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If everyone in the world could edit the Encyclopaedia Britannica,

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that would be Wikipedia.

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If you don't know what encyclopedia is, 

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it's a large collection of knowledge about pretty much anything.

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My name is Q Miceli. I write about baking.

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Since I became vegan and gluten intolerant, 

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I've enjoyed taking normal traditional recipes with wheat and dairy and eggs 

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and turning them into vegan and gluten-free products of a similar nature because 

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I think that food really can connect people and open people up to 

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whole new worlds of experience

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being able to converse with my classmates from different countries about what they eat, 

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or to ask them about it and to find out if 

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there are religious or ethical traditions informing their food choices; 

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that's been really wonderful to learn. 

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Recently I wrote an article about Tahinopita, 

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which is a Greek Orthodox bread made during Lent,

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because it's considered fasting since it has no animal products and no oil, 

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so I noticed that there were blogs in other web sites on the Internet

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that spoke about this bread, 

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but there was no Wikipedia article about it, 

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and I thought since it was related not only to the Greek Orthodox Church 

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and the concept of fasting, and vegan cuisine, and dessert, 

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that it should have a little Wikipedia article, so I started a Stub. 

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Using Wikipedia has often helped me figure out the source of a new food.

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I learned about Quinoa on Wikipedia, because --

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 since I'm gluten intolerant, and Quinoa is a gluten-free grain, or 

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-- it's actually from the Goosefoot plant, so it's a  grass 

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-- I learned that on Wikipedia, 

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just sources to find scientific knowledge about what I'm eating, 

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and cultural knowledge about what I'm eating, 

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I used Wikipedia to learn that because not every cook book is going to be a science book as well.

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I prefer the Wikipedia style of knowledge, unfiltered 

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- of being able to sort through, 

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of being able to look at an encyclopedia article to see

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if there's an issue of bias, that somebody has probably flagged it,

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and if not, now I can flag it, too, and say hey!

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I think this is biased information 

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to have the discussion be in the open, on an article's Talk page, 

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to see the edits that are being made. 

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That's really important to be able to see 

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how knowledge is presented and the process behind it and 

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so if Wikipedia were a for-profit organization and 

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there were larger interests controlling it, 

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and advertising on the sidebars, to me, 

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that would take away some of the neutrality and I think 

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it would be harder to believe and uphold 

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the neutrality standard in Wikipedia that way.

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The thing that has surprised me the most about my involvement with Wikipedia has been

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the sense of community and the fact that if one person wants to start something, 

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other people will jump on to it and say I can help you with this, 

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not necessarily to prove something, 

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but to selflessly improve something;

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that's been wonderful to find that spirit among the Wikipedia community.