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Questions And Tea

Have you heard of the Great Wikipedia Hoaxes of 2008 and 2012?  They were deliberately instigated by Professor T. Mills Kelly of George Mason University as part of a class exercise.  It was a great experiment in information exchange and trust within communities.  (Go have a quick read.  I’ll wait.)

I’m a big fan of accuracy and am usually one of the first people in a group to check Snopes (which has issues of its own) and other resources.  Having been online since the early 90s, back when it was all text-based BBS boards and 56K baud modems – if you were lucky – I think my skepticism has had a chance to develop and expand over the years.  I’m not immune from falling prey to some whoppers, but am, perhaps, less likely than the average user.

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