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People who edit Wikipedia, users or anonymous, presumably get some short term and long term benefit or benefits out of editing Wikipedia (otherwise they wouldn't do it).
Possible personal benefits to a more accurate encyclopedia are:
- The feeling of accomplishment when one corrects an error or creates an article.
- If most people write about what they hate or love the most, then focusing on something one loves could be enjoyable.
- If one helps a global encyclopedia to be more accurate, more complete, or somehow better, then one lives in a world with a better encyclopedia, which could have long term benefits.
Wikipedia should work to give editors as much positive incentives as possible while attempting to limit negative consequences, such as trying to ensure criticism of editors and their work are neither empty nor insulting.