The Instigator
LR4N6FTW4EVA
Pro (for)
Winning
45 Points
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Im_always_right
Con (against)
Losing
27 Points

Wikipedia is an acceptable source to use in debates.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/28/2008 Category: Society
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 3,367 times Debate No: 4822
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LR4N6FTW4EVA

Pro

Wikipedia is often not allowed as a source in a debate. People say "Oh, anyone can change it, they can make it say anything." While this is partially true, one forgets that unless something on Wikipedia has a source, it can be challenged and removed.

Also, I would like to point out that Wikipedia has been found to be about as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica http://news.bbc.co.uk...

The Encyclopedia Britannica is considered reliable and is by no means taboo, but for some reason, Wikipedia is not given its just desserts.

This debate does not require a lot of words, so I'll rest my case here, I await my opponent's response.
Im_always_right

Con

http://en.wikipedia.org...

Clearly whatv I have put temperarily (sunny funny brother day), is not the deffinition of yellow.

Thus you must vote con.

I await my opponents defence.

Also you do not need a resource.
Debate Round No. 1
LR4N6FTW4EVA

Pro

The page that my opponent put up has already gone away, and the definition of yellow is back now. Seeing as my opponent's page didn't even last three hours, the chances of someone running into this false statement is highly unlikely. Also, we could see clearly that "sunny funny brother day" was not a right answer, and we wouldn't have posted it as a source.

Furthermore, my opponent has dropped all of my points, ergo I win.
Im_always_right

Con

I was able to repost it....anyone can, at anytime, with no resorces. Thus it is unreliable, BECAUSE the deffinitions can change at anytime. Thus I win.

Thank you ladies and gentlemen, a clear vote for con.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by Im_always_right 9 years ago
Im_always_right
I am guessing lately he is.....

I think i will do the same experement...
Posted by Harlan 9 years ago
Harlan
Do you just comment for the sake of commenting or something?
Posted by Rezzealaux 9 years ago
Rezzealaux
Airbus A380. Mmmhmmmmmm......

Sexae.
Posted by Harlan 9 years ago
Harlan
I did a test once. On the wikipedia page for the airus A-380 (not a particularly popular page, presumably) about half-way through the article, seperated from the rest of the text, I wrote "this is a test- if you are reading this immediately delete this sentance."

According to the wikipedia history it took 15 minutes, if I remember correctly.
Posted by Im_always_right 9 years ago
Im_always_right
I do not really believe it is wrong to use, I believe I said that earlier...no sure and to lazy to check. Just arguing for the sake of arguement :P well that's a bored teenage girl for you, just find a website and argue with the people on it ;), but there are certainly better places to get information. Yahoo answers (answers.yahoo.com) tend to be semi-relible, but not really a source. the same COULD be said about wikipedia. I do not go for an answer on yahoo answers without there being a link, and the site looking pretty on topic and reliable. Which the same again could be used for wikipedia, so if there needs to be proof to accept it then it can't be the source, just a faster way to find the information, which you need to lookk up before accepting as true.
Posted by Puck 9 years ago
Puck
I have no issue using wiki for some generic purposes (i.e. definition clarification), however as a "source" for an argument of debates I would prefer it not to be used. If I deemed a debate topic required more formal evidence, I would request it of my opposite. Likewise I would challenge an opponent who used it, where I would deem, unfittingly.
Posted by gahbage 9 years ago
gahbage
Because Wikipedia is a much faster way to find the answers, and once you find them, you know the sources are official. For example, if I wanted to know what the color yellow was, if i search yellow on Google what are the chances of finding a reliable source quickly? Or I could just Wikipedia it.
Posted by left_wing_mormon 9 years ago
left_wing_mormon
But if something is sourced on Wikipedia (and that is to say it is not taken out of context) then why not rely on the source itself? Why use Wiki as your source. I say still to this day that Wiki is not only unreliable but it is also unprofessional, espically in this setting where "civilized debates" are taking place.
Posted by olivertheexpando 9 years ago
olivertheexpando
this is the worst debated round ever its like i win no i do so i have to go neg just based on the fact that i used it and one fact was wrong and i got a 53 so this is the worst debate round ever no evidence to back up the pro claims or neg claims no answers to anyones claims i would rather watch fox news to find out why Barack Obama is a good pick for president
Posted by Im_always_right 9 years ago
Im_always_right
lol...there aren't alot of shows that i like very much...the onl ones I like are pretty dumb, and IDK Y I like them... such as Family guy, SP, (well George Lopez is good)
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