Summary: The things you read on this website might not be true. Encyc may contain half-truths, errors, and downright lies. Use at your own risk.
This is not a real encyclopedia! Traditional encyclopedias employ trained professionals to check the facts. Encyc has no such workers on its staff.
Encyc is an exercise in free speech, to see what happens when people, with very minimal supervision, are allowed to write articles that they believe will be useful for other people. No effort is made to determine the accuracy of these articles, and it is left to the reader to use their own judgement. Everything contained within this wiki must be looked at with skepticism.
Understanding these limitations, some people might find this wiki to be useful in spite of its inherently unreliable nature. That's why we're here.
Encyc also generally agrees with Wikipedia's disclaimer. Most of this is common sense.
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In any case, Wikipedia is a work in progress, and many articles contain errors, bias, duplication, or simply need tender loving care. We encourage readers to help us fix these problems. The great majority of articles are written primarily or solely by individuals who are not subject matter experts, and may lack academic or professional credentials in the area.
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See also: Wikipedia:Verifiability.