For some time now I have, against my better judgement, been quoting Wikipedia as a source of information. Not in a *and here's the proof* kind of way; more a *these are the basic facts*. It's a lazy way of doing research, I know.
All the same I get annoyed when people dismiss an argument because the source is Wiki. It's an equally easy and lazy way of dismissing an argument by *discrediting* a source without bothering with the argument.
The problem is that Wikipedia is Truth by Concensus. Groupthink is *Truth* by Concensus and often results in very poor outcomes.
Is Wiki just sophisticated groupthink (with pretend experts on board) and - if so - can using it as a source ever be justified?