Over 10 million people have shared their knowledge on Answers.com. There’s something magical about typing your thoughts on your keyboard and knowing that they will become part of a permanent information resource that is consulted by millions every day and can benefit generations to come. As contributors we know we are making a difference when we receive messages of thanks from readers on our message boards. But one of the top WikiGuides, “Worldwide520,” put things in perspective with a poem about the following encounter he had with a reader of his answer.
Why we Wiki, by Worldwide520A girl just lost her sister,She had taken her own life.I don’t know quite how,I have no idea why,But this random eventJust changed my life.One normal dayI was browsing the siteOur amazing Answers.com,The greatest place on the Web.I was perusing the boardsAnd making some merges,Reorganizing questionsAnd adding some answers,Then a few key words did catch my eyeOf a particular questionThat I happened to find.I first thought it ought to be trashed,But with requisite careI was not so rash.Essentially, the question asked:My sister just leapt from a window high,How did it end, her precious life?Using my knowledge of anatomy,I gave a straight answer,Though it was hard for me.For kin of my ownHave encountered deathSo I sympathized with this child,Though we had not met.The question was touching,In a unique way,For she came to us,To soothe her pain.When I said the endHad likely come quickI received a messageThat I did not expect.The girl was relievedThat her sisterHad not known suffering in the end,And I was touched,For look at what I did.A solemn answer was refugeTo a grieving young girlWho’d just lost her sibling,Her closest friend in the world.And people will often askWhy we’re so dedicated to our site,They’ll ask,What’s the value?Why do you waste your time?It may seem insignificant,Like a trivial little story,But times like thoseRemind me why I contribute.We believe in knowledge,And its availability to all;We love cooperation,Diversity makes us whole;This is why I Wiki,This is who we are.
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