For the second week in a row, we’re sifting through Wikipedia’s deleted detritus to bring you those few, nearly lost-forever encyclopedic gems. This week, that means forgotten porn stars, creepy tales of time travel, and perhaps the worst song about liquor you will ever hear.
If you’ve ever wondered what the most important Wikipedia page was—about any topic—wonder no longer: a team of researchers has developed the first open Wikipedia ranking. Here’s what’s most important right now.
This coming weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, experts will be discussing the potential benefits and risks of a SETI scheme in which messages about Earth — including the entire contents of Wikipedia — would be transmitted to hundreds of star systems.
What if Wikipedia wasn't just a virtual space, but outer space? This new, searchable Wikipedia format lets you find information by flying through space and plucking it from its home planet — before bouncing to some of its orbiting planetary pages.
John Overholt, Curator of Early Modern Books & Manuscripts at Harvard's Houghton Library, just launched a fascinating blog called "First Drafts of History," featuring the earliest extant versions of Wikipedia articles.
This is essential information we never realized we needed to know. Which Wikipedia article titles have the proper syllable count and stress pattern to sing to the tune of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? xkcd has the answer.
Ever since members of Congress got busted for rewriting Wikipedia articles in 2006, anonymous editors of the online encyclopedia on Capitol Hill have become more circumspect. But the days of under-the-radar editing are over, with a new bot that monitors each and every change in real time.
FiveThirtyEight put together a neato chart of the 100 most edited Wikipedia articles—the segments of human life that, for some reason or other, have inspired the most meticulous care, the most nitpicking, the most sabotage. It's really interesting to see what stuff you guys choose to obsessively argue about.
One of the best/worst things about Wikipedia is the temptation to spend hours trawling its depths. Poring over a long article. Clicking through to other entries. Opening a tab for each of the cited sources. It can be a lot to digest. But for those who would rather avoid all that reading, there's TL;DR Wikipedia
The asteroid formerly known as "274301" shall henceforth be known as "Wikipedia."
The wealthiest university of Earth can't afford its academic journal subscriptions. Why not? Because academic journals are expensive. Now, the British government is doing its part to change that.
In 1982, Atari Alan Kay collaborated with Bob Stein, who had consulted on the Encyclopedia Britannica, to develop concepts for an "Intelligent Encyclopedia." They then commissioned Disney illustrator Glenn Keane to illustrate their ideas. Despite being 30 years old, these images were remarkably prescient as to how…
The Rorschach test is a hallowed tradition in psychology, and nobody is supposed to have access to those smudges that patients project their psyches onto. But a Saskatchewan surgeon has flouted tradition, by posting all ten inkblot images to Wikipedia.
George Dvorsky reports over at Sentient Developments that the Wikipedia community has deleted a perfectly reasonable entry on astrosociobiology, "the speculative scientific study of extraterrestrial civilizations and their possible social characteristics and developmental tendencies." People like Carl Sagan and…