10 questions for Jimmy Wales

Time.com submitted questions from readers to Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales. One answer is similar to my reminder to anyone using Wikipedia (or, for that matter, other wiki-based resources like like SmallBusiness.com): “Wikipedia is a gateway to facts, not a source of facts.”


How can I persuade my teachers to allow me to use Wikipedia as a legitimate research source? —Kaitlyn Grigsby, Medina, Ohio

Wales: I would agree with your teachers that that isn’t the right way to use Wikipedia. The site is a wonderful starting point for research. But it’s only a starting point because there’s always a chance that there’s something wrong, and you should check your sources if you are writing a paper.

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