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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.
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?
The World Gets a Free Encyclopedia
Finding Wikipedia's Content
Understanding and Evaluating an Article
Good Writing and Research
Cleanup, Projects, and Processes
Make and Mend Wikipedia's Web
Images, Templates, and Special Characters
The Life Cycle of an Article
Becoming a Wikipedian
Community and Communication
Policy and Your Input
Disputes, Blocks, and Bans
200 Languages and Counting
Wikimedia Commons and Other Sister Projects
The Foundation and Project Coordination
Reusing Wikimedia Content
Wikipedia for Teachers
Edit Summaries Jargon
History (List of Wikipedia Pages Referenced in This Work)
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