Are you giving to Wikipedia?

  Muergo 15:50 26 Nov 11
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If you have used Wikipedia recently you will have seen the appeal from the founder for a donation of £3 a month "To keep Wikipedia free"?

I use it a lot and feel inclined to pay something, you are not obliged to the figure of £3, you can offer less or more, or pay a one off.

I just wanted to know what fellow forum members thought about this.

  johnnyrocker 19:32 26 Nov 11

maybe speakers corner might be best for this?

johnny

  Digital 19:39 26 Nov 11

Yes, I occasionally donate a few £s. Wikipedia is a valuable resource & I'd hate to see it having to take money from sponsors.

  Muergo 20:48 26 Nov 11

johnnyrocker can't have read Wikipedia recently, I don't think that Speakers Corner would have answers to some of the peculiar items I have looked up recently, every time something comes up in the newspapers or radio/tv, I can't rest until I find out about it, I know I am an information freak/geek but I can't help it.

In our field I recently leared about the different types of recording on CD/DVD/Bluray and how the burning on our PCs is totally different from the factory pressed discs and influences the life of all the systems.

That's just one item, I can spend hours linking from one thread to another and wonder where the day has gone.

Somehow I must get myself fixed,

  Forum Editor 21:26 26 Nov 11

This thread really belongs in Speakers Corner. I'll transfer it now.

  Forum Editor 21:30 26 Nov 11

Wikipedia can be a valuable resource, but it would be a big mistake to think that everything published there is fact. There are many inaccuracies.

I wouldn't pay to read Wikipedia articles.

  interzone55 21:48 26 Nov 11
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I think this cartoon demonstrates the dangers of believing everything you read in Wikipedia...

http://xkcd.com/978/

  morddwyd 08:01 27 Nov 11

Wiki is written by people like us.

I cannot be the only forum member who has contributed to Wiki.

As I will readily admit, even I have been known to be wrong on the odd occasion!

  ton 20:37 27 Nov 11

No I wouldn't pay.

I'm fully aware that Wikipedia may not be all that accurate about everything, but it always astounds me just how good most of the articles are and far surpasses any expectations I would have had for it had someone told me years ago that an online encyclopedia in which anyone could write the articles was going to be made.

I first saw the plea for a donation on Wikipedia about a year ago (I think!), and I made a one-off donation of £7. I feel a monthly donation of £3 is a bit excessive but I'm sure I'd donate again in the future when money wasn't so tight. I'd sorely miss it if it were to go.

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