mr_lumpy - 9:45 am on Jul 19, 2006 (gmt 0) <rant>
I have never grasped Wikipedia's prominence in Google. The other SE's don't seem to "love" wikipedia pages as much.
I run a niche site and our pages are all hand-written and very "on target". We have experts who volunter to write our pages, and an editor makes sure the writing is professional. Yet if you look up certain keywords in G, wikipedia will be at the top on Google, no matter how useless the results. I have pages and pages of insanely relevant URLs that are on page 3 or 7 or 12 of G, and totally crap wikpedia pages are on page 1, either the top or second listing.