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Wikipedia : The Missing Manual - John Broughton


The Missing Manual

Paperback Published: 12th February 2008
ISBN: 9780596515164
Number Of Pages: 490

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Want to be part of the largest group-writing project in human history? Learn how to contribute to Wikipedia, the user-generated online reference for the 21st century. Considered more popular than eBay, Microsoft.com, and Amazon.com, Wikipedia generates approximately 30,000 requests per second, or about 2.5 billion per day. It's become the first point of reference for people the world over who need a fact fast.

If you want to jump on board and add to the content, "Wikipedia: The Missing Manual" is your first-class ticket. Wikipedia has more than 6 million entries in 250 languages, over 2 million articles in the English language alone. Each one is written and edited by an ever-changing cast of volunteer editors. You can be one of them. With the tips in this book, you'll quickly learn how to get more out of -- and put more into -- this valuable online resource.
"Wikipedia: The Missing Manual" gives you practical advice on creating articles and collaborating with fellow editors, improving existing articles, and working with the Wikipedia community to review new articles, mediate disputes, and maintain the site. Up to the challenge? This one-of-a-kind book includes: Basic editing techniques, including the right and wrong ways to edit Pinpoint advice about which types of articles do and do not belong on Wikipedia Tips on using Wikipedia page histories and reversing inaccurate edits Ways to learn from other editors and communicate with them via the site's talk pages Tricks for using templates and timesaving automated editing tools Tools for fighting spam and vandalism Guidance on adding citations, links, and images to your articles You also learn about other Wikimedia services, such as Wikinews, Wikiquote, and Wikibooks. Wikipedia depends on people just like you to help the site grow and maintain the highest quality. With "Wikipedia: The Missing Manual," you get all the tools you need to be part of the crew.

About the Author

John Broughton has been editing Wikipedia articles since 2004, with over 10,000 edits to date. He has extensive witing experience both as a student (B.S. in Mathematical Sciences, Johns Hopkins University; M.B.A., Golden Gate University; M.S. in Education, University of Southern California; Masters in Public Policy and PhD work, University of California at Berkeley) and as an auditor and analyst in public agencies at the federal, state, and local levels in California and Washington State. He is an Eagle Scout, a National Merit Scholar, and a retired Lieutenant Colonel (U.S. Army Reserve). His first experience with computers was a programming course in a 1969 National Science Foundation summer program.

