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08/20/2005 Archived Entry: "Help Wikipedia"

WIKIPEDIA IS RIGHT UP THERE WITH GOOGLE for being one of the most useful sites on the Net. It's a very "netly" project, indeed -- one that exemplefies the real glories of the Internet, even in this day when governments and institutionalized megacorporations are trying to turn the Net into just one more control mechanism.

Wikipedia is US -- real people -- creating the biggest and very likely most accurate encyclopedia ever made. Or as the Wikipedians put it, "Imagine a world in which every person has free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing."

And it's fantastic. But you know that. What I didn't know until this morning is that the Wikimedia Foundation is trying to raise $200,000 to fund its work. They've still got a long, long way to go.

When I was little, my working-class folks scraped together hundreds of pre-inflation dollars to buy a complete set of the Encyclopedia Britannica to help us kids learn. Wikipedia is better and costs absolutely nothing to use. How about doing a good deed today and tossing a few bucks their way? Donations are even tax deductable for those of you who are into that sort of thing.

Posted by Claire @ 01:37 PM CST

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