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Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a non-commercial, free/open pseudoleftist online encyclopedia written mostly by volunteers, running on free software, allowing almost anyone to edit its content (i.e. being a wiki); it is the largest and perhaps most famous encyclopedia created to date. It is licensed under CC-BY-SA and is run by the nonprofit organization Wikimedia Foundation. It is accessible at https://wikipedia.org.

Wikipedia used to be a great project, however by 2022 it has become kind of a politically correct joke. A tragic and dangerous joke at that. It just hardcore censors facts and even edits direct quotes to push a pseudoleftist propaganda. Do not trust Wikipedia on anything even remotely touching politics, always check facts elsewhere, e.g. on Metapedia, in old paper encyclopedias etc. You may also browse older, less censored versions of Wikipedia articles, either on Wikipedia itself, or -- if you don't trust it -- on Internet Archive.

Wikipedia exists in many (more than 200) versions differing mostly by the language used but also in other aspects; this includes e.g. Simple English Wikipedia or Wikipedia in Esperanto. In all versions combined there are over 50 million articles and over 100 million users. English Wikipedia is the largest with over 6 million articles.

There are also many sister projects of Wikipedia such as Wikimedia Commons that gathers free as in freedom media for use on Wikipedia, WikiData, Wikinews or Wikisources.

Information about hardware and software used by Wikimedia Foundation can be found at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_servers. As of 2022 Wikipedia runs of the traditional LAMP framework and its website doesn't require JavaScript (amazing!). Debian GNU/Linux is used on web servers (switched from Ubunatu in 2019). The foundation uses its own wiki engine called MediaWiki that's written mainly in PHP. Database used is MariaDB. The servers run on server clusters in 6 different data centers around the world which are rented: 3 in the US, 3 in Europe and 1 in Asia.

Wikipedia was created by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger and was launched on 15 January 2001. It was made as a complementary project alongside Nupedia, an earlier encyclopedia by Wales and Sanger to which only verified experts could contribute. Wikipedia of course has shown to be a much more successful project.

There exist forks and alternatives to Wikipedia. Simple English Wikipedia can offer a simpler alternative to sometimes overly complicated articles on the main English Wikipedia. Citizendium is a similar online encyclopedia co-founded by Larry Sanger, a co-founder of Wikipedia itself, which is however proprietary (NC license). Citizendium's goal is to improve on some weak point of Wikipedia such as its reliability or quality of writing. Metapedia is a Wikipedia fork that's written from a rightist point of view. Infogalactic is also a Wikipedia fork that tries to remove the pseudoleftist bullshit etc. Encyclopedia Britannica can also be used as a nice resource: its older versions are already public domain and can be found e.g. at Project Gutenberg, and there is also a modern online version of Britannica which is proprietary (and littered with ads) but has pretty good articles even on modern topics (of course facts you find there are in the public domain). Practically for any specialized topic it is nowadays possible to find its own wiki on the Internet.

Good And Bad Things About Wikipedia

Let's note a few positive and negative points about Wikipedia, as of 2022. Some good things are:

And the bad things are (see also this site: http://digdeeper.club/articles/wikipedia.xhtml):

Fun And Interesting Pages

There are many interesting and entertaining pages and articles on Wikipedia, some of them are:

Alternatives

Due to mass censorship and brainwashing going on at Wikipedia it is important to look for alternatives that are important especially when researching anything connected to politics. This is a comparison of Wikipedia and some of its alternatives, as of 2023:

encyclopedia license comment
Wikipedia CC BY-SA biggest, mainstream, EXTREME CENSORSHIP AND PROPAGANDA
old Wikip. GFDL archived old Wikipedia, less censorship
Citizendium PROPRIETARY? (CC BY-NC-SA) similar to Wikipedia, probably censored as well, faggots have unclear license
Metapedia GFDL Wikip. fork, no SJW censorship, ATM limited account creation, "pro-European" fascism
Infogalactic CC BY-SA Wikip. fork, no SJW censorship, FOR PROFIT (you can buy article control lol), can't make accounts
Britannica online PROPRIETARY proprietary, bloated, has ads, but nicely written
Britannica 1910 public domain very old but large and completely free, without any modern propaganda
WikiSpooks CC BY-SA no SJW censorship, seems only focused on politics
LRS wiki CC0 best encyclopedia
Conservaedia PROPRIETARY American fascist wiki, has basic factual errors
Encyclopedia Dramatica CC0 informal/fun but valuable info (on society, tech, ...), basically no censorship, no propaganda
Tor Hidden Wiki PROPRIETARY Deepweb wiki on Tor, probably less censored.

TODO: darknet wikis

See Also


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