Wired has a nice article up about Wikipedia, a sort of user-contributed encyclopedia.  If you haven’t ever checked Wikipedia out, you need to do so.  It’s simply amazing what’s covered—the number of articles puts Encyclopedia Britannica to shame.

Wired’s article goes over some of the history and motivation behind the project.  It also touches on the fact that many authority figures (“authority” as in knowledgeable, rather than powerful) have problems with Wikipedia precisely because of it’s open, anyone-can-contribute model rather than having articles written and fact-checked by known knowledgeable sources.

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