Week 146: COI Made Simple

The Plain and simple conflict of interest guide (PSCOI) is an essay written by Wikipedia editors to provide a proactive interpretation of the Conflict of interest (COI) guideline. The official guideline is mostly a collection of "dont's" but the unofficial PSCOI advises some "dos".

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Week 145: The Ambassadors

Welcome, Ambassador, to the Local Embassy. Wikipedia is quick to inform you that its Local Embassy project is not an actual embassy. Rather, this is the place to go to connect with Wikipedia editors from many of Wikipedia's 295 different language editions.

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Week 144: Who's Your Source?

Since Wikipedia is a place free of original research (well, in a perfect world) its content is based on information found elsewhere. Books, journals, newspaper articles and websites are all used to verify information in Wikipedia articles. But where do Wikipedia editors find these sources?

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Week 143: The Commons Touch

Wikimedia Commons is an online repository of free-use media (images, sounds, and other file types) and, like Wikipedia, is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. Files hosted at Commons can be used at any Wikimedia project or downloaded for external use.

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Week 142: Know Your Copyrights

Wikipedia is freely licensed, but that doesn't mean there are no copyrights at all. Rather, as the "Copyrights" policy explains, all content is considered to be copyrighted by its contributors and "formally licensed to the public under one or several liberal licenses" (usually, but not always, Creative Commons). 

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Week 141: Tea House, Su Casa

The "Teahouse" is a space dedicated to helping new Wikipedia editors, where visitors can ask questions and meet other community members. It contains many helpful links to various resources, and is populated by a number of helpful editors.

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Week 140: Wikipedia's Excellent Adventure

Wikipedia editing can be far from intuitive, and sometimes even intimidating. In addition to learning its markup language or its Visual Editor, there seems to be endless catalog of policies and guidelines that may make newcomers think twice before getting started. The Wikipedia Adventure changes that.

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Week 139: Dude, That's So Meta

Meta-Wiki, located at meta.wikimedia.org, is billed as "the global community site for the Wikimedia projects and the Wikimedia movement in general". As you may recall, "Wikimedia" is the larger name given to the Wikipedia and its sister projects as a collective whole, administered by the Wikimedia Foundation.

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Week 138: Style Points

In the two years since WP:60 launched, we have delved into many important points from Wikipedia's Manual of Style (MOS). But the main Manual of Style is not Wikipedia's only guidebook. Additional Wikipedia style guides go even deeper, covering specific sections of articles, article topic areas, and how to resolve discrepancies between style guides.

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Week 137: The Overlink Hotel

Wikipedia's articles are interconnected through those blue links that lead you to other encyclopedia: wikilinks. This is how you get from a villainous pro wrestling group to Philosophy in 11 clicks of a mouse. 

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