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Wikimedia Foundation employee ousted over paid editing [@joemullin for]

The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit which owns Wikipedia, has apparently terminated an employee who was engaged in editing for pay. The issue of editing for pay has been a hot topic among Wikipedia editors, and it resulted in hundreds of account terminations a few months ago.

The employee, Sarah Stierch, was a \”program evaluation coordinator\” who was often quoted by journalists writing about Wikipedia, especially on the topic of how to get more women participating as editors. She was hired by the foundation in April 2013, where she was one of about 180 employees. Before that she had a paid fellowship at the foundation, where she did things like oversee an \”edit-a-thon\” in which editors worked to create new articles on under-recognized female historical figures.

Wikimedia\’s Senior Director of Programs, Frank Schulenberg, wrote a message on a public Wikipedia mailing list last night explaining why Stierch and the foundation had parted ways.

via Wikimedia Foundation employee ousted over paid editing | Ars Technica.


New draft feature provides a gentler start for Wikipedia articles — Wikimedia blog

For most of Wikipedia’s history, we encouraged editors to create new encyclopedia articles by publishing immediately. Just find a page that doesn’t exist, type in content, and after you hit save, it’s shared with the world. This helped Wikipedia grow to the millions of articles it has now, but the project has matured in many ways, and we need additional tools for creating great new encyclopedia articles.

Starting on the English-language Wikipedia, all users (registered or anonymous) now have the option to start drafts before publishing. A draft simply has “Draft:” before the title of the page you’re creating, like this example. Drafts are not visible to readers using Wikipedia’s default search nor in external search engines such as Google, though you may find them using the advanced search options.

via New draft feature provides a gentler start for Wikipedia articles — Wikimedia blog.

Online CV is good, maximising its visibility is better

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I once wrote about the other CV one could build, on account of extra skills one acquires along one’s professionnal life. I also wrote about using one’s email (in my case gmail) as, also, an online bookmarking service. The idea behind the latter is this: using a service not only for what it’s meant to primarily provide but also for what it could do as well (with the supplementary advantage to not having to create yet another account on yet another plateform).

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14 Wiki CMS To Help You Build Your Own Wikipedia

Wikis are a rare breed of websites – we all would agree on that. Designing a portfolio, corporate blog or any such website is an entirely different concept from designing wikis. When it comes to wikis, not only does the website ‘rise’ in terms of its size, but also in terms of complexity. Wikis need to be so designed that the finished website does not look clumsy or unorganized – no matter how much data it has, and at the same time is simple enough for even the most novice user to understand. Following that, and perhaps most importantly, wikis need to be edited not by an individual but an entire community – again, simplicity and ease of use come into play!

via 14 Wiki CMS To Help You Build Your Own Wikipedia.

TeachPaperless: The Wikipedia Dilemma

This school year, millions of students will participate in the time-honored tradition of writing research papers. They will formulate a thesis statement and seek out evidence from reliable sources that supports their claims. In recent years, this seemingly straightforward premise has been complicated by the definition of what constitutes reliable sources.


Cette année scolaire, des millions d’étudiants participeront à la longue tradition de l’écriture des documents de recherche. Ils formuleront un énoncé de thèse et de recherche des preuves provenant de sources fiables qui soutient ce qu’ils avancent.Ces dernières années, cette prémisse apparemment simple a été compliquée par la définition de ce qui constitue des sources fiables.

via TeachPaperless: The Wikipedia Dilemma.

MediaShift Idea Lab . Wikipedia Isn’t Journalism, But Are Wikipedians Reluctant Journalists? | PBS


In the first three months of this year, English Wikipedia articles with the most contributors were the 2011 Tucson shooting, the 2011 Egyptian revolution and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami articles with 460, 405 and 785 editors contributing to the growth of the article respectively.

Dans les trois premiers mois de cette annéeles articles du Wikipedia en Anglais avec la plus de contributeurs sont le tuerie en 2011 à Tucson, la révolution égyptienne en 2011 et le séisme du Tohoku en 2011 et des articles sur tsunami avec, respectivement, 460, 405 et 785 éditeurs contribuant à la construction et au grossissement de chaque article.

Interestingly, a number of Wikipedia policies discourage writing articles on breaking news. One of Wikipedia’s 42 policies, titled “What Wikipedia is not” (or WP:NOT), highlights that the site is, above all, an encyclopedia, not a newspaper (Wikipedia:NotNewspaper). The policy states that although the encyclopedia needs to include current and up-to-date information as well as standalone articles on “significant current events,” not all verifiable events are suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia.

Fait intéressant, un certain nombre de politiques Wikipedia dissuade la rédaction d’articles sur les dernières nouvellesUne des politiques de Wikipedia 42, intitulé «ce que Wikipedia n’est pas” (ou WP: NOT), souligne que le site est, avant tout, une encyclopédie, pas un journal (WikipediaNotNewspaper). La politique stipule que bien que l’encyclopédie doit inclure des informations actuelles et mises à jour ainsi que des articles propres sur «la signification des événements actuels, « tous les événements même vérifiables ne sont pas susceptibles de figurer dans Wikipedia.

via MediaShift Idea Lab . Wikipedia Isn’t Journalism, But Are Wikipedians Reluctant Journalists? | PBS.

News reports on a breaking news story require that Wikipedians use primary sources to update the rapidly evolving articles on issues like death counts after an earthquake. While journalists are able to use primary sources to make a judgment on the death count at the time of publishing and then do the same using new sources when they write successive stories, Wikipedians must do the same collectively and iteratively as new versions are created every few seconds.


Les rapports d’information sur une dernière nouvelle  exigent que les wikipédiens utilisent des premières sources afin de mettre à jour les articles qui évoluent rapidement sur ​​des questions comme le nombre de décès après un séisme. Alors que les journalistes sont en mesure d’utiliser des primièeres sources primaires afin de porter un jugement sur ​​le nombre de décès au moment de la publication, puis faire la même chose en utilisant de nouvelles sources quand ils écrivent les histoires qui s’ensuiventles wikipédiens doivent faire la même chose collectivement et de manière itérative quand de nouvelles versions sont créés chaque seconde.

It took just 11 minutes for the Japanese Wikipedia to create an article after the 9.0-magnitude undersea megathrust earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan on March 11. Twenty-one minutes later, the English Wikipedia article was created, and although the wire services reported the earthquake within minutes, The New York Times did not file a full story until more than three hours after the earthquake hit.

Il n’a fallu que 11 minutes pour les Wikipedia Japonais pour créer un article après le séisme de magnitude 9,0 survenu au large de sous-marins mégacharriage la côte du Japon sur Mars 11. Vingt et une minutes plus tard, l’article de Wikipedia Anglais a été créé, et bien que les services d’info aient rapporté le tremblement de terre en quelques minutes, le New York Times n’a déposé une histoire complète que plus de trois heures après.





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