[Taxacom] "Why would you waste your time editing Wikipedia?"
una.smith at att.net
Sat Sep 20 00:20:42 CDT 2008
I agree with Doug. Building link density internally and externally is
a lot of work. BTDT. If *one* excellent page exists on the web, it
might be found by Wikipedia editors and linked. But what about when
there are a lot of excellent (or just good) pages? The choice becomes
pick one above the others or pick none, and the trend I see emerging
is to pick none.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that Wikipedia allows no
original research. Thus, personal observations of specimens cannot
inform a Wikipedia article directly; there must be a published
reliable source. That is not to say your expertise is not valuable,
but expertise in field or herbarium does not trump looking things
up in a library.
New Mexico (very oldtimer on this list)
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