The Missing Creditsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Editing, Creating, and Maintaining Articles
Editing for the First Timep. 3
The Wikipedia Way of Editingp. 3
Practicing in the Sandboxp. 4
Starting, Previewing, and Saving Your Editp. 5
Dealing with an Edit Conflictp. 11
Wiki Markup: From Edit Box to Screenp. 14
Editing Article Sectionsp. 18
Editing the Lead Sectionp. 20
Editing for Realp. 21
Documenting Your Sourcesp. 25
Documentation Guidelinesp. 25
Adding an External Linkp. 30
Citing Sourcesp. 31
Creating Footnotesp. 33
Advanced Citation Techniquesp. 40
Setting Up Your Account and Personal Workspacep. 45
Why Register?p. 45
Picking a User Namep. 48
Registeringp. 50
Setting Up Your User Pagep. 53
Personal Subpagesp. 56
Creating a New Articlep. 61
What Makes a Good Articlep. 62
What Articles Don't Belong on Wikipediap. 66
Tutorial: Creating a New Articlep. 69
Ideas for New Articlesp. 78
Resources for Writing Articlesp. 78
Who Did What: Page Histories and Revertingp. 81
Understanding Page Historiesp. 81
Reverting Editsp. 90
Advanced Techniquesp. 96
Monitoring Changesp. 99
The User Contributions Pagep. 99
Wikipedia's Standard Watchlistp. 101
Multiple Watchlistsp. 115
Real-Time Monitoring Alternativesp. 117
Dealing with Vandalism and Spamp. 121
Lines of Defensep. 122
Reverting Vandalism and Spamp. 122
Issuing Warningsp. 130
Requesting Assistance of Administratorsp. 133
Don't Get into a Revert Warp. 138
Collaborating with Other Editors
Communicating with Your Fellow Editorsp. 143
Identifying Yourselfp. 143
Article Talk (Discussion) Pagesp. 145
User Talk Page Postingsp. 156
Communicating via Email and IRCp. 162
WikiProjects and Other Group Effortsp. 165
WikiProjectsp. 165
Collaborationsp. 175
Less Formal Working Groupsp. 177
Resolving Content Disputesp. 179
Why Editors Disagreep. 179
Avoiding Content Disputesp. 181
Reviewing Content Changes: A General Plan of Actionp. 184
Resolving Content Disputes Informallyp. 188
Resolving Disputes with Assistancep. 191
Handling Incivility and Personal Attacksp. 195
Enforcing Norms of Conductp. 195
Dealing with Incivility and Personal Attacksp. 200
When You Get Irritated (or Worse)p. 210
Lending Other Editors a Handp. 213
Answering Questionsp. 213
Showing Appreciation for Other Editorsp. 218
Reviewing Articles and Imagesp. 219
Coaching Other Editorsp. 223
Helping Resolve Disputesp. 223
For Experienced Editorsp. 227
Choosing Where You Want to Helpp. 228
Formatting and Illustrating Articles
Article Sections and Tables of Contentsp. 233
Getting Sections Rightp. 233
Getting Headings Rightp. 242
Improving the Table of Contentsp. 245
Creating Lists and Tablesp. 253
Creating and Editing Listsp. 253
Editing and Creating Tablesp. 26
Adding Imagesp. 271
Uploading Imagesp. 271
Finding Imagesp. 284
Placing an Image in an Articlep. 284
Questions or Problems with Imagesp. 287
Uploading a Non-free Imagep. 288
Building a Stronger Encyclopedia
Getting Readers to the Right Article: Naming, Redirects, and Disambiguationp. 295
Naming and Renamingp. 295
For Old Names and Bad Spellers: Redirectsp. 303
For Multiple Meanings: Disambiguationp. 313
Categorizing Articlesp. 323
Fundamentals of Categorizationp. 323
Category Links in Articlesp. 324
Category Pagesp. 331
Building Out Categoriesp. 335
Discussing Categoriesp. 336
Categories, Lists, and Series Boxesp. 336
Better Articles: A Systematic Approachp. 339
Avoid Surprisesp. 339
Don't Suppress or Separate Controversyp. 342
Reorganize and Edit Existing Contentp. 343
Don't Take Article Scope as a Givenp. 346
Improve the Citation of Sourcesp. 348
Build the Webp. 351
Look for Guidance and Examplesp. 352
Add Sourced Contentp. 353
Remove Cruft and Duplicationp. 355
Get the Wording Rightp. 356
Make the Article Look Appealingp. 357
Deleting Existing Articlesp. 359
Responding to Problem Articlesp. 359
Alternatives to Deletionp. 362
Three Ways to Delete an Articlep. 363
After an Article is Deletedp. 379
Customizing Wikipedia
Customizing with Preferencesp. 383
User Profilep. 383
Skinp. 388
Mathp. 390
Filesp. 391
Date and Timep. 391
Editingp. 393
Recent Changesp. 395
Watchlistp. 395
Searchp. 395
Miscp. 397
Gadgetsp. 399
Easier Editing with JavaScriptp. 401
Setting Up Your Browserp. 401
Adding and Deleting Scriptsp. 402
Fixing Problemsp. 409
Resourcesp. 410
A Tour of the Wikipedia Pagep. 413
Reader's Guide to Wikipediap. 427
Learning Morep. 447
Indexp. 457
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ISBN: 9780596515164
ISBN-10: 0596515162
Series: Missing Manual
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 490
Published: 12th February 2008
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 17.8  x 2.73
Weight (kg): 0.79

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