How to Get Started on Wikipedia for #Archaeology

Posted on August 8, 2014

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After banging on for the last few days about the need to engage with Wikipedia (see part 1, part 2, part 3) I would be remiss to not mention how people can get involved.

Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime

There are no requirements to edit Wikipedia- none. In fact, you don’t even need to be logged in to edit a page. On any page just click the edit button and you can edit the page. Though not being logged in might increase the chances of someone thinking you are vandalizing a page and reversing your changes.

Let’s Not Reinvent the Wheel.

I could run through how to use Wikipedia but why reinvent the Wheel? There is an excellent resource, The Wikipedia Adventure, that takes you through a tutorial on how to use Wikipedia. I recommend it.

Tours

Another resource that you can use is a ‘tour’. It is hard to describe but a tour takes you through a particular task right on Wikipedia. You can run a tour on any page by adding a little extra to your url.  So if you want to get help with editing the Archaeology page just change the url from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeology

To: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeology?tour=firstedit

Add ‘?tour=firstedit’ (no quotes) to any page and it will give you a tour.

Other tours you can take:

Just add ‘?tour=CitationsStudent’  to the end of an article url on Wikipedia to learn how to make a citation in Wikipedia. Test it hear- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeology?tour=CitationsStudent

Just add ‘?tour=BeBoldStudent’ to the end of an article url on Wikipedia to learn how to work in the sandbox. Test it hear- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeology?tour=BeBoldStudent

Just add ‘?tour=MoreMarkupEducator’ to the end of an article url on Wikipedia to learn some markup. Test it hear- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeology?tour=MoreMarkupEducator

Hackathon

The first two days of Wikimania have been a Hackothon, which is when people get together and code programs in a day or two. For this I got hooked up with some of the people that have made tours. It has been great fun learning how to make tours on Wikipedia. While my work is not ready for use I am hoping in the next few weeks I can create a couple of tours to help people learn how to quickly use Wikipedia. I will post them when they are ready.

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