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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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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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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 both ...
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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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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 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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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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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 history|...
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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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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 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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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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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 by ...
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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 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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Set language of Wikipedia article on mobile page

I want to change the language of a Wikipedia article, as you would do on the left navigation bar in desktop view. Unfortunately I can't find the functionality on mobile view without switching to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Force Wikipedia to always work in mobile version on desktop PC

I pretty much like and enjoy Wikipedia in mobile version, when browsing it on desktop PC, both for reading and editing the articles. Mostly for cleanness of the interface. Is there any way to force ...
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How can one link to a specific portion of Wikipedia article?

I wish to link to a specific portion of a Wikipedia article. For example in this article about Mahatma Gandhi, I wish to create a link such that clicking on the link takes the user directly to the ...
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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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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 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 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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How to get a list of all .svg files on Wikipedia.org and commons.wikimedia.org?

I do have a very slow internet connection. Nonetheless it would be fast enough to download a list of the files I'm looking for: I want a list of all .svg files on Wikipedia.org and commons.wikimedia....
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How can I permanently disable the mobile version of Wikipedia on mobile devices?

I've seen that there are user scripts that Wikipedia users can add to their user profiles. Is there a way to add detect whether the mobile is active and redirect to the desktop version this way?
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How to edit the subtitle/tagline in mobile Wikipedia?

In mobile version of Wikipedia, some articles have a subtitle AKA tagline. For example, in the article about Executive Order 13769 it says "United States executive order about foreigners entering the ...
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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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How do I force Wikipedia to HTTP, since their HTTPS is broken?

Is there a way to force Wikipedia to HTTP? I'm using Lynx, but it says that the certificate is expired. (Since my clock is correct, it's probably one of the intermediary or root certificates on my ...
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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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Automatically generating references in Wikipedia articles

Are there any tools that can automatically generate properly formatted citations (from bare URLs?) Bare links on Wikipedia are supposed to be replaced with properly citations. Are there any tools or ...
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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 http://toolserver.org/~guandalug/...
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How do you add images to Wikipedia?

I've created this page on wikipedia but I can't figure out how to link or upload an image in the Infobox. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimi_Knoop I've tried adding the image url but it doesn't work. ...
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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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How to mention someone in a Wikipedia/Mediawiki conversation?

In Wikipedia talk pages discussions, I see people often mention each other. Mentioned people receive a notification. How to mention people? For instance let's say I want to mention the user called ...
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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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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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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 tall.<ref&...
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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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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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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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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 Sitemap

I know how it generates the site map and all. What I need is a complete sitemap of all topics covered in wikipedia.org. Anyone know where I could get it? I have been crawling it but keep running out ...
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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 ...