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Isn't there a Wiki on this website? If there isn't how can I start one -- 19:14, 7 March 2006 (UTC)?

Who writes HowStuffWorks articles? Wiki or company?

The writers write the articles.

—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:30, 5 August 2009 (UTC) 

Removing link[edit]

I removed this link from the "External Links" section as per Wikipedia:Avoid_self_references. That article is no more notable than any of the others on the site, and there is no reason for us to link to that one solely. I hope thats OK with everyone. Bodil 19:38, 16 April 2006 (UTC)


The slogan for HowStuffWorks is either "Learn How Everything Works" or "It's good to know". Does anyone know which one, so we can add it to the article? (talk) 20:44, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

I updated the article and I used "It's good to know" as that one is the most used. -- iDosh!  talk? 17:32, 13 July 2008 (UTC)


I'd be wary of quoting HowStuffWorks as a reliable source. Have a look at Talk:Quasiturbine#HowStuffWorks for what seems to be a glaring piece of misinformation.

Of course Wikipedia is not perfect either! But we've had a number of people test our accuracy and comment on it. I wonder, has anyone tried to assess the reliability of the info at HowStuffWorks? Andrewa (talk) 17:48, 5 July 2008 (UTC)


There's a HSW podcast titled "Stuff You Should Know" and hosted by staff writer Josh Clark along with some other staff writers and editors. It's been in the Itunes (for America) top 20 podcasts for a while now. I'm not sure of when it began, etc. so could someone else write this in for me? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:28, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

How-to website?[edit]

As far as I know, Howstuffworks isn't a how-to website--it's more of an informational site than it is directional. Should it be taken out of that category? I'm not sure if this has been resolved already or not; that's why I'm asking. Scxnwa (talk) 01:57, 11 April 2010 (UTC)


A couple things -- First, the descriptions for Stuff Mom Never Told You and BrainStuff are out of date. They should be updated. Also, they have 11 podcasts, and only 2 have their own articles. Articles should be created for the other nine. If not that, at the very least they should have redirects to I will try to figure out how to omake those now. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:33, 16 August 2010 (UTC)


The controversy section appears to be completely unsupported by any evidence and I'm inclined to remove it. Moreover, a quick check of the HowStuffWorks website shows no article with the quoted title. It appears to be written by a person who once had a personal dispute with the site, back when Marshall Brain operated it. It appears not to be notable; there's nothing there to suggest any legal action was taken. mmj (talk) 01:28, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Yes, it was when Marshall Brain operated it.

The article has changed significantly, but it's here:


... discusses the changeover system -- the "antiquated" technology that was the basis for rejection of my article. Had the original article not focuses solely on the changeover system, then perhaps the plagiarism wouldn't have been so evident. The original article was almost a direct copy of my material albeit with different wording, thus legally there was little I could do. Plagiarism isn't covered under copyright law, especially since my article had never been published. Marshall Brain and the How Stuff Works staff at the time knew exactly what they had done -- at first accepted my article, read it, copied it then changed into their own words, then sent a "sorry, but we've decided not to accept your article after all" e-mail. A few weeks later, the "How Movie Projectors Work" article appeared.

—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:30, 24 October 2010 (UTC)

Controversy section removed for now. Feel free to reinstate it if you find secondary sources covering the issue. This does not by any means indicate that I don't sympathise with the above anonymous poster's situation if that indeed is true, this stuff is just not suitable for an encyclopedia without references to secondary sources (news articles? court records/judgement?), some sort of idea of how notable this incident is to an article about HowStuffWorks, etc. mmj (talk) 05:57, 16 November 2010 (UTC)


how ATM of a bank is connected to server and works — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:42, 2 July 2012 (UTC)