See also the article Reliability of Wikipedia, which summarizes third-party studies and assessments of Wikipedia.
Wikipedia has certain advantages over other reference works.
When editors cannot agree on content and approach, it is likely to take a bit of time before more experienced editors enter the picture.
Even then, on inherently controversial topics, those more experienced editors may have their own axes to grind.
Being web-based and having a very large number of active writers and editors, it provides fast coverage of many topics and provides hyperlinking, unavailable in traditional media.
Also, it often provides access to subject matter that is otherwise inaccessible in non-native languages.
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Wikipedia can be a great tool for learning and researching information.
Wikipedia's radical openness means that any given article may be, at any given moment, in a bad state: for example, it could be in the middle of a large edit or it could have been recently vandalized.
While blatant vandalism is usually easily spotted and rapidly corrected, Wikipedia is certainly more subject to subtle vandalism and deliberate factual errors than a typical reference work.