Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales founded Wikipedia on 10th January,2001.
It initially started as Nupedia
Wikipedia prides itself on being a “neutral compilation of verifiable, established facts” and tries to maintain that through their five pillars.
What makes wikipedia so special?
It is free and available to everyone with unlimited access.
Available in a variety of languages.
It is up to date
Variety of subjects
Why is Wikipedia criticized so much? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaADQTeZRCY
Why is Wikipedia criticized so much?
Not 100% reliable.
Any Wikipedia contributor can be anonymous
Wikipedia has a bad reputation with educators; some see it as having low quality and unacceptable to be used in academic research.
Should material be posted by random contributors? No cost Faster correction of errors and constant update.
More independence. Reliability and accuracy. Amateur Wikipedians from around the world constantly contribute, add and edit
Wikipedians spend a good amount of their time, knowledge and time, receiving no pay, by volunteering to contribute to the growing Wikipedia database. The motivation behind these people has been greatly researched and narrowed down to the following four points. Who are the wikipedians?
Values Social Understanding: Career: The 4 Wikipedian Values
How does Wikipedia mediate disputes on sensitive or controversial topics? logical manner. unbiased point of view policy credible people Wikipedia’s Controversy
User Factors Openness Computer Skills Motivation Knowledge Factors Type of Knowledge Peer Review Technology Factors Easy Usability Fast Access Flexible Structure Although Wikipedia might not be considered as a credible source HOWEVER it is built on many successful factors …
There is no right answer Some say its logic and have the unbiased point of view policy Some claim its biased like “conservapedia.com” conservapedia.com clearly shows some examples of Wikipedia’s liberal bias, deceit, frivolous gossip, and blatant errors on etc. 6) Is mediation likely to yield to unbiased results?