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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.

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.

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Print Wikipedia by Michael Mandiberg (video) - 7,600 volumes of Wiki Printed. DNA Printed

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".

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.

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.

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.

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"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?

Collaborative Software

Communication Knowledge

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.

Information Overload

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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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