Week 134: Extra Levels

In recent weeks, we've discussed user access levels, in particular reviewing and rollback rights. This week, we'll briefly mention five more:

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Week 133: Rollback to the Future

Reviewing rights permit users to decide if specific edits are generally appropriate for Wikipedia (but they are not responsible for deciding the changes are "correct"). Reviewers help reduce vandalism and other inappropriate edits, such as copyright violations, made by anonymous contributors

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Week 132: Access Granted

update at any time. Different user access levels grant permission to make certain types of changes depending on their logged-in status, their edit history, and application for higher-level privileges.

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Week 130: What's a "Coatrack"?

On Wikipedia, "coatracking" is an original metaphor understood to mean a Wikipedia article that isn't really about the article as it purports to be, but instead is written to make a tangential point, sometimes an attack on the subject itself. In this metaphor, the nominal subject is the coat-rack itself, and the arguments it supports are the coats hung upon it.

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Week 129: Fried Chicken and Copyrights

As you should know by now, Wikipedia is a free-licensed encyclopedia with a restrictive image use policy. It states: images on Wikipedia should be freely licensed, with only very limited exceptions. For example, including album covers on the article about said album.

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Week 128: What Color is Your Bike Shed?

"Parkinson's law of triviality" is not original to Wikipedia, but it is a phenomenon instructive to understanding some of its shortcomings, as explained in the essay "Avoid Parkinson's Bicycle Shed Effect".

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Week 127: Generation Overkill

"The lady doth protest too much," says Queen Gertrude in Act III of Hamlet, and she might as well be talking about the residual textual outcome of many Wikipedia edit wars. We're talking about "Citation overkill".

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Week 126: Quoth Wikipedia 'Nevermore'

Quotations have many uses: short reproductions of original wordings or larger block quotes of written or spoken passages. Continuing our tour of Wikipedia's Manual of Style, we look at how quotes should be used, and what we should stay away from as we edit

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Week 125: Capital Offenses

Capitalization rules are among the most neglected regulations of quality writing not just on Wikipedia, but possibly in all of writing. Because of that, we're going to keep this one simple. A nice list of do's and don'ts. Keep this one handy. And show your friends.

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