Wikipedia Survives Research Test

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More attention being focuses on the credibility of Wikipedia:

The free online resource Wikipedia is about as accurate on science as the Encyclopedia Britannica, a study shows.

But reviewers also found many factual errors, omissions or misleading statements: 162 and 123 in Wikipedia and Britannica, respectively.


Public Participation

Anytime a service is free and open to public participation then you will abuses and factual errors.
It's interesting to note that more now than ever Wikipedia is coming under scrutiny and negative publicity. (Not to see the article above is negative).
Wikipedia offers a fantastic service where many academics and learned professionals give their time to create a resource that goes beyond the usual info sources.
Yes, it gets abused and there are errors and mistakes in what is provided to a topic at times. It is then up to the next person who knows this to be an error to remove it or correct it.
There is nothing one can do outside of shutting Wikipedia down or pass-wording it to members only to stop the abuses.

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