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The internet has produced some of the worst garbage of the 21st century. (See: 4chan, the alt-right, the “Slender Man stabbing,” and, of course, LinkedIn, the undisputed worst website.) But it’s had some wins, too! Though it’s easy to take Wikipedia for granted at this point, the online encyclopedia is a genuinely incredible resource. Take a minute to really appreciate it: a crowdsourced catalogue of knowledge on nearly everything ever, presented to all for free. As a repository of human learning, it might rival the historical libraries of Baghdad and Alexandria, but it’s significantly less vulnerable to getting torched. A hive-mind of volunteers across the globe collaborates with more than 300 staff and contractors to make Wikipedia possible. If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of the Wiki project, but didn’t know where to start, now’s your chance to learn the basics courtesy of Wikimedia, the nonprofit behind Wikipedia. Wikimedia’s D.C. chapter is hosting a free lesson on the fundamentals of editing Wikipedia via Zoom. After the training, you’ll be ready to apply your expertise and become a small part of one of the best parts of the internet. The event begins June 30 at 10 a.m. Registration is available at eventbrite.com. Free. —Will Lennon