Sunday, December 20, 2015

How exactly is the accuracy of Wikipedia articles maintained?

Anybody can write or edit Wikipedia
articles. In August 2014, a YouGov
poll concluded that Wikipedia is more
trusted than the BBC. Specifically,
64 per cent said they trust Wikipedia
“a great deal” or “a fair amount”. The
figure for BBC News was 61 per cent,
and 13 per cent for red top tabloid
newspapers. Wikipedia has three
core policies: neutral point of view,
verifiability and data coming from
published and reliable sources. An
article’s revised section is displayed
alongside the previous version so
erroneous contributions are rooted out.
Wikipedia’s writers and editors create
watch lists and are alerted whenever
an article in which they have some
expertise has been modified. Wikipedia
also has a style manual to ensure
control of language and layout.


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