Do you trust Wikipedia?

@katie0 (5212)
Japan
August 13, 2011 12:31am CST
Hi dear friends, Please I need an insight, how much do you and how much can I trust Wikipedia? It could be writen by anyone right? I heard about 1 or 2 cases that they played putting some wrong information but that staff is so good that they fixed in 1 or 2 days later. How much can you and I trust? Do you trust it like you search and take it for granted the information you find there?
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@Adornado (103)
• Philippines
13 Aug 11
I personally trust wikipedia because it gives us in depth information about what you are searching although there are news that some contents of wikipedia are not updated thats why many people doubt about this free encyclopedia.
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@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
30 Nov 11
I see, maybe not only because it's free but because it can be edited by others maybe. But most of the information must be correct, as they check. Of course we can find an unfortunate page like years ago there was this joke, a prank in there talking about a celebrities' virginity, poor wikipedia that had their trust at stake that day, but they took down the page after 2 days. The problem was that some people tought 2 days was too much, that they can't find the wrong information right when it's up and online... I trust it a lot, but as people say better not 100%. But as you said it's free, so I'm really grateful for it.
@tiffnkeat (1679)
• Singapore
13 Aug 11
I guess it is a place for us to learn. Well, not everything may be true, but we should also verify and validate what we learn. There are other sources of information besides wikipedia. If the information you are trying to extract is critical, do not rely on one site. Speak to an expert instead.
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@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
13 Aug 11
Wikipedia is a great site for information. The best thing about the site is that you will find information regarding anything on the site. But there is always the possibility that there is some misinformation that has crept up in pages. I know, teachers, professors and academicians ask people to not to rely on the site too much and avoid it as much as they can. There are other individual sites which specifically addresses the information you require. It is best to get your information and details from these kind of sites. But as far as general knowledge go, wikipedia is great to just have a vague knowledge about something that interests you.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
9 Nov 11
Thank you, you really know the stuff. It's just the other day I was very surprised there was a warning right above the information saying that it wasn't trustable and that if someone knew the subject to edit, I was surprised. I thought they were like an encyclopedia.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
9 Nov 11
Any person can edit in wikipedia. I have heard that the site do look into such information as to their validity and authenticity. But it surely isn't fool proof. There may be a lot of wrong informations there. Everybody is human after all. They are kind of like an enclycopedia. But it is best to think of them as a pocket dictionary. You get to know a little bit about the thing you are looking for. But for detailed enquiry it is better to consult a separate larger dictionary.
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@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
30 Nov 11
Thanks. That's the problem :D as much as the solution: it is writen by regular folks, the good thing is that real specialists go there. I consulted wikipedia more recently about Lord of the rings and sometimes I can't believe how much knowledge some fans have to write that all, like it's Tolkien himself and also I don't have that memory! When I see a good writen article I'm amazed by how much information can one hold in their brains
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
13 Aug 11
Well, for the most part yes, but not completely. I have heard many stories about how Wikipedia is not always right. But for the most part, I find their information really useful and good.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
9 Nov 11
Well said: for the most part, I saw a troll once trying to be funny, even loosing his time to write a very long article in the proccess, it took two days to they put it down.
@hafiz008 (450)
• India
13 Aug 11
Dear friend I trust wikipedia for getting information. It is an encyclopedia of knowledge contain information of A to Z. If you are frequent visitor of wikipedia you can understand that they updating information as fast as possible.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
9 Nov 11
There was this troll that took over an article, it was funny but not really good for wikipedia. They took two days to fix it but the great thing about them is that they are always checking. Maybe we can't trust blindly, but we can like 60%.
@garson (886)
• United States
11 Sep 11
Just like many comments here, I find Wikipedia to be a very useful tool in for finding any kind of information. It helps if you are doing research on any topics. As far as the validity of any information presented, nothing is guaranteed. The people who have been submitting information are Wikipedia staff/webmasters/owners and anybody just like you and me. People can type in any wrong information, incorrect data, or any false claims. Still, for the most part, you can rely on how professional Wikipedia has been. If you might have noticed, lots of Wikipedia pages contain citations or resources at the bottom. Some have notes that warn people about possible incorrect data, information, or unreliable sources. Few others are pages that don't have much information. So, when you are researching on something, you might also need to look at other sources or websites to compare and to confirm.
