Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Can you trust Wikipedia?

None of the contributors to this Guardian Article, Can you trust Wikipedia? seem to get that Wikipedia’s merit is that a person like them, with the knowledge, can edit the thing, contirbuting in some small way to the repair of the encyclopedia. It’s not just currently a draft version, but it is conceivably a continually improvable version, of the encyclopedia.

Of course, it would be nice if Wikipedia could afford to pay experts to spend a year going through all subjects in their speciality, but even as it is now, it’s a pretty good starting point for background information on most topics. And after all, it’s not like encyclopedias get written in a few short years, especially not ones where all the work is done by volunteers. What’s astounding is how good the thing is given its sourcing. And it will only get better.

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