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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Week 136: Title Tattle

Wikipedia's Manual of Style has specific rules about using titles of people. Generally, titles and
positions such as "president" or "king" are common nouns and should appear in lowercase. 

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Week 135: Entitlement Program

Wikipedia's Manual of Style has specific requirements for titles of works: major works like novels and films should be italicized, while minor works like songs and poems should be in "quotation marks". But some titles require neither italics nor quotation marks, including scripture, constitutional documents, commercial products, and large-scale events.

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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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