• Mexico
15 Aug 11
Hi katie: Wikipedia can't be used as a main source of information but it can help you to have an idea of what's happening because they update very often. I recommend you when you are reading wikipedia for a serious article to look at the sources that are used on the article and only trust on the sites that have been quoted by wikipedia that are serious ones: magazines, sciences reviews, etc. ALVARO
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
14 Aug 11
Hi katie! I always have wikipedia as one of my searching source but I must admit that they are not totally true. There are certain points which we could have doubt about. I don't trust them 100 percents. I am not searching points in wiki but also try to search in others sources like other electronic or printed sources. It is not just wiki but I think we should beware on other info in other sites as well. It seems that everyone can be a writer and they likely to copy and paste than published their own original facts/research. It is juts one of my source to gain quick answer but will not wholly depend on it. (^^)
@flpoolbum (2706)
• United States
14 Aug 11
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I have been told that anyone can enter information on wikipedia. So, if you really need verified information, I would find a different source. I have quoted information from Wikipedia in some of my blogs. I noted the source of the information on the bottom of the page. The information sounded about right, so I used it. An example of this is in a petition that I recently posted about how to save the US Taxpayer $9.3 million a year. The link is: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/13/tell-president-obama-congress-to-cut-their-salaries-by-10-a-savings-of-over-9-million-a-year-if-they/ Please check out this petition and pass it on. The wikipedia references are on the bottom.
• United States
14 Aug 11
Oh no, I don't trust Wikipedia at all. We have been taught again and again by professors to stay away from it. Just as you said, it can be edited by anyone. So there is really no way to know which information is correct and which is not. Several times, I actually found some of its information wrongly explained. One needs to be very careful with it.
• United States
13 Aug 11
Nope, my cousin whos is 14 years old changed some of the stuff on Wikipedia, because she had a school project and the student who had the best project would get a 50 dollar gift card to Pizzahut. The topic was organs in the body and she changed everyting dealing with organs in the body except her, and hers was the liver. I saw her doing it, because her parents don't have a computer, and she came over to my house to borrow mine. I don't get why I didn't tell on her, besides I don't think she won, but when she got off the computer I just changed the stuff back.
@maclanis (1569)
• Belgium
13 Aug 11
I actually use it quite a lot, even though I know that it's not always very trustworthy. But you're right about the staff, the wrong information does get fixed quite fast.
13 Aug 11
Its hard to know whether I trust Wikipedia but the same could be said for a mainstream newspaper. I'd probably trust Wikipedia more because its not as censored as the mainstream press is. Where I've had life experience and then sometimes later checked it with Wikipedia mostly Wikipedia is coming up with the same things but not all of the time. It depends which person on Wikipedia is writing. Wikipedia isn't as nice as myLot!
• Philippines
13 Aug 11
The information in Wikipedia is actually reviewed by its editors. Most of the information might be user generated content but its like submitting an online article, the editor would put quotes out on phrases or information that needs more verification. It is of course the discretion of the reader to research further.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
13 Aug 11
katie: Wikipedia is really helpful. There may be certain errors-- I attribute them due to passage of time certain things change -- or unintentional. It is like blogs only. An information posted at one time may not be right after a few days on account of certain happenings. If it can be proved that anybody has posted purposely wrong information then he should be taken to task,. talking about wikipedia, I remember my donating $10-- a small sum for a noble purpose a few months back. good day.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
13 Aug 11
I trust Wikipedia as much as I trust anything that is written online, even in books for that matter. There are many articles online and in books that are written by experts that contradict what other experts say. In the end it is only their opinion of how they have interpreted the "facts" that have been presented to them. I have found Wikipedia to be a very useful tool when researching all manner of things. I have not found anything misleading on there, but I do understand how it could very easily happen being a Wiki site.