Complete Overview About Wikipedia?
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Complete Overview About Wikipedia?
The internet is like a seemingly endless black hole of information. Fortunately, Google and other search engines make information easier to access and find, but you still need to carefully distinguish between fact and near-fact and fiction. For many topics, the Google search engine results page contains links to Wikipedia. This sounds believable enough – almost like an encyclopedia – but what is it?
What is Wikipedia?
Wikipedia combines the Hawaiian word “wiki” (meaning “quick”) and encyclopedia. The Wikipedia phenomenon has evolved the new meaning of wiki, and now it can refer to any website or result achieved through the collaboration of a larger community. That’s why Wikipedia is a fast-paced online encyclopedia created through the cooperation of multiple contributors.
Who can you trust?
“Multiple Contributors” refers to anyone and everyone. The only requirement is to register for a free Wikipedia account. You can start a new page on a topic you haven’t found yet, or edit an existing one on everything from historical events to celebrities and popular culture. Now your neighbor, or even your neighbor’s children, can edit a Wikipedia article on the Byzantine Navy.
Still, don’t panic. This article was probably written by a famous historian who studied the Byzantine Empire. Colleagues or students of historians are also likely to find this article, add useful information, edit existing knowledge, and create a reliable source of information.
Wikipedia has developed several policies and autonomous processes to prevent or quickly correct inaccurate information. Contributors must protect their reputations to avoid being blocked by the website. Anyone can view the edit history of all contributors so that you gradually understand the evolution of the article. If necessary, you can use this history to draw your conclusions about the facts mentioned.
Some facts may need to be explained, and Wikipedia is a way for those with opposing views to resolve disagreements and compromise, so keep in mind that any article you view may be in this type of edit.
Is it the primary source?
There may not be much new information about the Byzantine Navy, but the editing and updating of pages about Michael Jackson and General Motors have been fast and intense. Since the quality and reliability of articles can vary widely, Wikipedia tries to warn users of possible misinformation by placing system-generated messages at the top of the article. These messages may be missing references or contain information that is too new to be trusted.
Following the reference links in the article is a way to compare facts with more primary sources. When used, the reference link appears in the article as a superscript number in parentheses. Click on the number, the page jumps down and shows the source of information.
For beginners who like more sources of information, another option is to scroll to the bottom of the article and search for “continue reading” or “external links,” which should direct you to helpful books, articles, and websites. This is a great method to start your research.
Wikipedia and Encyclopedia
Companies like World Book and Britannica are still printing encyclopedias, but they also need to reshape their business models to include online components. For some rookies, all the printed and bound information will always have some credibility. However, the reality is that encyclopedias are only published once a year, which means that most of the information they contain is outdated before it is printed. And at over $1,000 a set, it’s unlikely you’ll be investing in new books every year.
Also, consider the Wikipedia article on the Byzantine navy. Wikipedia can give you access to expert research and resources; otherwise, you may not discover it for many years as a Ph.D. student. If you want to learn more about recent events or popular culture, you may find Wikipedia more useful than search engines. You’ll be glad that other people are caring enough to contribute their knowledge, especially those with in-depth knowledge or boxing experience.
The popularity of Wikipedia has led to a series of wiki sites built with content contributed by community participants. The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that created Wikipedia, has other wiki projects, including Wiktionary, Wikiquote, and Wikibooks. All of its projects are free and open to the public, and the company relies on tax-free donations to pay for its operating expenses.
Are you ready to start exploring? Not sure where to start? The Wikipedia homepage publishes an article every day and highlights facts in newer articles. If you are bored with a topic, just click on the “random article” in the left navigation bar of any page. You immediately dive into a new and surprisingly exciting subject, such as the Byzantine navy. Before you know it, you’ll be the next rookie to say “I love Wikipedia”!
How to create a Wikipedia page?
For your first page, I recommend creating a page to define terms that have not appeared in Wikipedia. Look at your website and objectively determine that your website can be used as a term for citation sources. Then check Wikipedia to see if a page has been created for these terms. If not, you’re happy to go.
Items to include on the page:
All Wikipedia pages must fall into at least one related category. The easiest way to find a variety for your article is to search for pages similar to your topic, copy the “code” category and add it to your new page.
Your page should be accurate in tone and content. You will remove all promotional language.
Multiple reference sources
A short “dictionary” definition that links only to a website (you’re) will not work. First, Wikipedia clearly states that they are not dictionaries. It’s fine to start your page by defining your terms, but this should be the starting point for putting your definition into a larger encyclopedia-like context. I will quote at least 3-4 references for each newly created page. In addition, I noticed that many editors prefer to list your source in the Wikipedia entry itself rather than list references at the end of the article. Editors may view the reference at the end of the article as a spam attempt, where the reference to the source in the content itself can be more easily verified.
Links to other Wikipedia pages
In the text of your Wikipedia page, we encourage you and expect you to link to other pages within Wikipedia. For example, suppose the page you are creating contains the term “search engine optimization” in the text. In that case, you must enclose the term in double brackets [[Search Engine Optimization]], which will automatically create a Wikipedia linking to the Search Engine Optimization Link page. Following such a policy has great benefits for the Wikipedia community.
People will edit your page…sometimes in ways, you object to. This is how the Wikipedia community works. If your page violates a Wikipedia rule, you are unlikely to win a dispute. However, many changes have been made due to one’s interpretation of Wikipedia policy. If you don’t agree with their changes, you have the opportunity to discuss with other Wikipedia people. If you cannot resolve the error, you can ask the administrator to mediate.
Now, what is the best strategy for getting and keeping Wikipedia links to your website? Make sure your website appears to skeptical reviewers with an authoritative and objective identity. If the site you link to contains promotional materials or contextual ads, the link will almost certainly be removed. A commercial website can be the source of a Wikipedia article… But if you link to a commercial source, I will refer to the “reference page” you cite instead of the home page.
Every page I create for Wikipedia is in the top 15 of Google’s target words (up to #1). If the website is linked from Wikipedia, you will receive targeted search traffic and a super powerful super authority link, which will help your search engine optimization, especially Google. You have to skip many links to get a Wikipedia link to your website, but the result is worth it.