Getting crazy for Wikipedia

Squash_Wikipedia_Design_3.pngI've got addicted to Wikipedia. I try to control it, but it's so fascinating.

Wikipedia is a  free encyclopedia. Free has a double meaning:

  • it costs nothing (it's on the internet, and can be freely read)
  • anybody can freely change its content, or add new items.

If the first point is quite clear, the second one needs some explanation. Yes, anybody can change any single comma of any item of the encyclopedia. How? On the top of any page (even on the main page) there is an "edit this page" link. Click on it and start adding whatever you want to add.

But. But what if I delete a portion of text, or even a whole page? What if I just add some crap?

Yes, any of this is possible. But remember: you are not the only one working on Wikipedia. There is a lot of people working all the time there. And any change is tracked. It won't take a long time that someone will notice the changes you've made, and will process it. If you add some crap, there will also be some automatic bots which will identify it, and rollback the page to its previous version.

However, as an encyclopedia, you might not be enterested in adding anything, but just reading it. Well, it's for free. Just try not to get too addicted.

I am mainly working on the Italian Wikipedia translating pages about Finland. If you're interested, you can have a look at the Italian Portal about Finland. If you don't speak italian, you might like to have a look at the English version of it. Wikipedia is almost in any language!

4 thoughts on “Getting crazy for Wikipedia

  1. Yupik

    BTW, there’s been a lot of changes to the various Sami language pages in the English wikipedia if you want to translate the new pages. The Skolt Sami one seems to be undergoing the most changes and will be changing quite a bit in the next few weeks.

  2. WhippyGoldberg

    Whatev. You’re an idiot and belong on Wikipedia with the rest of the morons.

    In case you haven’t clued in, there are plenty of articles that have nonsense written in them that are just subtle enough that the public doesn’t realize is false because they don’t have enough knowledge.

    If you think the Wikipedia is true, or even *mostly* true, it’s a sign that you’re clueless about the world and mentally under the age of 12 years of age.

  3. Raffa Post author

    Dear WhippyGoldberg, did you know that the word “idiot” in Latin used to mean also “ordinary person“? Just to say that what I wrote above is the opinion of a normal, ordinary person.

    For what concerns the Wikipedia being true/almost true: what’s the truth? Is the truth out there? Maybe better have a look at the disclaimer first.

    Finally: idiots don’t belong to the rest of the moron. “Moron was used to describe a person with an IQ of 51-70 and was a step up from ‘imbecile’ (IQ of 26-50) and two steps up from ‘idiot’ (IQ of 0-25)”. Guess where I found that… but that might be untrue, mightn’t it?

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