Source Notes is a column by Stephen Harrison for Slate magazine covering internet knowledge and facts. Articles are updated here monthly.
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Why Wikipedia’s Medical Content is Superior
January 28, 2019
The reason is six degrees from Kevin Bacon.
Amazon’s Alexa Keeps Quoting Jeff Bezos to Me
February 15, 2019
An alarmingly deep dive into the shallow Daily Quotes skill from the Amazon Echo.
The Internet’s Dizzying Citogenesis Problem
March 7, 2019
Circular reporting is a real problem on platforms like Wikipedia—and it’s harder to solve than it looks.
The Notability Blues
March 26, 2019
The Wikipedia rule that makes it harder to create entries about lesser-known but important women from history.
When the Duty to Yelp Kicks In
April 15, 2019
Sometimes you have a moral obligation to review a business on Yelp or Google Reviews. Do it for the greater good.
The Battle to Save Katie Bouman’s Page from Deletion
April 16, 2019
Members of the Wikipedia community rapidly mobilized to rescue black hole scientist Katie Bouman’s page from deletion.