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Here is a newsletter from the Wikimedia Foundation about some recent notable goings ons
within the Wikipedia community.
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From: Adora Svitak <asvitak(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2020 at 01:34
Subject: [MoveCom] Wikimedia Foundation Media Report: August 26, 2020
To: Media Report <media-report(a)wikimedia.org>
Wikimedia Foundation Media Report: August 26, 2020In today's media report, the
alarming discovery that many articles in Scots Wikipedia were created by an American
teenager without a solid command of the language; fifty volunteers have signed up to
enrich Arabic content on Wikipedia Sept. 20-27 through a Saudi Center for Digital Content
program; a teenager created a Wikipedia page about a 56-year-old camp for children with
communication or social learning challenges; and much more.
Gizmodo - Alleged Teen Brony Has Filled the Scots Wiki With Thousands of
- "Earlier today, Reddit user Ultach wrote a fairly lengthy post about
an alarming discovery. In it, they described that Scots Wikipedia has a
notorious reputation for being inaccurate with regard to vocabulary and
grammar. Ultach claims that Scots Wikipedia was poorly spelled English with
a few Scots words thrown in here and there. Out of curiosity, they checked
the Wikipedia’s edit history… and lo, apparently one person had created and
edited roughly a third of Scots Wikipedia’s 60,000 or so articles."
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Kaldata - Почти цялата версия на шотландската Wikipedia е написана от
Enriching Arabic content on Wikipedia
Al Khaleej Today - 50 volunteers register to enrich Wikipedia’s Arabic
- "Fifty men and women have registered as volunteers to enriching the
Arabic content in Wikipedia, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Monday. The
registration comes within the volunteering work platform of the Ministry of
Human Resources and Social Development, in cooperation with “WikiDowen.” It
is one of the projects of the Saudi Center for Digital Content of the King
Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah). The volunteerism
opportunity aims to enrich the Arabic content in Wikipedia by creating new
articles in the encyclopedia, or developing and translating existing
articles, in the historical and cultural fields, monuments, archaeology and
development. These volunteers will from Sept. 20 – 27."
Disability representation on Wikipedia
Beaverton Valley Times - Amazing Kids: Beaverton teen is all about
- "Camp Meadowood is a nonprofit camp in Eastern Oregon for kids ages 6
through 14 with communication or social learning challenges.
experience there, she decided it wasn't enough to merely attend — she
wanted to be part of the aiding process as well. She started by creating a
Wikipedia page, explaining the history and functionality of the 56-year-old
Allegations of bias
Stefczyk - Wikipedia tubą propagandową radykalnej lewicy? Redaktor
próbował zmienić imię “Margot” na Michał – edycję cofnięto i zagrożono mu
- "Is Wikipedia a leftist propaganda mouthpiece? More and more people
are asking similar questions about the popular online encyclopedia, and
many Internet users have considerable reservations about its objectivity.
Readers of this website more and more often look in its articles to refer
to leftist sources, theories or points of view, rather than to objective
facts. Proof of this can be a discussion between Wikipedia editors about
one of the articles devoted to the "Stop Nonsense" collective, as well as
the actions of the administrators of this site in this regard."
Daily Record - Ex-Leeds man Eoghan Stokes asks Airdrie fans to judge him
on the pitch, not his Wikipedia page
- "“But they are looking at stats on a Wikipedia page, they are not
looking at me playing football. They are not seeing a player who is playing
on the left or centre midfield, they think I’m playing up front and
wondering why I’m not scoring 30 goals a season. “I think Stuart knows what
I’m all about, where I’m going to play and what my best position is, so I’m
happy with that."
Wikipedia and SEO
Flipweb - Pasting your website link on Wikipedia does nothing for your
- "Everyone wants to rank his or her page on Google. To do so, there are
many types of options which are available for the owner of the website.
People try various types of options to rank their page on Google. One of
the recent cases were to use Wikipedia so that you can include backlinks of
your website in it. Wikipedia is a wide source of information and is very
popular among students. Although, Wikipedia is a very reliable source of
information this cannot be used for SEO purposes. If you edit the Wikipedia
page and add your website link in it then it will be of no use."
- *Related Stories:*
Online Marketing - Google bestätigt: Links von Wikipedia liefern keinen
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