Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Why Trusting Wikipedia is a Bad Idea

So my thoughts the other day concerning wars and educational institutions led me to the Wikipedia article on the Korean War. Being an amateur war history buff I like to think I have a pretty good grasp on most major conflicts.

In any case, there on the Korean War wiki page was this synopsis of the early stages of the war, discussing the orignial layout of the troops and number of tanks and airplanes on either side. There were even a few citations liberally scattered about lending the entire paragraph credence.

The problem? The information was wrong and the citation led to articles which contradicted what was written on wikipedia.

My faith in the wiki has been shattered.

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