How Wikipedia Works: And How You Can Be a Part of It by Phoebe Ayers

By Phoebe Ayers

Myxomatosis. The Order of Canada. Noble gasoline. Catherine de' Medici. The historical past of Superman? even if you are doing critical examine on the internet or simply settling a controversy, it is easy to get stuck up in Wikipedia's million articles. and that is now not any such undesirable factor. yet how'd all of the info get there within the first position? and the way are you able to inform if it really is reliable?

Or say you must turn into part of Wikipedia and make your individual contributions. the place do you begin?

In How Wikipedia Works, you are going to research the abilities required to exploit and give a contribution to the world's greatest reference work-like what constitutes sturdy writing and study and the way to paintings with photos and templates.

With perception, anecdotes, and guidance from 3 Wikipedia veterans, you are going to learn the way to:

  • Find info and review the standard and reliability of articles
  • Contribute to current articles via copyediting, writing new fabric, and fact-checking
  • Add new articles that comply with Wikipedia's guidance and most sensible practices-so that your exertions will not be deleted
  • Communicate with different Wikipedians via speak pages, dialogue boards, direct messaging, and more
  • Understand Wikipedia's regulations and approaches and the way they're created and enforced
  • Resolve content material disputes and care for vandals and different malicious editors

Wikipedia is made from humans similar to you: scholars, professors, and daily specialists and lovers. With approximately 10,000 articles extra to Wikipedia each one week, there are many possibilities to hitch this worldwide neighborhood. How Wikipedia Works explains how one can make the Web's go-to resource for info even greater. rather than thinking about the place to start, the query might be "How a ways will you go?"

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Who does the writing and editing? Is the site really an open free-for-all, or is there real project management and bureaucracy behind the scenes? These points are addressed later in this book (see Chapter 12, Community and Communication and Chapter 7, Cleanup, Projects, and Processes, respectively), but the answers, in terms of how Wikipedia works, are complex. [17] One common claim is that the only thing behind Wikipedia's success is a group of amateur writers, lacking the necessary expertise to produce a good reference work.

If having personal control over your work matters to you, you should not add it to Wikipedia. Once you have saved your contributions to the site, you've conceded that others can modify them and use them in any way they wish under the licensing terms. Other works using the GFDL include the book you're reading; its text may be reused under the same conditions. The GFDL requires a history of authorship; on Wikipedia, you can look up the full list of original authors of articles (including pseudonyms, automated edits, and IP numbers) on the page histories of every Wikipedia page we cite.

The text suggested that Seigenthaler was connected to the Kennedy assassinations. No one noticed for five months—until September 2005 when the prank was revealed and made headlines. A friend of Seigenthaler's originally discovered the article; he alerted Seigenthaler, who in turn contacted Jimmy Wales to complain. The objectionable content was deleted from the live page almost immediately after being noticed, by September 24, 2005; in early October, the article was then deleted altogether so the objectionable version could not be viewed from the page history (an accurate biography was subsequently re-created).

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