Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Wikipedia

I'’m sure many people have heard of Wikipedia by now. It'’s the free online encyclopedia that has exploded in popularity - recently surpassing one million articles with versions in over 200 languages. It'’s the number one reference site on the internet.

But the most amazing thing about Wikipedia is that the founder, Jimmy Wales, doesn't have to do a thing. Seriously. Absolutely nothing at all. The site's users write and edit all the articles and the backend software is all open-source. It's the holy grail of laziness: getting other people to volunteer to do your work for no reward - all under the pretense that it's for the greater good. Interesting ... sounds an awful like Communism veiled as an internet reference site. Very sneaky. Lazy Commie bastards.

In a related story, the entire executive board of Encyclopedia Britannica has committed suicide.

5 Comments:

At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Chanakin said...

it's a good thing I still have my copy of Encarta 94.

 
At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Hermosa Beach Drunks said...

There was a recent study cited in The Atlantic Monthly (March 2006) that compared the accuracy of Wikipedia to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Both had mistatements and inaccuracies. Wikipedia was only slightly less accurate. This is why the editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica are jumping out of windows.

 
At 8:01 PM, Blogger odderie said...

My friend is a TA, and someone turned in a paper that cited SOLELY from Wiki.

Another sign the end of the world is near.

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger Cibbuano said...

You mean Jimmy Wales now has the time to give free breast exams?

 
At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't personally know jimmy wales, but i'm guessing his philosophy is "information should be free". that's completely stupid of course cuz nothing is free in this world. no one is as idealistic as to give out "free information" or "free anything". why would anyone help another person out without some reward?

 

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