Wikipedia is a treasure trove of information for nearly any subject you can imagine. Apart from regular articles, Wikipedia actually has a lot more to offer, though these side features are easy to miss at first glance.
Wikipedia’s Reference Desk is an awesome resource that doesn’t get enough credit. The site claims that it works like a librarian’s reference desk — you can ask any questions that you have and volunteers can add their answers.
If you think your question might have already been asked before, you can search the desk archives right from this page. To get started, you’ll choose a category to ask your question in. These include computers/IT, humanities, travel, and science.
While you can get help on almost anything using this page, there are a few restrictions — anything related to legal or medical advice is not allowed, you can’t ask for debates or opinions, and they don’t want questions that are obviously homework.
Aside from that, though, the atmosphere is similar to Stack Overflow — if you want an explanation of something with a more personal touch than a Wikipedia entry, this is a great way to get that.
At the reference desk.
Me: Can I help you?
Man: That's a loaded question, isn't it?
Me: Not really. I ask it 100x day & get a doable answer.
— Liberalibrarian (@Liberalibrarian) March 28, 2016
Aside from the Q&A, the Reference Desk page also houses portals for asking questions about using Wikipedia, answering questions new contributors might have, or how to cite Wikipedia. This is the place you should visit once you’re ready to take your Wikipedia use to the next level!
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