Wikipedia 10K Redux by Reagle from Starling archive. Bugs abound!!!
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Questions not answered in HowDoesOneEditaPage, WhatIsaWiki, WhatsaWikiFor, WhyOnEarthWouldIWantToContributeToaWiki, WhatsTheRelationshipBetweenWikipediaAndNupedia, or HowCanIExploreWikiPedia. See also WikiPediaProcess for discussion of unsettled and unsettling questions about Wikipedia. ---- '''Q. Why are some of the links scrunched together and capitalized LikeThis, while others aren't?''' A. The original wiki standard was to treat anything scrunched together and capitalized LikeThis as a link. In an encyclopedia, though, this frankly looks ridiculous. So we have updated our software recently; we can now create so-called [[Free Links]]. We are in the process of converting our old-style links to new-style links. "Pardon our dust," as they say! ---- '''Q. When did the [[Wikipedia]] start?''' A. January 15, 2001. An earlier version of the wiki (including original versions of some of these pages) was briefly hosted on Nupedia.com (first posted January 10). The idea of a Nupedia-sponsored wiki originated out of a conversation [[Larry Sanger]] had with BenKovitz on the evening of January 2. ---- '''Q. This is a wiki, anyone with a browser can edit any page. This is not true of either print or on-line encyclopediae. With a non-editable encyclopedia I can be reasonably sure who wrote what I'm reading, can check their credentials, and form an opinion regarding their reliability. I can't do any of those things with [[Wikipedia]]. Why then would I give any credence to anything I read here?''' A. You should not give credence to anything you read here. Less flippantly, you should realize that this is, quite self-consciously, an experiment in public collaboration quite unlike any print or online encyclopedia, and therefore it will be difficult to project the results, in terms of their credibility, until the project is farther along. But even then, you'll have to judge the results based on the articles themselves, rather than the credentials of their writers (which is itself often an unreliable way to determine credibility, as you know). ---- '''Q. How do you change the entry heading for a topic? TheLaw is a topic and should be [[Law]].''' A. Only system administrators can do that, so you'd ask [[Jimbo Wales]] or [[Larry Sanger]] (we might just set up a "change request page" for this purpose). In the meantime, you can use the
#REDIRECT [[new page name]]command. On this, please see [[how does one edit a page|our page editing instructions]]. ---- '''Q. Which languages are--from a technical or a social point of view--desirable?''' A. From a technical point of view, wiki doesn't care what language the page is in. But since English is the language we started with, if you start writing in other languages, there are apt to be competing versions of the same content in different languages. But, for example, perhaps at the bottom of my ThomasReid page you could put a link to ThomasReidDe, and include a German translation of the page. Just a thought. (Might not be worth it!) There are already a few French pages such as LangueFrancaise. ---- '''Q. Can you delete a page from the wiki? Especially your own?''' A. Yes, in fact you can. Consideration for others demands that you exercise extreme caution in doing so, if the page in question ''isn't'' one that you started, or is one to which many others have contributed something of interest. But strictly speaking there's nothing stopping you: all you have to do is remove the text from the page. You can also click on the name of the page (at the top of the page) to see what other pages link to the deleted page, and delete links to it. Again, extreme caution is advised... And make use of the BadJokesAndOtherDeletedNonsense page. ---- '''Q. If you delete all the text from a Page does it become a PaGe? again?''' A. If you delete all the text on a Page, the page remains as a PaGe. It does not go back to PaGe?. Only the administrators can completely delete a page. ---- '''Q. Can you add Nupedia articles to Wikipedia?''' A. CanWeAddNupediaArticlesToTheWiki? Sure. ---- '''Q. Can we link to Nupedia Pages that are not articles, say the Pronunciation Guides or part of the Guidelines, for example?''' A. Yes, why not? You can link to anything you want. You can either type the URL in directly, or else in this format: [URL nameofpage]. This results in a link like this: [http://www.nupedia.com Nupedia.com]. ---- '''Q. I'm lame and I don't want to