How Wikipedia Works

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2008-09-15
  • Publisher: No Starch Press

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Wikipedia is one of the world's most trafficked websites, read by hundreds of millions of people in over 200 languages, with coverage of politics, science, the arts, technology, geography, pop culture, history, and more. Anyone can add a new article, or edit existing content, but Wikipedia is poorly understood and can be daunting to non-technical contributors. How Wikipedia Works explains how this vast, collaborative site functions, condensing thousands of hyperlinks of documentation into an easy to use handbook for current or aspiring editors. It covers the basics-such as navigating, searching, and editing-and dives deeply into difficult topics like advanced syntax, editor etiquette, and administrative policies and processes. The veteran Wikipedians behind this book share the secrets and profound success of this incredible, diverse, and unique community.

Author Biography

Phoebe Ayers (user:phoebe) is a science and engineering reference librarian at the University of California, Davis. She has been involved with Wikipedia since 2003 and is an organizer of the Wikimania conferences.

Table of Contents

What's in Wikipedia?p. 3
The World Gets a Free Encyclopediap. 31
Finding Wikipedia's Contentp. 59
Understanding and Evaluating an Articlep. 99
Basic Editingp. 131
Good Writing and Researchp. 161
Cleanup, Projects, and Processesp. 199
Make and Mend Wikipedia's Webp. 231
Images, Templates, and Special Charactersp. 261
The Life Cycle of an Articlep. 287
Becoming a Wikipedianp. 301
Community and Communicationp. 331
Policy and Your Inputp. 363
Disputes, Blocks, and Bansp. 383
Other Projects
200 Languages and Countingp. 407
Wikimedia Commons and Other Sister Projectsp. 419
The Foundation and Project Coordinationp. 447
Reusing Wikimedia Contentp. 459
Wikipedia for Teachersp. 463
Edit Summaries Jargonp. 467
Glossaryp. 471
History (List of Wikipedia Pages Referenced in This Work)p. 477
GNU Free Documentation Licensep. 491
Indexp. 499
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