What is meant by wikipedia?
What is wikipedia? If we talk about Wikipedia, then it is a free encyclopedia which is one of the most useful websites in the world available on the Internet. It is used daily by crores of people to gather information on new and old topics. Also new information can be published, edited.
If someone wants to search for information on the internet, then he will definitely have to go to Wikipedia once. Because if you search anything in any search engine, then you will definitely get to see the links of Wikipedia. Now the question arises that what is this Wikipedia and how to use it.
There are many such wikis in the whole Internet, but the most popular of them is Wikipedia. This is a very big Online Encyclopedia. There are more than crores of articles in this and also thousands more are added to it every day. It is so popular that experts have also given it a place in the top 100 websites of the world.
Despite such a huge online free source like Wikipedia, if people do not know how to use it, then the matter will be very complicated. That’s why today I thought why you should not be given complete information about who is called Wikipedia and how to create an account in it, so that you will know about this topic. Then without delay let’s start.
What is Wikipedia?
Wikipedia is a free, open content online encyclopedia that has been created through the combined efforts of many users.
Then what is such a community user called?
The answer is – Wikipedians. These are the people who take their time to prepare content according to their expertise. Also, if there is a need for any improvement in an article, then that too is done by these people.
Wikipedia is not the work of any one person, but people from all corners of the world are connected to it and include their knowledge in it.
If any person is registered in this site then he can also publish it by creating article in it. The name of this site comes from a server program called Wiki, which enables anyone to edit web site content from their web browser.
Many people are constantly trying to improve wikipedia, for which they are constantly making changes in the articles. All these changes are recorded in article histories and recent changes.
That is all. It is so easy to read, edit and publish in this, everyone wants to use it. At the same time, if you want, you can add any new thing that you should be thinking about.
Who is the founder of Wikipedia?
Wikipedia was launched on January 15, 2001. Its founders are Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. Sanger himself named it.
What is the meaning of Wikipedia?
wiki was first introduced by a computer programmer like a lexicon, his name was Ward Cunningham and this is from the year 1995. This thing happened when he created a collaborative software called WikiWikiWeb. Wiki is a Hawaiian word that means “fast; quick.” Or in Hindi soon, immediately.
Wiki means “a website that allows anyone to add, delete or revise any content using a web browser.”
How does Wikipedia work?
If you want to understand how Wikipedia works, then you have to understand how its community works. Its community resides at the core of Wikipedia.
About crores of people visit wikipedia every month, and together they all make up the community of Wikipedia.
All those people who come to the Wikipedia site, they play their own character. for example,
- Most of the people who visit wikipedia are Readers. They especially come to wikipedia to read articles.
- Some people who come to wikipedia become writers here. They either make necessary changes in present article or write a new article which is not already in wikipedia.
- At the same time some people become editors. If they see any error in any page while reading, then they correct it only then. If small changes can be made by them in any place, then they do it at the same time.
- Some people who have been making their contribution to the wikipedia community continuously for a long time, then they
Wikipedia also offers administrator privileges. With these privileges, they can do many things like delete and un-delete pages, block and unblock IP addresses, etc.
Writers, editors and admins all work together, so that they can solve almost all problems, because such problems are common in an open platform such as Wikipedia. At the same time, they also write good and good in-depth articles together.
What happens when you change the page of wikipedia?
If you really want to understand how the wiki community works, then you must go to wikipedia and add something for it. So let’s do this, what happens after all?
- You have to go to Wikipedia and find a topic about which you know something.
- Then you have to search that page and then read that page in wikipedia.
- After this, you have to find something that you think is missing in that article, or something that you think has been written incorrectly there.
- Make necessary edits on this page, while you click on “Edit this page” to make the necessary changes.
- Then submit your change.
- Then you just have to leave a day or two and come back and see what happened to your change.
Now if you are wondering how the Wikipedia community will react to this change of yours. So there is no need to worry. Because this thing takes some time. And if your things are right then they will approve it whereas if it is not right then your things will be removed.
