Ha! The truth is out there Fly.
I disagree. I might upset the person who wrote the entry!
Also, I am a stickler. On my website I don't include citations but it's best practice on Wikipedia and I would want to do that. I think anyone who has written so many articles and read so many articles realises that correctly annotating with accurate references often takes much longer than writing the articles themselves. And if I were not to do that then who is to believe me over the guy who thinks beer and walnut shell crystals are a paint?
I could of course greatly improve many of the entries that are within my sphere of knowledge, many of the wood restoration ones are wrong, poor or incomplete.
But then take a look at SPAB. Their advice for wood finishing and floor repair is pretty incomplete or wrong. They are written by an architect and a surveyor who are obviously interested and have a little bit of knowledge but probably 0 to 10 hours experience. As a corporate sponsor I have told Lucy I could update them but how would that go down? Not really a way to win friends and influence people is it? No matter how magnanimous most humans baulk at being told they are wrong. Even if it from a well read individual with over 30,000 hours of experience in the field. That's just how it is! I give free advice weekly to people all over the UK and overseas via emails from my website.
Anyway. Wikipedia is fantastic, always my first port of call. I feel guilty I haven't donated yet.
Just (un) common sense (what a misnomer that is!) first thing I do after visiting Wikipedia is to cross reference.
If you don't know much about a subject it can take a few hours / days / weeks to check.
Only not with some entries! Obviously you were in a hurry Fly and didn't spot the ridiculous inconsistencies! Van dyke and beer is not a paint!
I think I have done enough for free advice with my 100,000 + words of articles on my website!