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  • Title: How Wikipedia Works: And How You Can Be a Part of It?
  • Author(s) Charles Matthews, Phoebe Ayers and Ben Yates
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (September 29, 2008)
  • Licenses: GFDL and CC-BY-SA
  • Paperback: 536 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159327176X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593271763
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Book Description

In this book, you'll learn the skills required to use and contribute to the world's largest reference work-like what constitutes good writing and research and how to work with images and templates.

With insight, anecdotes, and tips from three Wikipedia veterans, you'll learn how to:

  • Find information and evaluate the quality and reliability of articles
  • Contribute to existing articles by copyediting, writing new material, and fact-checking
  • Add new articles that conform to Wikipedia's guidelines and best practices-so that your hard work won't be deleted
  • Communicate with other Wikipedians through Talk pages, discussion forums, direct messaging, and more
  • Understand Wikipedia's policies and procedures and how they're created and enforced
  • Resolve content disputes and deal with vandals and other malicious editors
About the Authors
  • Phoebe Ayers (user:phoebe) is a science and engineering reference librarian at the University of California, Davis. She has been involved with Wikipedia since 2003 and is an organizer of the Wikimania conferences.
  • Charles Matthews is a Wikipedian in the U.K.
  • Ben Yates was a Wikipedian from Michigan; he was the illustrator of the book.
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