Saturday, August 1, 2009


Someone recently reminded me of something I already knew, which is that WikiPedia is a collaborative Open Source Project for information. I wish to be the first to say that I was skeptical about them from the beginning. Wikipedia is the first place I go for facts because of one principle. They do have people who volunteer information but all of the information is reviewed both by the site administrators and the authors. One can be a WikiPedia Author just for signing up, but their Terms of Service are really strict and if you are caught providing false information or opinions that are nonresearchable, they will remove your content and send you an email explaining why they deleted your content and gently reminding you if you do this a few times instead of this once, they are ready to revoke your authority to be an author with no way to sign in. I watch when a NEWS story comes on the regular news and can pretty much figure after all the editing is over, which it really never is, that they have more of an accurate story than most mainstream media. But usually within two days to a week they have an article that can be relied on and if anyone thinks it is incorrect, erroneous, or slighted they can vote to have it removed.

There whole list of what WikiPedia is and is not is here:
Wikipedia policy
Global principles
What Wikipedia is not
Ignore all rules
Content standards
Neutral point of view
No original research
Contents [hide]
1 Style and format
1.1 Wikipedia is not a paper encyclopedia
2 Content
2.1 Wikipedia is not a dictionary
2.2 Wikipedia is not a publisher of original thought
2.3 Wikipedia is not a soapbox
2.4 Wikipedia is not a mirror or a repository of links, images, or media files
2.5 Wikipedia is not a blog, webspace provider, social networking, or memorial site
2.6 Wikipedia is not a directory
2.7 Wikipedia is not a manual, guidebook, textbook, or scientific journal
2.8 Wikipedia is not a crystal ball
2.9 Wikipedia is not an indiscriminate collection of information
2.10 Wikipedia is not censored
3 Community
3.1 Wikipedia is not a democracy
3.2 Wikipedia is not a bureaucracy
3.3 Wikipedia is not a battleground
3.4 Wikipedia is not an anarchy
3.5 Wikipedia is not your web host
4 And finally...
5 When you wonder what to do
6 See also
7 Notes
8 Similar official policies on sister projects

Biographies of living persons
Naming conventions
Working with others
No personal attacks
No legal threats
Dispute resolution
List of policies
List of guidelines
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, an online community of people interested in building a high-quality encyclopedia in a spirit of mutual respect. Therefore, there are certain things that Wikipedia is not.