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Unfair argumentation methods XI: Use Wikipedia’s guidelines to better your own argumentation

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Earlier today, I answered a comment with a reference to Wikipedia’s NPOV guidelinew. As subsequently struck me, a generalized version of this reference can be a valuable help for anyone who wants to better his own argumentation.

Wikipedia has a plenitude of information and guidelines on how to argue and how to not. While I personally do not agree with all of these guidelines (and many do not apply to anything but Wikipedia, in the first place), I feel that reading and comprehending them can be immensely beneficial to gaining an understanding of the principles of fair and unbiased argumentation.

My advice: Use the linked page as a starting point to explore Wikipedia’s take on the issue.

(Further valuable information can be found by reading up on various fallacies and similar, e.g. on Wikipediaw.)

Written by michaeleriksson

July 21, 2010 at 5:29 am

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  1. I do not like to look up information from Wikipedia, because I get the wrong info about my town


    July 25, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    • Ah, but the beauty of Wikipedia is that anyone can correct the errors they find—in fact, they are encouraged to.

      Besides, different pages have different authors, and one bad page does not ruin the encyclopedia. Give it another chance: You may like it better the second time around.


      July 25, 2010 at 6:00 pm

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