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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:39 pm

knapplc wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:Wikipedia definition:
A website or similar online resource which allows Nazis to add and edit content collectively.


True story.



I'm a Nazi? 8-o


I did not know that! :-o :-o :-o


If you read more wiki you'd know that. :-b
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:39 pm

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Omaha Red Sox wrote:Wikipedia definition:
A website or similar online resource which allows Nazis to add and edit content collectively.


True story.


Aren't Nazi's extreme right wing?


That's what they want you to believe. :-B
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Postby 5 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:00 pm

Is this a joke?

Haven't noticed a "slant" one way or the other.
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Postby Coppermine » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:05 pm

5 wrote:Is this a joke?

Haven't noticed a "slant" one way or the other.


Wikipedia could theoretically have plenty of slant given that anyone can edit it, but it does have a fairly large team of professional editors checking things out. As for bias, generally articles in Wikipedia are "flagged" when the neutrality of the article is called into question. You can then go to a discussion board where members of the Wikipedia community discuss whether or not the article is insufficiently neutral for an encyclopedia.

But on Conservapedia, they have entries like this:

Conservapedia Entry on Kangaroos wrote:Under ORIGINS:

According to the origins theory model used by creation scientists, modern kangaroos, like all modern animals, originated in the Middle East and are the descendants of the two founding members of the modern kangaroo baramin that were taken aboard Noah's Ark prior to the Great Flood.

Also according to creation science theories, after the Flood, kangaroos bred from the Ark passengers migrated to Australia. There is debate whether this migration happened over land -- as Australia was still for a time connected to Europe by a land bridge similar to the one that connected Asia to America -- or if they rafted on mats of vegetation torn up by the receding flood waters. Another theory is that God simply generated kangaroos into existence there.

Other views on kangaroo origins include the belief of some Australian aborigines that kangaroos were sung into existence by their ancestors during the "Dreamtime" and the evolutionary view that kangaroos and the other marsupials evolved from a common marsupial ancestor which lived millions of years ago.


I bolded the sentence that you might actually find in a textbook; although that's the only mention of it.

The Wikipedia entry on Kangaroos talks about physical characteristics, various species, mating, and a Kangaroo Genome project to study the unusual genetic makeup of the kangaroo and it's isolation from the rest of the world.
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Postby shmolex » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:52 pm

haha, the entry on Charles Darwin is excellent, at least until they fix it.
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Postby knapplc » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:56 pm

shmolex wrote:haha, the entry on Charles Darwin is excellent, at least until they fix it.


Are you talking about the Conservapedia page? I read it. It's a crock. ;-7



This place REALLY needs a "rolling eyes" smiley. I'd use about 100 for their Darwin page.
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Postby shmolex » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:03 pm

knapplc wrote:
shmolex wrote:haha, the entry on Charles Darwin is excellent, at least until they fix it.


Are you talking about the Conservapedia page? I read it. It's a crock. ;-7



This place REALLY needs a "rolling eyes" smiley. I'd use about 100 for their Darwin page.


ah, it seems like they fixed it now. For awhile it read:

"charles darwin had more intelligence in his left toe than all of the contributors of this site combined"
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Postby knapplc » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:07 pm

shmolex wrote:
knapplc wrote:
shmolex wrote:haha, the entry on Charles Darwin is excellent, at least until they fix it.


Are you talking about the Conservapedia page? I read it. It's a crock. ;-7



This place REALLY needs a "rolling eyes" smiley. I'd use about 100 for their Darwin page.


ah, it seems like they fixed it now. For awhile it read:

"charles darwin had more intelligence in his left toe than all of the contributors of this site combined"


Did it specify which toe? I'm betting they have more intelligence than his pinky toe. But just barely. ;-) O:-)
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Postby Coppermine » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:19 pm

There's almost no information at all on Darwin, and the largest section discusses his religious beliefs. Nothing specific about his work on the Beagle or the Galapagos Islands, and the "Origin of the Species" was giving a half sentence mention.

Wow, they're touting this as the pro-Christian and pro-American encyclopedia for students, yet supply almost no facts.
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:19 pm

so is this just an appendage to the bible?
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