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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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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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Why is nl.wikipedia.org referred to as Carribean Stud Poker on Facebook?

In my newsfeed I saw someone posting this Wikipedia article. When I clicked on the arrow on the post for the dropdown menu I saw the following: Why is the author of this Wikipedia post identified ...
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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 to avoid re-downloading country borders from Wikipedia's SVG pictures each time?

There are a lot of political maps on Wikipedia where each country is coloured depending of various things. On preview smaller countries are not visible. SVG source is usually big, as it contains ...
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Changing the Aspect Ratio of an Image in Wikipedia

How can one change the aspect ratio of a Wikipedia image? For example, in the International Code of Signals, an example of the Whiskey Flag (referring to the Letter W) is saved with an aspect ratio ...
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Importing certain cell range from a wiki page

I need help importing just the symbols of the Dow from this page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow_Jones_Industrial_Average I can get the full table just using the following, but can't figure out how ...
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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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How to edit wikipedia's top right box?

I looked and looked at this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITunes I know how to edit every other section of the page, and know that there is a main "Edit this page" link near the top of the ...
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Silently suggest an edit review in Wikipedia

I am professionally related to a topic which is described in an article on Wikipedia. Months ago I respectfully added some content to this article, including a quotation and an link to my website. I ...
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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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How to redirect a section of a Wikipedia article to another article

On Wikipedia, is it possible to redirect a section of one article to another article? I occassionally need to move sections of Wikipedia articles to other articles, and re-target all links to that ...
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Format link to Wikipedia page about an essay or chapter title

For books and movies it's easy: surround the link in pairs of single-quotes to italicize it. For example, Lord of the Rings. ''[[Lord of the Rings]]'' But according to "Which Titles Are Italicized ...
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Wikipedia global search (all languages), without using a third-party search engine?

Performing a search on the Japanese Wikipedia is easy: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?search=%s Now, I want to perform a search on all language versions of Wikipedia. For instance ...
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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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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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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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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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Get wiki source of a specific page [closed]

Is there anyway to get the wiki of a specific wikiquote page programatically. For example http://en.wikiquote.org/w/index.php?title=The_Doctor is a wikiquote page. How do I find the wiki dump of 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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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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Highlight the text that precedes a “citation needed” tag

On Wikipedia (and MediaWiki in general), is it possible to highlight the text that is preceded by a "citation needed" tag, in order to clarify what the tag specifically refers to?
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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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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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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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Adding colors and styles to a Wikipedia username

I’ve noticed on numerous occasions that some users on Wikipedia have names that include colors and styles while most do not. There are a bunch of examples of various kinds on this page (I’ve compiled ...
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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 ...
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Wikipedia 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 rename a category on Wikimedia Commons?

Is it possible to rename a category on Wikimedia Commons (or another Wikimedia-based wiki) so that all of the pages in that category are moved to the renamed category instead of being left in the old ...
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Add multiple files to a category in Wikimedia Commons

There are some instances where I'd like to add multiple articles to a category on a MediaWiki site such as Wikimedia Commons (for example, adding multiple images of airplanes to the category ...
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How do you reference a wiki media image if the file name is non-romantic?

I am trying to reference the wikipedia commons image in an english wikipedia info box. The image is a wikimedia commons picture with a japanese name. Somehow it does not allow it to be placed there. ...
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Where do I report an improper Wikipedia article?

There is an artwork in the entrance of my University campus. On that artwork, there was an apothegm which belongs to a certain historical artist. Recently the artwork has been restored; in the ...
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What DTP does Wikipedia use for PDF export?

When viewing any Wikipedia article, it is possible to export the article to a number of formats, including PDF. My instinct told me they would use some TeX system (plainTeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, etc.), ...
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Is it possible to include wiki markup in Wikipedia searches?

I tried to find improperly formatted URLs on Wikipedia by entering for a search query with wiki markup, but this doesn't return matches of this markup in Wikipedia. Does Wikipedia have any search ...
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What does Wikipedia mean when they say some accounts will be renamed due to a technical change?

Wikipedia currently has a notification at the top of every single page saying that some accounts will be renamed due to a technical change when I am logged in. Clicking on Read more doesn't really ...
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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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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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How to create a page reference in Wikipedia (synonym redirection)?

I want to internally add a reference to a wiki-page. For example, say the page name is The_Page_Name. I would like to add a known term (say, The_Reference) to Wikipedia that should redirect to ...
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Watch for changes to a section of a Wikipedia page

On Wikipedia, is it possible to watch a specific section of an article (instead of watching the entire article)? I have contributed to some specific sections of articles, and I want to be notified ...
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Merging categories on Wikipedia

On Wikipedia, is it possible to automatically merge multiple existing categories into a new category (for example, automatically moving all items in the category [[Flying animals]] and [[Birds]] 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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Find all pages on Wikipedia that redirect to a specific page

On Wikipedia, is it possible to find all pages that redirect to a given page, like a "what redirects here" page instead of a "what links here" page? For example, I'd like to find all pages on ...
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Show files on Wikipedia that were recently added to a specific category

On Wikipedia, is it possible to view all of the files or articles that were recently added to a specific category? In this case, I want to view all files that were recently added to ...
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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 there any way of combining Wikipedia comparisons into a single table?

Take, for example, this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_file_comparison_tools It's typical of most Wikipedia comparison pages, with the information split across multiple individual ...
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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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Get notifications for pages on watchlist (MediaWiki sites)

I've noticed that MediaWiki websites such as Wikipedia display a "you have new messages" message whenever a change is made to the user's talk page. Is it possible to get the same type of notification ...
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Prevent section links from breaking when a section name is changed

On Wikipedia, is it possible to find all links to a specific section? I've noticed that changing the name of a section on a Wikipedia article will often break a large number of links and redirect ...