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By Go Phightins! and Kevin Rutherford

The month of May saw significant coverage concerning the reliability of Wikipedia's medical articles. A study entitled Wikipedia vs peer-reviewed medical literature for information about the 10 most costly medical conditions (available here on the National Institute for Health's website) concluded that nine out of the ten Wikipedia articles on the costliest medical conditions have factual errors. Wikipedia's medical editors vehemently disagree. MastCell wrote: "I don't doubt that we need to improve the accuracy of our medical articles, but I agree with James that this particular study is utterly meaningless and isn't worth the electrons it's printed on."

Other editors questioned the neutrality of the The Journal of the American Osteopathy Association, with one editor asserting they have a vested interest in "trashing" Wikipedia. The Guardian noted the study, and seemed to support its findings:

Regardless of its reliability, Men's Health reported that a majority of doctors use Wikipedia at least occasionally, and suggested the websites of the Center for Disease Control and the United States Department of Health and Human Services as alternative sources.

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Bad Wikipedia Pictures

Just looking at the gallery they had left a bad taste in my mouth. I know this site tries to find the best pictures under the Creative Commons licenses, but there has to be better images of these celebrities under said license besides the ones shown. GamerPro64 04:21, 8 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]

Hopefully this will convince said people to donate. It also a good indication that family people are well just people. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 05:19, 8 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]
Exactly: It's more-or-less activism. Adam Cuerden (talk) 09:20, 9 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]
you are dreaming doc. i can count on one hand the editors who take pictures of living people. most prefer to farm flickr and it shows; they are asleep in their dogmatic slumber; no amount of shaming will change minds. if you think there is an ocean of good CC images, go search google image, most don't have any license. i see there are 9879 image requests Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of people but they have started using grants to take pictures of EU parliament, maybe paid photography is the way forward. Duckduckstop (talk) 17:36, 9 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]

Made a change to this article

Noted that Above the Law has an article in Wikipedia. SYSS Mouse (talk) 16:51, 9 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]


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