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There is also a current events section that reads a lot like a newspaper but is actually written by people from general community in a kind of blog format. This is a step forward in hearing whole story about an event. You can look at previous dates like an archive that sure beats having to keep your old newspapers.
There are also some ‘sister’ projects being constructed by Wikipedia group such as Wiktionary (dictionary and thesaurus), Wikibooks (free textbooks and manuals), Wikiquote (collection of quotations), Wikisource (free source documents), Wikispecies (directory of species), Wikinews (free content news source), Commons (shared media), and Meta-Wiki (Wikimedia).
In site’s Community Portal section they actively ask visitors to help research specific topics as well work in collaborations. They need people to copy-edit articles as well as expanding, cleaning up and updating pages. I think it is a definite opportunity for people who would like to be writers, researchers, editors and like to get some real practice in their preferred trade.
“Imagine a world in which every person has free access to sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing.” This is Wikipedia’s message and it’s quite an altruistic one. As they are a non-profit organisation they rely on participants’ donations to buy servers and bandwidth, discspace etc that they need to keep up with growing amount of users. So, if you think it’s a great idea, get on boat, tell us what you know, and share your wealth with all.
Jesse S. Somer M6.Net http://www.m6.net Jesse S. Somer likes the idea of a world working and learning together as one with truth and knowledge seen as the greatest commodoties. Love and compassion are pretty imporatant too, how will we incorporate them into an encyclopedia?