Re: Wikipedia & Music Theory
- From: Hans Aberg <haberg_20080406@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008 19:17:57 +0200
1) Wiki provides me with a free, brief, high-level overview of topic X
with references. This means:
a) I don't have to pay someone besides my ISP to access it;
b) I don't have to read pages and pages of stuff I'm not interested in
order to garner the basic facts;
c) I can look up other sources of information to verify what I'm
reading by using the references, google, and my intelligence (such as
d) Other people can do the same too.
2) Usenet is somewhere I come to debate topics which interest me with
likeminded people: I don't necessarily come here to collect facts
because usenet is a place where opinion is rife and fact hard to come
I would advise anyone who is interested in facts and who sees a link
on usenet to a Wiki article to adopt the scientific method: Keep your
mind open, but cultivate a healthy scepticism towards finality in any
field of investigation.
I think this sums it up good: if one is out for hard facts, the scientific method with skepticism and independent verification should be used.
A Usenet group this is mainly good for discussion and inputs. Then go back and do the usual reference work, if that is what you need.
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