On Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 02:37:20PM +0200, Wojciech Puchar wrote: > >So call me a sociopath, but times are a bit scary. I'd like to do the > >2000's equivalent of the 1960's bomb shelter, and have my very own > >snapshot in case of major local/regional internet disruption, etc. > > wikipedia is just a pile of junk. everyone can put in it, and > unfortunately do.
Meanwhile, in print encyclopedias, I see that with restricted writing access and strict editing processes there are typically systemic biases and subtler mistakes that are much easier to overlook -- and the mistakes not only persist until the next edition, but often exist for decades, whereas finding a mistake in Wikipedia is fixable within five minutes. > > in EVERY article i watched in area i have knowlege there were bugs. in > most - big nonsenses. The key is that an encyclopedia should never be the *end* of your research. It's basically just a place to look for key terms to research elsewhere, and to get a general overview of some common takes on various subjects. That's as true of Wikipedia as it is of any other encyclopedia. > > >snapshot on DVDs or disk as a fundraiser? I'd drop $300 for some sort > >of officially licenced copy, I suspect there are other freaks that > >would too... > > wget should do. select an option to limit downloads to wikipedia, but with > unlimited recursion, start from almost any place. Bad idea. Just get one of the periodic database dumps. Using recursive wget downloads is a good way to consume mass bandwidth and get your IP banned from accessing it. Please be aware of others' needs, and courteous in your treatment of those needs. -- Chad Perrin [ content licensed PDL: http://pdl.apotheon.org ] Friedrich Nietzche: "Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity."
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