Katherine Maher on The Truth

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Wikipedia is about verifiable facts from reliable sources. For Wikipedia, arguing with "The Truth" is often not effective. Wikipedians don't argue "because it's true" but "because that's what's in this source".

It is painful and upsetting to see Katherine Maher so viciously and widely attacked on Twitter. Especially for a quote repeated out-of-context which restates one of the foundations of Wikipedia.

I have worked with Katherine. We were lucky to have her at Wikipedia, and NPR is lucky to have her now.

The quote - again, as said, taken out of the context that it stems from the way Wikipedia editors collaborate is: "Our reverence for the truth might be a distraction that's getting in the way of finding common ground and getting things done."

It is taken from this TED Talk by Katherine, which provides sufficient context for the quote.


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