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Wikipedia is the source of the "Wiki" system software Wipipedia uses. It is descended from the original Wiki established in Oregon some years before. The version of the software used on Wipipedia is MediaWiki, which was developed for the Wikipedia and is being maintained by the Wikimedia Foundation (39 Stillman Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA).

Wikipedia is an international project in many languages, with main servers in the USA and supporting servers in Europe and Korea. Like SM-201, it is a website based on MediaWiki that is written collaboratively by volunteers, allowing articles to be changed by anyone with access to the website.

Strengths and weaknesses

Wikipedia is edited from people all around the world, with the majority on the English version being from USA. This gives the encyclopedia a chance at a global perpespective, expecially that of people from USA.

Wikipedia has evolved a collection of policies that are being pursued more and more ruthlessly by people with aims and objectives different from its founder. Most problematic to content like BDSM and fetish are Verifiability (especially), No original research and Neutral point of view. As understandable as some of these policies are in themselves, they effectively constrain Wikipedia's content to only that which has been published by professionals, in a major journal, free of copyright. While some such information on BDSM and fetish (as with many topics) may be available from psychiatrists, criminalists, doctors etc., the perspective they have is far from helpful to those wanting personal information about how to apply knowledge in a safe and enjoyable way for themselves and others.

As well as the constraining policies in Wikipedia, it also has "guidelines" which are used by some "contributors" to argue the removal of information they do not like, or even entire articles. BDSM and fetish topics are targets for the narrow-minded.

Some articles on SM-201 were originally copied from Wikipedia. In some cases these articles have subsequently been deleted from Wikipedia.

Change of address

It was announced in September 2009 that the Wikimedia Foundation would move to 149 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.

See also

Samples of BDSM or fetish on Wikipedia

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