My interesting experience about Wikipedia was to learn how dumb and aggressive the uneducated mob is and why democracy is a failure.
I had added a few individualistic and psychological views about “Egoism” to the German edition of Wikipedia, with proper links to related topcis and everything. It took only a few hours until some guy reverted the changes and terrorized me, stating that “egoism is evil” and “bad for society”, etc, and he treated the article as if it were solely his own, and not only the article, but knowledge on the topic as well.
He was surprisingly resistant to reasoning and arguments, continuously reverting everyone else’s changes, but keeping and adding his own, effectively provoking an edit war. Needless to say that this guy had no clue about the topic, except for his personal opinion, whereas I and another person added information based on scientific articles that we quoted.
I wasn’t out to change his opinion, or delete it from the article – I just wanted to add “my” view, based on Wikipedia rules.My lesson from Wikipedia:
- take it as a hint, but don’t trust solely on it if you need to be 100% sure about a topic.
- democracy is when every clueless idiot is seen as equal, can raise his voice and legitimately terrorize you.