Wikipedia is a phenomenon and an immensely valuable source of information. But only some types of information.
I've long thought that its news coverage is a real weakness, to the point of being detrimental to the effort of the site as an online encyclopedia.
Today was a good example.
Steve Irwin, otherwise known as the Crocodile Hunter was killed whilst diving off the Queensland coast. Here's how News.com.au broke the news.
And below is a screenshot of how it first appeared on Wikipedia.
Wikipedia closed off the editing function to anonymous users: "Due to recent vandalism, editing of this article by anonymous or newly registered users is temporarily disabled," it said.
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