On Editing Wikipedia

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As I approach retirement I am trying to explore new activities, and recently have registered as a Wikipedia editor. My idea is to start small and revise a few articles about things and people I know. I get the impression that the median type for an editor is “millenial techno-wonk”, conversely I am your classical liberal arts type. Anybody been through the ropes on this one? In particular, I have difficulty with basic things like uploading pictures.

I don’t know how to do footnotes on Wikipedia. The only thing that I know how to do is to correct the text. From time to time, I do correct the text of articles that I know are inaccurate. I think this is a worthwhile endeavor. It extends the division of intellectual labor.

I have never seen a website devoted to making Wikipedia corrections. Maybe there is a Wikipedia entry on this. But if the site member does learn how to make comprehensive corrections, it would be a tremendous service for him to set up a blog site on how to make Wikipedia corrections. It would have YouTube videos on the correction procedures. It would have frequently asked questions, and the answers would be a combination of text and YouTube videos embedded on a page.

All it would take to do this would be $15 a year to get Screencast-O-Matic with no advertising marks, plus a good-quality lapel microphone that would cost about $25. The YouTube channel is free.

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