Wikipedia Bans Hundreds of Editors Who Extorted Users for Cash

Wikipedia is no stranger to scandals, but a quiet update on its administrators’ announcement board reveals a big problem. The site’s CheckUser team recently banned 381 editors’ accounts for “undisclosed paid advocacy.” In other words, these Wikipedians were secretly shilling for brands and even resorting to extortion. »9/01/15 4:30pm9/01/15 4:30pm

Save Wikipedia Articles to Your Phone For Offline Access

As ubiquitous as high-speed data connections have become, there are still occasions when you won’t have as much connectivity as you might like, mostly while traveling and roaming abroad. If you want some reading material to pass the time while you’re squeezed for bandwidth, the official Wikipedia apps for iOS and… »7/17/15 9:22am7/17/15 9:22am

The Nine Best Hoaxes to Have Hit Wikipedia

Snappy & Friends, a short animated show sponsored by Kellog's Rice Krispies, first aired sometime in 1949. In 1968, a visionary toy scientist named Alex Cartwright created an artificially intelligent robotic arm that could play full games of Stratego, Battleship, and Candyland, to the delight and vague unsettlement of… »3/27/15 11:13am3/27/15 11:13am

A Board Game That Relies On the Wikipedia Skills You Learned In College

You probably already owe a debt of gratitude to Wikipedia for helping you get through endless essays and research projects in college, but don't retire those browsing skills just yet. Linknotize is yet another board game that actually requires the players to keep their phones, tablets, or laptops close at hand,… »2/04/15 10:05am2/04/15 10:05am

This beautiful galaxy is actually a stunning visualization of Wikipedia

Here's a way to explore Wikipedia that's unlike any other you've done before: as its own galaxy. Created by Owen Cornec, each star in the galaxy is a different Wikipedia article and a cluster of stars together would be related Wikipedia articles. It's like taking the idea of exploring space to the expansive rabbit… »12/10/14 9:06pm12/10/14 9:06pm