Tue 7th August 2007, 12:52pm
Sorry, I keep forgetting that in countries outside of Australia assignments tend to be a lot easier.
Um, let's think of a US equivalent...
Beginner level (age 10-12):
Find a Wikipedia article on a topic you are interested in. Change one thing that you think is incorrect. See if it stays changed. Add in one deliberately incorrect piece of information. See what happens when you try to add something that is wrong. Now tell me why you think that Wikipedia is unreliable.
Advanced level (age 13-16):
Find a big and well used Wikipedia article on a topic you are interested in (min 6 months old, 200 words, 20 unique editors). Research the topic. Look at other editors to see what kind of point of view they are exhibiting. Is it possible to be truly neutral?
Expert level (age 17+, university):
Research any one major controversial article on Wikipedia (min 6 months old, 200 words, 20 unique editors, 5 unique opinions on the topic). Research the topic. Which of the points of view is predominantly represented in the article? Are all points of view represented? Analyse the article and separate which points of view are represented in each piece. Are these points of view attributable by any individual editors? What can you say about the points of view of the editors who are writing it?
Research any major controversy that has criticised the quality of Wikipedia as a research tool. Is this controversy covered on Wikipedia? Does Wikipedia cover the topic as well as other sources? Was the criticism covered by the controversy dealt with by Wikipedia? Do you think that the same controversy can happen again?
Again, apologies if my questions seemed to be too hard