QUOTE(A Horse With No Name @ Sun 8th November 2009, 10:46pm)
QUOTE(Somey @ Sun 8th November 2009, 4:53pm)
QUOTE(A Horse With No Name @ Sun 8th November 2009, 2:58pm)
Wikipedia might be a reflection of the so-called "dumbing down" of society, but I have not seen any evidence that reference publishing has lost one cent due its presence.
Other than the fact that smaller and less-successful entities have gone out of business in recent years? It may be that the survivors of the shakeout caused by WP (such as Britannica) are aided by that too, but ultimately they're in the same sort of trouble as the others. Moreover, it's not so much the traditional-reference-work publishers themselves that we should be concerned about, but rather the professional editors who staff them. The publishing companies will do whatever they can to keep their profit margins intact as long as they can survive, and that usually means layoffs, pay reductions, and a variety of other cost-cutting measures that would reduce bottom-line impact, almost up to the point of complete dissolution.
The book publishing industry (at least in the US) has been a mess for years. The Internet has not helped, of course, but many of the problems facing the publishers have been self-induced and were in place long before WP showed up.
: well its across america, clearly goin to the dogs!
WIKIPEDIA IS WHERE POWERFUL RULE ONLY WITH BS EXCUSES!@
QUOTE(Moulton @ Sun 8th November 2009, 3:16pm)
QUOTE(Jon Awbrey @ Sat 7th November 2009, 5:12pm)
Wikipedia is such a corrupting influence on so many educational, ethical, and scholarly fronts that any contribution to it does nothing but lend aid and comfort to an enemy of education, ethics, and scholarship.
I am happy and delighted to at long last find a remark from Jon that I can enthusiastically endorse, highlight, and whole-heartedly agree with.
QUOTE(thekohser @ Sat 7th November 2009, 6:03pm)
"Facing personal attacks" is often something one endures when you have anti-social (sociopathic?) tendencies yourself.
There is a gray area between constructive criticism and pejorative remarks about a person's character. It takes a fair amount of maturity to improve one's labors with the help of constructive criticism while soldiering on in the face of taunts, jibes, and similar forms of narcissistic wounding.
<b><I>Wikipedia is such a corrupting influence on so many educational, ethical, and scholarly fronts that any contribution to it does nothing but lend aid and comfort to an enemy of education, ethics, and scholarship, BASIC INTELLIGENCE.
ONLY GOOD ABOUT WIKIPEDIAREVIEW IS WHEN POSTING WIKIPEDOS CANT DELETE LOL, LET EM CHOKE!