Wikipedia - The Hymn of the Internet

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Wikipedia Logo Wikipedia is one of the greatest collaborations of the twenty first century. This collaboration has created one of the largest single sources of knowledge and information on the Internet. But it is only one of over a million sources of information that reside on the Internet. And just like all sources, it is not always accurate. Sadly this fact is not so widely known. But because the Internet is so good at informing its users, everyone will soon know that all sources of information, especially the ones that are not on the internet, are all vulnerable to inaccuracies. So the Internet is not just the largest source of information and knowledge on the planet, the internet also teaches its users to be aware of all of its flaws, which sadly is not the case with other media sources or social networks.

An Open System has it flaws and vulnerabilities, but because it is open, we have a chance to learn about these flaws, and thus reduce them, and thus making the open platform more accurate, more stable, and more reliable. The future looks bright.

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How much hard drive memory space does Wikipedia need? When I convert a wiki page into a PDF it averages around 200 KB. So Five wiki Pages would be almost 1 Megabyte. 5,000 wiki pdf pages would be around 1 Gigabyte. So if I had 10 gig jump drive, I could easily have over 50,000 wiki pages in my hand. I have one of the greatest collection of Wikilinks. But without instructions, directions and explanations, almost all knowledge and information becomes meaningless and ineffective.

Most Visited Websites in the World Wikipedia is an online free content encyclopedia project helping create a world in which everyone can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. Wikipedia is a multilingual online encyclopedia written and maintained by a community of volunteers through a model of open collaboration, using a wiki-based editing system. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous volunteers. Wiki is a website which allows people to add, modify, or delete the content via a web browser usually using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor. Wikis serve many different purposes, such as knowledge management and note taking. Wikis can be community websites and intranets, for example. Some permit control over different functions (levels of access). For example, editing rights may permit changing, adding or removing material. Others may permit access without enforcing access control. Other rules may also be imposed to organize content. Technical writing standards. Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work". English version of the website averages about 255 million pageviews a day. According to web analytics firm SimilarWeb, Wikipedia overall is the eighth most visited website. The English Wikipedia includes 6,405,068 articles and it averages 597 new articles per day. Wiki is a hypertext publication collaboratively edited and managed by its own audience directly using a web browser. Wiki is a website that allows collaborative editing of its content and structure by its users. A typical wiki contains multiple pages for the subjects or scope of the project and could be either open to the public or limited to use within an organization for maintaining its internal knowledge base. Wikis are enabled by wiki software, otherwise known as wiki engines. A wiki engine, being a form of a content management system, differs from other web-based systems such as blog software, in that the content is created without any defined owner or leader, and wikis have little inherent structure, allowing structure to emerge according to the needs of the users. Wiki engines usually allow content to be written using a simplified markup language and sometimes edited with the help of a rich-text editor. There are dozens of different wiki engines in use, both standalone and part of other software, such as bug tracking systems. Some wiki engines are open source, whereas others are proprietary. Some permit control over different functions (levels of access); for example, editing rights may permit changing, adding, or removing material. Others may permit access without enforcing access control. Other rules may be imposed to organize content. The online encyclopedia project, Wikipedia, is the most popular wiki-based website, and is one of the most widely viewed sites in the world, having been ranked in the top twenty since 2007. Wikipedia is not a single wiki but rather a collection of hundreds of wikis, with each one pertaining to a specific language. In addition to Wikipedia, there are hundreds of thousands of other wikis in use, both public and private, including wikis functioning as knowledge management resources, notetaking tools, community websites, and intranets. The English-language Wikipedia has the largest collection of articles: as of February 2020, it has over 6 million articles, and is one of the 15 most popular websites ranked by Alexa; as of 2021, Wikipedia was ranked the 13th most popular site.

Wiki was introduced to the lexicon by computer programmer Ward Cunningham in 1995 when he created collaborative software that he called WikiWikiWeb. Wiki is Hawaiian for “to hurry; fast, quick.”

