Scientists have found some articles of “Wikipedia” can not be trusted

US scientists have proved that not all articles “Wikipedia” can be trusted. Ambiguous politically scientific themes were the least reliable. The study was published in the journal PLoS ONE.

The researchers analyzed how often since 2003. edit articles on such politically sensitive scientific subjects such as global warming, acid rain and evolution. The researchers counted the number of changes to the policy-neutral themes: the standard model of physics, heliocentrism, the general theory of relativity and the drift of continents.

“Article about global warming was corrected by an average of 2-3 times a day, and each time I was about 100 words. In an article on the standard model of physics Changes in the amount of 10 words were made just a few weeks. A large number of changes in the politically controversial topics does not allow experts to monitor the accuracy of the information and to correct it in a timely manner, “- say the study authors.

In order not to mislead users, scientists propose to celebrate special characters articles, which are often corrected.

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