Grants:IdeaLab/Decriminalize Wikipedia!

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Decriminalize Wikipedia!
To solve the gender gap, we need to remove the stigma around Wikipedia(ns).
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created on00:47, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

Project ideaEdit

What is the problem you're trying to solve?Edit

Though many institutions are changing their stance on Wikipedia to a more friendly one, many still have a beef with the site and its reliability and its content creators.

What is your solution?Edit

The stigma of Wikipedia(ns) being a rebel site needs to be demolished. We need to have campaigns both online and offline that will draw all people, men and women, to Wikipedia. We need to teach people how to use Wikipedia and we need to have institutions to accept Wikipedia as the future of knowledge.


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  • Volunteer (Designer if Possible) I'm good at art and graphic design, and at the same time believe Wikipedia should be a trustable source for all. Some people do not believe Wikipedia is a good source, which kinda gets me... HanSangYoon (talk) 04:28, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Volunteer I want to help make Wikipedia a more reliable and more humane source of information. Puppier (talk) 12:19, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Community organizer psyched Supaiku (talk) 20:35, 31 March 2015 (UTC)


  • I would love to see public grade schools and high school internet filters allowing Wikipedia. Zuzie3 (talk) 05:16, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
  • We should get opinions from various groups about why they have negative opinions about Wikimedia and what we could change to fix that. Shii (talk) 07:25, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Hundred percent agree. Wikipedia is by nature not 100% reliable, but I am so sick of hearing people degrade it. I've been told by teachers its evil, mocked by a friends husband for saying I edited Wikipedia. Real work needs to be done on changing attitudes. JTdaleTalk~ 10:33, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Wikipedia is not the information chaos people pretend it is. Sources are hugely important here and there is a mod team to prevent needless vandalism. You aren't a "virgin nerd" because you edit Wikipedia, and besides there is nothing wrong with being a virgin nerd anyways! Your title made me think of something, Internet access is restricted in some countries like Iran and the United Kingdom. That is a huge barrier to getting more editors. Clr324 (talk) 13:22, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
  • What is needed is a grass roots print and youtube campaign that encourages librarians and teachers to use Wikipedia and teach it in their information literacy curriculums! There has been some success with the Wikipedia's Education program and WikipediaLovesLibraries, but more is needed. TeriEmbrey (talk) 14:45, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Indeed; Wikipedia is a community effort, it needs to be promoted by the community, not just the staff. In our daily lives, we should be telling people about Wikipedia and helping set aside misinformation. If you know people who are well-knowledged in a particular field, try to get them to contribute. Everyone knows someone with something they can offer; the more quality we have on site, the less ammunition the nay-sayers have when confronted with evidence of the site's reliability. Futur3g4ry (talk) 19:17, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
  • This is something that should have been done a long time ago. Tharthan (talk) 19:57, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
  • I think "troll dominated" site rather than rebel site would be a better description. We need to make Wikipedia seen as a rational/intelligent/collaborative/educational/fun and safe place to edit, one where trolls are quickly mentored and kicked off if they aren't on their best behavior. Carolmooredc (talk) 18:53, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
  • While decriminalize may be a strong word, I am for the basic idea here. Promote understanding and use! Supaiku (talk) 20:35, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

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