Wikipedia contains more than 4 million articles, written by tens of thousands of users for more than a decade. In fact, the user-edited encyclopedia has become so massive, it may be collapsing under its own weight.
Since 2007, the number of active Wikipedia contributors has steadily dropped, according to a new study released by the University of Minnesota earlier this month. The study blames the decline on Wikipedia’s strict and efficient editing protocol, which discourages newcomers.
Though many professors discourage Wikipedia use, Gary Nelsestuen encourages it.
The biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics professor uses Wikipedia in the classroom often.
Some of Nelsestuen’s classes also include a lesson wherein students look for and correct faulty information on Wikipedia.
“Wikipedia is free, and often you get what you pay for,” he said. “Consumer beware.”
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