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Re: [ANE-2] Re: Wikipedia

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  • Sandberg
    Peter T. Daniels Wrote: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 5:16 AM ... wikipedia on any particular day is accurate or not. Mr. Cowie s vision of every article
    Message 1 of 27 , Apr 5, 2006
      Peter T. Daniels Wrote: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 5:16 AM

      >(1) The naive reader has no way of knowing whether what appears in
      wikipedia on any particular day is accurate or not. Mr. Cowie's vision
      of every article spiraling ever upward in excellence is nothing but pipe
      dreaming.



      So there is really more security for the printed text?

      >(2) What university professor -- or other knowledgeable person -- has
      the time (setting aside the inclination!) to review every wikipedia
      posting that might impinge on their area of specialization? What teacher
      would be so foolish as to assign readings in wikipedia, knowing that the
      content could be altered at any moment by anyone whatsoever?


      After reading all these posts about Wikipedia, a.k.a. waste of time, I'm glad I rely on the older school of printed pages instead. It's more reliable for the reader, and profitable for the author.

      Now sometime back I came across a PDF file that refused any printing, any editing, any saving or copying etc. The text and photos were locked. So if you wanted a section from this publication/book you'd either have to buy the publication or manually key stroke selected portions of the authors work.

      So if I may ask, why can't original works by authors or specialists be electronically frozen, making it difficult for others to edit, thus riding on the shirttails of those who have already done the work?

      Mark Sandberg

      Eugene, Oregon
      mspalaeo@...


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