Wikipedia's perfection (was Re: Discussion of the relative
advantages/disadvantages of PAE (was Re: Memory >3.5GB not used?))
wmoran at potentialtech.com
Thu Apr 26 13:17:34 UTC 2007
In response to Lee Capps <lcapps at cteresource.org>:
> On Apr 26, 2007, at 12:00 AM, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> >> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Svein Halvor
> >> Halvorsen
> >> Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 7:00 AM
> >> To: Lee Capps
> >> Cc: Thomas Dickey; Bill Moran; freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> >> Subject: Re: Wikipedia's perfection (was Re: Discussion of the
> >> relative
> >> advantages/disadvantages of PAE (was Re: Memory >3.5GB not used?))
> >> Bill Moran wrote:
> >>>> A friend of mine going for his Dr. at CMU (Patrick Wagstrom:
> >>>> GNOME guy)
> >>>> describes an exercise where a professor intentionally injected
> >>>> false
> >>>> information into Wikipedia, then gave his students a research
> >> And also: Where is this professor's ethics? Does he also misinform
> >> the
> >> students in class, only to later accuse them of not verifying the
> >> facts?
> >> And did he even think about the fact that others may have read his
> >> misinformation? Why does this professor think that his agenda is more
> >> important than Wikipedia's? Did he later correct the articles?
> >> I hope this professor got some sort of reaction from his
> >> University due
> >> to his unethical attitude towards openness, knowledge and science.
> > I'm afraid I have to agree. The Prof was as lazy as his students.
> > The
> > world abounds in misinformation, it doesen't take a lot of effort
> > to find
> > it. The prof could have spent the hour he spent forging info in
> > Wikipedia,
> > finding already forged misinformation and having his students
> > research that.
> > He could have started at the Scientology website, for example, then
> > moved
> > on to PETA and the NRA.
> I note with interest that, so far, none of us has tried to track down
> this professor's possibly apocryphal research ;-)
Perhaps this was all just a devious plan by me to make you all look like
fools by watching your argue about the importance of checking sources
while none of you checked your sources ...
In any event, it's been a fascinating sociological lesson for me.
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