Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Six Sins of the Wikipedia --
Sam Vaknin is not fond of Wikipedia and gives the six sins of the project.

1. The Wikipedia is opaque and encourages recklessness
2. The Wikipedia is anarchic, not democratic
3. The Might is Right Editorial Principle
4. Wikipedia is against real knowledge
5. Wikipedia is not an encyclopedia
6. The Wikipedia is rife with libel and violations of copyrights

Vaknin sums up Wikipedia:

Six cardinal (and, in the long-term, deadly) sins plague this online venture. What unites and underlies all its deficiencies is simple: Wikipedia dissembles about what it is and how it operates. It is a self-righteous confabulation and its success in deceiving the many attests not only to the gullibility of the vast majority of Netizens but to the PR savvy of its sleek and slick operators.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will find a very able and far more accurate rebuttal of the article (first published in direct response to the author being banned for sockpuppetry see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Samvak)here:

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Ta bu shi da yu said...

I appreciate the kudos from the previous poster, but I didn't respond to Sam's article because he got banned for sock-puppetry. To be honest, I didn't know anything about Sam (or even that he was banned) and was just responding to his argument, which I'm sure everyone agrees is the best way of going about things.

7:34 AM  

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