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Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Wikipedia - "The Faith-Based Encyclopedia"  
Somewhat hyperbolic article from Tech Central Station on Wikipedia, written by Robert McHenry (a former editor of the Britannica). It's perhaps unsurprising that someone with his background would be critical of the Wiki model, but frustratingly he doesn't offer much in the way of hard evidence - Wikipedia must be bad by its very open-source nature. He does finish by examining a specific Wikipedia entry in detail (that on Alexander Hamilton, which does seem from his comments to contain some weaknesses.

This, I think, is the key to evaluating the Wikipedia...not abstract arguments as to whether a large enough group of editors can compensate for the fact that any idiot can edit it, but actual analysis of the site's content. It is, though, instructive that the errors he pointed to have already been corrected.