A hoax article about a war that never happened stayed up on Wikipedia for five years.


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On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

 
The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit.

 
The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.
 

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs." --San Antonio Express-News

Why I don’t use Wikipedia: A hoax article about a war that never happened stayed up on Wikipedia for five years.

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3 comments

  • Patrick Ritchie

    Do you object to the idea of a crowdsourced encyclopedia?

    Or just using it as a discovery mechanism for new knowledge?

  • It isn’t so much that object to a crowd-sourced encyclopedia as I treat it with a great amount of skepticism. I have found Wikipedia, the most well known, to be exceedingly unreliable, especially in areas where there is political controversy.

    I also find it better to go to original sources for my information, which is another reason I do not trust Wikipedia. The rare times I have used it I have found that it provides no direct links to anything outside of Wikipedia itself. I would trust it more if the articles there instead included direct links to their sources.

  • Patrick Ritchie

    Perhaps I am just not skeptical enough, but I have found it to be a useful entry point when researching a new topic. The wikipedia articles usually provide plenty of links to original sources.

    I will admit that I don’t use it for current events or particularly controversial topics, mostly being focused on some new area of science or technology I’m interested in.

    This page on SpaceX is a good example:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX

    As of today (1/8/2013) it has 94 external sources cited, including the original COTS contract between SpaceX and NASA:

    http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/pdf/189228main_setc_nnj06ta26a.pdf

    If you’re really interested in what the Wiki article writers thoughts were you can also read the talk page:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:SpaceX

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