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What are your sources of information?

How do you de-clutter through the internet to find what you are looking for?
 

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browser bookmarks
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recommendation engines (google youtube)
 

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Wikipedia's always a good starting point
 

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Knowledge management is something I've been meaning to study. Finding sources of information that you trust are really important, and at the same time difficult, because you have navigate through biases. Further more, Wikipedia is a good place to start, but I feel like it damages your expectations.

Wikipedia is a site for everyone. When things get more granular/unique you will have to go to sources that are specialized, this could mean blogs from people who are in the thick of whatever you are looking to learn. Social media (like this forum) is also really good, especially forums/subreddits that are meant for specific things. I've found that on Twitter, there are vast networks of people in the same general area, all conversing about the topics they are invested in, and those with small followings are happy to answer direct questions. In these situations though I feel like you should have something to offer in return.

Really the only limit to good research is creativity.
 

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Thanks for inviting the FBI bucko. What do you mean 'other' networks? The epitome of scientific study is the peer reviewed journal, meaning many people had a chance to look at and validate the work. I'm saying that as long as the relevant people get to look at it, inquire, correct, denounce ect, it is safe to say that the given information has a good foundation. I don't see how any network would be more reliable than any other. In the end all information comes from other people, whether it's wikipeda (cited sources,) or twitter (many professionals chose not to be anonymous,) you're going have to vet the source and the information no matter which way you cut it.

Here, watch this series, it's good for your bones.
 

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How do you use recommendation engines to your benefit
You need to build your profile with the subject matter important to you. There are settings and data. After a while, your chosen profile should predict your activity and cluster data to your profile.
 

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I don't see how any network would be more reliable than any other. In the end all information comes from other people
so people are evenly distributed across all networks?, no statistics for if more reliable people use certain networks?
 

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Reliable? That is not a data point anybody determines, if you are gauging that you may aggregate data of common data points like age, income, and education. These are all very easy to look up for any one media platform. Reddit users are mostly young adults who have at least some college done, very few have not completed a high school degree, so it is safe to say that they would be more resourceful (on average.) Of course this is to hypothesize, your goal is to be as lazy as possible, you are going to have to vet the source, and the content of information everytime
 

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the only reliable source of information is raw data, or at least the original source of the information. everything else must be treated with the utmost suspicion

apropos wikipedia – I think it's interesting that people think of it as a source of knowledge. Even nominally it is only an encyclopedia, so by design it only gives you fluff information, the bare minimum at best. But even then – like half the time one tries to look up the references, it's some link to a webpage from 1997 which is long gone, or it links to some random statement in an online newspaper that got the info from some other unknown source etc etc.
 
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