I LOOOOVE Wikipedia!
By lskrocki on Dec 16, 2005
"Imagine a world in which every person has free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing."
Do I think all the content on Wikipedia is 100% complete and accurate? Nope and I can't image that it ever will be. Do I think any written set of non-fiction information is 100% complete and accurate? Nope. Do I believe that there are information authors out there that publish inaccurate facts with good intentions or to meet the needs of an underlying agenda? Absolutely, but as with most encyclopaedias, Wikipedia's percentage of accurate content FAR outweighs the inaccurate content.
This recent Nature.com study shows that Wikipedia has an accuracy rating similar to Encyclopaedia Britannica. Check out the peer review results summary.
Wikipedia doesn't rely on advertising for it's source of funding and it still provides the us with it's service for f-r-e-e. Instead, as a non profit organization, they rely on public donations. A well-spent donation, I'd say.
That said, I would have never thought that I'd feel so passionate about an encyclopaedia...must be age setting in.