Change. It’s inevitable, right? So it should come as no surprise that even the web giant Wikipedia has had to make some changes to its operating procedures. The following NYT article describes new editorial policies being put into effect at Wikimedia aimed at increasing the accuracy of content on the site.
What sticks out to this librarian is the fact that Wikipedia is trending back towards an editorial model similar to traditional print publications like magazines, newspapers, and academic journals in which established authorities act as editors and review content for accuracy. As the popularity of the site continues to skyrocket, there becomes even greater need to ensure the accuracy of the information contained on the site. While the “Hive” can be very informed, it can also be very easily mislead.
Methinks this is a good reminder to scrutinize your sources! Don’t just take what you read for granted. Search for similar materials (look at those list of references!) and look for congruence or deviation between the results. And if the materials expands beyond your expertise, consult with another expert (Ahem! Wink,wink, nudge, nudge —> your instructor or a librarian!)