Can Wikipedia be considered a definitive source of information?The general tendency among the netizens is to search the internet whenever they want information on any topic or whenever they get a doubt. The first thing that is referred to is Wikipedia. Whatever information that is provided in Wikipedia may be the work of a number of people. The article can be edited by any person at any time. Some times, it may so happen that the matter may be edited deliberately to give wrong information. This is what is referred to as vandalism. We have to use our judgment while considering the information available on Wikipedia.
In any Wikipedia page, on the top right-hand side, we find the "view history" button. One can find the edits made on that page from this. For a layman like me, it may be difficult but for a person with good computer knowledge, it is easy to find when and where the edits are made. Today, with regard to a pending forum thread at ISC, I have tried to find the edits on a page in Wikipedia about " Freedom of Speech" and found that an edit was made in 2014. This edit may be right or wrong but it was used to defame a famous political leader of yesteryears.
Wikipedia is generally a reliable source of information. There will be some people who try to edit it to suit their purpose. One should be cautious while accepting everything on Wikipedia as a reference. I want the members of the forum to enlighten on this topic and correct me if there are any mistakes.