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Terry, Discworld and Wikipedia

Postby LessHero vanU » Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:21 pm

As I mentioned when I introduced myself, I am involved in Wikipedia - my homepage is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:LessHeard_vanU (NSFPWND). One of the subjects I am most proud of, despite or maybe because of my lack of contributions to the topic, are the articles relating to TerryP (his article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Pratchett), the Discworld books (and others), and the various characters found within them.
The "Portal" (this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Discworld_books) lists every article linked to the Discworld books.

What do the members of this site think of the coverage? Are there mistakes? Is every topic covered sufficiently according to its "importance"? Do people ever edit these pages, and are they happy with that experience? Let me know - I won't fix any problems you may have, but I can show you how you can.
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Re: Terry, Discworld and Wikipedia

Postby DaveC » Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:31 pm

LessHero vanU wrote:As I mentioned when I introduced myself, I am involved in Wikipedia - my homepage is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:LessHeard_vanU (NSFPWND). One of the subjects I am most proud of, despite or maybe because of my lack of contributions to the topic, are the articles relating to TerryP (his article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Pratchett), the Discworld books (and others), and the various characters found within them.
The "Portal" (this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Discworld_books) lists every article linked to the Discworld books.

What do the members of this site think of the coverage? Are there mistakes? Is every topic covered sufficiently according to its "importance"? Do people ever edit these pages, and are they happy with that experience? Let me know - I won't fix any problems you may have, but I can show you how you can.


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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:36 pm

Actually, there's one thing I've always wanted to ask about Wiki.

Sometime, when I try to post a link to a particular item such as this one for Eric: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_(novel) - the brackets around the word "novel" are not recognised as a viable code (the same goes for things like apostrophies) and therefore the link gets broken.

I know that sometimes I can substitute a "%" for a bracket and that will work, but it doesn't make for easy linking.

Is there an easy way to do this? :? Something like (as with some online news items) a 'link to this article' code would make things easier in cases like this.
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Postby LessHero vanU » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:03 pm

Tonyblack wrote:Actually, there's one thing I've always wanted to ask about Wiki.

Sometime, when I try to post a link to a particular item such as this one for Eric: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_(novel) - the brackets around the word "novel" are not recognised as a viable code (the same goes for things like apostrophies) and therefore the link gets broken.

I know that sometimes I can substitute a "%" for a bracket and that will work, but it doesn't make for easy linking.

Is there an easy way to do this? :? Something like (as with some online news items) a 'link to this article' code would make things easier in cases like this.

I work as a volunteer for Wikipedia, I don't know how it works! :wink: There are some issues about coding, and it is probably best if you look for them yourselves. If you place "Wikipedia:" and then the search term such as "code" you will hopefully find a drop down menu with search results. If you do not find the specific page, choosing "Wikipedia:Code" will take you to a search page where all instances of those factors will be displayed. Hopefully you can find what you are looking for there. I know that there are people who are very knowledgeable about code and stuff - and I ain't one of them.
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Postby francesy » Wed May 04, 2011 10:40 am

How does websites such as Wikipedia affect education? I remember having to read " of Mice and Men" in high school, and write a summary of the book. Now, I can just search it on wikipedia, and I have the whole book summary, the characters, and their involvement in the story.
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed May 04, 2011 11:35 am

I don't think anyone in this thread said that Wikipedia did affect education. :? I fail to see your point.
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Postby dennykay » Wed May 04, 2011 12:04 pm

and also, most teachers today are internet-savvy enough to check wikipedia of all places.
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed May 04, 2011 2:39 pm

I thnk wiki's a brilliant reference source for all kinds of things, but for essay purposes it'd be truly daft to try to pass it off as your own as denny says. :lol:

Reading up the synopsis of novels on there isn't foolproof either - there's never a proper substitute for reading the whole book, else you can't get the nuance and detail to back up your quotes :roll:
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Postby Willem » Thu May 05, 2011 8:04 am

Loads of schools use plagiarism-software these days. Input student's work and let it run - it catches not only literally copied text but also changes you'd make to make it less obviously copied.
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Postby archerinwood » Thu May 05, 2011 3:30 pm

wikipedia is brilliant.I never use it for my home/schoolwork :wink: .
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Postby Anilori » Thu May 05, 2011 3:36 pm

I, on the other hand, have been known to use it for classes... but I'm allowed to, I'm a teacher :) It's really convenient when it's 11PM the day before your lesson and you urgently need a detail about the history of Switzerland, or, as happened once, got William Jones mixed up with John Williams. I just have to rely on the hope that those kinds of subjects aren't the ones who get edit wars and subjectivity problems...
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu May 05, 2011 4:50 pm

John Williams the composer or John Williams the guitarist? Or another John Williams? :lol:
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Postby Anilori » Thu May 05, 2011 5:18 pm

Any John Williams :lol: The point is that none of them discovered the Indo-European language family ^^
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Postby dennykay » Thu May 05, 2011 6:56 pm

Tonyblack wrote:John Williams the composer or John Williams the guitarist? Or another John Williams? :lol:


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