Neoseeker : News : MSN Encarta to be discontinued
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Guest Mar 31, 09
In other words: "Wikipedia kicked our butt."

I for one will miss Encarta, but come on Microsoft. Is it really that hard to admit it?
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Guest Mar 31, 09
What's going to happen to their content? Filed away in a drawer somewhere?
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kspiess Mar 31, 09
I wonder if you can even buy Encyclopedia Britannica paper encyclopedia sets anymore. They must be incredibly expensive.
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Guest Mar 31, 09
one word: wikipedia
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Guest Mar 31, 09
I am sure there is already a Wikipedia entry --MSN Encarta to be discontinued
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Guest Mar 31, 09
I'm an undergrad in Silicon Valley. As a matter of fact I'm studying Computer Engineering (some old people used to call it CSEE.)

At our school we are absolutely not allowed to use Wikipedia as a source for anything. Don't get me wrong; I do use it; but, it can't be cited as a source for any papers.

The reason for this restriction is that the information in there is not guaranteed to be correct; and can easily be edited by someone with malicious intent. So, even if a Wiki topic was verified correct at one time, it does not mean it is now.

In short Wikipedia is not a trusted source. To borrow a law analogy; It can be treated as "circumstantial evidence" only.
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Yorkieboy Mar 31, 09
Wikipedia isn't allowed to be used for research at my school.
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Hellfire29 Mar 31, 09
Nor mine, but you can go on it and look at the references as I did for one of my essays.
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vicrabb Apr 1, 09
Same for my university, it's not allowed to cite as a source in papers. You can use it early in your research but you can't cite it. Even Neo isn't using Wikipedia as a source .
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Bill Gates03 Apr 1, 09
I don't understand why they need to take down the website though? Leave some servers up, not a big deal.
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