- Wikipedia "hit the million-articles mark" on March 1st of this year.
- The non-profit organization "has five employees in addition to Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia's thirty-nine-year-old founder, and carries no advertising" -- relying almost entirely on donations to help cover its $750,000 budget.
- All content "must be both verifiable and previously published" (which may explain their resistance to "chess blogs," for example).
- About 80% of the volunteer writers are male (by their founder's estimation).
- A study published in the prestigious journal Nature last year showed that "Wikipedia had four errors for every three of [The Encyclopedia] Britannica's" on science-related topics, making it practically as untrustworthy as its more widely accepted print-based cousin.
Of course, if any of my students want to use it for their research papers, "fuhgetaboutit."