Ouch — on slashdot today, two not so flattering articles surrounding wikipedia. In the first, there are reports of the German version of wikipedia being used as a platform for speading a virus. An interesting idea. Given that folks trust wikipedia, noone seems to think twice about clicking on links that go outside of the tool.
And then the second article — this goes to the trust issue. As wikipedia pushes itself into the mainstream, questions a plagiarism are sure to come up — and they have. Testing 12,000 articles, a researcher found a number of instances (128) of plagiarism within the encyclopedia. See this article here.