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Ben

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Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia
« on: July 17, 2021, 08:29:54 AM »

Larry Sanger, a co-founder of Wikipedia has come out and said that Wikipedia should not be trusted because of its left-wing bias. Most of us here knew that of course, but having one of the main wiki guys come out and say it should be something of an eye-opener for the sheep. It likely won't be of course.

I'll just put up a search URL so you can pick your news source:

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=wikipedia+founder&atb=v252-1&iar=news&ia=news
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Re: Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2021, 09:11:33 AM »

I'm starting to refer to it as Wokepedia.

Can't really document it but I think I've seen editing changes which favor leftish and woke views.  Trouble is, when I notice it, the original material is lost and gone forever.

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Re: Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2021, 09:28:05 AM »

I'm starting to refer to it as Wokepedia.

Can't really document it but I think I've seen editing changes which favor leftish and woke views.  Trouble is, when I notice it, the original material is lost and gone forever.

Not so much, wikipedia has version control.  Top of the page, any article.  History tab.
For more fun, look at the "talk" page, where folks are discussing changes to the article.

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Re: Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2021, 10:31:34 AM »

I use it for an overview and then look at the sources. My one attempt at a wiki edit I noticed an armored vehicle being used in an African conflict. Clearly marked with its nation. Wiki article about said crappy tank didn't list that country as an operator. I fixed it with reference links. Rejected. Not woke, think it is more a clubhouse atmosphere where outside editors aren't welcome.
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Re: Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2021, 10:56:20 AM »

I use it for an overview and then look at the sources. My one attempt at a wiki edit I noticed an armored vehicle being used in an African conflict. Clearly marked with its nation. Wiki article about said crappy tank didn't list that country as an operator. I fixed it with reference links. Rejected. Not woke, think it is more a clubhouse atmosphere where outside editors aren't welcome.

There is some very basic stuff that I will, in general, take wiki's word for. Along the lines of, "Who was the seventeenth President?". It's something that can't be refuted or "curated". But that's it. Wiki is already filling up with stuff like "1619" nonsense, so you can't even count on them for basic, documented history.

I don't care to look, but I'm wondering, under "biology", how many human genders they have listed these days?
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Re: Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2021, 11:01:00 AM »


I don't care to look, but I'm wondering, under "biology", how many human genders they have listed these days?

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Re: Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia
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Re: Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2021, 12:52:55 PM »

"Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia"

Did he mention the New York Times?

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Re: Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2021, 01:27:15 PM »

"Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia"

Did he mention the New York Times?

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Re: Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2021, 10:45:09 PM »

This member used to have another name, and the name that this member used to have was fistful.

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Re: Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Not to Trust Wikipedia
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2021, 11:43:22 PM »

This is why I have never used any "social media".  [barf]
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