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[ga] The Biggest Hoaxes In Wikipedia's First Decade

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  • Subject: [ga] The Biggest Hoaxes In Wikipedia's First Decade
  • From: "Jeffrey A. Williams" <jwkckid1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:08:09 -0600 (GMT-06:00)


  This yet again demonstrates why Wikipedia as a definitive
reference should not be considered so.  None the less it does
have 'some' accurate and creditable reference information and
is on the improvement track.  
"Wikipedia will celebrate its 10th birthday on Saturday,
with founder Jimmy Wales having built the site from nothing to one of the
most influential destinations on the Internet. Wikipedia's goal may be to
compile the sum total of all human knowledge, but it's also, perhaps,
the best tool in existence for perpetuating Internet hoaxes. Top
hoaxes include a student who fooled the entire world's media with a fake
obituary quote, Rush Limbaugh spouting inaccurate facts lifted from
Wikipedia, the incorrect declaration of Sinbad's death, Stephen Colbert's
African elephant prank, Hitler posters on the bedroom wall of a teenage
Tony Blair, and several fake historical figures invented out of thin air.
Wales has taken steps to head off vandalism including preventing
unregistered editors from creating new pages and temporarily protecting
controversial articles, but Wikipedia's very nature makes it susceptible
to the hoaxes described in this story."

Kindest Regards,

Jeffrey A. Williams
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