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Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Thursday, January 14, 2016

15 years of justified faith in Wikipedia

The online encyclopaedia Wikipedia will celebrate its 15th birthday tomorrow. Four out of five Internet users have rightly trusted its content since day one, the Christian-liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten comments: "Clearly the mass of users has forced Wikipedia to be more objective - at least regarding big topics that are read every day by millions and poured over by thousands of editors. Added to that is the impressive speed of the Wikipedia community. David Bowie's death was posted on the German version at 7:30 a.m., while the German press agency dpa broadcast the breaking news at 8:12. We can safely put our trust in Wikipedia. But only for preliminary research. You can't gain a deep understanding of a subject simply through an encyclopaedia. That's the way things have been ever since Brockhaus's day."

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