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How Wikipedia Works-New from No Starch Press
The Complete Guide to Wikipedia for Readers and Contributors
San Francisco, CA, September 19, 2008-Since Wikipedia's creation in 2001,
volunteer editors have written over two million articles, making it one of
the largest collaborations in human history. The beauty of Wikipedia is
that anyone can put their stamp on it.
"How Wikipedia Works" (No Starch Press, Sept 08, 536pp, $29.95) takes a
behind-the-scenes look at the Wikipedia community; shows how to use the
MediaWiki software that drives Wikipedia; and teaches readers how to
become a part of this landmark endeavor.
Early response to the book has been tremendous. Jimmy Wales, founder of
Wikipedia, said, "I have never read a better summary of how Wikipedia
works." Benjamin Mako Hill, a free software activist and hacker, described
the book as "the thoughtful, comprehensive, and freely licensed manual
that I've been waiting years for."
"As book publishers and information seekers, we use Wikipedia all the
time," said No Starch Press founder William Pollock. "And, as editors, we
like to know where our information comes from and how to be a part of it.
That's why we're so excited about "How Wikipedia Works." This book is
written by core Wikipedia community members for both geeks and non-geeks
in the Wikipedia community. This is the book for everyone."
With insight and anecdotes from three Wikipedia veterans, readers of "How
Wikipedia Works" learn how to:
- Search and browse the site and evaluate article quality
- Start a new article; edit pages; and write, research, and collaborate
- Create a user account, communicate with other editors, follow the site's
policies, and settle disputes
- Contribute to existing articles by editing, adding new material, and
"How Wikipedia Works" promises to become the go-to resource for anyone who
loves to read and contribute to the ever-growing achievement that is
Wikipedia. "You already have the invitation. This book tells you what to
wear, how to talk, and what to bring to the most intellectually
stimulating party on the Internet," said Ward Cunningham, the creator of
How Wikipedia Works
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
PHOEBE AYERS (user:phoebe) is a science and engineering reference
librarian at UC Davis. She has been editing Wikipedia since 2003 and is an
organizer of the Wikimania conferences.
CHARLES MATTHEWS (user:Charles Matthews) holds a PhD in mathematics from
Cambridge and has taught at Cambridge and Harvard. Matthews has been a
Wikipedian since 2003 and is an arbitrator and administrator of the
BEN YATES (user:Tlogmer) is a technical editor who writes a popular blog
about Wikipedia (http://www.enotes.com/blogs/wikipedia/). He has been
contributing to Wikipedia since late 2003.
Chapter 12, "Community and Communication" (PDF):
Table of contents overview: http://www.nostarch.com/wiki_toc.htm
Detailed table of contents (PDF):
Index (PDF): http://www.nostarch.com/download/wiki_index.pdf
Large cover image: http://www.nostarch.com/wikipedia_big.htm
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