Top Ten Worst Things About Wikipedia

I love Wikipedia as much as the next person, but that doesn't make it any less annoying than the rest of the big websites out there.

The Top Ten Worst Things About Wikipedia

1 Vandalism

it happens more than you think, I remember after stephen hillenburg died, there was a naughty image and Paul Ryan added to "list of invertibrates" every other week. - Maddox121

I wonder what kind of person thinks its funny to replace an entire article about Abraham Lincoln with "LOLZ HEZ TEH SUX" or some other nonsense. I guess it takes a stupid person.

I once looked up John Lennon, the musician, and someone had replaced his entire youth with a biography of John Lenin, founder of the USSR. I hate Wikivandals. - argon8

A lot of vandalism isn't even clever, and if it goes unnoticed for a while (yes, this occasionally happens) it's sometimes a real pain in the bum to clean up. So sad to see some people would rather destroy something than build it. - Entranced98

2 Factual Inaccuracies

there are some untrue info from this site so evidences must support the idea of the writer involved - ronluna

This one is much worse than vandalism because you might get an important fact wrong because Wikipedia told you it was right! I guess you just have to be smart enough to check 2 or 3 sites.

I don't hate wikipedia but it's just so annoying because my school blocked it just because anyone can write on it.

They once said that John Quincy Adams was the 2nd president of the US!

3 People Who Take the Site Way Too Seriously

All it takes for you to delete their (non-constructive) edit before they start harping on you, saying you're destorying their right to free speech, or claim that there is an underground conspiracy against them.

People put these things on here not robots. Never trust it

It's just a site.

Some people use it as their Facebook. O_O I thought I was sad... - sameera62

4 Incomplete Details

very incomplete details about the release date, cd, album, dvd, cover, contents, singer, band, discography. - ronluna

only japanese wikipedia has the largest information, english has lot of details but it lacks - ronluna

there are list of japanese bands in english which is incomplete - ronluna

It stink's when that happens, it's Annoying - fernandodiazjr.

5 Typos

Especially common on articles regarding anime, Asterix and all the other stuff that hardly gets english attention. - Maddox121

This bothers me anywhere. - asdfalexia

Typos are so annoying! - Draxulaura

So annoying! If you really watch Winx Club, you should know that its spelled 'Sophix' not 'Sofix'. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

6 Overzealous admins

The website claims that all users should practice civility towards other users. Evidently that doesn't apply to administrators. About 75% are some of the most power-hungry emotionally-unstable people out there. All you have to do is disagree with them once, and BAM! You're gone for life

I agree. There are so many overzealous admins on this site. - DLindsley

One word Disney1994 - coolguy101

Average time spent for patroling articles in wikipedia each day is more than 14 hours a day... Also admins are constantly changing laws that favors them to stay in the power. Also this article shows that how ridiculous it got to be an admin.

You have to study laws of copyright then write an essays about it then write another essay about "what would I do in certain sitiuation" admins/259829/.

Truth is those losers just making things very hard so THEY CAN STAY IN THE POWER AND NOT SHARING POWERS AND NOT MONITORED FROM FELLOW ADMINS. New admins means no more rarity and less power to push around others

7 Copyright Paranoia

For a free-content encyclopedia that allows you to plagarize its content, they sure have an awful big fit if you don't put every little letter into your own words, and than pounce on you for POV violations.

Feels like my 9th grade bibliography test all over - Maddox121

8 Political Pushers

Ah yes, the ones whose lives revolve around Googling stuff they agree with, and pushing it onto other people. Seriously, read the rules folks. Your essay about how the War in Iraq was the right way to go or the vast Anti-Communist conspiracy doesn't belong.

I'm a mod-con and I hate it when people (yes yes even conservatives) push their views on others. Hey if we didn't have conservatives and liberals there would be no point in being America. - fireinside96

People tried to make the GamerGate and OK sign articles neutral, I also tried to do the latter, but NOOOO! we have to keep the biast, one sided information. Sooo many articles from ex-Gawker sites. - Maddox121

9 Japanese, English, etc Wikipedia have very different articles regarding an item

That's right because the Spanish Wikipedia isn't the same as the English Wikipedia, many things are different: the information, the album covers (in the Spanish there isn't images for the album covers) and many other things - rock2metal

10 Teachers don't let you use it

This is so annoying. You always use Wikipedia for work, then when you hand it in he/she says "what were your sources? " Oh shut up

I can kinda see why, though. It isn't always reliable. I think they should at least let you get info from it as long as there's sources to back it up.

