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Super Bowl searches show Wikipedia is the ‘second screen’

Super Bowl 50 ended on Sunday night with the Denver Broncos beating the Carolina Panthers. Our stats show that hundreds of thousands of viewers used Wikipedia as a ‘second screen’ to look up players and teams as the game unfolded.

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50 weird Super Bowl facts for 50 Super Bowls

Wikipedia is written and edited by volunteers who combine and hone a crowdsourced view off the mainstream media path; there are many odd nuggets along the way. As we head into Super Bowl 50, take a peek at a quirky factoid for each of the games below.

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Updated: the story of Wikipedia and libraries is being rewritten around the world this week with #1Lib1Ref

The libraries community has a huge number of opportunities to help solve gaps on Wikipedia.

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Wikipedia statistics show that 2015 was the year of the movie

2015 was the year of the movie on Wikipedia, with eight film-related articles in the top 25—and one climbing all the way up to No. 3 in the last two months of the year.

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Top 20 most-edited pages on Wikipedia in 2015

The Sydney Opera House lit in French tricolor after the November 2015 Paris attacks. In only a month and a half, this article received one of the highest edit totals of any article on the English Wikipedia in 2015. Photo by Ludopedia, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Each day,…

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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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