June 7, 2005
The Authority Debate: A Chronological Link List
Wikipedia Stress Tests
(See also note on Havalais, “The Isuzu Experiment,” in previous entry. It’s filed there instead of here to maintain chronological order.)
Felten, Edward W. “Wikipedia Quality Check.” Freedom to Tinker. 3 Sept. 2004. http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/index.php?p=674. 7 June 2005.
Felten reviews entries on subjects he knows well: his university, his town, himself, his research areas, and the Microsoft anti-trust case. The entries on Princeton University and Princeton township were accurate, and the entry on him had only an incorrect birth year. He also notes that the articles on his research areas (virtual memory and public-key cryptography) are remarkably accurate, thorough, and contain information that would not normally be found in a traditional encyclopedia. The entry on the Microsoft case was “riddled with errors.”
CmdrTaco. “Wikipedia != Authoritative?” Slashdot. 9 Sept. 2004. http://slashdot.org/articles/04/09/05/1339219.shtml?tid=146&tid=1. 7 June 2005.
Points to similar experiment conducted by Frozen North. Five errors were entered, and five days later they remained uncorrected.