Anyone can see featured article review and good article review for examples. Vandalism is also a very well-known problem. Even if vandalism is reverted in a minute or less, this does no good if the page is an important, popular one that is viewed very frequently. Some reader will arrive at the page in the intervening time and will see the vandalism. We cannot completely rely on our semi- automated systems for vandalism prevention— ClueBot does not catch every instance of vandalism, and it sometimes breaks down.
Editors speeding through revisions via Huggle are bound to miss things as well. It is a fact that some vandalism stays unreverted for a long time, and there can be consequences sometimes major for Wikipedia's reputation see Wikipedia Seigenthaler biography incident and Wikipedia's very own compilation of incidents. Note that I, the writer of this sentence Biblioworm can personally attest to having seen unreverted blatant vandalism on the TFA at least two or three times.
It can take surprisingly long to revert vandalism even on the TFA, which is the most viewed page on any given day. It is not uncommon for TFA vandalism to remain for several minutes before being reverted, by which point many people have already seen it. Surely, those readers do not leave Wikipedia with a good impression. These quality issues are the main reason for Wikipedia's poor reputation among academics—they simply do not take it seriously as a legitimate source for information.
It is rather embarrassing that a website which claims to be an encyclopedia 1 is forced to admit is own unreliability and 2 is disregarded among those whose very profession is doing serious research. Clearly, there are basic flaws in the system that must be addressed. Wikipedia allows any editor with more than 10 edits and four days' tenure to patrol articles.
Patrolling is often done by new editors who often pass articles failing our minimum standards, preventing more experienced editors from acting upon them. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Unfortunately, Wikipedia's unstable and open editing process, combined with many academics' desire to have their edits prioritized over amateurs' edits, has discouraged them from editing.
Read , p. Categories : WikiProject Reforming Wikipedia. Namespaces Project page Talk. When she started working at a small independent school in Newport, R. In particular, she felt like Wikipedia was tricky for her elementary-aged students to navigate, especially when it came to recognizing the difference between opinion and fact-checked research.
This became apparent when the fifth-graders had to do a project on a famous artist. At the time, the site had fewer safeguards than it does now, such as not allowing unregistered users from making edits. While that information may not have been totally fictitious, Holland says, it also wasn't scholarly research, and it wasn't appropriate for someone that age. So she started steering students away from Wikipedia. And then she began using other research sites like Answer. Over time, she realized that "sometimes, [Wikipedia] is the best, and fastest, way to get information in a manageable format.
On the other hand, students feel that Google is a source. I can't count the number of times that I have asked a student where they found their information and the response is 'Google. For many educators, what this has prompted in recent years is less of a focus on just saying no to sites like Wikipedia, and instead saying: Can we use this as a teachable moment?
Starting in , for example, dozens of college professors including at Harvard assigned students to write Wikipedia entries for credit about public policy issues as part of a project launched by Wikimedia. This past academic year, the students had contributed almost 5, pages worth of fact-checked information. Other educators, like O'Connor and Holland, are training students how to do research effectively in the digital age so that they make better decisions.
As one blogger wrote about Wikipedia, "Educators shouldn't allow students to simply use the site at will, without filtering. Educators can use the site to teach about online credibility, fact checking, primary and secondary sources, crowd sourcing … rather than simply banning it. This is exactly what is now happening in Burlington, Mass. Librarians in the elementary schools begin the process, teaching basic research skills and Internet safety. By middle school, teachers show students how to check sources.
And then in the ninth grade, says Amy Mellencamp, Ed. Unfortunately, says Megan Birdsong, Ed. Looking at the numbers, Wikipedia has more than evolved. Today, it consistently ranks in the top 10 visited sites on the Internet. As of August, there were more than 19 million available articles written in languages.
In interviews and during speeches, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales stresses that the site tries to be accurate, but also should only be used as a stepping stone when doing research, especially by students. The site is a wonderful starting point for research.
But it's only a starting point because there's always a chance that there's something wrong, and you should check your sources if you are writing a paper. Clint Calzini, Ed. A report, How College Students Evaluate and Use Information in the Digital Age , found that while nearly 75 percent of students reported using Wikipedia for school research, almost all of them said they turn first to course readings and consulted more with instructors and scholarly research than with Wikipedia.
Of course, not all educators have entirely jumped on the Wikipedia bandwagon. Matt Shapiro, Ed. Often, the level of acceptance depends on the subject matter. Anthony Parker, Ed. In history, for example, it might be a decent starting place for a research project — with the caveat that you must check the Wikipedia source — but it is not counted as a source when the research project is turned in.
As a former history teacher I am in the 'Wikipedia is not a great source and should be treated with great skepticism' camp. Chris Kyle, a history professor at Syracuse University and an early critic of the site who has banned students from citing Wikipedia in papers since , agrees.
The majority of Wikipedia articles are mostly unsourced. Anyone who wants to see this for themselves can simply click through a few random articles , and it will become plain that thoroughly sourced content is, in fact, quite rare in ordinary articles. Although we display rigorously reviewed content on the front page, that is not representative of Wikipedia as a whole—it is these ordinary articles that everyday readers see as a result of their various web searches.
Even more disturbingly, some articles deemed to be of vital quality are poorly referenced. A survey of the listed pages will reveal that even articles of Level 1 importance have swathes of unsourced content. Wikipedia is the 7th most popular website in the world, receiving tens of millions of views per day, and its articles almost always rank on top of search engine results.
People rely on it every day as the default place to quickly look up information. The widespread presence of unverified material can become downright hazardous, seeing that many people generally accept Wikipedia's information as fact and therefore believe potentially inaccurate information even on dangerous topics such as medicine. Policy itself admits that Wikipedia is unreliable also see a relevant essay and the Reliability of Wikipedia article concedes that "[i]naccurate information may persist in Wikipedia for a long time before it is challenged.
Wikipedia has other quality issues. Anyone can see featured article review and good article review for examples. Vandalism is also a very well-known problem. Even if vandalism is reverted in a minute or less, this does no good if the page is an important, popular one that is viewed very frequently. Some reader will arrive at the page in the intervening time and will see the vandalism.
We cannot completely rely on our semi- automated systems for vandalism prevention— ClueBot does not catch every instance of vandalism, and it sometimes breaks down. Editors speeding through revisions via Huggle are bound to miss things as well. It is a fact that some vandalism stays unreverted for a long time, and there can be consequences sometimes major for Wikipedia's reputation see Wikipedia Seigenthaler biography incident and Wikipedia's very own compilation of incidents.
Note that I, the writer of this sentence Biblioworm can personally attest to having seen unreverted blatant vandalism on the TFA at least two or three times. It can take surprisingly long to revert vandalism even on the TFA, which is the most viewed page on any given day.
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