No one takes the Internet seriously. Neither do I. I'm doing a quick poll. Just give me a rough numerical idea how often, in a normal day, do you open up a Wikipedia article to read. Either for pleasure or for necessity. Or for both.
Yes I do, though it is guided with my purpose. I explore while most usually it is not for a venture with 'online' writing with its pathway. Online writing is unique. Many times it is simply curiosity.
Continuing seeking additional support such as citations will be governed by when that curiosity has been met. And, sometimes using essay format I start a paper, write a paper, or simply do a journal entry. I like the 'Finding Forrester' approach to writing.
Yea, a couple of times a week here too. As a matter of fact I was just checking wiki on my phone a little while ago because a long-forgotten celebrity's name came up in conversation and we wanted to find out if he was dead or still alive.
About once a week, normally as a jumping off point on a subject that I know nothing about. On subject I am familiar with I find Wikipedia to be more hit than miss, and they provide citations you can follow up on to find more.
A couple of times a week. If it's just checking up on a celebrity, then that's as far as I'll go. If it's a serious subject of any kind, then I usually won't 100% trust the Wikipedia article and will spend time researching on other sites as well.
I used to think Wikipedia was great, until it occurred to me to read the entries on subjects I actually knew something about - and I was so shocked at how inaccurate they were, I've never trusted the site again. I am a member there and do try to fix mistakes when I notice them.
You should not outright mindlessly trust any singe source. Old paper encyclopedias and first year textbooks are also wildly inaccurate in places. People just used to lack the tools to discover the errors.
Honestly - I don't trust anything I read on the Internet, unless it is verified by several reliable sources. Wiki is a source, but not my go to. I look at it once every 2 weeks. However, Google always thrusts it in my face.
In fact, in the past ten years I've probably made over 10,000 edits on Wikipedia. Mostly on the English site, but in quite a few others. I've created more than a dozen articles. A lot of my edits are vandalism removal or simple rewrites, but a good 3-10% are substantial article contributions.
I write informational articles that require a lot of research. I very, very rarely use Wikipedia as a direct information source. But I consult it almost daily for basic information when I'm beginning my research, or just to satisfy casual curiosity on some topic. Rather than quote Wikipedia, I use their references to track down original sources. Also, it's often a good source for legally usable images. All in all, I don't consider Wikipedia authoritative, but it's often quite valuable.
I look at Wikipedia often for current events of interest. They seem to avoid telling us how to interpret the news and stick to presenting the 'facts' as they have been offered by reporting sources. They are NOT just another opinionated news outlet, and that makes them better than other sources in may cases.
I often read Wikipedia articles but what I like most about them are the source and citation links. I tend to read scientific papers more but if the subject is one I'm not familiar with, I use Wikipedia as a jumping off point to find studies and papers to start with.
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