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Here’s What 2014 Looked Like On Wikipedia

Here’s What 2014 Looked Like On Wikipedia

By Chris Crum December 18, 2014

It’s that time of year. Everybody’s putting out their year-end round-ups. Sometimes they come in the form of lists. Sometimes they’re videos. Sometimes both. The Wikimedia Foundation is getting in on the fun this year with its first-ever annual video …

Wikipedia Donations Can Now Be Made in Bitcoin Wikipedia Donations Can Now Be Made in Bitcoin

If you’ve been putting off donating to the Wikimedia Foundation, waiting to do so in a cryptocurrency, today’s the day. The Wikimedia Foundation, which is responsible for the internet’s largest encyclopedia, Wikipedia – as well as Wiktionary and Wikimedia Commons …

Wikipedia Wins A Battle Against Black Hat Paid Edits Wikipedia Wins A Battle Against Black Hat Paid Edits

The Wikimedia Foundation announced that it successfully obtained orders preventing four sites, which advertise paid Wikipedia article editing, from using the Wikipedia trademark. The sites are wikipediapagecreators.com, getawikipedia.com, getonwikipedia.com, and onwikipedia.com. The foundation, which has been battling undisclosed paid editing, …

Wikipedia Gets A Revamp On Tablets Wikipedia Gets A Revamp On Tablets

The Wikimedia Foundation unveiled a new look for Wikipedia and its other properties for tablets. There are similarities to the mobile web version you’ve already been seeing on your smartphone, but there are also some differences. For one, they’ve increased …

Paid Editing On Wikipedia Addressed In ToS Changes Paid Editing On Wikipedia Addressed In ToS Changes

The Wikimedia Foundation announced changes to its terms of service to address the problem of black hat paid editing of content such as Wikipedia articles. With half a billion people using Wikipedia every month, and the major search engines drawing …

Wikimedia Foundation Has Its New Executive Director Wikimedia Foundation Has Its New Executive Director

It’s been over thirteen months since Sue Gardner announced that she’d step down as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit behind Wikipedia. The foundation has finally announced her replacement. Lila Tretikov will be taking on the role. …

Jimmy Wales Calls BS on Alt-Medicine Petitioners Jimmy Wales Calls BS on Alt-Medicine Petitioners

If you look up “Emotional Freedom Techniques” on Wikipedia, you’ll see that it is “is generally characterized as pseudoscience and has not garnered significant support in clinical psychology.” If you look up “Thought Field Therapy on Wikipedia, you’ll find that …

Wikimedia Employee Fired For Paid Wikipedia Edits Wikimedia Employee Fired For Paid Wikipedia Edits
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Back in the fall, the Wikimedia Foundation announced that it was shutting down hundreds of Wikipedia accounts over paid edits, and that it was investigating editors being paid for their editing. This came after a site called Wiki-PR was exposed …

Here's How Multimedia On Wikipedia Could Work Here's How Multimedia On Wikipedia Could Work

The WIkimedia Foundation is thinking about some changes it can make to the way multimedia works on Wikipedia, and has shared its vision for some possibilities for the next couple of years. It looks like the experience will be getting …

Dan Aykroyd Talks Business and We Talk About Him
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It’s the 30th anniversary of one of America’s favorite Christmas movies, Trading Places. Entrepreneurs are eating up Dan Aykroyd’s assertion in a Bloomberg interview that if Trading Places isn’t the Best Movie of All Time, it is at least the …

Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease & Desist To Wiki-PR Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease & Desist To Wiki-PR
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Last month, Sue Gardner, the outgoing executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, announced that over 250 Wikipedia accounts had been blocked or banned as editors investigated accusations of people being paid to edit and manage pages. Wiki-PR is a company …

Plagiarism Charges Against Rand Paul are Serious
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There is perhaps no topic that is preached more in college than plagiarism. The heinous act of plagiarism is hammered by professors so hard that some students become nervous writers and over-cite. However, there are also those students who seem …

Wikipedia Shuts Down Accounts For Paid Edits Wikipedia Shuts Down Accounts For Paid Edits
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Sue Gardner, the outgoing executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, announced today that over 250 Wikipedia accounts have been blocked or banned as editors investigate accusations of people being paid to edit and manage pages. “The Wikimedia Foundation takes this …

Doctors Focus on Writing Medical Wikipedia Entries Doctors Focus on Writing Medical Wikipedia Entries
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Unless you’re some sort of know-it-all who thinks that you can scour the internet and self-diagnose any ailment that might befall you, I bet that you prefer to get your medical advice from people who spent years developing medical knowledge. …

Listen To Wikipedia Introduces Musical Editing Listen To Wikipedia Introduces Musical Editing
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The idea of Wikipedia does not necessarily produce Zen-like feelings. A good resource for quick research, or a place to catch up on missed story arcs, perhaps, but tranquility is not the first thing that pops into your head. Especially …

Wikimedia Provides Roadmap For HTTPS Upgrade Wikimedia Provides Roadmap For HTTPS Upgrade
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The Wikimedia Foundation is working on making its projects more secure to protect users’ privacy. As one can imagine, there are plenty of technological obstacles that the foundation must overcome, so it’s going through the process a little at a …

Wikipedia Finally Gets Mobile Editing Wikipedia Finally Gets Mobile Editing

The Wikimedia Foundation announced today that it has finally added the ability to edit Wikipedia from mobile devices. Historically, you’ve only been able to do so from the desktop. This is an increasingly important feature, as over 15% of Wikipedia’s …