Who's behind Wikipedia?

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Who's behind Wikipedia?

  1. 1. Who's Behind Wikipedia? navigation ● What is From linux.conf.au, the free (software) conference Wikipedia? “The problem with Wikipedia is that it ● Wikimedia only works in practice. In theory, it can Foundation never work. ” ―Unknown ● “Foundation issues” “Who's Behind Wikipedia?” is a ● Policies and presentation at the LinuxChix guidelines miniconference of the 2008 Linux.conf.au conference. ● Case 1: AfD ● Case 2: Dispute resolution ● How to get involved ● Wikipedia & the future
  2. 2. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:There's_no_cabal.png Original in French by Rama, translated by Sandstein Licensed CC-BY-SA-2.0-France: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/fr/deed.en_GB
  3. 3. What is Wikipedia? navigation What is 253 language editions (145 have > ● Wikipedia? ● Wikimedia Foundation 1000 articles), > 8 million articles total. ● “Foundation English is less than ¼ of total. issues” Policies and Project cultural differences: ● guidelines ● Case 1: AfD ● Case 2: Dispute resolution ● How to get involved ● Wikipedia & the future
  4. 4. Wikimedia Foundation navigation ● What is Mission statement: The mission of the Wikimedia Wikipedia? Foundation is to empower and engage people around the ● Wikimedia world to collect and develop educational content under a Foundation free license or in the public domain, ● “Foundation and to disseminate it effectively and issues” globally...[T]he Foundation provides ● Policies and guidelines the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the Case 1: AfD support and development of multi- ● ● Case 2: lingual wiki projects and other Dispute resolution endeavors which serve this mission. The Foundation will make and keep ● How to get involved useful information from its projects available on the ● Wikipedia & Internet free of charge, in perpetuity. the future
  5. 5. Wikimedia Foundation navigation ● What is Wikipedia? ● Wikimedia Foundation ● “Foundation issues” ● Policies and ●Meta wiki ●Foundation wiki guidelines ● Case 1: AfD ●Incubator ● Case 2: Dispute ●Chapters: AR, resolution ● How to get involved FR,DE,IL,IT,NL, ● Wikipedia & PL,RS,SV,CH, the future TW,UK (AU?)
  6. 6. “Foundation issues” navigation ● What is Wikipedia? ● Anyone can edit (Assume Good Wikimedia Faith) ● Foundation ● “Foundation ●Free content: copyleft issues” ●Consensus decisions ● Policies and guidelines ●NPOV ● Case 1: AfD ●No ownership ● Case 2: ●Incremental progress Dispute resolution ● How to get involved ● Wikipedia & the future
  7. 7. navigation Policies... ●Verifiability' ●Ignore all rules ●WP:NOT ● What is Wikipedia? ●Bots ●Deletion ● Wikimedia ●Civility ●Speedy deletion Foundation ●Edit warring ●Office actions ● “Foundation issues” ●No personal attacks ●Oversight ●Sock puppetry ●Proposed deletion ● Policies and guidelines ●3RR ●Blocks Case 1: AfD ●Username ●Arbitration ● ● Case 2: ●Vandalism ●Bans Dispute resolution ●Wheel war ●Consensus ● How to get ●BLP ●Protection involved ●Naming conventions ●Resolving disputes ● Wikipedia & ●NPOV ●Fair use the future ●No original research ●Reuse
  8. 8. navigation ... and guidelines ●Article size ● What is Wikipedia? ●Be bold Manual of Style (over 100!) ●Lists ● Wikimedia ●Linking Foundation ●Categories ●Edit summary ● “Foundation ●Series boxes (navboxes, issues” ●Autobiography ●Notability infoboxes) ● Policies and ●Titles guidelines ●Disambiguation ●Sections Case 1: AfD ●Cite sources ● ●Names ● Case 2: ●Spoilers Dispute ●Acronyms resolution ●Talk pages ●Punctuation How to get ●Subpages ●Numbers ● involved ●WP:POINT ●Currency ● Wikipedia & ●WP:BITE the future ●Spelling ●User page ●........................
  9. 9. My First Article :( navigation ● What is Wikipedia? ● Wikimedia Foundation ● “Foundation issues” ● Policies and guidelines ● Case 1: AfD ● Case 2: Dispute resolution ● How to get involved ● Wikipedia & the future
  10. 10. navigation Deletion process ● What is Wikipedia? Speedy: Admin deletes on sight, or another user ● Wikimedia Foundation tags for an admin to delete ● “Foundation issues” Proposed: Anyone can add the tag. If ● Policies and anyone disagrees, they can remove the tag. If no guidelines one removes the tag in 5 days, it gets deleted. ● Case 1: AfD ● Case 2: Dispute Normal: resolution ●[[Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Article name]] ● How to get ●5 days discussion involved ●Admin closes according to consensus ● Wikipedia & the future Defend your article by improving it!
  11. 11. navigation Deletion review (undeletion) ● What is Wikipedia? First, try resolving with deleting administrator ● ● Wikimedia Foundation Use when: ● “Foundation issues” ●Inappropriate speedy ●Inappropriate close (against consensus) ● Policies and guidelines ●New information has come to light ● Case 1: AfD ●You just really want it back :) ● Case 2: Dispute resolution Useful reading: ●[[User:GRBerry/DRVGuide]] ● How to get involved ●[[WP:ATA]] Wikipedia:Arguments to avoid in Wikipedia & deletion discussions ● the future
  12. 12. Dispute resolution navigation ● What is Wikipedia? ●Bold, revert, discuss Wikimedia ●Talk pages ● Foundation ● “Foundation ●[[WP:RFC]] Requests for comment issues” ●[[WP:RFM]] Requests for mediation ● Policies and guidelines ●[[WP:RFAR]] Requests for arbitration ● Case 1: AfD ● Case 2: Dispute resolution ● How to get involved ● Wikipedia & the future
  13. 13. How to get involved navigation ● What is Wikipedia? ● [[WP:AWNB]] Wikimedia ● WikiProjects ● Foundation ● “Foundation ● Don't leap into controversy issues” ● Start with what you know or like ● Policies and guidelines ● Case 1: AfD ● Case 2: Dispute resolution ● How to get involved ● Wikipedia & the future
  14. 14. The future navigation ● What is Wikipedia? ● WYSIWYG editing? Templates, Wikimedia tables ● Foundation ● “Foundation ●Stable versions issues” ●Trust highlighting ● Policies and guidelines ●Splintered community ● Case 1: AfD ●Knol, Citizendium ● Case 2: ●Probably more bureaucracy Dispute resolution ● How to get involved ● Wikipedia & the future
  15. 15. Thankyou! Questions? Brianna Laugher navigation ● What is [[user:pfctdayelise]] (“perfect day elise”) Wikipedia? brianna.laugher@gmail.com ● Wikimedia http://brianna.modernthings.org/ Foundation ● “Foundation issues” ● Policies and guidelines ● Case 1: AfD ● Case 2: Dispute resolution ● How to get involved ● Wikipedia & http://www.flickr.com/photos/qwghlm/1264953905/ the future “What Wikipedia would look like if on paper, broken down” By Nikola Smolenski & Chris Applegate. Licensed CC-BY-SA-2.5. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/

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