contribute anything, but that uncommon capitalization is bugging me. What's the deal? WhyIsEveryThingOnThePageLikeThis?''' A. Uncommon capitalizations signify hyperlinks! If you were interesting in contributing, you would have read the HowDoesOneEditaPage section,and learned this there. '''Q. Yeah, but why? I read the HowDoesOneEditaPage section. I understand that I have to use uncommon capitalizations to create a link. What's the purpose?''' A. You got me. I think it was Ward Cunningham's invention as part of his original wiki. It's part of the software, for which we aren't responsible. We might, of course, change this (obligating us to relabel zillions of links, but no matter). ---- '''Q. Is someone keeping regular backups of this site? What if I write a great article and some clod shows up and nukes it? I'd like some assurance that my efforts aren't going to waste.''' A. Well, you probably shouldn't post to this site! Contribute to [http://www.nupedia.com Nupedia] instead! Here, there's nothing to stop clods from nuking great articles... but the site does keep previous versions of pages (see the "View other revisions" link at the bottom of this page). Feel free to reinstate previous master works if the current version of a page disappoints you (but who knows - you might even be a clod and not know it!). And yes, we are keeping backups of the server itself. For more discussion see [http://www.c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiWipeout this discussion of "wiki wipeouts."] ---- '''Q. Is this safe? I mean, I could start defaming people. Then the legal implications of this could become a problem to the provider of this service.''' A. Good question. Why not write on TheLegalImplicationsOfWikis? (It's probably already been done on [http://www.c2.com/cgi/wiki?WelcomeVisitors Ward Cunningham's original wiki].) ---- '''Q. What's the point of getting a user number?''' A. It's not required, but it allows you to tell wiki to save your settings and thereby have Wikipedia be displayed in the same way each time you return. It also credits you with changes you make, instead of a meaningless IP number. ---- '''Q. Is the words/articles/items OpenContent? What is the license agreement on the contents of [[Wikipedia]]?''' A. The contents of the [[Wikipedia]] is covered by the GNUFreeDocumentationLicense. ---- '''Q. Is there any way to learn about changes to certain topics without having to go there from time to time?''' A. Yes, click on the RecentChanges link at the top and bottom of every page. ---- '''Q. Can a hit counter be implemented on a WikiWiki page?''' A. Sure, the PowersthatBe simply have to make it happen. ---- '''Q. This is very weird. On OntOlogy, when using the name "AristotlE" as a possessive, in the first paragraph I wrote "AristotlE", followed by five single quote marks, followed by "s". This produced "Aristotle's" (with an upper case "e"). In the ''next'' paragraph, when I wanted to produce the same effect, I wrote the ''exact same thing,'' and instead of producing "Aristotle's" (with an upper case "e"), WikiWiki emboldened the whole paragraph after that point. Instead, what I found I had to do was write "AristotlE", followed by ''just one'' single quote mark, followed by "s". So why didn't what worked in the first paragraph also work in the second paragraph?''' A. The single-quote forms of bold and italic formatting do not always do what you'd expect when they are nested. If you are doing special forms of formatting, you may want to use the
Header" to create a header.) See the [http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?RawHtmlWiki Meatball Wiki RawHtmlWiki page] for earlier discussion of these issues. The HTML tags directly supported in the current version are i, b, tt, and pre. There is also a pseudo-tag "nowiki" which you can use to prevent the wiki from formatting your text (like
NotALink--edit to see the tags). The next release will add a code tag (like tt, but also suppresses wiki formatting) and a new wiki-syntax for h1-h6 (h1 is =text=, h2 is ==text==, etc...). I might also add em and strong tags to the next release--there are only a few people who seem to like them, but they ''really'' like them. The [[Wikipedia]] may have different needs than the typical wiki. The formatting rules are easy to change, and I am willing to try new things for this wiki if the maintainers of this site want changes. --CliffordAdams ---- '''Q. Would [[wikipedes]] be [[WikiPedians]] or [[WikiPediaBugs]]?''' ---- This page needs refactoring... :-) --LS