posted on Aug, 22 2005 @ 04:21 AM
Nomatter how good wikipedia looks, using a vast scope of internet sites to obtain information will always be better then to depend on 1 single site to
get your information.
If you read information about topics from many sources, you can see alot of perspectives and alot of takes on the same subject. This will help you to
come about with your own interpretation of the topic.
Getting your information from one centralized source will limit your views to what that source dictates.
And one source owned and controlled by 1 group of people is easy to manipulate and polute.
Heck, if someone with less honorable plans chooses to buy out Wikipedia and polutes it with distrorted and false information, everyone who relies on
Wikipedia will be screwed.
Using a site like Wikipedia as a reference source to get a description of a subject you have totaly no knowledge of, followed by you using Google to
find more information about it, would be the correct way to go about learning about this subject.
Although if you know your way around a search engine, you don't need any Wikipedia to get a reference description on a subject.
Its said earlyer in this thread that search engines don't give you the answers to what your looking for. Imho thats utterly false. To use a better
example, we'll use creampie. If your looking to buy a creampie, then use searchphrases like "creampie bakkery store" instead of just creampie.
A search engine can't guess what context your putting creampie in to look for, you need to put it into context. Nor will Wikipedia know that your
looking for creampie's in the xxx context.