Go Back   Computer Forums > Welcome To Computer Forums .org > Social Lounge | Off Topic
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-20-2008, 02:56 PM   #1
Golden Master
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 7,534
Default Ahh... wikipedia. [RANT]

I love how at Wikipedia you can spend hours contributing useful, relevant information to existing articles and make new articles just to have people come in and delete said information. It's good to know everyone's work is appreciated over at the free "encyclopedia". I'm not talking about myself specifically, but I've seen loads of people contribute at times thousands of words worth of information just to have some nerds come in saying it's not "notable" and throwing Wikipedia "policies" at them.

I thought it was the "free encyclopedia that anyone could edit", not the so-called "encyclopedia" where you can contribute as long as others think your work is notable. All those stupid AFD (articles for deletion) debates where people spend hours arguing with each other citing policies (feels almost like a St. John's city council meeting), accumulating at times like 50 pages of the same things being repeated over and over; people acting as if they own the site and are under complete control over what and what not can be posted there.
__________________

LA061 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 03:10 PM   #2
Fully Optimized
 
BrynF_UK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1,574
Send a message via MSN to BrynF_UK
Default Re: Ahh... wikipedia. [RANT]

wikipedia is almost becoming a victim of its own sucess
__________________

__________________
`

Visit today! ---> www.smouch.net/lol <---

_______________________________________________
BrynF_UK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 03:31 PM   #3
Omnipotent One
 
Atomic Rooster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 11,161
Send a message via AIM to Atomic Rooster Send a message via Yahoo to Atomic Rooster
Default Re: Ahh... wikipedia. [RANT]

Wikipedia is a good reference source, but because of the ability to edit the information by just about anybody, it's not completely reliable.
Atomic Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 03:36 PM   #4
Fully Optimized
 
BrynF_UK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1,574
Send a message via MSN to BrynF_UK
Default Re: Ahh... wikipedia. [RANT]

what i find utterly childish is the way they fight and have "edit wars" over the spelling or words, i.e. color and colour

they have pages and pages of them arguing which is the most poplar, they even do google searches what is the big deal lol i dont get it
__________________
`

Visit today! ---> www.smouch.net/lol <---

_______________________________________________
BrynF_UK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 04:26 PM   #5
Golden Master
 
Tommy Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 8,463
Send a message via Yahoo to Tommy Boy
Default Re: Ahh... wikipedia. [RANT]

Wikipedia is a joke these days. You have idiots who come in and write things in the articles that is nonsense....it's pathetic.

Anyone know of any better reference sites like wikipedia?
__________________
When all else fails...Ham Radio!

I still have the same old HP DV9700T laptop I've had for years...still kickin'
Tommy Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 04:33 PM   #6
Guru
 
JogaBonito1502's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 7,841
Default Re: Ahh... wikipedia. [RANT]

Man, wikipedia is going down. My school doesn't allow it as a source for research papers anymore...
JogaBonito1502 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 04:36 PM   #7
Bogan
 
Neodude112320's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Australia
Posts: 8,471
Send a message via MSN to Neodude112320
Default Re: Ahh... wikipedia. [RANT]

Wikipedia is good,but if this keeps going on,it will go down.
__________________
Desktop:BitFenix Survivor~Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R~ i7 2600K @ 4hz~AMD 6870 1GB~12gb Team Elite DDR3 1333~3xWD In RAID5~W7 Ult
Laptop:Alienware M11x~ i7-2637M 1.7GHz~16GB 1333MHz DDR3~GeForce GT 540M~W7 Ult
Neodude112320 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 06:01 PM   #8
Golden Master
 
freestyler105's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7,883
Default Re: Ahh... wikipedia. [RANT]

No real school allows you to cite Wikipedia...my school blocks it.
__________________
C2D E6600 | 4GB DDR2-800 | 9800GTX+ | Asus P5B-E | 150GB Raptor | 320GB 7200.10 | 750W Xigmatek PSU
freestyler105 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 06:18 PM   #9
Golden Master
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 7,534
Default Re: Ahh... wikipedia. [RANT]

One of the teachers in my school absolutely loves Wikipedia and uses it all the time for "reliable" information in class.

Ahh... the quality of the NL education system.
LA061 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 06:34 PM   #10
Golden Master
 
freestyler105's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7,883
Default Re: Ahh... wikipedia. [RANT]

Don't get me wrong I use it all the time, but citing it in a legit research paper probably isn't a great idea..
__________________

__________________
C2D E6600 | 4GB DDR2-800 | 9800GTX+ | Asus P5B-E | 150GB Raptor | 320GB 7200.10 | 750W Xigmatek PSU
freestyler105 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:39 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0