going to be something incomplete, questionable, or just plain wrong with any newspaper story you read.
On that principle, I decided to see if Wiki had an article on the professional field in which I've spent my working life, court reporting, and see what its quality was.
I was pleased to find that there was indeed an article in Wiki. I read it closely, and I found only one problem, a comment that "most court reporters" do XYZ. From my forty-six-year knowledge of court reporting and of XYZ, I found that bald statement highly questionable. I edited it, making it, "many court reporters" do XYZ. This is certainly true, while avoiding the overclaim.
Now that's a piddling matter, and I was both pleased and surprised to find the quality of the article.