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Topic - Common sources and their acceptability

EZ on 18 May 2012
In line with the other thread about internet forums that I just started, I'm wondering what constitutes a sound and acceptable source for data, opinions and ideas or news.

I'm sure we all know that this forum denigrates the use of the Daily Mail as a source but why? Why is Wikipedia acknowledged as reasonable but with suspicion as a caveat. Is government always a legitimate source? I mean what about sexed up dossiers. Government doesn't always tell the truth (hopefully this is sufficiently accepted as to be a reasonable example to illustrate my point without the need to pick that particular example to pieces).

I'm wondering then, for the purposes of internet forum based discourse what sources would you trust and why and what sources are completely unacceptable and why?
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