Thoughts on Wikipedia as a reference for history/philosophy?
Should it be avoided at all costs or is it decent enough for getting the summary of a topic?
Gives a decent summary/background on a topic the majority of the time, an if you're really lucky you might find a couple of good references to follow up with.
You'd be nuts to solely rely on it though.
Only use it for basic information, check out the sources for more in depth reading. Avoid anything controversial though. Wikipedia likes to pick a side on controversial topics and unfairly leave out the dissenting view.
This. The other day I was arguing with some fuck about some Austro-Hungarian specifics and he was all like POST A LINK TO PROVE YOU'RE RIGHT and I'm like nigger, I got this from books and primary sources, there is no link.