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Wikipedia Begins Voting On New Home Page

Voting on whether to replace the current splash page with the redesign is limited to registered users and ends March 18. A discussion section is also available for comments and questions.

Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia written by volunteers, has started voting on a new design for its main page.

Voting on whether to replace the current main page with the redesign is limited to registered users, and ends March 18. A discussion section is also available for comments and questions.

The redesigned page is similar to the current one. The sections "Selected Anniversaries" and "Did You Know" have swapped locations, with the former being renamed "On This Day." The proposed page also has two new sections, a "Today's Featured Picture" and an "Other Areas Of Wikipedia," which includes links to the help desk, community portal, site news, reference desk and discussions about technical issues and policies related to Wikipedia.

Started in 2001 and operated by the nonprofit Wikipedia Foundation, the online encyclopedia allows anyone with access to a Web browser to contribute and change most articles. The idea is to let contributors maintain the accuracy of the articles, given that anyone can make a correction on erroneous information. The process, however, has its critics, who question its reliability.

But an expert review of scientific topics covered in Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Britannica found both encyclopedias to be about the same in accuracy. The review was published last year in the journal Nature.

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