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Not all Edits on Wikipedia are Good. I have read the same Wikipedia page twice several months apart and I have seen some interesting edits. Wikipedia is a wiki, meaning anyone can edit any unprotected page and improve articles immediately. You do not need to register to do this, and anyone who has edited is known as a Wikipedian or editor. Small edits add up, and every editor can be proud to have made Wikipedia better for all. There are two editing interfaces: the new VisualEditor (VE) and classic wiki markup editing (wikitext). Some pages are protected from editing and marked by a lock icon at top right. If you are not allowed to edit the page, it will have a "View source" instead of an "Edit" tab. You can still edit these pages indirectly by submitting an edit request: click "View Source", then "Submit an edit request" at bottom right, and an editor that is authorized to edit the page will respond to your request. Changing Your Mind.

Edit Conflict is a computer problem that may occur when multiple editors edit the same file during a short time period. The conflict occurs when an editor gets a copy of a shared document file, changes the copy, and attempts to save the changes to the original file, which has been altered by another editor after the copy was obtained. Editing Journalism.

Edit Wars is when two or more writers with opposing views have the same authority and access to change something that has been written on a public forum, usually without having a discussion or a debate. This is what we see in the media, and in schools and on social networks. Who's doing the monitoring or censoring? Who's right? Who's wrong? Who cares? One major problem is that vandalism by editors can go unnoticed for some period of time. We can use bots that automatically identify and revert vandalism, or use JavaScript enhancements that show characters that have been added in each edit. But eventually you need human eyes. And not every editor's intentions are well-mannered or well-informed. Vandalism can be seen as changing public content to something offensive, or by adding nonsense, or maliciously removing encyclopedic content, or deliberately adding incorrect information, such as hoax information. This type of trolling is extremely disruptive. But we have to ensure freedom of speech. So we have to hire people who are educated enough to understand that language is a responsibility, and not just a right. Editors should have a degree or a license, and those degrees and licenses should be available to everyone willing to learn. Prove you have the skills and prove you have the knowledge to use your skills effectively and respectfully. Some wikis allow unregistered users who are identified by their IP addresses to edit content, while others limit this function to just registered users. Some wiki software allows an administrator to stop such edit wars by locking a page from further editing until a decision has been made on what version of the page would be most appropriate.

Assume Good Faith is a fundamental principle on Wikipedia. It is the assumption that editors' edits and comments are made in good faith. Most people try to help the project, not hurt it. If this were untrue, a project like Wikipedia would be doomed from the beginning. This guideline does not require that editors continue to assume good faith in the presence of obvious evidence to the contrary (e.g. vandalism). Assuming good faith does not prohibit discussion and criticism. Rather, editors should not attribute the actions being criticized to malice unless there is specific evidence of such. When disagreement occurs, try to the best of your ability to explain and resolve the problem, not cause more conflict, and so give others the opportunity to reply in kind. Consider whether a dispute stems from different perspectives, and look for ways to reach consensus. When doubt is cast on good faith, continue to assume good faith yourself when possible. Be civil and follow dispute resolution procedures, rather than attacking editors or edit-warring with them. If you wish to express doubts about the conduct of fellow Wikipedians, please substantiate those doubts with specific diffs and other relevant evidence, so that people can understand the basis for your concerns. Although bad conduct may seem to be due to bad faith, it is usually best to address the conduct without mentioning motives, which might exacerbate resentments all around. Be careful about citing this principle too aggressively. Just as one can incorrectly judge that another is acting in bad faith, so too can one mistakenly conclude that bad faith is being assumed; exhortations to "Assume Good Faith" can themselves reflect negative assumptions about others. Accountability.