On the other hand, even if your writing style is not good, it can be rejected. As such, this change of yours will either be accepted, or it will be altered or it will be rejected.
Similarly, the pages of wikipedia always expand and change all the time.
Now it may be that this question arises in your mind that how the community gets to know about the changes made by you. So the answer is that there are many such tools by which the community gets to know about the change.
What are wikipedia’s Community Tools?
Once you have made the necessary changes, then you can click on “history” in the tabs at the top of the article. Here you are shown the entry of the changes made by you, that too on which page (where your IP address is also if you have submitted it anonymously) all these things are recorded in the system.
In other words, each page of Wikipedia has a revision history that anyone can see.
At the same time, the list of all changed pages is also compiled and kept in the Recent Changes page. Any person can see at any time which pages have been changed.
What is wikipedia watchlist?
Wikipedia has an even more personal tool called watchlist. So now let’s know how it works:
Let’s assume that you have created a new article topic in Wikipedia, and there you have also made some important changes in an article. Once you have done this then it may happen that you have some attachment to that article, or some interest. Then in such a situation, you would like to know what is the reaction of the people on it and also who is making what changes in it.
If you want to know this thing, then you have to add that page to your watchlist, so you will get notification every time when any change is happening in it.
Services offered by Wikipedia
In addition to its encyclopedia in wikipedia, this non-profit Wikipedia foundation focuses on other open-content projects, including:
Wiktionary, a dictionary and thesaurus
Wikibooks, a collection of all free texts and other books
Wikiquote, a collection of quotations
wikisource, a collection of all free source documents
Wikiversity, a collection of all free learning materials
Wikispecies, a directory of all species
Meta-Wiki, they coordinate with all other projects
how to create account on wikipedia
Now let’s know how to create your account in Wikipedia
For this, you have to first click on the “Sign in / create account” link which is located on the upper right corner in the Wikipedia website.
Then you have to click on the link “Create One” which is above the boxes.
By clicking it, it will take you to the account creation page.
Captcha is now being used in Wikipedia to prevent spamming of computer activated programs. Here you have to use the correct captcha code, if you do not understand then you can also refresh the image. Then you can go to the next step after filling it once.
You have to read all the text which is present under the boxes.
Then you have to enter your desired username in the “Username” box.
This will be the name of your account.
- You can make an anagram of your name itself, it means that you can rearrange those letters. Here you can do this to your real name.
- You can use your social media for this. If you have a social media account then you can also use that username, just note that it is not already used.
- You can also think creatively. For example, if your interest is in technology, then you can choose a suitable username according to that interest.
- Do not choose a username that promotes other business, it can also block you admin.
- Then enter your password in the “Password:” box.
Make sure you remember your password. But it should not be so easy that anyone can guess it.
- Then you have to re-enter the same password, in the “Confirm Password:” box.
- After this, if you want, you can also add your e-mail address in the “E-mail” box.
- After this you just have to click on the “Create account” button.
Then your account is ready. Congratulations! You are now a registered user in Wikipedia!
Can I also create my own Wikipedia?
The answer to this question is yes or no. Yes, because it is an information database, so if you want, you can definitely make it category wise. But for this you should have such a big team, together you should have such a big infrastructure. That is why it is not so easy for a new person if there are no big investors behind him.
At the same time, when there is already such a big website like Wikipedia, that too in many different languages, and this best thing is open source, so it is negligible to compete with it. On the other hand, it is better to think about something new than to think about what is already available. You can definitely get success in this.
Who writes articles on Wikipedia?
Wikipedia is an open source platform powered by wiki software. This means that everyone running the Internet can write articles on Wikipedia. And till now this encyclopedia is being operated by volunteer/unpaid individuals only.
How do I write on Wikipedia?
If you want to write on Wikipedia, then first you have to create your own Wikipedia account. How do you create a Wikipedia account? If you do not know, then google it and you will find many tutorials.