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Wikipedia’s secret weakness

By Tom Nuttall  

I find Wikipedia-bashing tedious and somewhat ungentlemanly. For columnists looking to fill space, it is simple sport to find an error—though usually a trivial one—in a Wikipedia entry on a topic about which you have some claim to knowledge. But surely the real Wikipedia story is that through the collective efforts of tens of thousands of volunteers, anyone (or almost anyone) with a connection to the internet has access to a free, vast encyclopedia that most of the time does a damn good job. Of course, Wikipedia’s shortcomings are well documented—any resource open to editing by whoever fancies it exposes…

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