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And why?


Just a quick poll. I've found it to be pretty good overall but it tends to get a little sketchy on more obscure topics.
 
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I trust Wikipedia a little, but I double-check most infos, especially if it is for work.

It's good for general guidelines.
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I generally trust it, but I also generally read the discussion pages of whatever article I'm relying on to get a sense of what the controversies are.
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Wikipedia is great for a general overview. Would I cite it? No, not so much. But I consider it authoritative enough to bring up something I read there in conversation.
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I enjoy using it for things that are general information, but too obscure to be found in a standard encyclopedia, like pop culture, specific history, and the like. I trust it a great deal. People point out it can be biased, but so are many standard encyclopedia articles. Any written work contains the bias of the author and encyclopedia editors can affect the tone of their articles a great deal. I think as long as you stay away from the more controversial topics, Wikipedia is an amazing resource.
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Implicitly.

I trust it more than most other sources.

It's not infallible, but given that it's usually vetted by numerous individuals who have interest in the subject at hand, it's unusually accurate.
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I trust it on issues of pop culture. I find that it's a useful jumping off point for history and biography, as it provides many links, and I don't doubt that the group of dedicated editors has several amateur and professional historians in its ranks. Those folks never miss a chance to add a detail. It's obviously less useful for more current events, where the "official version" is still under debate. Pretty good for geography, zoology and botany questions.

I guess, in short, it depends on what you are trying to get out of it. I do think that it's a huge lazy copout to dismiss someone's entire argument because they reference Wikipedia for one of the supporting facts.
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For me, it kind of depends on the article. Overall, I think I trust it, though I wouldn't use it in a situation where exact accuracy is important. However, especially for articles that have adequate citations and outside links to source material, I think it can be taken usually at face value.
 
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Wikipedia says that Wikipedia is pretty reliable, so if that article is reliable, then overall it must be pretty reliable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliability_of_Wikipedia

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For strict biographical/statistical questions that don't involve POV issues, I trust it to a large degree, especially if the article is well sourced. It's great for general overviews on lots of topics that I'm interested in like what happened at the Battle of Some-such-place or Who the heck was Lord Whatever-His-Name-Is. Anything having to do with politics or in the least controversial I take with the proverbial grain of salt.

I used it just last week for some information on the weapon loadouts and torpedo dimensions of the Seawolf and Gato class submarines for a discussion we were having over in the Silent War forums. The data was good and in a readily available venue. I wouldn't be quite so quick to use Wikipedia as a source on unrestriced submarine warfare though.
 
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I trust it a lot for geography and any math/physics. For history, particularly battles, Wikipedia can provide a very useful overview and detail you in on a lot of specifics.

It's also great for mythology, I've found, since I can read about one guy, who was related to someone else *click* who was from Media *click* etc etc etc. It helps tie things together.
 
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I trust a Wikipedia entry about as much as I trust the citations referenced.
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Its like a talk among some guys at a bar.

Some of it is crap, but one of those guys might actually be in the business he is talking about.

Its good to get ideas and quick info, but not really ... defining.
 
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As a solipsist, I trust wikipedia as much as I trust anything else.
 
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Over time I've realized that very little information I process from the net has any financial bearing on my life, so unless the information is relevant to professional development or business interests I don't see any real need in second guessing what I come across. Wikipedia pretty much completely falls into the trusting zone as it isn't asking anything of me.

For any important life decisions you should be getting information from multiple sources regardless of the integrity of any one source.
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I can print wikipedia on my printer, right?

No brainer then, of course I trust it.
 
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I use wikipedia quite often. I generally trust it. I'm very glad it exists.

I find it funny that many people criticize wikipedia but have no problem reading and believing the stray web page which has no regulating function found in wikipedia.
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