How Wikipedia Works

Phoebe Ayers, Charles Matthews, , Ben Yates, Website, Nov 11, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Written by three people with a long history of involvement with Wikipedia, this guide has been dubbed 'the missing manual' for the popular online encyclopedia. Some of the best material is dedicated to explaining Wikipedia's policies for inclusion and its neutral point of view (NPOV). The book is free to read online, or you can order a printed copy. It is licensed under GFDL (which is also explained). I think this is a fabulous contribution to the canon of online literature and recommend it to anyone interested in the subject area. (My favorite Wikipedia moment, one in which I let myself "ignored the rules and be bold", was inserting 'eh' at every appropriate moment in the article on Canadian English (see it here). I was accused of vandalism, but I maintain that my edit stands as a cultural artifact.)
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