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Editorial Oversight and Control. There are tens of thousands of regular editors - everyone from expert scholars to casual readers. With the exception of blocked users, anyone who visits the site can edit it, and this fact has encouraged contribution of a tremendous amount of content. There are mechanisms that help community members watch for bad edits, a few hundred administrators with special powers to enforce good behavior, and a judicial style arbitration committee that considers the few situations remaining unresolved, and decides on withdrawal or restriction of editing privileges or other sanctions when needed, after all other consensus remedies have been tried. Anyone can contribute to Wikipedia, and everyone is encouraged to. Overall Wikipedia gets hundreds of times more well-meaning editors than bad ones, so problematic editors rarely obtain much of a foothold. In the normal course of events, the primary control over editorship is the effective utilization of the large number of well-intentioned editors to overcome issues raised by the much smaller number of problematic editors. It is inherent in the Wikipedia model's approach that poor information can be added, but that over time those editing articles reach strong consensus, and quality improves in a form of group learning, so that substandard edits will rapidly be removed. This assumption is still being tested and its limitations and reliability are not yet a settled matter – Wikipedia is a pioneer in communal knowledge building of this kind.

Why some Wikipedia disputes go unresolved. An MIT study identifies reasons for unsettled editing disagreements and offers predictive tools that could improve deliberation. A full third of the discussions were not closed. Wikipedia offers several channels to solve editorial disputes, which involve two editors hashing out their problems, putting ideas to a simple majority vote from the community, or bringing the debate to a panel of moderators. Analyzing the dataset, the researchers found that about 57 percent of RfCs were formally closed. Of the remaining 43 percent, 78 percent (or around 2,300) were left stale without informal resolution -- or, about 33 percent of all the RfCs studied. (RFC is Requests for Comment).

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Verifiability means other people using the encyclopedia can check that the information comes from a reliable source. Wikipedia does not publish original research. Its content is determined by previously published information rather than the beliefs or experiences of editors. Even if you are sure something is true, it must be verifiable before you can add it. If reliable sources disagree, then maintain a neutral point of view and present what the various sources say, giving each side its due weight. All material in Wikipedia mainspace, including everything in articles, lists, and captions, must be verifiable. All quotations, and any material whose verifiability has been challenged or is likely to be challenged, must include an inline citation to a reliable source that directly supports the material. Any material that needs a source but does not have one may be removed. Please immediately remove contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced. For how to write citations, see citing sources. Verifiability, no original research, and neutral point of view are Wikipedia's core content policies. They work together to determine content, so editors should understand the key points of all three. Articles must also comply with the copyright policy.

Logically, a person should always use multiple sources in order to form an understanding and also to verify information. But sadly people don’t always confirm information. On top of that, people have to learn not be prejudice or biased towards information by simply knowing the source. Whether the source is a so-called expert with credibility, or a source with qualifications and a professional degree, or whether the source is someone you trust or someone you want to believe, or whether that source is young, inexperienced or even a criminal, or whether that source is from another country, another religion or another political party, you still have to consider how that particular knowledge and information is explained and confirmed, and also, you have to know how that particular knowledge and information compares to other knowledge and information. Not all humans confirm and compare information, but all humans should because it’s logical and it makes sense.

Information Literacy - Problem Solving

"Wiki" pronounced witi or viti, is a Hawaiian word meaning "fast" or "quick".

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Collaborations and discussions expose many truths, many ideas, many points of views and many beliefs. But not everyone can be right, but not everyone is wrong either. The only way that truth can be verified, along with the accuracy of information and knowledge, is by answering all the questions. But you have to know all the questions to ask in order to answer them. This is where the Internet gives us the best chance to accomplish this by allowing millions of people from all walks of life to participate in interactive feedback, open discussions, collaborations, debates, analytical reasoning, philosophy or anything else that would help us define our knowledge. This gives the human race for the first time in its existence a vast pool of ideas, resources and information. But of course this sharing of ideas and knowledge will not be free of problems or critics because all new advancements go through a learning period. But with the Internet, because of its ability to quickly connect and collaborate with millions of people, this learning time will be much less. The Internet is still just a baby, but this baby is growing up fast.

I have read over one hundred thousand Wikipedia pages, luckily I saved all the valuable pages and categorized them.

Wikipedia Statistics

Wikipedia has over 5,433,541 articles of any length in English, and the combined Wikipedias for all other languages greatly exceed the English Wikipedia in size, giving more than 27 billion words in 40 million articles in 293 languages. 800 new articles each day.

