The Controversial Side of Wikipedia, And How It Deals With

(Last Updated On: April 10, 2019)


Once you are into a collaborative project, you have got the golden keys in your hand. Though the collaboration can be favorable in some cases and non-favorable in many other.

Giving everyone the editing right on one of the vast website across the internet you need to prepare for the trouble. Fortunately, there is the well-steered mechanism to get it through it with some fantastic anti-criticism tool quickly.

1. Ownership of the content displayed on Wikipedia

The content placed on Wikipedia has permitted as per the creative common contribution/ Share-Alike license and in the majority of cases also the GNU Free Documentation. As per the Wikipedia copyrights:

“The licenses of Wikipedia permits free access to the content akin to the free software that is licensed. The content can be copied, altered and reorganized, in conditions where the copied content is permitted on the equivalent conditions to rest and remain safe in the knowledge of authors of the Wikipedia articles used is included. The copied content of Wikipedia will hence be free in the appropriate license and can be used by anyone addressing certain restriction, aiming to ensure freedom.”

2. The Copyleft rule:

Anything contributed on Wikipedia is copyrighted by default though it’s not clearly explained. But Wikipedia contents are permitted under the current creative attribution-share like 3.0 (CC-BY-SA) and GFDL. It creates disagreement, and Wikipedia calls it Copyleft.

Understanding the copy issued by Wikipedia:

The Wikipedia articles can be easily copied and altered by anyone, though there is a vicious circle. Every alteration made under the prescribed conditions and credit has to be offered to the real authors.

Though when editing Wikipedia, as an independent Wikipedia article submission service, make sure to add content that has already has been composed, or you are permitted to use as per terms of licenses above. Or in any case, it can be challenged or deleted. Moreover, there are some simple guidelines you can get familiar with for using the Wikipedia content else

3. Criticism on Wikipedia

Since Wikipedia is a crowdsourcing functionality, it is quite natural for the number of people who seek opportunities to criticize the website, and often the reasons not known to anyone. This is a continuous challenge with unlimited criticism daily.

Though Wikipedia has the anticipated to hire a good number of volunteers to minimize vandalism and correcting it with immediate action.

How Wikipedia deals with criticism:

But there can be disagreement over whether an edit is done for criticism or good faith. Someone making the first time contribution can have it accidentally make it a clutter. An edit can become a disagreement and rest as vandalism even not done with specific purpose, so it’s not always obvious

4. The hoaxes making way to the media

The hoaxes on Wikipedia are common. Often misrepresentation of facts is deliberately placed on the page that is not given the rank of defamatory, criticism or even a factual error. Further, these hoaxes become the high ranking and make their way into media.

Wikipedia is collecting and will continue the practice to obtain the list of tricks that have been revealed so far on the website.

The page points out to many other hoaxes that are still not revealed. Even many hoaxes present information of murders that haven’t been existed, the expected assassins of Julius Caesar, fabricated machine guns, and an organization of Nazi.

5. Contributing to Wikipedia

Wikipedia has two types of users, the readers only who don’t make any contribution and the writers or the editors. Being just a reader is not bad, however, if your strong background knowledge in any topic, then it’s a drawback if you don’t share that knowledge.

6. Giving thought to become a registered user or not

If you haven’t thought to contribute to the understanding and continue to be a reader, then making a registration is often not fruitful.

While you can rest assure that the full resource of Wikipedia is still available. However, if you are planning to be a Wikipedia writer then being a registered user is necessary. It’s the procedure where the changes are well tracked and how the editors collaborate with you if required.

One of the advantages of registering and making use of your account is that you can have a considerable number of alterations for how you see and use Wikipedia.

As soon as you gain reputation, you can take part in beta trials for the experimental tools that are being tried out.

Wrapping it up

The policies and standards of Wikipedia are established by the editing community considering multiple aspects of Wikipedia norms and values. In a nutshell, Wikipedia works on a set of guidelines and rules and not on civil code.


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