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By Ral315 and Michael Snow, 5 February, 2007

More legal citations

Following up on the earlier New York Times report of courts citing Wikipedia (see archived story), a law professor asked his research assistant to determine how many law review articles cite Wikipedia. The answer: 545 articles listed in Westlaw cite Wikipedia, and another 125 mention the project without citing it as an authority.

Business school case

Harvard Business School published a case study about Wikipedia, focusing on the debate over whether to delete an article on Enterprise 2.0. Professor Andrew McAfee, who coined the term the article describes and also co-wrote the case, also offered some additional questions about the competing philosophies of deletionism and inclusionism, and the contrast between Wikipedia and Nupedia.

Protected titles

Thanks to cascading protection, deleted articles can now be protected via syntax at protected titles without having to create an article with {{deletedpage}} to enforce protection. The system has already been used on several vandal targets, and articles frequently recreated by spambots, though the system has not replaced {{deletedpage}}.

Commons Picture of the Year competition

The Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year competition has begun. In the first round, which lasts until February 14, users with at least 100 edits on any local project or Commons can vote on up to 5 of the 321 pictures. 10 finalists will be selected for a final round of voting from February 15 through February 28.


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