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Mon Dieu! Why a French novelist gave an entire year’s royalties to Wikipedia

Antoine Bello is a well-known French author; his donation is the first time an author has donated an entire year’s royalties to the Wikimedia Foundation. Photo from Christopher Michel, freely licensed under CC-by-SA 3.0. In Antoine Bello’s 2009 French-language novel Les Éclaireurs, a secret agent from Iceland named Sliv Dartunghuver…

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Wikipedia’s very active editor numbers have stabilized—delve into the data with us

Very active editor numbers (>100 edits per month) since the English Wikipedia’s launch in 2001. The thick red line symbolises a five-month moving average. Graph by Joe Sutherland, in the public domain. The English Wikipedia’s population of very active editors—registered contributors with more than 100 edits per month—appears to have…

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Should I pay for a Wikipedia article?

There are specific rules for when you can edit the English Wikipedia for money. Image by Erik Zachte, freely licensed under CC-by-3.0. At the end of August, volunteer editors on the English Wikipedia blocked 381 user accounts for so-called “black hat” editing—or more specifically, undisclosed paid advocacy. As the Wikimedia…

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Discover more on Wikipedia with new navigation features for Android app

Ever become lost while browsing Wikipedia? The Wikipedia app for Android now includes new navigation features, making it easier than ever to explore the sum of all knowledge.

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“My favorite website”: Stephen Colbert’s complicated relationship with Wikipedia

The comedian Stephen Colbert and Wikipedia have a complicated relationship. The two are very different, of course—one has an army of supporters, has received multiple awards, and is generally beloved by the Internet. The other is Stephen. As far as we know, Wikipedia and Stephen first met publicly in July…

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WWII veteran, kamikaze survivor honors shipmates through Wikipedia articles

George Pendergast survived a kamikaze attack in the Second World War. Today, he edits Wikipedia. Both photos—from 1943 and earlier this year, respectively—are courtesy of George Pendergast. Over seventy years ago, the US destroyer Mahan was patrolling off Ponson Island in the Philippines when eleven Japanese kamikaze aircraft appeared over…

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Innovation is welcome: apply for grants to improve Wikimedia

If you have an idea like or completely different from this that will improve a Wikimedia project, consider participating in Individual Engagement Grants open call for proposals from August 30th through September 29th on Meta. If your idea is still a seed, you can share it in our IdeaLab to seek staff mentorship, community feedback, and a team of collaborators to help it evolve.

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Hundreds of “black hat” English Wikipedia accounts blocked following investigation

After weeks of investigation, volunteer editors on English Wikipedia announced today that they blocked 381 user accounts for undisclosed paid advocacy.

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Wikimedia strategy consultation shows potential in mobile, rich content, and translations

The consultation, conducted in February and March of this year, asked users to answer two questions to help define the Foundation’s strategy and how it should respond to future trends.

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The Hunt for Tirpitz

Nick Dowling has written three featured Wikipedia articles on the Royal Navy’s attempts to sink the German battleship Tirpitz during the Second World War. Here’s how he did it.

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