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How to make Simplified Chinese preferences on Wikipedia stick?

Chinese Wikipedia (维基百科) has the ability to convert its articles from Traditional to Simplified Chinese through a dropdown menu on its top left corner. This is great because although I can read ...
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Is it possible to search Wikipedia including deleted text?

It is possible to perform search on Wikipedia, which includes history along with current page content. It would be especially good to search in deleted articles or deleted passages of articles. (If ...
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How can I find out who wrote a certain section of an article in Wikipedia?

Version control systems typically call this feature "blaming someone". For each line, it shows you who modified it and when. Update: I'm looking for a solution for articles with thousands of edits ...
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Find when a phrase was added to a Wikipedia page

Is there any way to find when a specific word or phrase was added to a Wikipedia page? I want to find a way to obtain the first page that contains a match of a specific phrase (for example, the first ...
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How can I see which of my edits on Wikipedia have been reverted?

I'd like to see a list of all of my Wikipedia edits which have been subsequently reverted (as opposed to the ones that have been retained). How is it possible to do this?
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What are the pros and cons of using Wikipedia as an information source? [closed]

What are the pros and cons of using Wikipedia as an information source, particularly given that anyone can edit almost every page?
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How to download the wikicode of a Wikipedia page?

I want to download the wikicode of this Wikipedia article with a single Web request. Is there any better way than getting https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Paris&action=edit and ...
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How can I see all pages that were created by a specific Wikipedia user?

For each user on Wikipedia, I'd like to find which pages were created by those users. How can I find all of the pages that were created by a specific Wikipedia or Mediawiki user?
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Why do articles with multiple sections not have a table of contents?

Why isn't there a table of contents (TOC) in the Wikipedia article "Scott Meyers"? There are three sections in that article. Has it something to do with the length? The article "Web application" has ...
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How do I alter an article on Wikipedia?

I would like to alter an article on Wikipedia how do I do so?
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How to get the number of revisions of a Wikipedia article?

I am interested to know how many revisions a Wikipedia article has. I can look up its history and count the revisions, but I would like a more direct solution than cumbersome manual counting. Ideas? ...
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Difference between Wikidata and Freebase?

What is the difference between Wikidata and Freebase? Both seems to be gathering open data in a Wiki spirit, readable by machine and humans. Freebase has existed for years, Wikidata is new.
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Can you merge IP edits to a username in Wikipedia?

Is it possible to merge edits from an IP to a user account in Wikipedia? I'm guessing there might be some 'owner' issues, but if one could prove no-one else used the IP apart from 'guest' posts and ...
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Search within a category on a MediaWiki site

I'm trying to search for a keyword within a specific category on Wikimedia Commons. For example, like to search for "red flowers" within "Category:Flowers" so that I can categorize the images ...
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How does Wikipedia prevent spamming?

Anybody can alter wiki contents, and I am wondering "How does Wikipedia prevent spamming?", when even not registered members edit the contents. What you think about it?
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Is it possible for a normal user to flag a Wikipedia edit as potential vandalism?

I can find vague references from various sources (e.g. on Talk:Anti-vandalism ideas: Automatic vandalism identification) implying that Wikipedia edits can be flagged as potential vandalism. However, ...
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Is there a way to download a list of all Wikipedia categories?

Is there a way to download a list of all Wikipedia categories?
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Citing academic papers in Wikipedia

Wikipedia pages about scientific papers contain many citations. Usually the citations use the "Citation" template, which gives a uniform look to all citations in a page. I have a large database in ...
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Is there a way to filter Wikipedia tables?

I'm looking for a way to filter tables often found in Wikipedia articles, so I can compare only the rows (and columns) I'm interested in. Is there either a built-in feature in the Wikipedia engine ...
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Major contributors to a Wikipedia article

The history of a Wikipedia article contains many contributors, most of them are minor (e.g. typo correction or adding a link). Usually there are 1-3 major contributors. Is there an automatic way to ...
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Search within the contributions of a specific editor

On Wikipedia (and MediaWiki in general), is there any way to search for a phrase within the contributions of a specific user? As a proof-of-concept, I want to find a way to search for the word ...
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Is it possible to search MediaWiki sites using regular expressions?

I'd like to search for phrases using regular expressions on sites such as Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Is it possible to do this? Example regex search query: (facebook|google) (corporate ...
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How do you end a subsection in MediaWiki?

When writing articles on the MediaWiki platform (e.g. Wikipedia), I have often found myself wanting to write content in a higher-level section after writing content in a subsection. For example, ...
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Is it possible to have a feed of “today's featured article” from Wikipedia in an RSS reader?

I'd like to add an RSS feed of "today's featured article" and possibly "in the news" to my RSS reader. Is this possible?
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How can I download the entire Wikipedia to my E-book reader?

