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How Wikipedia Works by Ben Yates, Charles Matthews, Phoebe Ayers

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Chapter 5. Basic Editing

Editing wiki pages is at the heart of all activity on Wikipedia, from working on articles to participating in community discussions. Here’s where Wikipedia becomes more than a reference tool. The Edit This Page tab above Wikipedia articles invites everyone to contribute.

Editing a Wikipedia page is not difficult. And whether you’re interested in copyediting, research and writing, fact-checking, or fixing vandalism, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding articles to improve and expand. This chapter describes the basic mechanics of editing existing pages—opening and understanding the edit window and using wikisyntax to format text. We’ll also discuss how to perform both major and minor edits, how to revert edits to fix mistakes, ...

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