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Wikipedia competitors[edit]

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  • Good idea Eddie891, I think this is something Signpost readers would be interested in. There are a number of these "...pidias" out there, some focused on specific topics, areas of interest. Don't know if you would care to include mention of Simple English Wikipedia. JoeHebda • (talk) 18:47, 22 June 2017 (UTC)
Thumbs up Should be interesting - Evad37 [talk] 02:00, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Competitors? I don't remember reading anything in our prime objective, or the five pillars, or the core content policies about there being a competition. Perhaps we and (more importantly) our readers might be better off if we think of other encyclopedias as enterprises we can work with or learn from (if nothing else, from their mistakes), rather than competitors that we need to "beat". We're here to build an encyclopedia, not win a competition. Mitch Ames (talk) 08:06, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
  • WPEN, being firmly #1, can pretty much ignore our competitors, of whom Conservapedia and Citizendium are perhaps have the most impact thus far. It's hard to believe WPZH, who I hear are #2 in their language, can ignore the market leader. Jim.henderson (talk) 14:33, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
Yes but (Mitch Ames and Jim.henderson, readers of the Signpost are certainly interested in this sort of thing. Like someone mentioned, these 'competitors' often have information that can improve WP articles. I know I've gone to these others and found interesting material. One of the biggest differences between "us" and "them" is their referencing is practically non-existent. So their utility is pretty low. As long as content here has to have a reference, the quality will be maintained.
Best Regards, Barbara (WVS)   20:07, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Missing competitors, I just wrote a blog piece about Amazon's Alexa device. It uses WP content when a user poses a coherent question. It isn't perfect yet, but it really is a competitor. Now you don't even have to lift a finger and type anything into WP's search box to access information. Just open your mouth and make some kind of sound and Alexa will quote the first sentence of the WP article it thinks you asked about. Of course, I'm miffed because I hear the content I created coming out of a black cylinder that someone else is paid for. Commercialization was inevitable. Barbara (WVS)   20:15, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Related upcoming (26 July) event in Perth: Wikipedia, friend or foe? - Is Wikipedia a competitor for the sharing of knowledge, or a complementary partner to traditional methods? Mitch Ames (talk) 00:23, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
  • I am finding it increasingly hard to find the time to work on this, so I welcome anyone else who wants to work on it Eddie891 Talk Work 21:45, 1 August 2017 (UTC)

Wiki Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Vandal[edit]

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  • Submission: wikilink to your submission (or red link to where you intend to write it)
  • Submission type: Humour
  • Author: 22mikpau
  • Discussion:
    Once in an encyclopedia far far away... Hey guys I'm back (I helped with an opinion article on task forces in July)but with a new idea. In honor of Star Wars:The Last Jedi coming this December, I thought it would be funny to do a Wikipediafied parody of the film saga. I say this now because I personally think if this one is popular you could create a miniseries on it for future editions. Maybe this a plain dumb idea and I bet you can find ton of reasons why... but on the other hand if you like it, let me know on my talk page. 22mikpau (talk) 22:13, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
@22mikpau: I'm open to the idea. @Barbara (WVS): would you be interested in helping? - Evad37 [talk] 23:38, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
You aren't going to believe this but I started working on this a month ago. Here is a snippet:
Welcome to Yodapedia,
the free encyclopedia that jedi masters can edit.
We now have 4 draft pages in an English-fabricated creole.
May the phorce be with yew. Barbara (WVS)   00:02, 18 August 2017 (UTC)

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