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Rightly or wrongly, Wikipedia doesn’t have the best reputation for accuracy. However, is that simply a hangover from its early days?

Does it deserve this reputation, or is Wikipedia now as trustworthy as any other website presenting a version of the truth?

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!

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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, “Did You Buy Any Gadgets on Black Friday? Did You Buy Any Gadgets on Black Friday? [MakeUseOf Poll] Did You Buy Any Gadgets on Black Friday? [MakeUseOf Poll] Congratulations, you survived Black Friday yet again, managing to avoid being crushed under foot by stampeding bargain-hunters. But did you manage to nab a bargain for yourself while doing so? Read More

Out of a total of 117 votes, 53% chose No, I Didn’t Want Anything, 29% chose Yes, I Got a Bargain, 7.7% chose No, I Tried and Failed, 1.7% chose Yes, But I Regret It, and 8.6% chose What Is Black Friday?

These results suggest that most of our readers didn’t head out on Black Friday Beware of Black Friday Scams, Avoid Star Wars Spoilers... [Tech News Digest] Beware of Black Friday Scams, Avoid Star Wars Spoilers... [Tech News Digest] Beware the Black Friday scammers, avoid Star Wars spoilers, listen to Adele on Pandora, watch movies on Tubi TV, and Samsung encourages us to break our old television sets. Read More determined to grab a bargain. Mostly because they didn’t actually want anything. Still, a fair proportion of those who voted in the poll did manage to pick something up, no doubt ensuring this tradition will continue on for many more years to come.

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Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from James Howde, Patrick Balingit, and DzBnk. Comment of the Week goes to Mark Major, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Did You Buy Any Gadgets on Black Friday? [MakeUseOf Poll] Did You Buy Any Gadgets on Black Friday? [MakeUseOf Poll] Congratulations, you survived Black Friday yet again, managing to avoid being crushed under foot by stampeding bargain-hunters. But did you manage to nab a bargain for yourself while doing so? Read More :

2 words… Cyber Monday, I got ever so slightly better online deals last year so I’ll try and see if I can repeat that this year.

We chose this comment because while it’s short, simple, and to the point, it could help explain why the popularity of Black Friday seems to be dipping. Why waste a day fighting through crowds to save $100 or so 7 Sure-Fire Ways to Be 100% Prepared for Black Friday 7 Sure-Fire Ways to Be 100% Prepared for Black Friday Here's how you can make the most of this year's Black Friday online. Read More , when you can probably save more shopping online in your underwear?

Shopping online is now such a mainstream activity that we suspect Cyber Monday will end up becoming a much bigger deal than its bricks-and-mortar equivalent in the years to come. If it hasn’t already done so.

Wikipedia Worries

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Wikipedia has been one of the foundations of the Internet 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without The World Wide Web (now more commonly known simply as the Web) has been with us for over 20 years now, and in that relatively short space of time it has unequivocally changed the world.... Read More for many years, providing a source of knowledge for children and adults alike. However, it has its flaws, one of which is the possibility of mistakes creeping into its pages. Its team of editors do a fine job, but no one is perfect.

With the news that Wikipedia has developed a new artificial intelligence YouTube Copies Netflix, Google Kills Songza... [Tech News Digest] YouTube Copies Netflix, Google Kills Songza... [Tech News Digest] YouTube channels the spirit of Netflix, Google subsumes Songza, Wikipedia creates a new AI, Adele admits streaming is the future, and the pop songs of 2015 get mashed up into one. Read More designed to weed out bad edits, we thought it was worth finding out what our readers think of the online encyclopedia. We’re especially interested in finding out how much you trust Wikipedia, whether fully, partially, or barely.

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. If you trust Wikipedia, why? If you distrust Wikipedia, why? Have you had a good or bad experience using Wikipedia 7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia 7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia Wikipedia is packed full of content. At the time of writing there are over 4 million articles contained within the English language version, with more being added all the time. All of these pages are... Read More ? Is there a particular Wikipedia page you have issues with?

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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