Canberra on Wikipedia?

123qwe 3 December 2008 28

Although I do not hold an opinion that Wikipedia is the be-all and end-all, tonight I did a search on Canberra on their site.

After reading the Canberra story, I was wondering has anything happend here in the last 6 years or so? The last entry from Wikki on Canberra’s history is the bushfires in 2003.

Surely something else of note has occurred here since then. The GDE, DFO, Kevin07???

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Thumper Thumper 6:31 pm 03 Dec 08

I tried.

RA (as a media outlet on the Canberra page) disappeared faster than a whale at a Japanese boat show.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 6:13 pm 03 Dec 08

Oh, just use RiotACT as a source or reference in the text and you should get a link to remain without any bother.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 6:11 pm 03 Dec 08

Footloose said :

Hrmmmm…Well, they can’t stop RiotACT from having its own entry altogether…

They probably can, and would. As a rule I don’t think they allow blogs similar online spaces to have their own page on Wikipedia.

Footloose Footloose 5:57 pm 03 Dec 08

Hrmmmm…Well, they can’t stop RiotACT from having its own entry altogether…
that could be fun.
It would also be hilarious watching all the Nutters changing the entries. he he he

johnboy johnboy 5:42 pm 03 Dec 08

Footloose said :

The Canberra Times is listed in the Media section, but RiotAct is not??? A simple oversight but perhaps this should be corrected….

Best of luck arguing this one with the wiki nerds

Footloose Footloose 5:34 pm 03 Dec 08

The Canberra Times is listed in the Media section, but RiotAct is not??? A simple oversight but perhaps this should be corrected….

Overheard Overheard 5:29 pm 03 Dec 08

Skid, warts and all, it’s still a trivia quiz writer’s best friend.

“You may fire when ready!”

Whoops, I missed the word “academic” in your sentence. You can shoulder your arms. No argument there whatsoever.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 5:12 pm 03 Dec 08

Anybody citing wikipedia in anything academic should be shot.
Its a useful starting point for getting to better sources, sure.
But its still a quantum encyclopedia, possibly accurate or not, depending on how and when you look at it, and the general mob agreement on a topic.

poptop poptop 4:56 pm 03 Dec 08

I like the bibliographies and the links to primary sources. Wikipedia is a starting point not the end point for getting information.

p1 p1 4:46 pm 03 Dec 08

Wikipedia to me is an interesting social experiment. I’d never rely on it for anything somewhat serious.

Exactly the way I feel. I love the ability to read about random subjects, but I trust the info the same way I trust info I get from a random drunk guy in a bar.

harvyk1 harvyk1 4:39 pm 03 Dec 08

I gave up editing wikipedia after making some edits and then watching the trolls, wiki – laywers, and generally a bunch of assholes with nothing better to do that misrepresent facts revert, edit and argue.

It’s a good idea, except people with an actual knowledge of the subject are often over shaddowed by the d*ckhead minority. Unfortunately it means that pages are either very watered down, or it allows the fringe views (often the idiot or miss-informed views) as much presence as the main stream views.

I also have a big problem with their NPOV rules. To me, the accepted point of view held by society is not necessarily a NPOV. However try posting up something which goes against societies grain and see how far you get.

Wikipedia to me is an interesting social experiment. I’d never rely on it for anything somewhat serious.

poptop poptop 3:27 pm 03 Dec 08

There was some ugliness when it was alleged that PM&C staff had . . . ‘adjusted’ the wikipedia article on a certain former Prime Minister and a certain former Treasurer.

p1 p1 2:37 pm 03 Dec 08

PM&C are not allowed to use Wikipeadia?

poptop poptop 2:34 pm 03 Dec 08

Unless you work in Prime Minister and Cabinet, you all should be adding this content to the Wikipedia page.

H1NG0 H1NG0 2:28 pm 03 Dec 08

What about the launch of Canberra Goss?

p1 p1 2:28 pm 03 Dec 08

Surely the winner of the beauty contest at the Melbourne Cup Day thingy at the race track could use a bit of wiki style talking up?

H1NG0 H1NG0 2:26 pm 03 Dec 08

LOL! Thats right! That was a massive topic last year. Someone being overcharged $5 for a pizza at APK. That was definately a big moment in Canberra’s history.

astrojax astrojax 2:24 pm 03 Dec 08

someone was overcharged for a pizza; surely that’s worth a guernsey?

jakez jakez 12:45 pm 03 Dec 08

That’s the problem with Wikipedia, it has such a narrow view of reality. Personally I think the muppets line is absolutely true.

Thumper Thumper 12:40 pm 03 Dec 08

yeah, it is rather pointless.

The muppet comment has been edited.

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