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You don't "flag" edits, per se. If you see an edit that is vandalism, you're expected to "rollback" or, at least, edit out the vandalism bits yourself. That's part of Wikipedia's mantra of Be Bold! From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Content You can edit almost any page on Wikipedia. Simply follow the "Edit" link at the top of that page. Be bold in ...


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I don't think this can be done, and that is by design. A section is intended to end with the heading of a new section. The described situation would create some ambiguity, because there are no visual cues on the page to define where a section ends except for the header of a new section. It may also be unnecessary, because a default install of MediaWiki ...


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Crowdsourcing Wikipedia has many editors, each editor is usually subscribed to change notifications of the article they created/edited during their Wikipedia activity life span. When you make an edit, one of the editors reviews it and if it's spam he will revert the change to the article previous state. Wikipedia relies on people to filter out the spam, ...


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If you place this formula in a cell within Google Sheet, it will scrape the tabular data from this Wikipedia article link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_India =IMPORTHTML("http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_India", "table", 4) Once you have the data within Google Sheet, you can filter by column value (select column header, choose ...


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There is a tool called WikiBlame that lets you do exactly that: you enter a page name and a phrase to search for and will point you to the edit that added it. It's also linked from the History page of every page on the English Wikipedia (as “Revision history search”).


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Passing action=raw is the best way to obtain just the wikitext of a page, although it can be done with the API. See https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Paris&action=raw for example and the MediaWiki docs.


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Usernames are a subset of page titles, and must follow the rules for page titles. Mediawiki, the software behind Wikipedia, treats by default all article titles as beginning with a capital letter (unless the first character is not a letter). Note that $wgCapitalLinks can be used to disable auto-capitalization for page titles. According to this discussion, ...


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Wikimedia provides dumps [0], wich depending of your intention, can be helpfull. Delected revisions or articles aren't shown on those dumps nor are publicly avaiable, but depending of the objective, it's possible to request access to non-public data. [1] [0]- https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Data_dumps [1]- https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:...


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Check out this wiki page on redirecting wiki pages: Help:Redirect. A redirect is a page created so that navigation to a given title will take the reader directly to a different page. A redirect is created using the syntax: #REDIRECT [[target]] where Target is the name of the target page. It is also possible to add a section anchor to ...


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"It looks like the main difference is two-way integration: instead of just scraping data from Wikipedia dumps to produce a structured database (like Freebase and dbpedia do), it's going to store the canonical version of some of the information there, and pull from it to populate the infoboxes. One of the motivations seems to be to keep the data in sync ...


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You can use dab solver. Enter the name of the page and it will automatically find the ambiguous links on that page and it will also help you disambiguate them.


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The sheer size of the data is the biggest problem. The XML database dumpfile containing all text of the most recent revisions of the articles is approximately 9.0 GB even when compressed. I haven't seen a EPUB file that big; and in fact, some readers are unable to open a EPUB file larger than a mere 25 MB. Of course, there are plans to create offline ...


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Wikipedia has a "browse history" box at the top of each revision history box. This allows you to see the changes from before a specific year and month.


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You can limit the history page to a specific date, then the first version listed is what was valid at that specified date: Go to the history page of your desired page, and then add &YYYYMMDDHHMMSS to the URL. Example: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Help:Page_history&action=history&offset=20121231000000 (BTW, that page is where I ...


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Information about Wikipedia's feeds is on the page Wikipedia:Syndication. The two feeds are provided by third parties. According to the page, the feed of “Today's Featured Article” is at http://feeds.feedburner.com/WikipediaTodaysFeaturedArticle. The feed of “In the news” was created by me some time ago and it's available at http://itn.svick.org/. (The ...


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An easy way is to just add ?action=info to your URL. For example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stack_Exchange?action=info quickly tells you it has been edited 366 times.


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VisualEditor is no longer under Beta features. To enable it, go to the "Editing" section of your preferences and uncheck the box that says "Temporarily disable the visual editor while it is in beta," the last option under "Editor."


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You can use CatScan to do that. For example, to query files on Commons, you can start with http://toolserver.org/~magnus/catscan_rewrite.php?language=commons&project=wikimedia&ns[6]=1 and enter the categories you want into the Categories box.


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As of Wikimedia 1.23, this can be done with the Usercontribs module in the API using the new option of the ucshow parameter.


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The page you link to has a big red button with the following text underneath Use this button to report spam abuse. This will create a new section/report on the talk page. Click that button and it takes you to a new page where you can report the spam. You need to one of the specified templates: {{IP summary|127.0.0.1}} -- to report anonymous editors {{...


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Wikipedia is currently trying to rename accounts that are currently not "global". As you know, the English Wikipedia is only one of the many wikis available on the network of wikis owned by the Wikimedia Foundation. Many years ago, they decided to implement something called "Single User Login (SUL)" so that users can just log in on one wiki and be logged in ...


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Here is the URI for Wikipedia's Featured Article atom feed: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php?action=featuredfeed&feed=featured&feedformat=atom


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WikiMiniAtlas developer here. Replace the | between 2000 and region with a _ {{coord|35|37|N|139|50|E|display=title|dim:2000_region:JP_type:city_source:GNS-enwiki}} That should work.


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In the sidebar, under Tools, is a link to Cite this page. Click this link. (You can also get there by going to http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3ACite and entering the name of the page you want.) Under the warning about using tertiary sources in your academic papers and a general disclaimer that it is a community-edited resource is a set of ...


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It's a technical restriction with the MediaWiki software. All page names and page titles must begin with a capital letter. Technical restrictions and limitations [...] These limitations and restrictions include: A pagename can not begin with a lowercase letter (in any alphabet). Since user pages are subsets of normal pages, they are ...


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One way could be to export CiteULike citations in BibTeX format, then use BibTeX2Wiki converter to convert BibTeX citations into Wikipedia's citation style 1 templates.


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The Yahoo question you linked to has the immediate answer: New World Encyclopedia is a wiki-based encyclopedia which contains carefully selected articles that are rewritten and supervised by a team of editors with academic and literary qualifications. New World Encyclopedia has the same ease of use as Wikipedia, but differs based on an editorial policy ...


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The article Junk dna was actually deleted, there is no simple way for a non-administrator to view it. If you really want to get its content, you'll have to contact an administrator to get it for you. The article Junk DNA (which is a different article) was not deleted. Instead, it was made into a redirect to Noncoding DNA#Junk DNA. If you want to view the ...


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It seems you also asked this at the Wikipedia Help Desk (which, in my opinion, is really a better resource for Wikipedia questions). The answer you got, which seems to suit your needs, was: Over at dumps.wikimedia.org is a link to a compressed "all-titles.gz" file containing the names of all pages at Commons. That would take an hour or two to download at ...


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You can use the Wikimedia "pipe trick" to keep from having to repeat the username: [[User:Username|]] turns into [[User:Username|Username]] Wikipedia1 has some templates that are set up for this. You could just use the User link template {{u|Username}} To be more "Twitter-like", there's the ping template (aka "Reply to") This template is ...


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