Posted on February 17, 2017
Ironically, here is the Wikipedia entry for the website.
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that just about anyone can edit and support. It is by far my favorite website, mainly due to an endless supply of knowledge that millions have worked on. Wikipedia is not a single wiki (a website that allows collaborative editing), but rather a collection of hundreds of wikis, one for each language.
The website launched on January 15th, 2001. As of 2017, there are over 5 million articles in the English language, all offering a diverse and expanding set of information that anyone can read and work on. I began reading this website in 2006, primarily after using it for researching schoolwork. My teachers never appreciated this website until after middle school (mainly for the abundant plagiarism that stemmed from it). They felt that because anyone could edit the website, misinformation was often the result students would receive. After over fifteen years of editing, sourcing, and research, the website has grown into a global source that is often considered one of the most viewed and informative websites on the planet.
My love for this website is never-ending. I’ve read thousands of entries in my lifetime, and I’ll most likely continue to use this source of information until I die. The ability to find easily understood content based on any subject is a wonderful tool that allows anyone to learn the basics of just about anything. While not a final source for research, the sources used allow for further investigation into a topic.