Wikipedia authors total over 91,000 contributors (this number may be old?). 80,000 volunteers around the world as editors. 10 edits/sec by editors from all over the world. in August 2006 with 60,000 new articles per month.  English Wikipedia has 1,769 admins as of January 30, 2011, and 766 are considered "active". The number of named accounts is currently 22,623,082.

Wikipedia Statistics - 90% of Wikipedia's Editors Are Male. As of February 2014, it has 18 billion page views and nearly 500 million unique visitors each month.

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Wikipedia is the 6th most popular website in the world, with 22.5 million contributors and 736 million edits in English alone.

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Just because someone used critical thinking to create an answer does not mean that critical thinking is done, it still takes critical thinking to verify if the information is correct and it still takes critical thinking to verify if more information is needed.

It would be inaccurate to say that the Internet is the sum of all human knowledge, because not all knowledge is known, and not all knowledge is confirmed, and not all knowledge is accurate, and not all knowledge has been formulated, and not all knowledge has been openly discussed, and not all knowledge is easily understood, or, not easily explained. What you could say about the Internet, with its enormous amount of knowledge and information, and potential, is, that by sharing knowledge and information and by connecting millions of people, we are not just communicating, we are also creating conscience awareness in a most profound way.

Wikipedia Divisiveness. There is no express prohibition on "divisive" behavior on Wikipedia. Also, "divisive" is not really defined in any substantive sense. However, some feel that divisiveness between members of the Wikipedia community is against Wikipedia's policies and guidelines; and against the reason that Wikipedia exists. People holding this belief say that since Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, dividing Wikipedia contributors up into separated camps hinders rather than helps the process of creating and maintaining an encyclopedia. There is by no means a consensus on this point. Furthermore, given the above qualification, it is valid to ask the following question: what really does or does not constitute divisive behavior?

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A large majority of the information and knowledge that is on the Internet is from the millions of books that have been written over the last two thousand years. So a lot of our knowledge has been around for some time. But the Internet is making all this knowledge available to more people then in any other time in our history. This creates more conversations, more collaboration, more opinions and more discussions, which in turn creates more knowledge that allows for more improvements, more progress, more advancements and more maturity.

Update: 1/13/2015 - More information is estimated to have been produced in the last 30 years than in the previous 5,000.

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Note: When using Wikipedia remember to check the sources at the bottom of each subject page for more information.

On Wikipedia, also check the discussions page on each subject for more opinions and points of view that might be informative. Reading the comments about products or services can be informative but they can also be misleading. So please be cautious and attentive.

The Bottom Line about Wikipedia:
Wikipedia may not be perfect but Wikipedia has incredible potential. And like some things that improve over time, Wikipedia will become more reliable, more transparent, more organized and more comprehensive. But for now some areas of Wikipedia are inadequate, inaccurate and incomplete.

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Top 10 Most Edited Pages on English-language Wikipedia in 2014
1. Deaths in 2014 (19,789 edits)
2. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (10,217)
3. Japanese dissidence during the Shōwa period (8,212)
4. Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa (7,794)
5. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (7,520)
6. 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict (6,497)
7. Shooting of Michael Brown (5,835)
8. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (5,185)
9. 2014 Pacific typhoon season (5,012)
10. List of works by Eugène Guillaume (4,311)

All Time Most Edited Pages on Wikipedia
1. George W. Bush (45,862 edits)
2. List of WWE personnel (42,863 edits)
3. United States (35,742 edits)
4. Wikipedia (33,958 edits)
5. Michael Jackson (28,152 edits)
6. Jesus (28,084 edits)
7. Catholic Church (26,421 edits)
8. List of programs broadcast by ABS-CBN (25,188 edits)
9. Barack Obama (24,708 edits)
10. Adolf Hitler (24,612 edits)
11. Britney Spears (23,802 edits)
12. World War II (23,739 edits)
13. Deaths in 2013 (22,529 edits)
14. The Beatles (22,399 edits)
15. India (22,271 edits)

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