Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cleaning Up Earthquake Wikipedia

I used to do extensive writing for Wikipedia, mainly on earthquakes, and geotechnical engineering. That was a few years ago. I left when I had some run-ins with the anal retentive types that dwell there. I hated them with a passion!

Now that I look once again at the articles, I find a lot of them have been dinged with a lack of citations. That's the problem with a lot of these subjects, there aren't that many quality citations, and perhaps some of them have evaporated. I find if you want to have a citation that lasts for years, you are pretty well confined to the USGS. The university sites depend on the local professor, and his current interests.

Now I'm going back to clean them up. I'll put in citations and remove the warning tags. Then somebody will get their knickers in a knot, and it starts all over again....

1 comment:

Harold Asmis said...

That is so PAINFUL! I realize I'm the reference on most of this stuff. It takes me a long time to find citations, and I don't think they are long-term.