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Love is strange: ten weird Valentine’s facts from Wikipedia

Roses are red
Divorce is contractual
We’re an encyclopedia
Let’s keep love factual.

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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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He wrote the article on the Carolina Panthers: tales from Wikipedia’s NFL editors

These editors toil for hours each week to create and maintain the English Wikipedia’s NFL-related content.

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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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Content Translation tool has now been used for 50,000 articles

Last year around this time, we announced the arrival of a new tool that evolved out of an experiment aimed at making the editing process easier for our users. The tool in question—Content Translation—has been used by more than 11,000 editors across 289 Wikipedias to create more than 50,000 new articles.

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MIT’s Pantheon explores historical culture with Wikipedia

Who is, scientifically, the most famous person in your home town? A new research project might be able to tell you.

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Millions read Bowie biography following sudden death

Following a string of celebrity deaths, Wikipedia’s editors work to polish biographies to serve as ready-made obituaries providing readers with a depth of insight about entertainers’ lives and careers.

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Wikimedia Highlights, December 2015

Here are highlights from across the Wikimedia movement, as reported on this blog in December 2015: Wikipedia celebrates 15 years of free knowledge; Fifteen years ago, Wikipedia was a very different place: Magnus Manske; Making our pageview data easily accessible; and more.

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Community digest: Urdu Wikipedia reaches 100,000 articles

On December 29, 2015, the Urdu Wikipedia community achieved a major milestone with a new article on the tiger shark.

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Fifteen years ago, Wikipedia was a very different place: Magnus Manske

Magnus Manske, a Wikipedia contributor since 2001, was born and went to university in Cologne, Germany. The city’s famed cathedral is pictured here. Photo by Thomas Wolf, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Germany. Update, January 25: today is Magnus Manske Day. On this day in 2002, Wikipedia switched over…

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