Wikipedia - The Online Encyclopedia Well, we've all heard the uproars from the enraged 60 year old wrinkled wranglers we call teachers, as well as the crying chorus of half baked high schoolers singing its praises down the hallways, but the question still remains... just how valid is Wikipedia? The online 'encyclopedia' has taken heat from all sides for its rather... loose style of compiling information, as well as the growing number of students resorting to it for all their last minute reporting needs. According to most of the opposing voices, the site cannot be considered valid since, as the site itself states, the editing of entries is open to everyone who is a member. This, they feel, immediately calls into question any information that could be taken from the site, and makes it more of a burden that it is a help. But, is it not true that each student is entitled to research as they wish? And that aside from warning for validity, if a student wishes to risk the quality of information, a teacher really has no right to say more that that? The students argue back, saying that Wikipedia is often "accurate enough," especially in historical articles. In addition, the speed at which Wikipedia updates its information is unheard of in the realm of encyclopedias, which often go without updates for quite some time between issues. They feel that the convenience of the site is worth the risk of an error or two. Still, since these are the same people that go whining back to Wikipedia about their paper about "The Twenty Planets of our Solar System" and how it failed, its hard to believe their hearts are in it. So what do you guys think? I have my own opinion on this and I'll get that going soon, but in the meantime I'd like to hear some quality sharing between all of you wonderful people.