The noblest creation of the information age!
A treasure trove of knowledge, free to one and all.
Forty million articles on every subject matter.
Three hundred languages in every form of letter.
Built by unpaid enthusiasts; no ads or profit.
Built by the generosity of those who love to share.

Behind the scenes, what odious passions rage!
Hostility, insult, misogyny appall.
Vicious infighting in Byzantine bureaucracies.
Labyrinths of guidelines, rules, and policies.
All the world's invited: "Anyone can edit".
But once they come they flee from the anger burning there.


This is part of the collection Verses for the Information Age by Ernest Davis