Did you know?
- As of time of writing this, there are 5,752,699 articles on English Wikipedia;
- All content (including discussion and sandboxes) is public;
- There are numerous policies for editing, including “No angry mastodons” and “no curses”
- Wikipedia has a list of “deleted articles with freaky titles”
- There is a special tag for dinosaur images that are anatomically inaccurate!
Wikipedia is the best example of what the ‘wisdom of crowds’ can achieve
, although it is not without its detractors. To get an overview of the pros and cons, read the Wikipedia page about Wikipedia itself, and some of the pages linked to and from it. Wikipedia is often criticised as inaccurate or unreliable, but it is, in fact, one of the biggest sources of factual information online, and studies have shown that in many cases its accuracy compares favourably to other established online encyclopaedias. Even controversial Wikipedia articles can offer an excellent picture of the controversy itself via an article’s discussion page. Like any encyclopaedia, Wikipedia articles can be a great starting point for research.