I've heard all the stuff over the years about how it can be unreliable, or worse, to which I say: then go fix it! That's the whole point. If you don't like what you see, think it's inaccurate, plain false, or could be improved, then do something about it if you care. If you don't, then it must not be that important to you. For me, for the things I reference — mostly historical or scientific things of import to non-trivial people — I find it to be not only adequate, but frequently amazing. The idea is brilliant and I'm happy for my friend Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales whom I've never met in person, but had frequent email and USENET exchanges with from about 1995 – 1999 or so. Sadly, I lost touch with him after that (Diana, if you know how to reach him, could you clue him into this post — and my pseudonym from back in the day?).
Here's what Jimmy has accomplished.
At its core, Wikipedia is driven by a global community of more than 150,000 volunteers – all dedicated to sharing knowledge freely. Over almost eight years, these volunteers have contributed more than 11 million articles in 265 languages. More than 275 million people come to our website every month to access information, free of charge and free of advertising.
But Wikipedia is more than a website. We share a common cause: Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's our commitment.
I can imagine getting pretty excited about such a lofty goal.
So, if you use Wikipedia yourself, or, you enjoy other resources (such as this blog) that make heavy use of it, won't you consider a donation today?