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Christmas is just around the corner, and those who celebrate it will likely have told their family and friends what they want. Whether via a written list, an open discussion, or subtle hints whispered strategically in the ears of loved ones.

This week’s poll is very straightforward, as we want to know which gadget is at the top of your wishlist. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas 12 Christmas Movies on Netflix You Should Watch Right Now 12 Christmas Movies on Netflix You Should Watch Right Now Netflix has so much content it's often difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff. So, to help you out over the holidays, we have selected 12 Christmas movies worth watching on Netflix. Read More , please don’t feel excluded, as you can simply vote for the gadget you currently desire more than any others.

In Wiki We Trust

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Do You Trust Wikipedia? Do You Trust Wikipedia? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Trust Wikipedia? [MakeUseOf Poll] We're keen to find out how people view the trustworthiness of Wikipedia, and we need your help in doing so. Welcome to this week's MakeUseOf Poll! Read More

Out of a total of 439 votes, 65.2% chose Yes, Mostly, 11.6% chose I Neither Trust or Distrust Wikipedia, 10% chose Yes, Always, 9.3% chose No, Mostly, 3% chose No, Never, and 0.9% chose What Is Wikipedia?

If we combine the Yes votes together we discover that over 75 percent of our readers trust Wikipedia. In comparison, just 12 percent don’t trust Wikipedia, with the remainder staying neutral. A result with which Wikipedia should be very pleased.

It’s inevitable that some Wikipedia pages will contain biases or inaccurate information. However, this will be down to individual editors citing particular sources rather than Wikipedia as a whole Everything You Need To Know About Wikipedia And More Everything You Need To Know About Wikipedia And More Wikipedia is one of the most famous sites on the Internet. It's informative, as well as controversial, and having a page on there is highly sought after. Let's get to know it better. Read More . We also suspect these elements cancel each other out overall, leaving Wikipedia as a source that can be trusted more often than not.

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Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Kelsey Tidwell, Bob Lucore, and Paul. Comment of the Week goes to UrsusNurse, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Do You Trust Wikipedia? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Trust Wikipedia? [MakeUseOf Poll] We're keen to find out how people view the trustworthiness of Wikipedia, and we need your help in doing so. Welcome to this week's MakeUseOf Poll! Read More :

I’m a registered nurse and have found that there is much propaganda, disinformation, misinformation and biased material on many topics, especially pharmaceuticals (read the obvious biases in pages on psychiatric meds, for instance).

In addition, way back when I several times tried to make some edits to a page due to grammatical issues, clarity issues/sentence structure, spelling and punctuation (I used to work in print advertising production as a typographer/editor/copywriter), so my command of English is pretty formidable. I was informed by hostile-toned that further attempts to edit pages by my account would cause me to be banned from editing Wikipedia pages completely. So, the authors/”owners” of pages (even though they’re supposed to be collective) use threats even when you’ve tried to make their material more professional! Needless to say, every year when I get the email asking for funding for Wikipedia, I just refuse on this basis.

Wikipedia is proof that crowdsourcing information isn’t always a great idea. “Common knowledge” is the new term for stupidity and ignorance, and brazen stupidity is in. Even vetting is uneven, because it depends on the dependability of the source. I often look at the citations for articles, only to find that statements are often taken out of context or are of clearly dubious origin.

I think the dependability of Wikipedia is wildly variable, and one must therefore take everything that appears there with more than one grain of salt. In regards to advice I give patients for online health research, I always strongly advise them to ignore Wikipedia.

We chose this comment because it offers a strong rebuttal of the majority view. While most people trust Wikipedia, this reader suggests we shouldn’t, and for very specific reasons. It should be noted that using the Internet to research health problems The Dangers Of Searching For Medical Information Online The Dangers Of Searching For Medical Information Online Searching for and relying on online medical information to diagnose/treat yourself, someone you know, or even a pet, can prove costlier than you think. Here's why... Read More probably isn’t a good idea under any circumstances, whether it’s Wikipedia or not.

