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A step forward for humanity.

  • Dec 24, 2008
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Ever heard the expression "curiosity killed the cat?" Well, I'll probably die from some cocktail of starting at the computer monitor and severe carpal tunnel because I'm literally on Wikipedia all day quenching my thirst for knowledge about anything. Wikipedia is one of the best things to happen to man kind, in my opinion, since the invention of movable type and the printing press. It makes quality information available to the masses that is free of charge and easy to access.

Before, knowledge was concentrated in the hands of a few who published encyclopediae. When the internet was invented, subject-based websites began publishing information that was relevant to themselves (like volcanoes.com, for example). However, Wikipedia is the first mainstream website that allows anyone to add information that is of note, anyone to edit that information, and anyone to access that information. It is a step forward in making information about anything available to anyone.

The idea behind Wikipedia, it can be argued, is liberation: the liberation of information to the people, and the liberation of people to access information. In any case, when people are more knowledgeable of a topic, they can make more informed decisions. Now that Wikipedia is regarded as a full-scale encyclopedia with quality articles on most topics, the only issue is getting Internet access to everyone.

I truly believe Wikipedia will change our world for the better, one article at a time.

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March 04, 2009
Yeah, one time I wrote an article on the Sutter Bypass, a passive overflow channel for floodwaters from the Sacramento Valley and they said they don't support pages for specific musical groups or bands. Okay?
March 04, 2009
My beef with Wikipedia is that they deleted the DJ Rossstar Wiki page like five times because it read too much like a press release. SORRY I've actually done stuff with my life!!
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review by . December 22, 2010
Unity in diversity
Wikipedia is not merely a virtual encyclopedia, nor is it merely a free website for all. It is a dream, a human effort (by thousands if not millions of people) and a "temple for the mind" (as written by its founder Jimmy Wales). Wikipedia is "a dream, a humanitarian project" and a way to greatness for many of the people in the under-developed to the developed world.      While in many online sites, the gather of the minds have been capitalized by the few, …
Quick Tip by . October 29, 2011
This is one of the greatest websites in the world! Gives very informative and sometimes hilariously worded articles on virtually every subject on the planet. But I love to go in and fall down the "Wikipedia Black Hole:" That's when you go in intending to get some information on a particular subject, but while reading up on it, one of the links in the article catches your eye and you have to click on it and read that too! Then in THAT article, you click another interesting-looking link, and it keeps …
review by . March 08, 2010
One of the most ambitious projects in the history of mankind.
Over the centuries men have dreamed of a day when the sum of all human knowledge could be compiled in just one place.  Until a mere decade ago this concept while quite admirable seemed utterly preposterous.  But at the dawn of a new millenium new technologies were emerging and all of a sudden the idea was not so crazy.  Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger understood this perhaps better than anyone.  In March of 2000 they launched an online encyclopedia …
Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
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A website where you can find information on any and everything.
Quick Tip by . September 22, 2010
If the internet is an online encyclopedia, this is the Internet's encyclopedia and will be, what I believe the new standard for many websites.
Quick Tip by . June 07, 2010
Other than not being able to cite it in papers (haha), it's extremely useful!
review by . September 02, 2009
Let me ask you a question... when was Alexander Hamilton born?  How long did he live?  How about giving the big details of his life?  A great deal of us will pick up a book or do a google search on Alexander Hamilton to figure out these answer.  But an even greater deal of us will turn to Wikipedia for all of this information.  In fact, if you are the type that will turn to google immediately, the first result will link you to Wikipedia (when trying to search on google I …
Quick Tip by . April 14, 2010
I owe part of my college diploma to Wikipedia. Its a great resource for a quick refresh before a test.
Quick Tip by . March 06, 2010
The best idea ever! A combine effort of anyone & everyone. An excellent free guide we all have access to. Donate your time, if not, your $$$
review by . March 10, 2009
Did you know that there are, in fact, three forms of plural for "octopus?" They are: octopuses, octopi, and octopodes. Thank you, Wikipedia.     The online encyclopedia revolutionized the idea of "free knowledge" being readily available on the Internet. It also started a huge trend of wikis, some good and some bad. I don't think a day goes by where I don't look up something on Wikipedia.     Of course, this is a user-driven community and can only be as good …
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Wikipedia.com, commonly referred to as simply Wikipedia, is a free, online encyclopedia project launched in January 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. The word Wikipedia is a portmanteau of "wiki" (a term for online collaboration websites) and "encyclopedia."

The website allows anyone to view any article, while registered users may edit, add, or delete information as they please. However, despite being open to editing by virtually any registered user, a panel of administrators constantly fact-checks submissions, and more and more, citations are required for new articles.

As of late 2008, there were over 11 million articles on Wikipedia, of which 2.6 were in English. The website is available in many languages, from Farsi to French to Friulian.
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