A few days ago, Berci Meskó posted at ScienceRoll more of his advocacy for Wikipedia as a credible resource for medical information. Berci argues that if Wikipedia has increased external links and increased references, it must be seen as having increased credibility.
This isn’t this first time Berci made this fallacious argument, and it isn’t the first time I’ve been really annoyed by it.
It needs to be said again and I implore any healthcare bloggers (especially MedLib Bloggers) reading this to repeat it on their own blogs:
Having lots of references does NOT equal accuracy, credibility or authority.