Re: Wikipedia, an increasingly valuable (and correct) online source for information #general

Yisrael Asper

It is indeed a wonderful resource. But its free edit function means that it has
to be used with the thought that vandalism might strike at any moment, usually
corrected. Nevertheless it is pasted from, bodily on websites which are reliable
and are not freely editable because of the wealth of accurate information as
most contributers (I have been a Planet contributer on it, partially overruled
but leaving my mark.) Wikipedia even feels confident enough of a lot of its
material that it now has downloading >from its site based on material it has out.
My Planet influence is in there too. In short its good but as we say in English
bring along your grain of salt. That's good advice in life altogether but on a
freely editable site which can be vandalized even for a moment it is extraly
needed. It has good references to link to which is great. It contains topics you
won't find so easily if at all anywhere else but I thought I just should remind
people that it needs to be used with more caution than a nonfreely editable site.
Yisrael Asper
Pittsburgh PA

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From: MBernet@...
Wikipedia, the online, cooperatively produced encyclopedia, has grown in
recent months with exponential speed and accuracy.

Wikipedia's coverage of Jewish topics--history, customs, rituals, beliefs,
laws, superstitions, is phenomenal. The information is continuously reviewed
by its writers, experts and users and continuously updated and expanded. The
text is usually authenticated with references, citations and sources and
interspersed with links to other authoritative sources.

Wikipedia is available in many languages, including Hebrew, and for many
countries. On "Jewish" items, the original words come up with the original
Hebrew text. It even explains variations in practice, belief and custom among
the different Jewish groups and according to country.

If you want to get the flavor, ask for "Jews," then "languages"; I
guarantee you'll learn much, wherever you click >from there.

You can also find family trees and connections and vast amounts of

It's free. You can ask for specific topics to be written up. You can
contribute entries and edit existing ones. You can suggest changes where
you think changes are due. Full disclosure: I am not signed up to Wikipedia.
I have made just one slight addition, correcting "their" to "the" (I forget
where) to patch up a grammatical error.

Michael Bernet, New York

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