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Do you have Wikipedia bookmarked?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by shotglass, Mar 18, 2008.


Do you have Wikipedia bookmarked?

  1. Yes

    15 vote(s)
  2. No

    25 vote(s)
  1. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    It's a spinoff of the humankind thread, and I find it interesting.

    To reiterate what I said on there, I've reached the point where it's worth the drawbacks.

    I can live with the occasional troll messing with an entry. The possibility of a factual error? Sure, that's not good. But for the glut of information you get on ANYTHING, I find the positives outweighing the negatives.

    If you haven't, look up your favorite MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL team. Or even your favorite Bundersliga team. See what is on there. It's really quite amazing.

    I'm certainly not going to use it as a credible source in a news story. But I sure find it invaluable. And if I, as a journalist, can say that, I can only imagine what non-journalists say if they compare it to, say, Brittanica.

    Yeah, I have it bookmarked.
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    I said no only because I don't use bookmarks. :)
  3. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    I don't because I have the URL memorized. :)
  4. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

  5. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    One keystroke to 15, amigo. ;)
  6. I love Wikipedia, but also hate it. It's too easy to start out looking for one specific item (say, Mel "Dinner Bell" Turpin) and follow a series of links until you wind up at, say, the page for trench warfare of King Stephen of England. Then you wonder where the hell your last hour went, and you're not sure you've absorbed much.

    But it's damn entertaining, and at least somewhat factually accurate.
  7. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Screw bookmarks. I have it as a Firefox search engine.

    No need to click on Wiki's home page, when I can go straight to the page I want.
  8. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure how far that (logical) line of thinking goes, however.

    If a reporter writes, "Andre Agassi, who won seven Grand Slam titles . . . " and I think to myself, "Hmmm, I could have sworn he won eight" . . . do you use Wikipedia to confirm what you suspected you knew? Or would you go to another source, too?
  9. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    I can spend two hours just surfing Wikipedia, from link to link to link, to hell with the rest of the 'Net.

    To anyone trying to make Jeopardy, I would suggest the same thing -- and have.
  10. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    I have it bookmarked, and I use it all the time - most recently to quickly look up brackets of years' past.

    The experts who contribute stuff on there sometimes amaze me. You want to see something incredible, type in any Interstate highway. For several of them, there are lengthy pages that come up describing, in every detail, what you want to know about them.
  11. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Boy, ain't that the truth. Exactly what happens.

    I'd never trust Wikipedia on a fact like that. I'd have to get it somewhere else.
  12. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I don't have it bookmarked, but I use it from time to time. If it's work-related, I'm going to a more credible source first rather than starting at Wikipedia and then going elsewhere to confirm it.
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