Wikipedia can still be used as reference?

From ABC news http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=2928756&page=1

Wikiscandal

A Prominent Editor at the Popular Online Encyclopedia Is a Fraud

By RUSSELL GOLDMAN

March 6, 2007; Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, which allows anyone in the world to contribute and edit content, has found itself in the midst of another controversy, and its critics are not at all surprised. This latest scandal, at one of the Web's most viewed sites, involves a prominent editor who forged his credentials and faked having a doctorate.

The editor, known by the moniker Essjay, described himself on his user profile as “a tenured professor of theology at a private university in the eastern United States.” In reality, Ryan Jordan was a 24-year-old community college dropout from Kentucky who relied on sources like “Catholicism for Dummies” when correcting articles.

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Wikipedia prides itself on being an open-source encyclopedia that allows users to vet and edit content, but apparently no one vets its editors.

The encyclopedia also made headlines last month when the history department at Middlebury College announced that it had banned students from citing articles found on the Web site in academic papers.

Don Wyatt, chairman of Middlebury's history department, said he was not surprised to learn of the scandal at Wikipedia.

“The main reason we distrust it,” said professor Wyatt, “is that it's an open source. It's subject to too many hands in its editing and, as such, errors abound.”

“People like Jordan,” he said, “can create whole personas that are distortions and misrepresentations of who they really are. Hopefully, this sort of incident will lead to greater professionalization in terms of screening individuals.”

But according to Charles Matthews; a volunteer editor who estimates he has worked on some 100,000 articles; the lack of professionals is the site's greatest strength.

Speaking from London, Matthews said those volunteers who come to the site to edit and contribute are assumed to be acting “in good faith.”

“The success of Wikipedia,” he said, “disproves its critics. It grows in size at 1 percent a week and is the No. 10 Web site in the world.”

Matthews said he considers Jordan's deception “unfortunate but comprehensible” and that the use of handles and anonymous postings is par for the Internet. He said there was mixed reaction among users, with many feeling deceived but others willing to forgive an editor he described as “a good guy and hard worker.”

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And finally we see that Kalama Sutra always can be used, even in this case.

So This is an end? or just a new beginning?
Will see.

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