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John Byrne
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The JBF is a Wikipedia-Free Zone. Any posts that link to or take information from Wikipedia will be deleted no matter what their content.
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Tom French
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I'm glad you've taken this stand on Wikipedia.  As a teacher, it drives me crazy -- don't allow my students to reference it, either.
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Michael Penn
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I've had some of my law students cite to Wikipedia as a valid source of information.

'Tis lamentable....

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James Hanson
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Curious--what's wrong with Wikipedia?
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Roger A Ott II
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The fact that the information contained there can be edited by anybody makes that information automatically suspect, in my opinion.  Too much chance for bias and unverifiable gossip to become part of an article, and then suddenly things become "fact" that are not even close to it. 

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Craig Markley
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Joe Smith
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Hah!
That should put it to bed!
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Juan Jose Colin Arciniega
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Good one Graig!
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Trevor Krysak
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Alex Trebek is a deity! He is the god of Jeopardy. He giveth and taketh away. Be sure to speak to him in the proper manner though. Always in the form of a question.
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Randy Sterger
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I don't know - I think it's funny - the Trebeck thing.

Wiki is a new and emerging thing - I'm sure none of the creators want it to be "wrong". Like all new things, they'll find a way eventually or it'll fade away.


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Chris Hutton
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I have a friend, a teacher for crissakes, who loves that site! Were a to be teaching a course that required any research papers, I would also ban that place. Completely unreliable.
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Brad Hague
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You would think that if such a site was to have much credibility, it would be able to catagorize it's information and qualify it depending upon the source. 

For example, if the actual subject of the topic were to respond, then that person's response would be given the highest priority.

For example, for a topic like the Catholic Church, the Pope himself (if he decided to post a summary) might be given more creedence than say a post from the Anti-Catholic League.

Or a synopsis about Shakespear from the Dean of Shakespearean liturature from Oxford might have more creedence than the editor of Teen Beat.

But there appears to be no such regulation.

On the other hand, and as devil's advocate, there is something thrilling and exciting about complete freedom of expression and faceless libel... sort of like watching a car wreck.

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