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Wikipedia: The Missing Manual by John Broughton

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Appendix C. Learning More

No book, not even the one you’re holding, can tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about Wikipedia, especially since Wikipedia is a work in progress, always changing and growing in the hands of a changing and growing community of editors. Being a Wikipedia editor is like being an eternal student, acquiring as well as transmitting new knowledge all the time.

Think of this appendix as a campus map. It shows you the myriad places you can go, both inside and outside Wikipedia, to learn what you need to know when you’re ready. It focuses on three main areas of learning:

  • Finding exactly the right information. Wikipedia has many hundreds of pages of detailed policies, guidelines, technical advice, and essays, not to mention specialized pages that simply list other pages. You’re more likely to find what you’re looking for, among all these instructional pages, if you choose one of several good starting points.

  • Getting personalized help. An unspoken assumption about editing in Wikipedia, as you may have noticed, is that you’re supposed to figure out things mostly by yourself. Still, you can get personal help, if you know where and how to ask.

  • Understanding Wikipedia as a community. You may be curious about what’s going on in the Wikipedia community. This appendix shows you how to get the news (and the gossip) about Wikipedia, and even how to meet other Wikipedians face-to-face if you so desire.

Information Pages

Wikipedia has help pages, FAQs, and other kinds pages ...

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