My first wikipedia edit (if I'm remembering correctly) was adding about 500 words to a stub article about methyl-jasmonate, a plant hormone. At the time I was a PhD student in a lab which studied the action of the hormone, so I had something to say. I spent about 2 hours putting together some text and some references. I probably didn't get the style right as the markup language WP uses is kinda clunky (very 2005).
Anyways I thought it looked pretty decent and thought maybe someone who knows better would come along someday and minorly tweak it and it would get better.
Next day I went to marvel at my work. It had all been undone, one-shot reverting to previous state, no reason given.
So I decided to no longer waste my time on editing wikipedia. If adding 500 true words to a very minor article was going to involve some kind of discussion or fight, I don't have time for it.
I'm now a science educator, and I've though that assigning my students to research a stub and add to wikipedia would be a fun thing to do, but I know better now. Why teach them the world is shit by having them put their heart and soul into something which will just get auto-reverted by a bot for no stated reason?
WP has just become old and creaky. It's become about itself rather than about it's mission. There is just about zero innovation in the system and as far as I can tell the mediawiki software is complete garbage, it's all hacky bloatware.
What should be done? We should just take all the content, and start a new fresh organization which will be better. It's time to iterate.