Wikipedia

  • Internet links, those that lead you to a different Web page when you click on them in your browser, are one of the most important things that make the Web useful and easy to use. D. Sullivan writes that many Internet users and publishers “probably understand that links are important, but many of them probably really don’t understand what a mess the link situation is”. I find particularly interesting this part of Sullivan’s piece, slightly edited for clarity:
  • Lxer.com is an aggregator of (mostly) reader-submitted news about Linux and Free/Open Source software. On March 27th, 2012, Lxer.com published this news: Search Wikipedia Through CLI (Shell) In Linux Linuxaria.com; By linuxaria (Posted by linuxaria on Mar 27, 2012 9:16 PM EST) Story Type: Tutorial The link submitted to Lxer goes to the corresponding page of the Linuxaria website, where you can read (as in the Lxer announcement) that that article was “originally” published on flossstuff in October 2011 by Ankur Aggarwal who learned the trick from Ajay Sharma.
  • In a comment on his blog about the crisis of Wikipedia, Stefano Epifani wrote: Social networks allow people to keep their individual contribution distinct and visible. Wikipedia works in exactly the opposite way: who knows the name of any Wikipedia contributor? I believe this is the origin of the problem. It’s not that social networks like Facebook are “stealing authors’ time” to Wikipedia. It’s Wikipedia that has been unable to use and valorize those social dynamics that are peculiar of networks and that, taking advantage of motivators like reputation - can encourage people to collaborate
  • Introduction: awareness of the immense power of the Internet is so widespread these days that it is almost impossible to look a fool by using it in the wrong way. Should that be your goal, however, follow the advice below!