Wikipedia is not wrong, people are lazy!

Monday, 5th March 2007 at 12:00 UTC Leave a comment

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(Warning: this is about to be a rant!)

I’m starting to get really annoyed by the number of times I’m told that Wikipedia is wrong about something, or a silly idea or whatever. Wikipedia is the accumulation of the knowledge of all its users, and if you find a mistake on it, its part of your responsibility to edit it. If you don’t want to be involved in making Wikipedia better, don’t use it. It is not a product, it is not a service, it is a community project. If you can’t see that, maybe its time you went through the background documents that explain how it came into being.

Wikipedia is not designed to replace your brain, it is designed to replace the ownership of knowledge. It is part of the fight for the digital commons, against the logic of information-ownership, not an excuse for people’s laziness. It is a two way process and if there’s something wrong with it, its your job to muck in and edit.

Sorry about that, rant over. Enjoy your day!

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