Wikis

December 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm (Uncategorized)

I learnt something new today – never knew wiki came from there πŸ™‚

I (amongst many others) have spent some time trying to persuade students that they shouldn’t cite wikis as law, especially considering that anyone can make a page on a wiki and make it say what they want. A couple of weeks ago I felt obliged to change a page on Wikipedia that referred to someone who kidnapped children in the 1930s as ‘someone even Michael Jackson would envy’. Really hope our students have enough brains to avoid quoting things like that even if they do quote Wikipedia! But regardless of the dangers of Wikis, I love them. They are a quick (see! It fits!), and easy to search to find basic info and definitions, which you can then use (if needs be) to do research proper. And if there is something you are interested and the wiki is established, there will already be an entry. And if there isn’t, I can make one πŸ™‚

Wikipedia thing.
The article that interested me the most was this… There isn’t really any discussion of it (although it is part of the WikiProject Books), but it intrigued me enough to make me want to read the story. The write up gives you just enough information for you to not have a clue what happens in it, if that makes sense! The ending write up is extremely mysterious… The entry is only a stub (i.e. a page created for a reference in another page), but there isn’t any need for it to be in depth as it is, even if the English student in me wants to break it down and analyse it πŸ˜€

Current events, as several people have already had the joy to discover, is mainly bad news, like Irish pork going down the drain, although there is something about Sark’s first democratic elections πŸ™‚

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