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Submission + - The 'Undue Weight' of truth on Wikipedia ( 1

EricTheGreen writes: The Chronicle of Higher Education details one scholar's attempt to perform a fact-based correction of a Wikipedia article on the Haymarket Riot ... and how his efforts are defeated by a editorial policy supporting what can apparently best be described as a "truth in numbers" policy, facts of the matter be damned. One particularly telling quote from a Wikipedia editor, cited in the article:

If all historians save one say that the sky was green in 1888, our policies require that we write 'Most historians write that the sky was green, but one says the sky was blue.'

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The 'Undue Weight' of truth on Wikipedia

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It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.