Talk:Criticism of Wikipedia

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Note: This is the Talk page for the Wikipedia article on external criticisms of Wikipedia. Users interested in discussing their own problems with the project should go to the Village Pump where there are specific sections for dealing with various issues.
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  • Flesh lead out a bit - an extremely long article should have a large lead.
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For critical examination of Wikipedia by Wikipedia itself, see Wikipedia:External peer review/Nature December 2005 (40 science articles) and Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2005-10-31/Guardian rates articles (7 articles of general interest).

Article on Wikipedia in the Harvard Educational Review[edit]

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Fall 2009 Issue of the Harvard Educational Review

High School Research and Critical Literacy: Social Studies With and Despite Wikipedia by Houman Harouni

"Drawing on experiences in his social studies classroom, Houman Harouni evaluates both the challenges and possibilities of helping high school students develop critical research skills. The author describes how he used Wikipedia to design classroom activities that address issues of authorship, neutrality, and reliability in information gathering. The online encyclopedia is often lamented by teachers, scholars, and librarians, but its widespread use necessitates a new approach to teaching research. In describing the experience, Harouni concludes that teaching research skills in the contemporary context requires ongoing observations of the research strategies and practices students already employ as well as the active engagement of student interest and background knowledge."

Anonymous editing[edit]

The phraseology stating that Wikipedia allows anonymous editing, and that this leads to editorial vandalism, is questionable. Firstly, in theory, anybody could perform an act of vandalism on Wikipedia, whether anonymous or not. Secondly, Wikipedia undoubtedly receives many good edits from users who are anonymous and may not even be logged in. For me on this latter point, cf. Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals) and go to the section on perennial proposals.

Broken links[edit]

WP is highly dependent on external references (whether they have integrity or not is a topic for future discussion). When a link is broken, it diminishes the integrity of the article reference, yet WP does not automatically find or adjust to broken links. I'd like to see WP create a bot to eliminate broken links in main articles and talk pages. 2600:6C48:7006:200:D84D:5A80:173:901D (talk) 23:17, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Related AfD[edit]

Please see Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ideological bias on Wikipedia. One of the proposed outcomes there is a merger with this article, so if you have an opinion on whether or not that merger would be a good idea, please comment. -- Netoholic @ 05:33, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

Peter Hitchens article in The Spectator[edit]

See it here — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2605:A601:483:8900:503F:6C0D:2E63:7CEF (talk) 23:41, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Archived Talk Pages[edit]

I know that talk pages can get rather lengthy, particularly for controversial subjects, but by Archiving talk pages the primary discourse is lost to most viewers. I didn't even know Archived pages existed until I found one of my Talk page comments disappear, to be buried in an Archive (actually, the article has MULTIPLE talk archives) that some privileged user or Bot created. I'm disturbed by this. Issues disappear quickly this way, often unresolved. 2600:6C48:7006:200:D84D:5A80:173:901D (talk) 01:24, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

The links to the four archive pages (for this particular talk page) can be found near the top of the page. —PaleoNeonate – 07:56, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
  • I didn't say it was lost. I said it was both Buried and Unresolved. Big difference. As a research tool, WP is diminished greatly by this. 2600:6C48:7006:200:D84D:5A80:173:901D (talk) 23:22, 17 September 2018 (UTC)