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Are wikis reliable?

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Background and Context of Debate:

MediaWiki is what most wikis run on
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MediaWiki is what most wikis run on
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A wiki is a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. For example, the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best known wikis. Wikis are used in businesses to provide affordable and effective intranets and for Knowledge Management. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".

"Wiki Wiki" (/wiːkiː wiːkiː/) is a reduplication of "wiki", a Hawaiian word for "fast". It has been suggested that "wiki" means "What I Know Is". However, this is a backronym.

This debate discusses the reliability of wikis.

Since anyone can edit Wikipedia and other wikis, are wiki resources reliable?

Yes

  • Wiki edits are monitored.
  • Most people only write reliable fscts when editing wikis.
  • Patrolled edits ensure false information is deleted.


No

  • Wikis cannot possibly be 100% reliable if anyone can edit them. Anyone, anywhere, anytime can edit Wikipedia. Because of this, not all information on wiki resources can be reliable. Not all information is accurate and "weasel editors" constantly purposely ruin pages and change information to make false. While a lot of wiki information is reliable, there will always be false and unreliable information. Millions of people around the world edit Wikipedia and other wiki resources, and not all of them can or will give accurate, reliable information.


Should Wikipedia only allow established users to edit?

Yes

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No

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Yes

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No

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