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Wikipedia Is Bitching About Media Coverage

Wikipedia Is Bitching About Media Coverage

English Wikipedia administrator Robert Fernandez just published a blog post on the official Wikimedia blog complaining about Wikipedia / Wikimedia’s media coverage – both quantity and quality. On which we are now reporting. According to Fernandez, the media doesn’t really understand Wikipedia, its parent organization Wikimedia, or the other projects under its umbrella. “Both qualitatively and quantitatively, news coverage is …

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Study Finds Wikipedia Still Outperforms Google Properties in Google

Study Finds Wikipedia Still Outperforms Google Properties in Google

Last month, there were a number of reports about a significant drop in Wikipedia’s Google traffic. A report from SimilarWeb found that Google “stole over 550 million clicks” from Wikipedia in 6 months. According to Search Engine Journal, the site’s organic search traffic from Google dropped 11% from May to July. Search Engine Land reported a few days later that …

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Russia Bans Wikipedia Over Drug Article, Promptly Reverses Course After Edits

Russia Bans Wikipedia Over Drug Article, Promptly Reverses Course After Edits

Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (basically its internet watchdog) has been in the news quite a bit lately. The regulatory body seems to be scouring the web, looking to block certain sites of content it deems harmful – which as of late has all related to drugs. Now, over the past couple …

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Google Algorithm Gets Mysterious Jolt

Google changes its algorithm constantly, so an update is hardly newsworthy unless it causes major changes. Something pretty big apparently happened with the algorithm on June 17 – so big that Moz is calling it the “Colossus” update. I don’t know if that name’s going to catch on or not, but according to its MozCast product, which measures the “temperature” …

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Wikipedia Lists Ten Most Edited Pages Of 2014

Earlier this month, the Wikimedia Foundation released its first-ever annual video looking back at the year in Wikipedia edits. The video gave us a glance at some of the most edited pages, but now, the foundation has released an actual top ten list (in ranking order) of the most-edited pages in the English language, as well as how many times …

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Here’s What 2014 Looked Like On Wikipedia

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 looking back at the year in Wikipedia edits. The Foundation’s Katherine Maher writes: More than anything, it celebrates those who …

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Wikipedia Mobile Apps Get Nearby Feature

Last year, Wikipedia added “nearby” functionality to its desktop and mobile sites to let users find interesting content about subjects relevant to their location. The functionality has now come to the Android and iOS apps. The feature shows you a list of articles for your location, and gives you the distance from where you’re at. There’s also a compass that …

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Wikipedia Banks $140,000 in Bitcoin Donations in First Week

The Wikimedia Foundation lives on donations – that’s how you can read the Wikipedia entry on World of Warcraft and not be bombarded with ads for Mountain Dew Code Red. And garnering enough donations to keep afloat hasn’t always been easy for the non-profit – a fact that can be proven by Jimmy Wales pleading face appearing every once in …

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Wikipedia Shows Content Google ‘Forgets’

It was recently reported that Google is removing links to Wikipedia articles from search results in Europe thanks to the new “right to be forgotten“. The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, has now put out a statement. Do you think the “right to be forgotten” law is going too far? Do you agree with the concept at all? Should Wikipedia …

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Wikipedia Articles Not Exempt From ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

Okay, if this thing wasn’t already getting out of hand (it was), it certainly is now. A Wikipedia link is reportedly being removed from Google search results as a result of Google’s process for complying with the new “right to be forgotten” law in the EU. Buried in the middle of a lengthy Jimmy Wales profile at The Observer, is …

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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 (among others) – has just announced that it now accepts Bitcoin. This is the 13th method of donation now accepted …

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Wikipedia Wins One Battle Against Black Hat Paid Editing

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, considers getting the orders a “victory for free and neutral knowledge”. As the foundation notes in a blog post, such …

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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 the font size and narrowed the width of the content area, and the design is responsive, so it’s optimized to …

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Will Policy Changes Make Wikipedia More Trustworthy?

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 from its information for quick answers to users’ queries, it’s pretty important that the content remains unbiased and factual, and …

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Lila Tretikov Replaces Sue Gardner As Executive Director Of Wikimedia Foundation

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. Tretikov, originally from Moscow, moved to New York after the collapse of the Soviet Union, then went to the University …

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Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Calls Bullsh*t 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 “there is no scientific evidence that [it] is effective, and the American Psychological Association has stated that it ‘lacks a …

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Respected Wikimedia Employee Busted And Fired For Paid Wikipedia Edits

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 for engaing in the selling of such edits. In November, the foundation sent Wiki-PR a cease-and-desist. Paid editing on Wikipedia …

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Here’s How Multimedia On Wikipedia Could Work In A Couple Years

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 much more social. “The Wikimedia Foundation’s Multimedia team was formed to provide a richer experience and support more media contributions …

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Dan Aykroyd Talks Business and We Talk About Him

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 Best Business Movie of All Time. While co-star Eddie Murphy’s personal life might be a little more known that Dan …

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Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease & Desist To Wiki-PR

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 that has made a business out of doing just that. The firm was mentioned in Gardner’s post, but had appeared …

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Plagiarism Charges Against Rand Paul Could Hurt 2016 Presidency Chances

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 to simply not grasp the concept of plagiarism. Despite how often professors and students fret about lifting another’s words and …

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Wikipedia Shuts Down Hundreds Of Accounts For Paid Edits

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 issue seriously and has been following it closely,” writes Gardner. “With a half a billion readers, Wikipedia is an important …

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Doctors Decide They Need to Be the Ones Editing Medical Wikipedia Articles

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. You know, med students and doctors. But the reality is that no matter how much you’d prefer the knowledge of …

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Listen To Wikipedia Brings Music To Page Edits

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 in a world where Wikipedia entry defacement and manipulation is a very real thing. However, thanks to the efforts of …

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Wikimedia Plans To Beef Up Security Across Projects With HTTPS

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 time. The foundation has outlined its current roadmap in a blog post. “The Wikimedia Foundation believes strongly in protecting the …

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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 users are already accessing the site on mobile devices. This number will obviously continue to trend upwards. The feature is …

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Siri Gets More Knowledge Graph-Like With Wikipedia, Bing

While demonstrating iOS 7 at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced some new Siri features. Among them, integration of Bing web search results. Siri has a new interface, and even a new male voice. It now understands more types of commands, such as: “Play last voicemail” “Increase brightness” “What is John Appleseed saying?” “Tell me about surfing” “What are the …

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Wikipedia Adds ‘Nearby’ Feature To Surface Location-Relevant Content

The Wikimedia Foundation announced today the addition of a new Nearby feature designed to help users discover articles about subjects relevant to their location. It’s available for both mobile and desktop. The feature not only will help users discover interesting things about the area around them, however. It will also help the foundation improve Wikipedia, by calling on those most …

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Jimmy Wales Is A Game Of Thrones Fan, But Not A Fan Of Its Distribution

Like many people on the Internet, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is a fan of Game of Thrones. He’s not the biggest fan of how the show is distributed, however. Wales is frequently active on Quora, where someone asked him if he likes the show. His response was: Read Quote of Jimmy Wales’ answer to Jimmy Wales: Does Jimmy Wales like …

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Wikimedia Launches Wikimedia Commons App For Android, iOS

The Wikimedia Foundation announced the launch of a new app for Android and iOS, which allows you to quickly upload photos to to Wikimedia Commons, its free image repository. The app enables you to upload multiple files and share uploads through social media sites. The Android version lets you add categories as well. If you enable “GPS Tag,” you can …

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