[Citizendium-l] reliability, homonyms, content, sources, editors, multinationals

Freddie Salsbury salsbufr at wfu.edu
Thu Sep 21 17:48:45 EDT 2006


I do agree that providing citations for "every passage, phrase and  
word" is impossible, but scholar works do (or should) provide  
citations for every significant point that isn't new and supported by  
data. Wikipedia has become much better in the last ~6 months or so,  
but requiring, or strongly encouraging a high level of citation would  
be a significant improvement.

Fred

On Sep 21, 2006, at 4:38 PM, Derek Lyons wrote:

> On 9/21/06, Ricardo Gladwell <ricardo.gladwell at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Citation and verifiability should be an important part of  
>> Citizendium,
>> something lacking in a lot of Wikipedia articles. One idea would  
>> be to
>> colour text if that part of the article has not been properly  
>> cited and
>> verified, the goal being to "un-colour" the whole article so that
>> contributors and readers can clearly see what needs citation.
>
> It is no more possible to cite and support every passage, phrase, and
> word in an article than it is to travel to the moon on the wings of
> giant swans.  It is utter lunacy to believe this is either possible,
> or desireable.
>
> When you read a scholarly work, this is not done.  When you read a
> popular work, this is not done.  Where did the belief arise that this
> is should be done for an online compendium (or encyclopedia)?
>
> D.
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