Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Check and double check, all at Answers.com

We’ve all heard the cautionary tales that Wikipedia isn’t as accurate as some would have you believe. Scores of people abuse the openness of the system to insert their bias, promote false claims or just exact revenge.

Tom Taulli, a Wikipedia user, understands these pitfalls, and offers a solution: check your results against Answers.com. In a blog post called “Wikipedia’s false promise,” Taulli states:

“I always double-check things. For example, a good source for this is Answers.com, which licenses its content from well-established content sources.”

Let’s just chalk this up to better late than never: NYMag just picked up on the fact that the NYTimes website has AnswerTips capability. The author, Tayt Harlin, crows about the simplicity of the feature, but can’t understand why more people don’t know about this service (we don’t either). Must be why this was filed under the headline, “Point, Click and Tell No One.”

Did you know that March is Caffeine Awareness Month? Unfortunately, it is not an event Starbucks will be celebrating. It’s more of a crusade to raise awareness against the dangers of everyone’s favorite morning upper. Gary Puleo protested by touting some of the benefits of caffeine: it’s been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cell damage in some studies, and contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t cause high blood pressure. One thing that caffeine can’t do: cure a hangover. That tip came courtesy of Answers.com.

Need to decode some geek speak? Figure out just exactly what is comfort food? Why you’re being charged VAT? Or whether your second cousin is technically your third cousin? One place gets journalists the answers to these questions and more … Answers.com.