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The world's press says "Happy Birthday!" with a few twists

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By Smallbones and Bri

Media throughout the world have written congratulatory articles about Wikipedia on the encyclopedia's 20th birthday. The Wikimedia Foundation has done a good job letting the press know that we're big, popular, appear in about 300 languages, and are frequently edited, mostly by volunteers. See, for example this list. But what else is new? A couple of dozen newspapers just focus on these numbers and add some seemingly random or local-interest facts. The more interesting stories take different angles, often telling as much about the author and their relationship with the encyclopedia, as about Wikipedia itself. Fair enough! No journalist can be expected to summarize Wikipedia in a single article.

United States Capitol protests/storming/riots/insurrection

With a twist

Where we go from here?

In brief

Hunters and busybodies-Infographic (Melissa Pappas (UPenn))


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Nothing about that story really bothers me - and since this newspaper is supposed to be a snapshot in tine, I don't see any need to update it.

I see 3 things that this column should do to inform our readers about what is appearing in the media about Wikipedia.

Each one of these has its risks, so we can fail. We took a good shot at each of the 3 points. But if we don't take risks, the column will be pretty boring. We also learn a lot from the comments! Thanks. Smallbones(smalltalk) 00:52, 1 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Yeah, it's probably better off left alone at this point. The story itself is interesting indeed. Nardog (talk) 01:41, 1 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
In Russia the government watches you edit Wikipedia.
In the US you watch the Russian government edit Wikipedia.
Smallbones(smalltalk) 01:57, 13 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
In Soviet Russia, Kremlin reads what you write on Wikipedia. In America, Kremlin writes what you read on Wikipedia. Levivich harass/hound 02:00, 13 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Let's be good Wikipedians and wikipedize: "In Soviet Russia..." =))) --ssr (talk) 06:35, 16 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]


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