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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Week 124: Mambo Italics

Italics on Wikipedia should be used sparingly, as described in Manual of Style sections  "MOS:ITALIC" and "MOS:ITAL". Usage should follow "good English print style". What you'd expect in a book is what you should expect from Wikipedia.

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Week 122: Join the Ranks

Wikipedia maintains a list of Wikipedians by number of edits, i.e. a ranked list of the most active Wikipedia editors of all time. The list displays the top 5,000 editors and is updated on a daily basis.

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Week 121: You're Watching The Watchers

Ever wonder how many editors are watching a particular article, or how many pageviews an article receives? If so, the "Number of watchers" and "Page view statistics" tools can be accessed by clicking on the "View history" tab at the top of any Wikipedia article.

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Week 120: Assigning WikiBlame

In addition to revision history statistics, which provide auto-populated details about a Wikipedia article's past, users can view information about a page's history using the "Revision history search" tool, also available at the top of the page when you click through the "View history" tab.

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Week 119: Historical Revisions

Revision history statistics provide information about the history of editable Wikipedia pages. Showing many facts about the article's past, including timestamps of the first and most recent edits, when the largest content chunks were added or removed (and by whom), the number of minor and anonymous edits, and frequency of activity.

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Week 118: Give It a Rest Already

A variant of the expression "don't beat a dead horse", the short essay "Drop the stick and back slowly away from the horse carcass" advises editors not to revive a debate once it has come to a natural end. This is recommended regardless of whether the discussion ended in your favor, or the opposite, or came to a standstill with no major outcome.

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Week 117: Defensive Editing

The essay "Writing for the opponent" (also known as "Writing for the enemy") describes a process for fairly and neutrally explaining someone else's point of view, even when it disagrees with your own. 

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