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Tony Iacoviello
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On 2009-02-03 10:49, critter wrote:
I have yet to see a website that has 0 errors.
Then again, Wikipedia has a statistical accuracy comparable to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
So... Meh.


Says who?
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Interesting site. Looks like they have good evidence.
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On 2009-02-08 11:04, Tony Iacoviello wrote:
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On 2009-02-03 10:49, critter wrote:
I have yet to see a website that has 0 errors.
Then again, Wikipedia has a statistical accuracy comparable to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
So... Meh.

Says who?

I'm still a little leery about Wikipedia, but here are a couple sources for the accuracy statement comparing it to the Encyclopedia.

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2005-1......ki_x.htm

http://news.cnet.com/Study-Wikipedia-as-......332.html
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Thanks. There was an article about it in "The Inlander."
That is a local free newspaper here. It was an article about the internet and whether it makes people more dumber or more smarterer.
Interesting article.

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On 2009-02-11 12:03, lvwag801 wrote:
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On 2009-02-08 11:04, Tony Iacoviello wrote:
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On 2009-02-03 10:49, critter wrote:
I have yet to see a website that has 0 errors.
Then again, Wikipedia has a statistical accuracy comparable to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
So... Meh.

Says who?

I'm still a little leery about wikopedia, but here are a couple sources for the accuracy statement comparing it to the Encyclopedia.

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2005-1......ki_x.htm

http://news.cnet.com/Study-Wikipedia-as-......332.html
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Bill, whats the story you are referring to?
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A year later and Bill still hasn't spilled the beans!
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Maybe Bill's claim to said info was simply another urban legend.
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Pity. I would have liked to have heard what it was.
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Um...he mentioed it in his 3rd post
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On 2009-09-05 18:04, Bill Nuvo wrote:
Um...he mentioed it in his 3rd post


And yet I only count *two* posts by Mr. Palmer. 'Zup?
I am the fakir, you....
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It's right there in his third post
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On 2009-09-05 18:04, Bill Nuvo wrote:
Um...he mentioed it in his 3rd post


Hmmm, I don't see a "third post." However, Drew Manning has a post which appears to have a quote pertaining to it.

BTW, I remember a television show about game shows where the host of the Dating Game swore blind that this quote had never happened. Then, he says, they showed him the clip. Then they showed the clip on the show (with appropriate censorship). So sometimes "eyewitness testimony" isn't all it's cracked up to be.
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Look for the third post. It is right after the one about the kangaroo.
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On 2009-09-07 11:29, Bill Ligon wrote:
Look for the third post. It is right after the one about the kangaroo.


Didn't I see you at the last Snipe hunt?
I am the fakir, you....
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Ha! Yeah, I was the one left holding the bag!

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Yes, but can you do the call?


Posted: Sep 11, 2009 12:20am
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...Aw man! I wanted to find Fraiser doing the call from the episode of "Cheers." Apparently, nobody's ever saved that!
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My understanding is that Bill was kidnapped by a CIA appointed alien from Xerplftt that didn't want Bill to say anything derogatory about SNOPES. Bill did escape by giving the alien a packet of POPROCKS and then a PEPSI to wash it down. Sadly, for The Alien, his insides exploded. Bill was last seen on the grassy knoll telling Elvis that Michael Jackson was still alive (or maybe it was his ghost) and had been picked up while hitchhiking by Timothy McVey & Amelia Earhardt. Of course this still has to be substantiated by SCOPES before Bill will finally break his silence on this subject. Stay tuned.
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On 2009-09-07 11:29, Bill Ligon wrote:
Look for the third post. It is right after the one about the kangaroo.


See!
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I apologize. I let this one slip my mind.

http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/kissballs.asp

It took place on the Carson show.

The one with Bob Eubanks was another one that was claimed not to have happened.

Bill Nuvo was correct about the answer being in my third post.

Regarding Wikipedia -- They have been plagued with people who have no credentials or authority at all submitting articles, so much so that about 2 years ago, they deleted all of the articles submitted by one fellow who claimed to have better academic credentials than he actually had.

Also, I can tell you of one instance in which I am certain that Wikipedia has deliberately lied. This concerns the lack of a link to the cups and balls museum. They state that there is no link to the cups and balls museum because I objected to the magic exposures on Wikipedia. Although I do, and did, object to these exposures, the chief reason that I did not want a link from Wikipedia is that the server my museum was on at the time had some rather severe bandwidth limits. During one week of linkage to Wikipedia, my bandwidth limit was almost exceeded.

The truth is that after a very long battle with them, during which they maintained a link to the cups and balls museum, claiming it was a "public resource," * I finally discovered that their rules preclude linking to a password protected web site. After I password protected the site, my problem went away.

* Their claim that it is a public resource is completely contrary to fact. All of the photos and texts are copyrighted. I pay for the server space, the camera, the flash memory cards, the cups, the balls, the wands and everything else. I consulted an attorney about this, and he stated that I not only had a good case, he would handle it pro bono. But he added, "Your time is worth something. If you want to spend a lot of time going back and forth with them, you might want to find another solution." Password protection did the trick.
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http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/interne......osed.htm

there have been some complaints about the snipes team being big fat liberals.

I've noticed a slight lean to the left but nothing too outrageous.
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