Wikipedia reliable or not ?

@NrgDfenZ (1810)
Belgium
March 16, 2009 9:38am CST
Hi all I recently heard at school that Wikipedia isn't reliable as a source. Simply because all the information is supplied by its users. So you have no proof that it is true, it could be true, but at my school it needs to come from an authority.. And since the users, or most of them, aren't that, it isn't reliable. Do you agree to this ? Or do you think Wikipedia is reliable as a source ? Thx.
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@smacksman (6074)
17 Mar 09
It is as reliable as any other source of information, especially where opinions vary and there may well be two sides to an historic event for instance. One man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist. Who is to say which is correct? If you read a school modern history book in different countries you will be surprised at the variations possible. But I see that as a healthy thing. I see that as an education in its own right. Students must be made aware that it is important to read different views on the same subject and then to formulate an opinion rather than follow blinkered statements.
@jimbomuso (950)
17 Mar 09
Hi NrgDfenZ! Wiki is very informative and should only be used as a secondary source because some of its content is opinion based.If you want cold hard facts, go to a library and pick up some books on whatever subject and get different viewpoints.
• Philippines
17 Mar 09
I think Wikipedia is a reliable site.Ive been researching and searching all over the place and it really helped me a lot.Most people even recommend Wikipedia.I think Wikipedia will also check the contents of what the users submits.
@sunita64 (6473)
• India
17 Mar 09
Wikipedia is not reliable but if you need to know little about a subject then the same can be used. I have observed specially regarding plants etc that is not a reliable source.
@louisex2 (204)
• India
17 Mar 09
I think it's reliable...I always get info. to the point from there...
@user_786 (1338)
16 Mar 09
i have used it many times , although its writers are not paid but still the quality and reliablity of the content is unquestionable. i have so far never heard a legitimate problem about wikipedia
• India
16 Mar 09
I think it is reliable at a point as if the user does not refresh the topic with latest changes then it would result in incomplete information. Everyone that surfs that site and finds that the information is wrong or incomplete should correct it.
• India
16 Mar 09
Well Wikipedia is informative but not 100% reliable. Its a general user contributed info you find on Wiki. I find it mostly helpful and very rarely incorrect.
• United States
16 Mar 09
I learned in my college that it is not reliable because anyone can add or change information it it. You ar not allowed to use it as a source becuse of this in my college. I still find the information there interesting but not completely reliable.
@kumarpslv (3218)
• India
16 Mar 09
You are correct exactly as we can add the content as we like after creating an account in wikipedia.All the internet users are not serious and many are having the habit of playing with such important things. You just keep this as reference and don't try to submit it as a proof anywhere. We can search more and more with the keywords we got in Wikipedia, in some other search engines to get the exact idea.
@arief234 (50)
• Indonesia
16 Mar 09
I think Wikipedia is reliable as a source, therefor all information by its user. I think, its very good for encyclopedia, because we can get some information from everyone in world. so, do you agree with me?
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
16 Mar 09
Wikipedia is a good source of information although it may not be 100% accurate because as you say it is edited by its users. So if the users have not checked their facts the info could be incorrect. I would use it as a starting point but it is always best to verify the facts with another source just in case.
• Singapore
16 Mar 09
I contribute regularly to wikipedia, so I say it is reliable.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
16 Mar 09
i find that what they say is correct. wikipedial is not all that reliable. it is a good jump off point however and it can provide you with basic information, but i would look at other sources besides wikipedia.