Mormonism and Wikipedia/Joseph Smith, Jr.
A FAIR Analysis of Wikipedia: An analysis of Wikipedia article "Joseph Smith"A work by a collaboration of authors (Link to Wikipedia article here)
|High Level Summary|
|Title||Wikipedia article "Joseph Smith"|
|Author(s)||Controlling editors COgden (primary), John Foxe (secondary)|
|Affiliation||LDS (COgden); Protestant (Foxe)|
|Accuracy||Excessive amounts of original research based upon synthesis of primary source material. Negative aspects emphasized, with positive aspects subdued, relegated to footnotes, or omitted.|
An analysis of Wikipedia article "Joseph Smith" Updated 9/3/2011
The following sub-articles analyze sections of the Wikipedia "Joseph Smith" article. We do not address the introductory section. The sections examined are the following:
- Early years (1805–1827) (Link)
- Founding a church (1827–30) (Link)
- Life in Ohio (1831–38) (Link)
- Life in Missouri (1838–39) (Link)
- Life in Nauvoo, Illinois (1839–44) (Link)
- Death (Link)
- Distinctive views and teachings (Link)
- Legacy (Link)
Articles on this subject
- For an overview on this subject, see
- Mormonism and Wikipedia: The Church History That "Anyone Can Edit", Roger Nicholson, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, Vol. 1, 2012. 151-190
- "Wiki Wars: In battle to define beliefs, Mormons and foes wage battle on Wikipedia", Michael De Groote, Deseret News, January 30, 2011.
- "Something Wiki This Way Comes: How collaborative editing is changing the face of online LDS apologetics", R. Scott Lloyd, Church News, August 8, 2011.
- Something Wiki This Way Comes: How Collaborative Editing is Changing the Face of Online LDS Apologetics. A close look at the challenges and history of editing LDS topics in a Wikipedia. This is a 2011 FAIR conference presentation by Roger Nicholson, in PDF format.
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Current review is based upon Wikipedia revision dated 9/17/2011. This article has undergone moderate improvements in its use of sources since our last review. The article still contains a substantial amount of original research based upon primary sources, with the intent to disprove the vision and highlight perceived discrepancies between vision accounts. Believing scholars are labeled "apologists" in an attempt to diminish their credibility. (Link)
- A FAIR Analysis of Wikipedia article "Joseph Smith"—
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- A FAIR Analysis of Wikipedia article "Three Witnesses"—
Current review is based upon Wikipedia revision dated 9/28/2011. This article has been constructed in such a way as to discredit the witnesses by emphasizing any perceived contradictions in their various statements regarding their encounter with the gold plates. (Link)
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