If there is any non-commercial website that offers a wide range of information based on history, geography, science, technology, arts, biography, politics or information related to any information, it is definitely the WIKIPEDIA. Wikipedia is thus supposedly a synonym to ‘information’.
Wikipedia is a digital encyclopedia that was founded on 15th January 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, 15 years ago today. Currently, this online databank, regarded as the 6th most popular website in the world as of January 2016 houses more than 5 million articles in some 280 languages.
Despite the criticisms for the articles that it congregates being surfaced to a wide ‘openness’ (meaning anyone can edit the article), it is preferably, for many of us, the first site to encounter on our way to search for the information. On this account, I can vividly recollect a colleague of mine, who submitted an academic paper at the eleventh hour containing information directly replicated from the Wikipedia. By the time it was submitted, we would detect every paragraph ending with the word  or some reference numbers like , ,  etc. But quite interestingly, as far as I remember, these papers were never returned for resubmission. Let alone plagiarisms been highly rampant (though out of sheer ignorance) those times, we never got a lesson that the entries in the Wikipedia were unreliable and variable on the grounds that the articles don't include bylines or editors, and therefore facts are vulnerable to constant change on every edition.
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“Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject. So you know you are getting the best possible information” – Steve Carrell