Another fact to consider is that both doctors and patients have been
obtaining most of their medical information from Wikipedia for years:

Christophe, does the Board agree that the Foundation should study bias
in the wikipedias' economics articles and its impact on society?

On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 8:01 AM, James Salsman <> wrote:
> Chris,
> This paper suggests that Wikipedia has become more influential than a large
> proportion of the peer reviewed literature:
> On a related note, I tried to reply off-list to the Foundation official who
> recently claimed that my assertion that systemic bias in the English
> Wikipedia's economics articles has deleterious real-world implications was,
> "framed with a leading question," and "filled with a good deal of
> speculation," by asking what she thought of the evidence I presented on how
> the "Fair Tax" article and the other Mises-influenced walled garden articles
> had been successfully gamed into appearing first in the automatically
> generated set of "related articles" on articles with an opposite economic
> perspective, such as "Making Work Pay tax credit," but there was no reply.
> Do you think this topic is something that the Foundation should study? I've
> asked the Chair of the Board of Trustees to do so, but there hasn't been a
> reply to that either.
> Best regards,
> Jim
> On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:57 PM Chris Keating <>
> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> For a while now I've been thinking about different ways to define and
>> measure the Wikimedia movement's impact. This started for me with various
>> conversations about different iterations of the WMF's Global Metrics and
>> different rounds of FDC bids, but it turns out to be wider than that.
>> This is a big and thorny topic and one where we seem to have come up with
>> a
>> lot of implicit answers without spending much time thinking about in any
>> detail, so I've written up my thoughts as a meta-essay here:
>> I'd be really interested to hear other peoples' views!
>> Chris
>> (User:The Land)

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