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It’s funny that I am writing this post encouraging you to support Wikipedia. When I first heard about this free online encyclopedia and how content was provided by contributors and edited by volunteers, I had big doubts about its legitimacy.

Well, a few years after first hearing about Wikipedia, I started to visit the site occasionally to research things I was writing about and to compare facts for accuracy.

Now, another few years later, I find myself visiting Wikipedia weekly for various reasons. Almost daily, in fact. Without question, it has become a valued online resource for me. …

It seems I have become a believer in the purpose and the value of the site. And now that I better understand how the submission and editing processes work, I am confident that Wikipedia does maintain a high level of legitimacy.

Support WikipediaMy confidence is such that I have been contributing a few dollars each year to the annual fundraising effort headed up by the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects.

So, what is Wikipedia?

I did a little research to find the proper answer to this question and according to Wikipedia, it is “the world’s largest and most popular encyclopedia. It is online, free to use for any purpose, and free of advertising. Wikipedia contains more than 30 million volunteer-authored articles in over 287 languages, and is visited by more than 505 million people every month, making it one of the most popular sites in the world.”

Pretty impressive, huh? And did you catch those two important features of the site? First, it is FREE to use; second, it is free of advertising. Doubly impressive!

Do YOU use Wikipedia?

What does it mean to you? Do you, like me, find it to be a good source of information and insight and a great place to compare notes with other information you have gathered from other sources?

If you use Wikipedia and if you appreciate it or value it as a free online encyclopedia, then please consider contributing something to the annual fundraiser, even a few dollars.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says in his annual fundraising appeal, “If everyone reading this donated $3, our fundraiser would be done within an hour. But not everyone can or will donate. And that’s fine. Each year just enough people decide to give.”

Friends, it is a worthy cause and an awesome resource and it is free to use. Please donate today.

Donate now: https://donate.wikimedia.org

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