If You Can’t Trust the Wikipedia Logo, What Can You Trust?

By Steve Delahoyde Comment


Sure we all use it, but for us anyway, probably due to so many professors in college telling us the evils of internet research, it’s always in the back of our heads to think that maybe the information we’re receiving on Wikipedia ain’t always so factual. Turns out, in this story from Noam Cohen over at the NY Times, that the user-generated encyclopedia even has even some problems with the multi-language characters it uses in its logo. Here’s the scoop:

In postings on internal mailing groups, users of Wikipedia have described obvious mistakes in the design, a globelike jigsaw puzzle with characters from various languages on the pieces. Two of the characters — one in Japanese and one in Devanagari, the script used in Sanskrit and several modern Indian languages — are meaningless because of minor slips.

Jimmy Wales, a founder of Wikipedia, says the symbolism may not be so unfortunate. “The nature of Wikipedia is such that because it is written by everyone, there are errors,” he said. But he added that it was the nature of the project that errors would be noticed and corrected.