Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Judge cites Wikipedia page in decision

I know. It's crazy. In law school, we're taught to pay attention our citations and make sure that we're cited credible sources. Then a Appeals Court judge pens a decision and cites a transient page from Wikipedia as an authority. I have to wonder: is he just ignorant that anyone can alter Wikipedia pages on a whim or does he actually think the content on Wikipedia pages are authoritative?

The Register, a great source of news, published this article that alludes to the decision. Here's an excerpt:
Judge Rushing cites Wikipedia as a source, a mistake which earns students an 'F' grade today. He talks about the need to disregard economics and sociology in favor of a "memetic marketplace" - whatever that is - and allows himself some flights of technological rapture.
I agree with the sentiment but I disagree with the punishment. Any student who hands in a paper that cites a Wikipedia page as a source should get be severly penalized but I don't think it necessarily and absolutely warrants an "F".


At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Similarly there's a US case where a judge cites Ludacris in correcting a court reporter's mistake writing ho as 'hoe'. JTL

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The recent events regarding Microsoft paying bloggers to manipulate Wiki sites shows its unreliability. With so many databases available online, it is easy to cross-reference the material.

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