This thing (admittedly from last week – I am a little behind) asks us to take another look at Wikipedia.
So, I actually looked at the main home page of Wikipedia (I usually only look at Wikipedia when I search for something specific and so I click through to that specific article). The homepage itself is pretty good – it has a featured article (today, the specific Blackadder episode where they finally go “over the top”), what is happening in the news at the moment (including recent deaths), what famous things happened in this day in history (today, in 1889 Washington was admitted as the 42nd state in the United States), a featured picture (three stages of the poppy flower) and some did you knows (the white-rumped falcon nests in woodpecker holes). It’s actually really interesting!
23 Things mentioned that a good page to check out is the Wikipedia page about Wikipedia (I often worry something/I/the world will spontaneously combust if I google google or look up the wiki for wiki – but it seems ok so far (though I still haven’t dared google google)).A 2005 survey of Wikipedia published in Nature based on a comparison of 42 science articles with Encyclopædia Britannica found that Wikipedia’s level of accuracy approached Encyclopædia Britannica ’s, and both had similar low rates of “serious errors”.
The wiki page addresses much of the controversy around Wikipedia: as well as the above quote, the page says how most academics don’t trust it, it is subject to manipulation and spin (particularly regarding controversial topics).
The Talk tab opens up some discussion on the article – it also tells you if the article was previously a featured one, what rating it has and other background.
The View history tab allows you to see how the article has changed over time.
A fun page
I wanted to find another page to look at before wrapping this post up – so I found Lolcat.A lolcat (pronounced /ˈlɒlkæt/ LOL-kat) is an image macro of one or more cats. The image’s text is often idiosyncratic and grammatically incorrect. Its use in this way is known as “lolspeak” or “kitty pidgin”.
The article states that as far back as the 1870s a British photographer was taking amusing pictures of cats and often captioning them to enhance their appeal.
Lolcat aficionados will be interested to know that Wikipedia also has a page devoted to I-can-has-cheezburger?
Thanks for that 23 Things! I should probably do some work now….