Webmasters help make corrections to Wikipedia articles

Webmasters help make corrections to Wikipedia articles

Is it wrong for you to see errors in Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia? It bothers me. But for the site’s 20th anniversary, they’ve just launched a new mentoring program to help you make amends.

According to a group of German researchers cited by ZME Science, Wikipedia is 99.5% accurate. It’s the other 0.5% that is so annoying. I have tried editing different articles by clicking on their pencil icon. But my corrections didn’t last.

Wikipedia articles rely on references from newspapers, magazines and other popular media. Your next door neighbor might be the world’s greatest hero, but if there’s never been an article about him, you can’t add him to Wikipedia. For corrections you make in existing articles, you need references.

Recently, I tried to edit an article about Joel Furhman, MD, leader of a plant-based movement. My corrections were lost the next day because I had no articles to quote from. Still, I question their use of Men’s Journal as a reliable source for nutritional information.

So I did a Google search on “Wikipedia Online Ambassadors/Mentors” and it turned up. I wrote to a mentor who calls herself “Gobonobo” and she wrote back within seconds. Just as I thought, she said I needed references from books, journals and magazines. Sometimes, she added, direct quotes from podcasts are also used.

Total fakes coming in. Between 2010 and 2020, a user named “Zhemao” wrote 200 articles about medieval Russia. The author claimed to be a Russian-speaking Ph.D. lives in Russia with her Russian husband. In fact, she was a lonely high school graduate in China. Her humbug was resolved when a Chinese writer saw her article about a non-existent silver mine. He then exposed all her other forgeries.

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Anyway, some say the Wikipedia app is superior to Google search. You can customize it to feed your interests, roll the dice with a random search, or create lists of things to read later. When you open the app, you will see “Today’s most read”, the News and “On this day”.

But I still think Google is smarter. I just asked, “Which pirate was Charles Darwin a disciple of”, and the third link had the correct answer. William Dampier. When I asked the Wikipedia app and website, the best they could come up with was Alexander von Humboldt, who was not a pirate.

GET BETTER SOUND ON PHONE CALLS

A friend said he hears an echo of his own voice when we talk on the phone. Complaints about this are all over the web.

My friend guessed that the echoes had something to do with my slow internet connection, so I called AT&T. They immediately sent a new router. That helped. But the echo didn’t completely go away until I switched to wireless earbuds.

I’ve tried out the $30 Okeefe Wireless Earbuds with Ear Hooks. Eureka! No more echo! But I give them back. Even with the hook, the right earbud falls out. Also, the call quality is much better when I use the wired headset.

The echo seems to have something to do with the location of the microphone. For a while I thought my $30 for $30 wired headset was better than my $31 Arama. The first uses an unyielding stick as a microphone. But if I place the bendable stick on the Arama just like that, no more echo!

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APP HAPPY INSURANCE

Insurance companies like State Farm used to offer a dongle you could put in your car to get up to a 30% discount for good driving. Now most people use an app, but you still have to attach a postage stamp-sized Bluetooth-enabled device to your windshield or elsewhere. It communicates with the app to monitor GPS, accelerometer and other sensors. In addition to speed, steering and braking, it looks at how long you spend on your phone.

If you don’t want to monitor your own driving, you might find the app useful for tracking a teenager or elderly relative. In addition to monitoring safety, it can provide information if the car has been in an accident or stolen.

JAMES BOND-STYLE FLASH DRIVE

“Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3.0” is a flash drive for your files that will self-destruct on command. Enter a self-destructive PIN code to delete content quickly.

Apricorn uses secure encryption and has no hackable software. It has its own keyboard, so there’s no worry about a keylogger tracking your keystrokes on a computer or phone. It is robust and withstands water and falls. But even the 30 gigabyte version costs $129. Not cheap.

BEWARE OF FAKE EMAILS

American Airlines is suing to stop a group of criminals sending fake AA emails. The hackers will likely ask you to check into your account and then steal your information.

To avoid this trick, check for spelling errors in the email address they use. If in doubt, use the American Airlines app for check-in. The app is a much faster way to see your upcoming flights.

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INTERNET

“Tired of Laundry Folding? Robot Folding Speed ​​Record.” Search for that phrase to see a robot fold a T-shirt and square cloth.

END SCREEN DEPENDENCE

According to research by CyberSafeKids, 82% of children aged 8 to 12 have profiles on social media and messaging apps. But the happiest kids I know aren’t on Facebook or any other social media at all.

Joy Schwabach can be reached by email at [email protected].

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