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Wikipedia is brilliant. Here is a free online encyclopedia filled with more information than anyone could ever hope to consume during their lifetime, and yet we either take it for granted or openly mock it over its supposed penchant for spreading misinformation. Shameful.
However, Wikipedia isn’t perfect. Wikipedia can sometimes be a little wordy, and we haven’t always got time to sift through reams of information about a subject. What we need is an alternative version of Wikipedia which condenses the information down to its bare essentials.
And that’s exactly what we have in TL;DR Wikipedia.
Tl;DR Wikipedia condenses Wikipedia entries down to just one sentence. So, a subject matter that has thousands of words dedicated to it on Wikipedia may have just five words dedicated to it on TL;DR Wikipedia. These five words somehow manage to explain the subject better than the thousands of words published on the proper Wikipedia.
Most of the entries are really well observed, cutting through all of the unnecessary rambling to present a summary of a subject we can all understand. TL;DR Wikipedia started life as a Tumblr but has since been given its own dedicated space on the Someecards website. This means the quantity of posts has risen dramatically, but the quality (thankfully) remains high.
TL;DR Wikipedia has been online since March 2014, so the archive is already full of hundreds of entries. More are being added every day, but we have compiled a list of just 20 that you absolutely need to read. Because they’re awesome. By the end of this article you’ll know why you need to add TL;DR Wikipedia to your list of essential websites.
Anyone claiming to never have experienced a misunderstanding through the lack of tone and emotion available via text messages is invariably lying.
Matchmaking (Video Games)
This may sail over the heads of anyone who hasn’t ever played a video game online, but believe me when I tell you that everybody you encounter when doing so claims to have had sexual relations with your mother. Everybody. Even loud-mouthed 10-year-olds.
This is the perfect way to depress all 20-somethings currently reading this.
Sadly, the exclamation point is being increasingly used online, even by professional writers who should know better! See.
When you’re browsing the Web and you encounter someone using the word “literally,” it’s a safe bet they actually mean “figuratively.”
Which explains why there are millions of disappointed children every Christmas who receive what their mothers believe to be the latest “Nintendo.”
We’ve probably mocked the Apple Watch enough already in this column, so we’ll just say it’s funny how things come full circle in the world of technology.
Other job titles that can also be taken with a pinch of salt include “social media consultant” and “technology journalist.” Wait, what?
I always thought the Internet did exist in Ancient Rome, but that the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD destroyed it. Prove me wrong.
Copy & Paste
This is perhaps a little harsh, but it’s rather fitting for it to be included in a Buzzfeed-style listicle such as this one.
If there was ever one tip that should be meted out to everybody heading online for the first time it would be to check who is going to receive that politically incorrect email you’re about to send.
The lack of advertising on Ello will do little to prevent users wasting their time away online updating their “friends” about every aspect of their lives.
If you have never driven in Italy then don’t bother. The only thing that differentiates it from Mario Kart is the lack of mustachioed plumbers lobbing empty turtle shells around.
This entry won’t make any sense in the years to come, but right now, with U2 having foisted their crappy new album on every single iTunes user, it’s rather amusing.
Pandora can be fixed with just one word: Spotify.
It always astonishes me that while Internet Explorer is still popular, no one I know actually uses it. No, not even the oldies in my life.
It’s shocking to think that had Google not developed Chrome then Internet Explorer could still be the number one Web browser in the world. Shiver.
Computers are capable of doing so much, and yet they’re mainly used for looking at online pornography. Oh dear.
It could be worse, you could know someone who Googles, “Google.” Naming no names.
The problem with settling bets in this way is the continuing belief by some that Wikipedia is filled with errors and half-truths. It’s not any more though, really. Is it?
Your Favorite TL;DR Wikipedia Entries
We’ve shown you ours, so it’s now time for you to show us yours… your favorite TL;DR Wikipedia entries, that is. Alternatively, feel free to comment telling us your views on the regular Wikipedia, and what changes you would make in order to improve the online encyclopedia. Perhaps condensing the information down into a shortened form is the key.