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On trusting Wikipedia
Abstract Given the fact that many people use WikipeGiven the fact that many people use Wikipedia, we should ask: Can we trust it? The empirical evidence suggests that Wikipedia articles are sometimes quite good but that they vary a great deal. As such, it is wrong to ask for a monolithic verdict on Wikipedia. Interacting with Wikipedia involves assessing where it is likely to be reliable and where not. I identify five strategies that we use to assess claims from other sources and argue that, to a greater of lesser degree, Wikipedia frustrates all of them. Interacting responsibly with something like Wikipedia requires new epistemic methods and strategies.ires new epistemic methods and strategies.
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Conclusion Users who do not know about such features Users who do not know about such features cannot possibly use them. So teaching people to engage Wikipedia responsibly will require getting them to cultivate a healthy scepticism, to think of it differently than they think of traditional sources, and to learn to look beyond the current articles – and it will require learning to engage with it more responsibly ourselves.engage with it more responsibly ourselves.
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Doi 10.3366/E1742360008000555 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22On%2Btrusting%2BWikipedia%22  +
Has author P.D. Magnus +
Has domain Philosophy and ethics +
Has topic Epistemology +
Issue 1  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Episteme - Edinburgh +
Research design Conceptual  +
Research questions Given the fact that many people use WikipeGiven the fact that many people use Wikipedia, we should ask: Can we trust it? The empirical evidence suggests that Wikipedia articles are sometimes quite good but that they vary a great deal. As such, it is wrong to ask for a monolithic verdict on Wikipedia. Interacting with Wikipedia involves assessing where it is likely to be reliable and where not. I identify five strategies that we use to assess claims from other sources and argue that, to a greater of lesser degree, Wikipedia frustrates all of them. Interacting responsibly with something like Wikipedia requires new epistemic methods and strategies.ires new epistemic methods and strategies.
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Theory type Analysis  +
Title On trusting Wikipedia
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Url http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8356180  +
Volume 6  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:29:55  +
Categories Epistemology  + , Philosophy and ethics  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:30:13  +
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