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Jimmy Wales Can’t Shut Wikipedia Down At His Will, And He Thinks You’re Stupid For Asking Jimmy Wales Can’t Shut Wikipedia Down At His Will, And He Thinks You’re Stupid For Asking
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In case you’ve ever wondered just how much power Jimmy Wales has over Wikipedia, you can rest easy knowing that he can’t just pull the plug on his own. Someone on Quora was apparently wondering about this, and decided to …

Celebrity Deaths Drive the Biggest Wikipedia Traffic Spikes Celebrity Deaths Drive the Biggest Wikipedia Traffic Spikes

As a culture, we are fascinated by celebrities, death, and the death of celebrities. I’m sure you already knew that, but some interesting new stats from the world of Wikipedia prove it. Wikipedia user West.andrew.g has been looking at the …

Asteroid Named “Wikipedia” Officially Documented Asteroid Named “Wikipedia” Officially Documented

Considering just how many asteroids there are in the asteroid belt, it can be difficult to come up with acceptable names for all of them. So, they are given obscure provisional names until a naming organization can bestow names on …

Wikipedia Gets More Location-Friendly Wikipedia Gets More Location-Friendly

The Wikimedia Foundation has announced the launch of a new GeoData extension to usher in “a new age of geotagging on Wikipedia”. Roughly translated, Wikipedia will be getting a lot more useful at the location level. The extension for MediaWiki …

Wikipedia Moves To Ashburn, Virginia Wikipedia Moves To Ashburn, Virginia

The Wikimedia Foundation announced today that it is transitioning its main technical operations from a data center in Tampa to one in Ashburn, Virginia, in move it says will improve the technical performance and reliability for all its sites, including …

Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage Travel Guide Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage Travel Guide
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The Wikimedia Foundation has launched Wikivoyage, which brings a Wikipedia-like element to travel. It’s a free travel guide, which is freely editable, and was built by volunteers. Naturally, it has a very Wikipedia-like look and feel: While it is a …

Cards Against Humanity Gives $70,000 of Holiday Pack Profit to Wikipedia Cards Against Humanity Gives $70,000 of Holiday Pack Profit to Wikipedia

There are plenty of reasons to love the guys behind the popular party game Cards Against Humanity. First, the game itself is awesome and probably one of the most-fun party games to come out in recent memory. It’s like playing …

Psychos Are Keeping Jimmy Wales From Voting Psychos Are Keeping Jimmy Wales From Voting
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Someone on Quora recently asked who Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales would be voting for in the upcoming election. His answer may surprise you. He won’t be voting. That’s not because he doesn’t care about voting, mind you. It’s not because …

Wikipedia Gives Its Mobile Site New Type, Layout Wikipedia Gives Its Mobile Site New Type, Layout
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Free online encyclopedia Wikipedia has just announced a major redesign to their mobile site, which brings features that have been tested in beta to the masses. This includes a navigational update to help with content exploration and a typographical update …

Wikipedia Goes Down: Internet Freaks Out Wikipedia Goes Down: Internet Freaks Out
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Update: Wikipedia now appears to be back in working order. Either way, this was quite a reminder of just how much the Internet has come to rely on Wikipedia. What a scare! As Cinderella once said, “You don’t know what …

Google Isn’t Getting Freshness Right, Despite Increased Emphasis Google Isn’t Getting Freshness Right, Despite Increased Emphasis
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A study has come out from Conductor, indicating that one in five Google Knowledge Graph entries for trending keywords are outdated. Do you think Google is doing a good job at delivering fresh results when relevant? Share your feedback in …

Jimmy Wales Really Wants You to Start Editing Wikipedia Articles Jimmy Wales Really Wants You to Start Editing Wikipedia Articles

As part of Wikipedia’s goal to reverse the decrease in input from the site’s editors and actually increase the pool of editors to 200,000 within the next three years, the world’s most popular encyclopedia has launched a new and simplified …

Wikipedia Registers 11 New Domain Names Wikipedia Registers 11 New Domain Names
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, has just registered 11 new domain names in the past day. Usually moves like this indicate upcoming projects, especially because Wikipedia does not have a history of regularly registering new domain names. …

WikiWars Is Your Link-Based Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon WikiWars Is Your Link-Based Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon

In times of unyielding, epic boredom, my nerdiest groups of friends and I used to play a game we called “Random Connections.” The game was simple: a moderator chose two seemingly unrelated things – they could be physical items, people, …

Monmouthpedia Becomes the First Wikipedia Town Monmouthpedia Becomes the First Wikipedia Town

You can chalk this one up in the “worst ideas in the world” column. It seems the town of Monmouth Wales, has become the first “Wikipedia town”, according to PC Magazine. What this basically means, is that there will be …

Google On Knowledge Graph’s Wikipedia Integration: We Realize We’ll Never Be Perfect Google On Knowledge Graph’s Wikipedia Integration: We Realize We’ll Never Be Perfect

This week, Google unveiled its “Knowledge Graph,” which is garnering a great deal of hype in the search industry. Google has certainly hyped it up, calling it “another step away from raw keywords”. It puts a new kind of search …

Knowledge Graph: Google Gets Tight With Wikipedia Knowledge Graph: Google Gets Tight With Wikipedia
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Google revealed the Knowledge Graph today, which is Google’s attempt to move further away from keyword-based results delivery, and get better at delivering relevant results. Wikipedia appears to be a major provider of content to this feature. So far, every …

Who Likes Wikipedia More – Bing Or Google? Who Likes Wikipedia More – Bing Or Google?
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Wikipedia, the juggernaut of the online information world. The site which spawned the idea of allowing internet users to update information regarding any topic has grown in such a way that only a handful of sites can be considered larger …

Wikipedia Editors Are Basically All Dudes – Should That Matter? Wikipedia Editors Are Basically All Dudes – Should That Matter?
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Wikipedia have released the results of their second editor survey and, much like the original one from April 2011, the vast majority of Wikipedia editors are still men. After concluding data collection in December 2011 from over 6,500 respondents, the …

Justin Knapp Becomes Wikipedia Legend With One Million Edits Justin Knapp Becomes Wikipedia Legend With One Million Edits
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What do you do with your free time? Play video games, surf reddit, drink too much? Well, Justin Knapp edits Wikipedia – a lot. This one-man truth squad has just hit a inarguably impressive milestone. As of now, Knapp (user: …

Mapping Wikipedia Visually Ignites The World’s Interest In Knowledge Mapping Wikipedia Visually Ignites The World’s Interest In Knowledge

That’s not a Lite-Brite representation of North America above this article. It’s not a photo of some dorm room blacklight poster, either. What you see above is actually much more meaningful: a visual representation of the continent according to how …