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  • 25 Things You Should Know About Wikipedia

    3 posts, 3 voices, 832 views, started Dec 26, 2008

    Posted on Friday, December 26, 2008 by Stephanie


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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Dec 26, 2008
        • 25 Things You Should Know about Wikipedia

          Social Media and Blogging Blog Nosh Magazine {Originally published at Connect with Your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology}

          A new book has come out about Wikipedia, How Wikipedia Works: And how you can be a part of it. I plan to write a review of the book during the coming week, however I thought that in the meantime I would share some important facts about Wikipedia that everyone should know, but might not be aware of.

             1. All content in Wikipedia is completely free for anyone to use. There are no copyright restrictions.

             2. Not all information is included in Wikipedia. It must be encyclopediac, neutral and verifiable.

             3. The mission of Wikipedia is to make the whole world's information available in all languages.

             4. Wikipedia is just one form of a Wiki. The acronym Wiki stands for What I Know Is. A Wiki is a web page that anybody can edit (although passwords are needed in private wikis ).

             5. Every page on Wikipedia has its complete history saved of every version from its first edit on.

             6. Anybody can edit articles on Wikipedia.

             7. As of August 2008, there were over 2,500,000 articles on Wikipedia.

             8. There is no censorship on Wikipedia as long as an article meets the guidelines in number 2 above to be encyclopediac, neutral and verifiable. Therefore, there will be articles with language and material not appropriate for all.

             9. There are 3 types of hyperlinks used in Wikipedia - a) external-links to pages out of Wikipedia b) internal-links to other articles within Wikipedia c) redlinks-links to articles within Wikipedia that don't exist yet.

            10. Every article has a discussion and talk page for the editors to discuss it.

            11. If you see an article in Wikipedia with a yellowbar and a broom chasing dust, that means that this article needs a lot of cleaning up. This is an article ripe for edit.

            12. The name for members of the Wikipedia community is Wikipedians.

            13. There are guidelines to make new writers and editors in Wikipedia feel welcome. The main two are: a) assume good faith - if somebody new does something against policy, first assume it was a mistake and give them the chance to fix it, b) focus on the importance of being welcoming.

            14. Editors can be blocked or banned from further editing and various articles are not available to be edited by anybody because they are very open to vandalism.

            15. Wikipedia contains no ads.

            16. There are Wikipedias in over 250 languages.

            17. Wikipedia's infrastructure is run by the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation. There are several other sister projects to Wikipedia that Wikimedia runs:

            18. Wikimedia Commons - Free media and other images

            19. Wiktionary - Dictionary definitions

            20. Wikinews - Freecontent alternative to proprietary news agencies

            21. Wikibooks - A wiki for the creation of free content textbooks and manuals

            22. Wikiquote - Collection of quotations from notable people and works

            23. Wikisource - A collection of source documents and primary texts that are in public domain

            24. Wikispecies - Biological database of species

            25. Wikiversity - Educational materials

          Editor's Pick by Kelby Carr of I love when I actually learn something new on the geeky front. I've even developed my own wiki before, and didn't even know it was an acronym for What I Know Is. I just love that this list of 25 things you should know about wiki has so many I never knew before. I feel me metablogging powers intensifying as I type. I also like that Jennifer uses her blog to help parents connect with teens in their native tongue: technology.

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