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For my students who wondered why Wikipedia is not an acceptable academic source...

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) made some unfortunate stupid and selfish statements about the current US government shutdown and how he's not giving up his congressional salary during the government shut-down that he's partly responsible for, since he has a nice house and kids in college.

I wanted to know more about this idiot, so I surfed to Wikipedia just now. It's quite possible that the Wikipedia page about Mr. Terry will already be repaired, but here is a screen shot of what it said five minutes ago.

This is the first time I've knowingly hit a page that was changed by someone with a grudge, but I doubt it will be the last.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why you cannot be sure about the veracity of what you read on a wiki.

Happens all the time

Another example.

Re: Happens all the time

Oh, I know that very well. That's why I won't permit it as a source.

It's just that this was the first time I obviously hit one myself, and not just someone else's screenshot.

Edited at 2013-10-05 10:01 pm (UTC)


I've always thought of it as a source for sources. The reference section is great way to find articles for a certain subject in a pinch.

It's also a great place to find whacked out articles, but, you get what you pay for.

Re: Sources

Yeah, pretty much this. If a page is well-cited, you can track to real sources.

Re: Sources

Exactly. That's precisely what I tell my students to do.

Some of the best bits of Wiki articles are the Talk pages where flame wars erupt. Fascinating to watch, much like a run away train heading for the cliff ...