Wikipedia's perfection (was Re: Discussion of the relative advantages/disadvantages of PAE (was Re: Memory >3.5GB not used?))

Lee Capps lcapps at
Wed Apr 25 13:49:05 UTC 2007

On Apr 25, 2007, at 8:55 AM, 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  
> assignment
> that involved that information.  Apparently the number of students who
> trusted the false information without verifying it was quite high.  I
> should take that as a lesson that most people _don't_ know how to  
> verify
> the validity of information and be more careful when I make sarcastic
> statements.

That's interesting, though, to pick a nit, it may just show that  
students were in a hurry, rather than that they necessarily trust the  
info or that they don't know _how_ to verify the info.

Lee Capps
Technology Specialist
lcapps at

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