Friday, December 02, 2005

Wiki Warning

I occasionally rely on information garnered from Wikipedia but I’ve always thought its strength, the open source nature of its contributors, is also its weakness: there is little effective editorial control (i.e. fact checking).

Kevin Drum points us to one horror story involving a former government official who was pretty much libeled in one Wiki article written by an anonymous author.

Sure, false information shows up in traditional media all the time but Wiki allowing anonymous contributors I think makes everything there suspect.

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