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Re: Wikipedia:Verifiability - Mailing lists as sources

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Monday, February 25, 2008, 17:24
On Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 5:54 PM, Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote:
> To my taste, there is too much deletionism in fashion.
> And it is a bit self-contradictory to > forbid references to open wikis if your own project itself is > an open wiki, isn't it?
I don't think they'd vote themselves as a reliable source to reference, either. After all, encyclopædias (which they are trying to be) aren't supposed to be sources to reference, but rather something lists basic information about a topic and includes lists of "real" references, which would be the ones you cite instead. AFAIK, in academic writing, you're not supposed to say that "Wikipedia/Britannica/... says that X" but that "Smith (1950) says that X", though it's fine to use WP/EB/... to find that Smith (1950) is a good book on the topic of Y and one you might want to cite. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>