To provide an appropriate answer to this foundational question regarding Wikipedia an assessor must take into consideration the primary traits of reliability. Therefore, as previously stated in Wikipedia: An assessment from a user’s perspective – part 1 as well as documented in IT Auditing: Assuring Information Assets Protection, minimally, information contained within technology can be considered reliable when completeness, accuracy and validity attributes are independently verifiable as well as user neutral. In other words, information reliability requires representational faithfulness to ensure assertions and supporting purported events are in agreement.
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