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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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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