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Beyond Wikipedia: 7 wikis for everything from “Lost” to lyrics

When most people hear “wiki,” the first thing that comes to mind is probably Wikipedia. But that’s about to change. The controversial encyclopedia’s immense popularity has enabled the wiki — or collaborative website — to evolve into a richer, more useful resource than the catch-all that is Wikipedia. They’re not just for lazy college students in need of quick essay sources anymore.

Stop sorting through millions of Wikipedia pages and start surfing topic-specific wikis that are better suited to your interests and needs.

  1. LyricWiki
    How many times have you wondered what your favorite artist is singing, but didn’t know where to look? Or maybe you’re frustrated that the only lyrics you can find are inaccurate? Take matters into your own hands with LyricWiki. Find the lyrics you need, and then correct them yourself if need be. Searching for lyrics doesn’t have to be difficult anymore.
  2. Foodista
    Enhance your cooking with the combined knowledge of cooks all around the world through Foodista’s collectively refined and edited recipes. Or, if you’re feeling like you want to share your culinary know-how, you can browse through the recipes and make your own tweaks to improve upon others’ recipes. Users can also post comments and upload additional photos to any article, so even if you don’t have anything to add to the actual recipe, you can leave feedback for the authors. Food bloggers can also benefit from the wiki through Foodista widgets that allow easy linking between one’s blog and Foodista.
  3. Muppet Wiki
    Yes, you read that right. Muppet Wiki is your essential guide to everything Muppet-related, including all the information you could want or need about “Sesame Street,” “The Muppet Show,” and even other Jim Henson productions, like “Bear in the Big Blue House.” Come on, you know you’ve been waiting for this.
  4. Lostpedia
    You’re not the only one who’s confused by the show’s endless plot twists. Luckily, there are plenty of “Lost” experts out there who’ve documented every detail of the show for you to help figure out just what’s up with all the freaky stuff happening on that island.
  5. wikiHow
    From how to make Jell-O shots to how to knit a cover for your iPod, wikiHow has tons of helpful guides covering just about every topic. And the fact that it’s a wiki means you can add your own expertise. You think you’re a pro at tomato sauce stain removal? Go for it. The masses will appreciate your know-how.
  6. WikiAnswers
    WikiAnswers takes a collaborative approach to knowledge, giving you the chance to ask questions and use your knowledge to answer the questions submitted by others. If search engines can’t answer your question, someone on WikiAnswers probably can.
  7. Medpedia
    It might not be the smartest idea to take medical advice from strangers, but Medpedia could be considered more trustworthy because only physicians and Ph.D.s are allowed to edit the articles. Created in association with Harvard, Stanford, University of Michigan and UC-Berkeley, Medpedia aims to be a medical “reference source for both medical professionals and the lay-public.”

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