Monday, March 2, 2009

Reliability of Wikipedia

CalTech Student discovers whether or not Wikipedia is a reliable source. Virgil Griffith develops a Wikipedia Scanner that scans articles on wikipedia to find out whether any material in the articles have been changed or deleted. By using the Wikipedia Scanner you or anyone else may be able to find out if the article you are willing to use from wikipedia is a trusted source of information. The Wikipedia Scanner shows when, who, and what information has been tampered with. The scanner is able to trace the information back to the computer which changed or deleted the information. The scanner is also able to tell you what information was deleted and when. Throughout this information, Wikipedia could still be a reliable source. You should not be a dependent of Wikipedia. If you are going to use wikipedia as a source, do more research on your topic.

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