Wikipedia's audience continues to grow rapidly, with the collaborative encyclopedia having added around 20m monthly visitors over the past 12 months.

Figures from Nielsen/NetRatings show that Wikipedia had 46.8m unique visitors in May 2007, a 72% increase on June 2006. In addition, the site topped the news and information category every month this year.

Research earlier this year from the Pew Center for the American Life Project found that 36% of US internet users consult Wikipedia regularly. This equates to 8% of the total US population.

Wikipedia has often been criticised for the inaccuracy of its articles, which is always going to be a problem when anyone can edit entries.

One of Wikipedia's co-founders, Larry Sanger, recently launched Citizendium, which aims to improve on the original by having more expert input.

Graham Charlton

Published 9 July, 2007 by Graham Charlton

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Dr David Hill

But how accurate is the information that Wikipedia supplies? A set of nerds who think that they know everything but where there is no authoritative reference. i.e to a qualified and highly experienced/respected authority (with 50 years on his or her back at least) et al leaves the information totally open to abuse. This is the greatest danger for the world-at-large, accepting what Wikipedia says without question and where if history is rewritten, future generations will just not know right from wrong. A terrible state of affairs for all future generations to come. The same thing will probably equate to the equivalent of Google. I would steer completely away, for the ramification for the future generations are grave to say the very least.
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