Common pitfalls in engaging with Wikipedia

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Section five of the Cancer Research UK Academy run by Wikimedia UK, 31 January 2011

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Common pitfalls in engaging with Wikipedia

  1. 1. <ul><li>Be B old </li></ul><ul><li>R evert </li></ul><ul><li>D iscuss </li></ul>
  2. 2. “ It takes a village to raise a child” <ul><li>Wikipedia is a community site </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion is public </li></ul><ul><li>When deadlocked, expand the discussion </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The audience for Wikipedia is everyone on the planet, including idiots . </li></ul>Therefore , even idiots have useful input. Photo: “St. Stupid’s Day Parade” by Laughing Squid on Flickr.com CC-BY-NC
  4. 4. Why were my edits reverted? <ul><li>People can make mistakes. </li></ul><ul><li>New users attract more suspicion. </li></ul><ul><li>Be patient and build trust. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why were my edits reverted? <ul><li>Going beyond the sources </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate language </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict of Interest </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why was my image deleted? <ul><li>Intellectual property concerns </li></ul>
  7. 7. What doesn’t work <ul><li>Personal attacks/ accusations: criticise behaviour , not people </li></ul><ul><li>Pulling rank </li></ul><ul><li>“ It’s obvious” / “Trust me, I know” </li></ul>
  8. 8. What works? <ul><li>Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Consensus (e.g. past discussion) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Using the Talk page <ul><li>Stay focused on improving the article. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t canvas specific individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>Propose controversial edits in advance. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Beyond article Talk <ul><li>Wikiprojects </li></ul><ul><li>Other users’ Talk pages </li></ul>
  11. 11. Getting help <ul><li>Editor Assistance Requests </li></ul><ul><li>{{help me}} on your own Talk page </li></ul><ul><li>Other noticeboards </li></ul>

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