I am not giving money. Wikipedia is a good thing. But I have never cared for Jimmy Wales running this as the Jimmy Wales show where he gets to protect his own page and those of his friends but no one else gets such a privilege.
I definitely agree with some others here. There are so many articles of poor levels of quality. But WP has not focused on improving these articles. I hear a lot about how people of marginal fame should be able to get vanity pages on the site, but nothing about fixing what they already have.
I have probably written about a dozen articles. But I significantly expanded about 150 of them. In one case, I tried to recruit people to help me improve it. I probably spent weeks doing research so that I could cite everything I wrote. I was looking for some help in areas where I was less strong, Manual of Style, etc. I couldn’t find a soul wanting to get involved. One editor did tell me that it could be a “good article” if I did X, Y and Z related to style and headers and some other nonsense. Since I didn’t want to get banned, I did not say: “I did my bit, now fuck off and try working on it yourself.” But I thought about saying it.
I have significantly expanded a bunch of articles on former members of Congress of the early 20th century. Some of the folks have great stories to tell. I could point out articles which have gone close to a year without any substantive edits other than mine. One person did come and remove the “stub” tag and tell me how I should remove those in the future. Thanks meathead.
But of course, if some dead Congressman had a granddaughter that fucked Tiger Woods, it would get some attention. The article would double in size and an entire career in Congress would be overshadowed by the sordid deeds of a grandchild.
So its been one of those things where I have essentially checked out. Every now than then something comes up about someone. If WP has a crap biography, I might find myself compelled to do some work on it. And I enjoy the research and the referencing of articles. So I think they look pretty good. If I am really lucky, someone will come along and add “Neptunian Slug is a fag” on the article and it will sit there for weeks until it pops up on someone’s watchlist.