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Thoughts on Wikipedia as a reference for history/philosophy?

Should it be avoided at all costs or is it decent enough for getting the summary of a topic?
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>>679934
It's fine.
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>>679934

Pretty good. Better for science, but okay for history.
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Avoid it like a plague. A great majority of citations is rooted in highly obscure, meme authors who are most likely the laughing stock of the genuine academics.
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>>679934
Its a good place to get some simple facts. Because it is an encyclopedia, it is not a place to read in depth analysis, even if some of the articles can be very long.
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>>679934
Gives a decent summary/background on a topic the majority of the time, an if you're really lucky you might find a couple of good references to follow up with.
You'd be nuts to solely rely on it though.
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>>680000
This desu.

Avoid it for anything even vaguely controversial.
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>>679934

Always check the talk page.

You can tell immediately if there's any POV by the butthurt shill editwars going on.
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>>680046
Like the gamergate page. Follows the sjw narrative.
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Only use it for basic information, check out the sources for more in depth reading. Avoid anything controversial though. Wikipedia likes to pick a side on controversial topics and unfairly leave out the dissenting view.
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>>680000
>>680046

so is there a consistently accurate source on the net?
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>>680142
Nope.
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>>680149
This. The other day I was arguing with some fuck about some Austro-Hungarian specifics and he was all like POST A LINK TO PROVE YOU'RE RIGHT and I'm like nigger, I got this from books and primary sources, there is no link.
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>>679934
For philosophy use SEP. Nothing compares.
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