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.
Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>