week 157: Let's Get Technical

Wikipedia tackles some incredibly complex topics, from computer engineering to astrophysics and from elements of the periodic table to the cast of characters in the Pokémon universe. But Wikipedia is also aimed at a general audience, so the concept of "understandability" is very important. 

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week 156: Finishing Move

Your opinion of Wikipedia's quality depends on what you focus on. For a project with more than 5 million separate entries, summary statements are very difficult. What's more, any such judgment cannot remain fixed. 

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Week 155: When Anonymous Isn't

If you decide to edit Wikipedia without creating an account, think you're anonymous? Think again. As the essay "IP edits are not anonymous" explains, the reverse in fact may be true.

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Week 154: The Regular Suspects

Wikipedia has numerous user talk page templates for notifying editors of violations to guidelines and policies. These are intended to inform newer contributors of the site's rules and should be used carefully and for educational purposes. OK

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Week 153: Everyone's a Critic

Wikipedia covers many aspects of the topics covered in its digital pages, including criticism, to add balance to articles. However, adding criticism can quickly tip the scale the other way.

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Week 152: Let's Take This Offline

As WP:60 discussed in Week 40, Wikipedia articles need citations. That way, readers can verify the information is legit. But just because Wikipedia is online does not mean that the encyclopedia must rely solely on online content.

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Week 151: The Real World

The essay Wikipedia is in the real world discusses the very real consequences of Wikipedia editing. Remember: Wikipedia is among the most-read websites in the world. Regardless of how many people question Wikipedia's reliability, people go to Wikipedia for information. It is highly visible. 

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Week 150: The Pokémon Test

The Pokémon test refers to an argument made by Wikipedians, beginning in the mid-2000s, to determine whether some articles should be deleted or not. The argument generally went like this: If some barely known Pokémon character has its own page, then surely so can any old bus stop. 

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Week 149: Discriminating Tastes

The policy What Wikipedia is not states that "Wikipedia is not an indiscriminate collection of information". Just because something is true and verified does not mean it belongs on Wikipedia. 

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