Wikipedia's perfection (was Re: Discussion of the
relative advantages/disadvantages of PAE (was Re: Memory
>3.5GB not used?))
tedm at toybox.placo.com
Thu Apr 26 03:59:21 UTC 2007
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Svein Halvor
> 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.
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