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How Wikipedia Works: And How You Can Be a Part of It 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 068-9145717600
ISBN-10: 159327176X
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"This book was created by Wikipedians, and as a result, I have never read a better summary of how Wikipedia works. Anyone who wants to understand this miracle of the Internet should buy this book!" --Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales, founder of Wikipedia

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How Wikipedia Works "is the thoughtful, comprehensive, and freely licensed manual that I've been waiting years for. Wikipedia would be much improved if every Wikipedia editor, new and old, were given a copy."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (September 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159327176X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593271763
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book might also be titled "Wikipedia in Context". It tells in detail what Wikipedia is and what it is not; it even has a history of encyclopedias and talks about how Wikipedia fits into this tradition. It goes into detail on the culture and motivations of the people who work on Wikipedia. It covers the mission of the project and speculates on the global impact it will have someday.

There is an especially valuable chapter on "Understanding and Evaluating an Article" with a lot of good tips. Traditional encyclopedias are written by authorities in the field, but Wikipedia is written by a wide variety of authors, some experts, some amateurs, some fanatics, and some vandals. The appeal to authority doesn't work for Wikipedia.

There are real-life case studies scattered through the book about the internal workings of Wikipedia and its interaction with the real world. The most startling and sobering is the story of Turkish scholar Taner Akçam, who was detained at Montreal's Trudeau Airport by Canadian officials who had read in Wikipedia an incorrect report that he was a terrorist.

I only have a couple of gripes about this book. The screen shots highlight the relevant parts by graying everything else, which I like, but the gray is so dark it's hard to see the screen clearly and tell where you are. The index is lengthy but it was hard to find things in it; it seems to index only the main discussion of each topic and not any other references to it.

Compared to John Broughton's Wikipedia: The Missing Manual, this book is much broader and shallower.
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This is exactly the book I was looking for. It gives a great and detailed introduction into the inner workings of Wikipedia and how you can contribute. The only complaint I have is that it could have been written a bit more concisely. Some of the text is quite lengthy and could be shortened.

It may sound a bit counterintuitive, but I would have liked to see a few more anecdotes about real cases, how they evolved, and how articles changed over time. It is a bit theoretical at times when the authors talk about "editing wars" (and other issues) without showing what the war was actually about, what was changed, why this was bad (or good) and how the conflict was solved.
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Excellent book, written by Wikipedia contributors. It gives a lot of background and philosophy, as well as specific guidance. "Wikipedia: The Missing Manual" was the better pure how-to. But this book provided a lot of rich context. The Kindle edition functioned very well -- easy to find what you are looking for.
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I do a lot of research, most of it by Google, and many times there are links to Wikipedia with information on my subject. When I was attending school, we were often told we weren't allowed to use Wikipedia as references, only for information. In other words, we could read what was there, but not quote it. I've always wondered why this is, although some of the instructors say it's because it's unreliable. I'm not totally sure this is true.

Aside from all that, if you want to know about Wikipedia, this is the book for you. The authors explain exactly what Wikipedia is, (it's a giant web encyclopedia (my words, not theirs)), how it got started and what's it for. They also explain how you, yes you if you wish, can contribute to Wikipedia.

They also explain the rights and copyrights of the articles and graphics you will find on Wikipedia. They explain how you can use the articles, and how you should give credit for them when you reuse them. They also explain how you can edit an article if you should know about the subject, or even add a new article.

This book is chock full of information and you will know all about Wikipedia when you are reading this book. I found it written in an entertaining and conversational style. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to know all about Wikipedia.
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I was skeptical when Wikipedia first launched. I was convinced it could never rival the Encyclopedia Britannica, to pick a not-so-random candidate for comparison. But over the ensuing years, I've been increasingly impressed at what this effort has produced. The coverage is truly amazing, and the depth of many articles is nothing short of astounding. Caveat lector still applies, of course -- but it applies to *any* book or reference you might purchase here on Amazon.

I have edited a handful of Wikipedia entries, but always with some trepidation, a little voice in my head going, "You're not doing it right!" All the rules and templates and syntax and unique cultural guidelines are all included in Wikipedia itself, but it can be a daunting task finding what you need at any given moment. I remember having many browser windows open into multiple Wikipedia pages -- all so I could make sure I *was* doing it right. I often wished I had an offline reference I could flip through to find what I needed without leaving the page I was editing.

And now I do. This is a very fine book indeed, extremely thorough on every topic I can imagine needing to know more about. Highly recommended.

~ Chris Locke, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual
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