- 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: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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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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.
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.
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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