Sure, "citizen encyclopediaism" isn't a real term, but either was "citizen journalism" at some point, and with Wikipedia...anything can be fact, and anyone can author an encyclopedia entry. Sure the facts are sometimes...totally false, but c'mon, even the Encyclopedia Britannica got Stalin’s birth date and the birth name of Bill Clinton wrong.

On Monday night's Colbert Report, the defender of truth himself praised Wikipedia for "wikiality", "the reality that exists if you make something up and enough people agree with you". He urged viewers to "find the Wikipedia entry on elephants and create an entry that stated their population had tripled in the last six months, a fact he freely stated to not know if it was "actually true," with his sidebar stating "it isn't." (See above clip from the show.)

Colbert has now been blocked from using the site. Though the site states, "This is being done to protect the actual Stephen Colbert from impersonation", one of the site admin's blogs states, "Yes, I am Wikipedia Tawker and yes, I blocked. That “joke” used way too much of my bandwidth, my poor Tawkerbot4 couldn’t keep up! In all, we ended up protecting 20 elephant related pages." He also adds, "Now, if Stephen Colbert is out there, I’m willing to appear on the show if you put me on report. I need one round trip airfare to New York for the taping but just give me a date and I’ll go." Of course you will.

The New Yorker recently published an article titled, "Know It All: Can Wikepedia conquer expertise?" mentioning the survey published by Nature which showed Wikipedia having four errors for every three of Britannica’s. We imagine that number is up now, especially with all those elephant entries.