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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."

Irredentism of Hungarian editors[edit]

There are obvious actions of some nationalists from Hungary against the pages of some countries around Hungary. Nationalist editors like Borsoka, Fakirbakir and Norden attacked several times the history pages of other countries. They act like a gang and impose only references they accept. Being a gang it is difficult to act against them. Their tactics: 1. Erasing texts and references of dead authors (until 1990) in the pages of surrounding countries. But they do not respect the same rule in the pages about Hungarian history; 2. Erasing the texts and references of authors that have an original theory (singular authors). But they do not respect the same rule in the pages about Hungarian history; 3. Erasing texts and references of authors that contradict Hungarians authors. They erase any text creating the impression of majority. 4. Erasing texts and references because there were 3-4 references and one was too old. 5. Erasing texts and references because editors Borsoka, Fakirbakir and Norden do not like a phrase or the content.

This kind of actions show that a gang of editors may disturb and construct false data about the history of countries surrounding Hungary. It looks like a politics of Hungarians revisionists. Administrators say they do not want to interfere.

False data and biased data made Wikipedia an unreliable source. More and more institutions avoid data from this source according to American and British journals — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:48, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

Editors organised in Gangs[edit]

Some weeks ago I red about wiki editors organised in gangs in order to impose their list of references. It is strange but this is a characteristic of Wiki. If you want to manipulate some data it is sufficient to have 2-3 associated editors. I red about such editors like Boroka or Borsoka who are involved in such activities and nobody may stop them.

I wander if we may find unbiased articles. Decameron. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:55, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Paraphrasing/block quotes[edit]

Hi James J. Lambden. What do you feel about my paraphrasing of David Auerbach's quote here was unrepresentative, or 'lost the essence' of the original quote? Was there an aspect I missed? PeterTheFourth (talk) 21:35, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

The full quote is better. Arkon (talk) 00:46, 30 August 2016 (UTC)