Garnering Gadgets

We want to know which gadget you want above all others 20 Gadget Gift Ideas For Geeks 20 Gadget Gift Ideas For Geeks Geeks love gadgets 365 days a year. However, with the holidays approaching, we really need to start compiling our Christmas lists. Read More . With Christmas less than a week away, we have tied it into that holiday, as this is the time of year when people spend far too much money on things other people want but probably don’t need. However, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, that’s fine too, as you can still vote for the one gadget you want above all others right now.

As this is a poll, we only have a limited number of gadgets to offer up as answers. However, we think we have included the gadgets likely to be the most popular at the moment, and we just need you to add some details in the comments below. If your first choice isn’t there then simply select “Something Else” and tell us exactly what it is in the comments below.

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. We want to know more about the gadget on top of your Christmas list. What particular make and model is it? Are you loyal to that brand Why Brand Loyalty is the Enemy of Productivity Why Brand Loyalty is the Enemy of Productivity You can't gain knowledge of something you're not willing to explore. Can you break through your prejudices and try out new things? Try. Productivity could be just outside your comfort zone. Read More ? What made you choose that gadget?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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  1. G37Addicted
    December 22, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Nothing for me this year. The computers run fine,along with the tablet. My phone is a tad over a year old,and humming along nicely.

  2. Yodi Collins
    December 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I'm switching from Windows Phone to Android. So I need a new smartphone. I'm not sure which one yet.

  3. Alan
    December 21, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I would like a Samsung Gear VR. I have Google Cardboard, but I have played with the GearVR and it is significantly better. However it is not something I would spend a lot of time with, so not something I am willing to spend my hard earned money on, but if someone were to give me one, it would certainly get used and enjoyed.

  4. john2
    December 21, 2015 at 4:36 am

    New Nexus 5.

    My current one has a cracked screen, microphone only works in speaker-mode, and now the speaker goes out occasionally.

  5. Maryon Jeane
    December 21, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Well technically speaking I've had a tablet for Christmas - but as I bought it with birthday (just before Christmas) and Christmas (kindly sent with Christmas card) cash presents, it's been in my grasping hands for a short while. It's a Windows tablet (I hate Windows because it's flaky...) but it needs to be because, for now, I'm still Windows-based and I want seamless transmission and working between my two main devices: my desktop (I work from home) and my portable device. Smartphones just don't hack it because I live deep in the English countryside where any sort of connectivity (4G, what's that?) is considered state of the art and even broadband (as in ADSL) is considered state of the art - even if it is somewhat liable to go down in high winds, freezing conditions, snow, during harvest when local farmers are snagging the droopy overhead lines with their hired-for-the-nonce farming equipment...

    I've chosen a Lenovo Yoga 2 8 because it's a reasonably-sized tablet (~10.1" is just a touch too big for a small protective shoulder bag if I'm on a bike), and the fact that it has its own stand so I don't have to carry around a separate one is a huge advantage, as is that stand's facility for being beautifully incrementally adjustable.

    So now, with the aid of AllMyNotes and Filedrop, I can have the 'Household Database' (a work and home database containing absolutely everything I need to run my work, life and (possibly) the universe), around with me wherever I am, just flicking across the latest version from one computer to another as and when it's needed.

    My tablet isn't going to be mollycoddled - it's going to be thrown, in haste, into a bag with random other things I need on the go - so I wanted a decent protective cover for it. Therefore more of the gift money has been spent on a DropTech case which, with its total encasing of the tablet and its inbuilt polycarbonate screen protection, is absolutely the business and (although perhaps not pretty) means that I don't have to worry about getting out my tablet on the street even when my hands are cold and/or it's bucketing down.

    So what with all that, and a few connection accessories (in a tasteful purple so that I can find them easily in my black bag, and including a particularly long lead so I can charge the tablet slyly and discreetly when I'm sitting having a coffee or something more interesting), it's all been a case of generous gifts very usefully spent and much appreciated.

  6. Bosniper
    December 20, 2015 at 8:05 pm


  7. David Lee
    December 20, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Fitness Tracker, hopefully with HR tracking or HR Chest strap compatibility

  8. Mike
    December 20, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    iPhone 6s Plus

  9. Barry
    December 20, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    New outdoor watch a la Suunto Ambit or Garmin F?nix

  10. Johng
    December 20, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Amazon Echo and smart things.

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