Monday, November 19, 2007

Low-Carb Page On Wikipedia In Dire Need Of Accurate And Updated Information

Today's society has so many more opportunities for information than at any other period of time in the history of the world. It totally boggles the mind to think how far the information technology has come since I was in high school less than two decades ago. But thanks to the Internet and all the advancements that have taken place online with the advent of MySpace, YouTube, Google, and the blogosphere, just about anything and everything you could ever want to know about something is right here on the World Wide Web.

Unfortunately, not everything you read on the Internet is completely accurate. GASP! I know, this comes as a shock to some of you, but it's true--there are lies and distortions everywhere online and you have to be discerning about what you believe by looking at the sources for what you read. I encourage people to do that with my blog and anything else you read. It's just smart to do that.

But not everyone checks behind the claims made on certain web sites, including the ever-popular online encyclopedia that has come under fire for inaccurate information known as Wikipedia. The first time I saw this web site, I was enthralled. TOO COOL! I wish they had this when I was doing research projects in high school and college!

However, I quickly discovered that not everything on Wikipedia is 100% accurate. Since ANYBODY can change the information on the site, controversial subjects can be addressed from one particular point of view to the exclusion of the other. In fact, I noticed my blog was listed as a source for the Atkins Nutritional Approach page at Wikipedia last year, but it has since been completely eliminated. This is one reason why I was happy to see the creation of an Atkinspedia for people to learn what this way of eating is REALLY all about.

Unfortunately, the "Low-Carbohydrate Diet" page on Wikipedia isn't much better. If you take a look at it, then you will realize it needs a LOT of work. Somebody or some group of people have just slapped together a whole lot of the propaganda against livin' la vida low-carb all in one place with very little evidence sources to back it up. In other words, it's in dire need of accurate and updated information.

With tens of millions of visitors to Wikipedia on a daily basis, it is imperative this information is kept up-to-date and accurate with all the latest findings. There's so much research that has come out just this year and yet this glaring omission from the "Medical Research Related To Low-Carbohydrate Diets" page is hard to miss. Wouldn't it be a shame if someone was doing some research on low-carb at Wikipedia and this is all they were exposed to?

That's where YOU can come in to help fix that error! Wikipedia lets ANYONE and EVERYONE edit the content. All you have to do is register which takes about 10 seconds to do (I did it today and provided my username, password, and verified the password). Join in on the effort to improve the "Low-Carb" page at Wikipedia and let's share with others who are looking for the RIGHT information to get started on their healthy low-carb lifestyle. And keep an eye on these pages so the new information is not removed by those who oppose livin' la vida low-carb.

With thousands of readers here at the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog, it wouldn't take long for Wikipedia to reflect more accurately what low-carb living is all about. Whaddyasay, are you up to helping with this? Lemme know!

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Blogger Nihiltres said...

It's great to see that some people can see past that Wikipedia currently needs work to that they can help clean up stuff they know about. It gets tiring to tell people {{Sofixit}} all the time, and hearing that you plan to improve the article is refreshing.

11/19/2007 10:03 PM  
Blogger Science4u1959 said...

Excellent initiative, Jimmy, but I fear the worst. I can tell you stories about scientists that tried to correct gross misinformation and misrepresentation of their own work in Wikipedia and ended up in a complete edit-war with all kinds of "admins" and other types that have absolutely no clue whatsoever of the scientific discipline in question, but nevertheless decided to "edit" the respective author(s) into oblivion.
I hope this initiative will fare better. I will do some editing myself and see what happens. But if there are some hardcore low-fatties or "experts" amongst these editors it's a lost cause, I am afraid.

11/21/2007 8:38 AM  

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