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What Does Wikipedia Say? by Jane Thurnell-Read
Have you looked up the therapy/therapies you practise in Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, written by its readers? Many people now consult this free web encyclopedia, so take a look and see what it says about therapies that you hold close to your heart. If you don’t like what you see, you can edit it. Here’s how Wikipedia explains the process:
“Wikipedia is an encyclopedia written collaboratively by many of its readers. Lots of people are constantly improving Wikipedia, making thousands of changes an hour, all of which are recorded on article histories and recent changes. Inappropriate changes are usually removed quickly.
“How can I help?
“You can't break Wikipedia. Anything can be fixed or improved later. So go ahead, edit an article and help make Wikipedia the best information source on the Internet!”
A study in the prestigious journal Nature (December 15 2005) asked scientists to assess 50 entries on scientific topics without telling them if the article came from Wikipedia or Encyclopedia Britannica, and found that Britannia was only marginally better. Because Wikipedia is free and easy to access, more and more people are likely to use this as a starting point for their information on a whole range of topics.
Check out your therapy/therapies on Wikipedia, and help the correct information to circle the globe. If your primary language is not English, there are also other language versions too.