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Lost knowledge – Wikipedia

Posted in Wikipedia on June 7, 2013 by Sirusdark

Wikipedia multilingual system causes important loss of knowledge. Here are my findings.

That loss of knowledge arises from unique articles being created in different languages instead of being merged and translated.

 

Language

Wikipedia articles are available in many languages. That’s great. Problem is: they are NOT the same; it a common misconception to think that because you can “choose” a language for an article that it’s a “translation”. Articles in different language ARE different articles.

This means that some information contained in an article in a certain language WILL be missing in another and vice-versa. In my opinion, that’s a major problem and should raise a red flag worldwide.

 

Example 1

So, I ain’t clear enough and public demands proof. Alright, let’s take a look at the article on AIRPLANE in English then in French. Don’t even bother reading: just look.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airplanes
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avion

The content is different, the length is not even close to the same, the media (pictures) are not the same, etc.

 

Example 2

Let’s take this TV show I saw at my friend’s place. I didn’t know much about it so I looked it up on Wikipedia. My friend also looked it up and wanted to read it in French… We landed on two different articles: I landed on the main character’s article, he landed on the show’s article. There’s no French article for the TV show article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xena

 

Conclusion

If Wikipedia articles could be created based on a merge & translate system, we’d have a much more complete and more accurate free encyclopedia. That’s just one possible solution.

Now, I just hope I’m not the only one who’s worried about that problem…

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

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