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Comment: Ads would make distrust Wikipedia? (Score 0) 317

by Blu Aardvark (#22721052) Attached to: Should Wikipedia Sell Advertising?
From the article: Ads would be "threatening to Wikipedia's neutrality," said Michael Bimmler, a 16-year-old high school student who has been a contributor for more than four years and is president of the foundation's Swiss chapter. Readers would be suspicious about articles if ads were near them, he said, and would wonder why certain articles were longer than others.

Let's examine the ramifications of this statement.

Ads would cause people to be suspicious about articles (in much the same way that people are suspicious of the New York Times)? Aight, aight. But the fact that the project is put together by people who haven't even completed their basic education isn't of concern? Michael Bimmler, quoted, would have been 12 when he first contributed to Wikipedia. And that doesn't cause people to distrust the site?

Mind blown. Humanity is fucked.

In any formula, constants (especially those obtained from handbooks) are to be treated as variables.

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