How can I get all of Wikipedia, except the images, in a standard ebook format like ePub or mobi for putting on my e-reader? Is there a reason this isn't more readily available? Are some ebook formats ...
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How do you make a redirect page on Wikipedia? [closed]

I have found the article I was looking for on Wikipedia with the message This article is an orphan. at the top. I have also found another page with the topic of this article highlighted in red, as if ...
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Citing a Wikipedia article

Is there an automatic way to create an academic citation or a BibTeX record from a Wikipedia article? (Similar to the "cite" link in StackExchange.)
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Automatic rewriting of dead links on Wikipedia

A website has been reorganized. Pages that used to be at URLs of the form http://foo.example.com/bar/wibble are now accessible only at http://goo.example.com/baz/wibble (i.e. there's a simple ...
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See all replies to my comments on Wikipedia talk pages

I'd like to see all the replies that have been made to the comments that I've posted on Wikipedia talk pages. Is it possible to do this (without manually adding each of the pages to my watchlist?)
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Is there a way to track Wikipedia pages one has read already?

I read a lot of random Wikipedia articles for fun/help with schoolwork but sometimes I feel like going back to articles I had read before to get a mental refresher. Other than just saving wiki ...
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How to search Wikipedia for all pages of a certain thing?

I'm trying to find a list of all Wikipedia pages for "martial artists" (persons). One example is the Wikipedia page for Cain Velasquez. All of these pages have an infobox template named "martial ...
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Wikipedia Spam Filter Notice

I've been an occasional Wikipedia editor and user for many years. Twice recently when I tried to make a minor page edit, I received the following error: "Spam filter notice" Your edit was not saved ...
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Wikimedia Commons: Special/New pages. I cannot see my uploads

I've tried to apply this recipe: Getting the RSS feed for Wikipedia articles I've created to see the files I've uploaded recently on commons (e.g: this file ). But I cannot see any log in: ...
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How can I add an article for a new language in Wikipedia?

I read an article on Wikipedia and want to translate and edit it into my language. How can I do this?
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How can I count the number of reverted edits of a Wikipedia user?

In the German Wikipedia you don't get some rights depending on the number of reverted edits you have. I would like to know how many of my edits were reverted. I know ...
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Wiki software that looks good via browser, iPhone and iPad?

I'm looking into new wiki software that looks good on browsers and kind of native on iPad and iPhone. Any suggestions?
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How to use FIST? (Free Image Search Tool, by Wikimedia)

FIST (Free Image Search Tool) seems to be a powerful tool to find freely usable images to illustrate Wikipedia/etc articles. The tool is recommended by Wikipedia. Unfortunately, I most often get 0 ...
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Get the version of a Wikipedia page from a specific date

I need to find a version of a Wikipedia page from a specific date (specifically, October 14, 2010). Is there any way to view the revision history from before a specific time/date?
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How to access deleted pages on Wikipedia

I would like to access a page which has been deleted on Wikipedia (e.g. Junk dna). When going to that page, it says: This page has been deleted. The deletion and move log for the page are provided ...
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Why does Wikipedia capitalize usernames?

From their page about username policies: Wikipedia usernames are case sensitive, but the first letter is always automatically capitalized. But I've also noticed that, even though I always login ...
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Are some parts of Wikipedia updated automatically?

What is impressive about Wikipedia is that information is updated so quickly. Any big event, like a death of a celebrity or whatever, it'll appear on there quicker than some news sites. I'm just ...
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How do I enable visual editor on Wikipedia?

When I click on Beta features on the English Wikipedia I see only Completion suggester, Other projects sidebar, Hovercards, Read more, Compact language links and Content Translation. I don't see a box ...
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See all ambiguous links on a specific Wikipedia page

Lately, I've been trying to fix ambiguous links on Wikipedia. On one specific Wikipedia page, I want to be able to see every link to a disambiguation page so that I can repair it. Is it possible to do ...
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Getting the RSS feed for Wikipedia articles I've created

Is it possible to get a RSS feed for the new articles I've created on Wikipedia?
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WikiMiniAtlas: Using parameters leads to “Coordinates: Extra unexpected parameters”

I want to add a "dim:" (Dimension) parameter to "coord" at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakasu so that the mini-map (click the globe in the upper-right) shows just the island (2 kilometers diameter), ...
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Specify the starting and ending point for a Wikipedia reference

Is there anything the the "citation needed span" template for references on Wikipedia? Here, the text being verified by the reference is ambiguous: All trees are tall, and some are very ...
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Using Wikipedia bots on other MediaWiki-based wikis

There are some Wikipedia bots that I consider to be absolutely indispensable: they perform tasks like fixing broken redirects, automatically reverting vandalism, etc. Is it possible to use these ...
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How much data can Wikimedia Commons host?

Wikimedia Commons has lots of images, audio files and video files. I was only able to find that it was about 23 TB of data in 2013 (source) which was actually hosted. Is there any more recent ...
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How to report Copyright infringement on Wikipedia?

I have found a few images on the English wikipedia that are under copyright. I'm not the owner of the copyright. The real owners of the copyright are too technologically illiterate to do anything ...
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Is there a RSS feed of articles added to my Wikipedia watchlist

I would like to have an RSS feed with the articles I personally add to my Watchlist. So each time I star an article, the RSS feed gets updated with the article title, url, description. I could then ...