I’ve been noticing more often than not that the first search results I get when I search for anything in Google or Bing is a Wikipedia article.
There are many people – yours truly included – that purposely avoid Wikipedia articles because in many instances the content there is either slightly incorrect, flat out wrong and/or I never wanted to go to Wikipedia in the first place.
Fortunately it’s easy enough to completely skirt Wikipedia articles completely in search results by using a simple search operator.
Below is what happens when I search for a simple search term like irc.
Note the immediate Wikipedia links within the first few results (sometimes listed as the #1 result).
To avoid all the Wikipedia crapola, I simply add -wikipedia to filter that stuff out:
By using the minus operator in Bing, Google or whatever search engine you use, filtering out the Wikipedia results does make for better searching.
I want to point out that the Wikipedia itself is not bad, but all the search engines include results from that site way too much.