posted on Jan, 30 2013 @ 02:53 PM
Anyone who's read my other threads (thank you, both of you) probably knows I have a personal hatred of wikipedia. I see lots and lots of posts on ATS
open with someone claiming to have researched something on wikipedia and wanting to share their revelations. It needs to stop.
Over the years I've found dozens of mistakes on wikipedia without even trying. Most times the errors are harmless enough, like the last one I
corrected about samurai in feudal Japan. The wiki said they were paid in land, which is not true. Samurai were not landowners, they were paid in rice.
Not a grievous error, but an error nonetheless. This latest one though is too much.
I hope that by sharing it here people can see why wiki should not be quoted, referenced, or relied upon for any relevant information. Yes, I realize
that there are sources with the articles, which ought to guide you toward where the information was found, hopefully a primary source. But I've
noticed a disturbing trend of sources that more often than not are invalid.
Of course it should be obvious to anyone that wikipedia should not be used as a source, ever, and that you should always do your own research after
reading an article. But many people do not. They take the article at its face value and move on to the next thing that catches their interest.
From Muammar Gaddafi's Wiki entry
In 2011, people started shoving pencils up other peoples butts and called it "Gaddafying".
This is the opening sentence of the section about the origins of the Arab Spring movement. One of the most important social revolutions in modern
times, and some jackass wants to be funny with it. I'm not going to edit the article, I want to see how long this type of ignorance and downright
immaturity lasts. How many high school students are going to copy and paste the definition of Gaddafying into their homework?
Do yourself and your intelligence a favor, and boycott wikipedia. Deny Ignorance.