The founder of Wikipedia has admitted that some of its entries are “a
horrific embarrassment,” says an article by Guardian Unlimited entitled “Can you
trust Wikipedia?” The article goes on to
assemble a panel of experts, including a former editor-in-chief of the
Encyclopedia Britannica, literary authors, journalists, and magazine
editors, to judge some of the wiki entries for themselves.
What emerges is a somewhat lukewarm impression of Wikipedia’s entries from the panel
of experts. The scores by the judges range from 0 out of 10 to 8 out of 10 for the
various wiki entries, with critiques varying from “inaccurate and
unclear” to “reasonably comprehensive.”
It would have been even more
interesting if Guardian Unlimited had gone a step further with its
judges, giving scores and critiques to the same entries in a traditional
encyclopedia, and then comparing the scores.