Wikipedia

  • Wikia Rolls Out Big Redesign To Bring Accessibility, Discovery To 20M Pages Of UGC

    Wikia Rolls Out Big Redesign To Bring Accessibility, Discovery To 20M Pages Of UGC

    You may not be familiar with Wikia, but the collaborative media company has been quietly growing into a giant, recently passing IGN, for example, as the largest network of gaming sites on the planet. Led by both its gaming and entertainment verticals, Wikia’s content-driven social network is home to one of the largest and most active communities on the Web. For those unfamiliar, building… Read More

  • Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database Funded By Google, Paul Allen And Others

    Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database Funded By Google, Paul Allen And Others

    Wikidata, the first new project to emerge from the Wikimedia Foundation since 2006, is now beginning development. The organization, known best for its user-edited encyclopedia of knowledge Wikipedia, recently announced the new project at February’s Semantic Tech & Business Conference in Berlin, describing Wikidata as new effort to provide a database of knowledge that can be read… Read More

  • Wikipedia Completes Transfer Of Sites Away From GoDaddy DNS

    Wikipedia Completes Transfer Of Sites Away From GoDaddy DNS

    Part of the long-running (and far from over) SOPA/PIPA battle was the drawing of lines in the sand by Internet companies. While most recognized the danger of that irresponsible and short-sighted bill and took action against it, some companies supported it strongly and even testified to that effect in Congress. GoDaddy was one of those companies, and while it later tried to undo the damage… Read More

  • Essay Due? Here’s How To Access Wikipedia During The SOPA Blackout

    Essay Due? Here’s How To Access Wikipedia During The SOPA Blackout

    As you can tell from the homepage, it’s a sad, trying day for the internet. Many of our favorite sites like Reddit and Wikipedia have gone dark, leaving only an argument against SOPA on their homepages in lieu of cat gifs and knowledge. All in all, it will shape up to be an incredibly boring day in the name of justice. Because to be honest, SOPA is unconstitutional in the way it’ll… Read More

  • Wikipedia Will Go Dark On January 18 To Protest SOPA And PIPA

    Wikipedia Will Go Dark On January 18 To Protest SOPA And PIPA

    Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales wanted to send a “big message” to the U.S. government regarding the two heinous internet censorship bills currently being considered, and after a brief period of debate the world’s encyclopedia will soon do just that. The Wikipedia founder announced on Twitter today that starting at midnight on Wednesday, January 18, the English language version… Read More

  • Wikimedia Foundation Raises $20 Million From 1 Million+ Donors

    Wikimedia Foundation Raises $20 Million From 1 Million+ Donors

    Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and other sites, this morning announced that they’ve raised $20 million from more than a million donors, shattering a record once again. The organization says donations have risen every year since its global fundraising campaigns began in 2003. Wikimedia Foundation claims its sites now serve more than 470… Read More

  • Wikipedia Programmer: We Do The Funny Portrait Placement Thing Because It Works

    Wikipedia Programmer: We Do The Funny Portrait Placement Thing Because It Works

    You know, I’m becoming something of a fan of Brandon Harris (the latest face of Wikipedia’s fundraising efforts, which you should absolutely donate to.) First, he’s a programmer on Wikipedia, which is pretty much the most world-bettering programming gig you could ever have. Second, he stopped in for hugs even as we were sort of poking fun at him. Third, he’s taken the… Read More

  • Now You’re Just Messing With Us Wikipedia

    Now You’re Just Messing With Us Wikipedia

    The good news is that Wikipedia has finally switched up that image of Jimmy Wales begging for money on its homepage. The bad news is that they’ve replaced it with another unfortunately left aligned image of some random guy (Wikipedia programmer Brandon Harris to be precise) who, according to my email inbox, looks like everything from Jesus, to Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroger to a… Read More

  • A Personal Appeal TO Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

    A Personal Appeal TO Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

    So we meet again Wales … Yes I know, another holiday season, another reason to poke fun at your silly, scopophobia-inducing banner ads belying the very noble cause of raising $29.5 million for an unlimited supply of constantly updated knowledge — FOR WHICH WE ARE ALL VERY THANKFUL JIMMY, I PROMISE. Read More

  • Italian Wikipedia Shuts Down In Protest Of Proposed Law

    Italian Wikipedia Shuts Down In Protest Of Proposed Law

    In the true spirit of online activism, the entire Italian Wikipedia website has voluntarily taken itself down in order to protest a bill being proposed to Parliament. The law (“DDL intercettazioni,” roughly translated as Wiretapping Act) would require every website to publish within 48 hours a correction or comment relating to any content an applicant has deemed “detrimental… Read More