Wikipedia: Frequently Asked Questions


October 25, 2021

Here you can find answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ) related to Wikipedia in general, reading articles, editing articles, Wikipedia account, etc.


Where does the word Wikipedia come from? From the words wiki and encyclopedia. Wiki is a concept of website creation and knowledge storage created by Ward Cunningham. The first wiki was called either WikiWikiWeb or just a wiki, which was transferred to all systems based on the same principles. The name comes from Hawaiian, more precisely from the word wikiwiki, which means fast. Why aren't enough "paper" encyclopedias, of which there are many? Wikipedia in many other languages ​​has already proven to be a useful and widely used resource. The English Wikipedia is even the most widely used reference source on the Internet. Why should Czech be an exception? An online encyclopedia can conveniently provide links to other sites that provide additional information (even in a foreign language), which is not possible with printed encyclopedias. Searching in an online encyclopedia is faster and more convenient. The encyclopedia wiki can bring you the latest information, such as young singers, actors, new discoveries, recent events that don't make it into printed encyclopedias right away, even though they deserve it. There are a lot of things that people search for on the Internet because they searched in vain for them in encyclopedias. You can place information on Wikipedia that you would still like to publish on the web, but would be more difficult to maintain or not get as much attention on your own site. You can also use cross-references. You can also easily collaborate with other people on Wikipedia to keep your information more up-to-date. In Wikipedia, you can create new connections between passwords. For example, you create a list of ruling women and place links to all the queens, etc., that appear in the encyclopedia. They can also appear in other articles according to their nationality, education, etc. What is the certainty that the information provided is true? At first glance, it seems impossible to trust an encyclopedia to which people of all levels contribute and who can present nonsense here. But the advantage of Wikipedia is in the number of contributors. If anyone finds any nonsense or spelling mistake, they can enter the page and correct the mistake. Since individual versions of articles remain archived and are easily accessible to all users (via the "history" tab in each article above), if someone "corrects" the correct information by deleting it, replacing it with false information or nonsense , so after clarifying what is true, the original content can be very easily returned. Simply put: we recommend only adding information, not changing it. All changes are recorded on the last change page, so all editors can follow each other's work and discuss the matter if they disagree. How do I cite Wikipedia correctly? You can either download and use the articles in compliance with the terms of CC-BY-SA, or for images and media in compliance with their own licenses. Of course, Wikipedia can also be cited. Instructions on how to cite correctly can be found on Wikipedia: Wikipedia Citation. If you use one of the standard citation methods, Special: Cite will help. Why does the Wikipedia environment contain errors or Slovak / English? Even a translator is just a human being. The Czech translation is not completely perfect and Wikipedia also has system errors. In addition, the authors of the MediaWiki program, on which Wikipedia runs, are constantly changing with the development of the program. If anything is mistranslated or not translated at all, or after

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