Wikipedia

Authenticity

By Pavel Binder

Wikis like every revolutionary idea have born the brunt of some healthy skepticism, as it has in effect revolutionized the way information is gathered, processed, and presented. The main perceived problems with wikis are a lack of reliability and questionable authenticity of content. Since anyone can write or edit wikis, it is natural to be apprehensive as after all these are not necessarily academic scholars who maintaining this information but rather a collection of your everyday intern users who probably have way too much times on their hands. As such people ask how can I trust wikis?Well there is no need for worry as in reality most wikis are governed by a set of rules and guidelines which require you to support and back up any questionable information. The most common method is usually to provide citations for any disputable information that is not already common knowledge. Additionally the dynamic nature of wikis combined with the community of users essentially acts like a self-operating system of checks and balances where the different users insure that no false information is posted, and for argument to have the appropriate support needed. In general wikis follow the philosophy of soft security and the idea that it is easier to correct mistakes, than make it difficult to make mistakes. Finally the amount of openness in a wiki can be adjusted so as to limit the people who are able to edit, thereby reducing spam and vandalism.


Content

By Hyungsoo Kim

Wikis are great hypertext tools that many people can contribute new content and revise existing content. It is very simple for users to create, manage, and collaborate on content online. Usually content is organized around topic-based web pages that are edited by groups. People can share files and documents by posting information about person, place or events. Other people can also post their feelings, ideas, and facts they know. They can even add videos from YouTube to their wikis. It is as easy as adding a YouTube video to any site. If people want to chat with each other, they could add a chat to their wikis so that people can discuss something that is important to them. As wikis work like hypertext databases, there are many content management systems to plan classification for their content before they create. It benefits them to organize the content into categories. Even though people make a mistake, they do not have to worry about it because wikis will save plenty of old copy of their pages and will let them revert to an older version of a page. Furthermore, wikis can show people the exact changes they have made to their pages over time.


Editing

By Anum Rafiq

Wiki answers, just like this one, are more than easy to edit. Anyone who has the basic know-how of the internet can access wiki answers and modify them according to their taste. This very paragraph could be edited and gone within weeks, days, or even minutes after it is posted. Wiki answers are not just unreliable for the facts they contain, but also because one cannot assume that the answer they are looking at is the answer the initial author posted. Hence, the altering of facts and replacing them with myths, or even pure senseless bickering. The editing process only requires a person to create an account, and then 'contribute' to the answers given. This results in a new answer, which would need to be moderated, however, moderators do not exist. Where the idea of collaboration and having a wider knowledge base to tap into, exists, so do the various possibilities of mishap that come with it. The very fact that this is a wiki criticism on a Wiki website, is ironic, but it also goes to show that one can upload anything, no matter what the content, on these websites.

By Thomas Lin
Everyone thinks differently, we all have our own perspectives on looking at things. Not everyone always have the same ideas, opinions and thoughts, we may agree or disagree to certain things. Editing is one of the functions that is available on wiki. It allows user to edit any pieces of work on wiki that they think should be elaborated or corrected. Editing on wiki isn’t a difficult task, all you need to do is to sign up an account wiki and you are free to go. Due to the freedom of editing that anybody can edit, the answers on wiki results in inaccurate and unreliable sometimes. Therefore, that is why the editing function exists. It is commonly used by people and they can edit it anytime they want and anything they want.


Moderation

By So Young Kim

Wikipedia has been moderating content in a new way since not long ago. They considered for all posts to be confirmed or approved by writers before they actually post it. It is to avoid the false information that anyone should trust since Wikipedia became one of the most believable site ever. When this project was presented, many people agreed to the idea of it since they also rely on Wikipedia as one of their most important sources of information.
Since many people use Wikipedia, there can not be unreliable sources to be read by them and it is very important that Wikipedia should be careful with false information. Of course, if the editor has the correct information, by writers' approval of the fact, it can be posted/edited on the article. So it should not be vandalized anymore.
To post an entry on wikipedia, we need approval from the wikipedia committee. This leads to a problem of personal biased. Since the committee is still a group of people, they might be biased and they don't give approval to the information that they think is incorrect, even if those information is totally true. Neutrality of wikipeida committee directly affects the accuracy of information on wikipedia.


Overlapping

By Anna Zahid

Wikipedia information could be overlapping and how do we find out? How can we be sure that the information we are uploading on the wiki site is not overlapped with the information that is on there already by someone else. Now people who edit this would they edit the overlapped information? How would you find out anyway? I don't think anyone can be sure about it because everyone just adds the information however they like it. Therefore i do think, there is a lot of overlapping information, maybe in different words but with the same meaning and should be reduced. Again, it is a site of many opinions and information by many people, so some people could overlap and others could have a total different ideas. Not exactly sure how it works though!


Issues about Wikipedia

By Elaine Villegas

Wikipedia has received many criticisms concerning its contents’ quality and reliability. Because any of its registered users can change the information on any given entries, this gives the readers doubt on the truthfulness of the content; readers cannot be sure whether the content is vandalized or not. Moreover, many Wikipedia entries do not have enough reference. That is, the content is not strongly supported by outside sources, which makes it unreliable. This may all be due to the fact that Wikipedia does not have professional editors to ensure the validity of the various contents. On the other hand, although the openness of Wikipedia may provide its readers a wider perspective on its contents that comes from the variety of its contributors, that does not guarantee that the entries will be non-biased and be of high quality.
By Tongyu Gao**
Wikipedia does have its pros and cons, it is effective due to its knowledge sharing platform but the principle of being open for editing by everyone makes Wiki un-authoritative and unreliable, which exhibits systemic bias and that its group dynamics hider its goals. People may put their personal opinion on the article instead of reflecting the actual facts. Once the personal opinion was posted the article is considered as unreliable, cause it creates personal biases, this may cause misinterpretation for readers and to hoodwink readers from the reality. General speaking Wiki is effective, it is just necessary for people to understand not to let other's opinion influence your own decisions. It could be a great reference material but the spread of wrong materials may creates problems

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