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Over the past year, gifts like yours powered our efforts to expand the encyclopedia in 287 languages and to make it more accessible all over the world. We strive most to impact those who would not have access to education otherwise. We bring knowledge to people like Akshaya Iyengar from Solapur, India. Growing up in this small textile manufacturing town, she used Wikipedia as her primary learning source. For students in these areas, where books are scarce but mobile Internet access exists, Wikipedia is instrumental. Akshaya went on to graduate from college in India and now works as a software engineer in the United States. She credits Wikipedia with powering half of her knowledge.

This story is not unique. Our mission is lofty and presents great challenges. Most people who use Wikipedia are surprised to hear it is run by a non-profit organization and funded by your donations. Each year, just enough people donate to keep the sum of all human knowledge available for everyone. Thank you for making this mission possible.

On behalf of half a billion people who read Wikipedia, thousands of volunteer editors, and staff at the Foundation, I thank you for keeping Wikipedia online and ad-free this year.

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josve05a 2015-02-25 11:43:17
not too sure regarding wiki is it true that anyone can add and change the info on itshreddies

It is true that any body /can edit/, that does not mean that anybody can edit what the want with what they want' WIkipedia has "rules", policies and guidelines such as criterias for notability (link), verifiability (link), Conflic of Intrest (COI). Violation of these rules and vandalism etc. is usually spotted withing minutes, and reverted by other users. Think to yourself, if anybody could whatever they wanted on WIkipedia, how has it not gone "really-really bad" yet?
shreddies 2015-02-23 09:42:08
not too sure regarding wiki is it true that anyone can add and change the info on it



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