Credibility Week 4.

Q1. This reading outlines ‘Credibility and The World Wide Web’ (Fogg,2013), he discusses why it is so important to evaluate the credibility of your resource. Fogg discusses trustworthiness and expertise as these two components create the credibility you are looking for when researching for resources. Expertise is necessary in the credibility of a site, this is because you need to know and be thorough in what field of knowledge you are writing about before you can make assumptions for yourself into that specific topic. This is why people turn to resources because they need to understand a certain topic of discussion before actually making their own assumptions. When you have a website that has a lot of credible experts that are known for being thoroughly knowledgeable in this topic, the website automatically becomes more credible and gains your trust as a user. When you look at a website and it has all these funny pictures and weird pop up bars you are more likely to give one look to it and the close the tab. This is why trust is so key in defining your credibility in a website, if your website doesn’t look credible but has a capability to deliver good expertise knowledge you are loosing users because of how untrustworthy your site is. Your site needs to look respectable and smart for people to trust its credibility otherwise your site will hold no credibility.

Q2. Wikipedia is a great source for good solid information but it isn’t a credible source for academic writing. This is essentially because anyone can go onto Wikipedia and edited to the information of their choosing, you can’t rely on this source because you don’t know how to back the information you have found because it is hard to trace from so many different people. Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia) also stated that people should not cite Wikipedia. When the founder of the site itself doesn’t even consider the site a reputable place of information then the credibility is automatically lowered how can you trust a site when the founder doesn’t even consider it a credible site for information. When you open up Wikipedia it can be deceiving because it looks like a very ‘smart’ and reputable site that holds good resourceful information, which is where people can be confused because if a site looks credible isn’t it automatically credible? This is why you need to do thorough research into your said topic and not just use one website such as Wikipedia. When a sites credibility is so often questioned it becomes harder to hold it to a high credible standard if so many people are doubting its credibility this is why it isn’t used a academic source.


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