Saturday, 22 May 2010
What is Wikipedia? Well, according to Wikipedia, Wikipedia is "a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its 15 million articles (over 3.2 million in English) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site."
Wikipedia's one of those sites that appeared out of nowhere to become one of the most popular places on the Intyplop. According to Alexa, it's no. 6 in the top 10 of sites that people go to rather a lot, really.
The brilliance of Wikipedia lies in its collaborative nature. As they themselves say, if you can access the site, you can edit the material. This can also be a bit of a pain for the trusty band of people (let's call them Wikheads) who devote their leisure time to maintaining all those articles.
I found this out the other day when looking at a Wikipedia entry on John Goodman. It had been 'vandalised':
Juvenile, yes. But I went for a wander and found a few more. They are silly.
(Jump in the playpen...)