Then you visit the site and figure it out yourself next day: I don't know what I am teaching today.

good - Maddox121

The Contenders

11 Willy on Wheels

The infamous page-move vandal now has millions of unoriginal, uncreative clones. Boring!

{{POLLNAME}} has been vandalized by the Willy on Wheels

12 Image Fair Use Policy

It's funny watching them change their policy on what images can and cannot be used every other day, and then complain that Wikipedia's articles are useless without images.

This is annoying. This has lead to good pictures being shrunken, which makes them less pleasant.

13 Userbox wars

Anyone who was a member in 2005 remembers how controversial userboxes were. People thought that it was worth banning members and doing mass deletions over a set of harmless HTML. Such drama!

14 Trolling

I want the real answer, not some crap that obviously makes no sense

15 So Complicated

The most complicated part is that every time I search for literatures a picture of Tom Sawyer is even more annoying when I download a Wiki app.

When I'm trying find something out there is all this complicated crap

I agree it should be short and simple

16 Capital letters, ALL CAPS, small caps of an item
17 People Who Vote Birdo in the Worst Mario Character Parts

Daisy is infinity times worse!

Daisy is infinity times worse! "

Waluigi is even worse. Trust me.

18 Propaganda

Oh god, this makes me want to go out and buy something, or support something I don't normally support. - dureckl

look at the GamerGate article. - Maddox121

19 Character Lists

Sometimes there's too much to fit on a page! Put the characters on the same page.

20 Not Enough Information

This is so true.

21 Engrish

Unfortunately, I have seen bits of Engrish pop up every now and again on Wikipedia.

22 Teachers Hate It

good - Maddox121

My science teacher says that Wikipedia is OK to use as long as we back up what we've found using another source

SO ANNOYING.Pretty much every teacher in my school says DON'T TRUST WIKIPEDIA IT'S FAKE

23 Too Much Information

Why is this an item?

Wikipedia really does have a habit of finding things better off left alone.

I searched u p great Australian spelling bee when the series was over.. theyd only gotten to ep 3 of 12. - coolguy101

24 Blocking

Yeah Blocking is the ultimate power move by all admins; and they'll try to labe it as "Spamming" or "Vandalism", so it looks like the blocking was totally nessacry.

Well, this is often a good thing, because some vandals need to be blocked since they're nothing but a nuisance.

I'll agree with that, too. The admins can block you for anything. It's ridiculous. - DLindsley

Wiki and Instagram are like the only two social media sites where you get blocked. But Wiki does it worst. Sometimes, Admins block people for 999 years for stuff that wasn't that bad,

25 Requires Citations for Everything

For example, on the Super Mario article, it says "The 1-UP Mushroom gives Mario an extra life [citation needed]. LOL, do we really need to prove that?


26 Falsely Advertising Itself As "The Free Encyclopedia That Anyone Can Edit"

Apparently, they're "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit". Well, not if they're going to harshly backlash, delete your content for unknown reasons, and block you just because you made a mistake. I find that funny, too. - DLindsley

That's the first sentence on the is not untrue, but it is not always a good experience- however if there were no jobsworths deleting stuff all the time it would quickly turn into a farce. so you got to give it some credit for mostly being a good resource...

27 Opinions

just take a look at the GamerGate article, lots of opinions. - Maddox121

28 Americans and Brits arguing over what to call *insert name of page here*

Nobody really cares if it should be named full stop or period! It doesn't make a difference! - sameera62

I agree. It's pointless arguing over full stops and periods. It's obviously meant to be a British full stop. Period. - Barry2013

29 Mojibake

When it shows different symbols instead of right language. Burmese and Gothic language is all boxes and nothing else. They really need to fix this.

30 Admin Abuse / Bullying

I VERY MUCH agree with this. - DLindsley

See the next item for a perfect example of admin abuse AND bullying.

31 Misinformation

This would be one of the reasons they've been petitioned in the past. - DLindsley

32 Lazy Articles
33 Trolls Editing Pages
34 Creepy Pictures
35 Too Many Policies

This is one of the reasons the site is slowly losing contributors, and eventually will die. They're so strict about them, too, because if you violate even ONE of them, you're gone for any length of time. - DLindsley

36 Deletionism

I voted for the Willy on Wheels but this is annoying too. An extension of taking the site too seriously to the extreme, and treating it like a paper encyclopedia (which it is not). It is often cited as a top reason that Wikipedians leave.

37 You can't delete your account

I wish my wikipedia account could be deleted

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