A. January 15, 2001. An earlier version of the wiki (including original versions of some of these pages) was briefly hosted on Nupedia.com (first posted January 10). The idea of a Nupedia-sponsored wiki originated out of a conversation LarrySanger had with BenKovitz? on the evening of January 2.
A. You should not give credence to anything you read here.
Less flippantly, you should realize that this is, quite self-consciously, an experiment in public collaboration quite unlike any print or online encyclopedia, and therefore it will be difficult to project the results, in terms of their credibility, until the project is farther along. But even then, you'll have to judge the results based on the articles themselves, rather than the credentials of their writers (which is itself often an unreliable way to determine credibility, as you know).
A. From a technical point of view, wiki doesn't care what language the page is in. But since English is the language we started with, if you start writing in other languages, there are apt to be competing versions of the same content in different languages. But, for example, perhaps at the bottom of my ThomasReid page you could put a link to ThomasReidDe?, and include a German translation of the page. Just a thought. (Might not be worth it!)
A. Yes, in fact you can. Consideration for others demands that you exercise extreme caution in doing so, if the page in question isn't one that you started, or is one to which many others have contributed something of interest. But strictly speaking there's nothing stopping you: all you have to do is remove the text from the page. You can also click on the name of the page (at the top of the page) to see what other pages link to the deleted page, and delete links to it. Again, extreme caution is advised...
And make use of the BadJokesAndOtherDeletedNonsense page.
A. CanWeAddNupediaArticlesToTheWiki? Sure.
A. Yes, why not? You can link to anything you want. You can either type the URL in directly, or else in this format: [URL nameofpage]. This results in a link like this: [Nupedia.com].
A. Uncommon capitalizations signify hyperlinks! If you were interesting in contributing, you would have read the HowDoesOneEditaPage section,and learned this there.
Q. Yeah, but why? I read the HowDoesOneEditaPage section. I understand that I have to use uncommon capitalizations to create a link. What's the purpose?
A. You got me. I think it was Ward Cunningham's invention as part of his original wiki. It's part of the software, for which we aren't responsible. We might, of course, change this (obligating us to relabel zillions of links, but no matter).
A. Well, you probably shouldn't post to this site! Contribute to [Nupedia] instead! Here, there's nothing to stop clods from nuking great articles... but the site does keep previous versions of pages (see the "View other revisions" link at the bottom of this page). Feel free to reinstate previous master works if the current version of a page disappoints you (but who knows - you might even be a clod and not know it!). And yes, we are keeping backups of the server itself. For more discussion see [this discussion of "wiki wipeouts."]
A. It's not required, but it allows you to tell wiki to save your settings and thereby have Wikipedia be displayed in the same way each time you return. It also credits you with changes you make, instead of a meaningless IP number.
A. Yes, click on the RecentChanges link at the top and bottom of every page.
A. Sure, the PowersthatBe simply have to make it happen.
A. The single-quote forms of bold and italic formatting do not always do what you'd expect when they are nested. If you are doing special forms of formatting, you may want to use the <i> and <b> tags like <i>this will be italic</i> and <b>this will be bold</b>. These tag-based forms are much easier to use than trying to remember whether to use 4, 5, or 6 single-quotes. You can also use the tag-based forms over multiple lines of text, although this should be used sparingly.
The problem in the page you quoted is that the five single-quotes after AristotlE were matched by the five single-quotes after SeT (at the end of the paragraph). The single-quote formatting was never really meant to be used for separating page names from trailing letters. (It was a recently-discovered quirk of wiki formatting.)
This wiki has a special feature for separating wiki page links (or any other kind of link) from trailing letters. You can type SeT""s to get SeTs, LoGic""s for LoGics, etc. Just add two double-quote characters immediately after the link and it will be removed in the output. (The two-double-quote convention was chosen since it is easy to type, but is unlikely to be used accidentally.) Note that the two double-quotes are only special if they immediately follow a link--simply typing "" in ordinary text will display two double-quotes.
A. You can use the search feature to find similar pages. (The search is not case-sensitive, so a search for "internet" would find any of the pages above.)
A. The changes to the code to use /pagename rather than ?pagename appear to have been incomplete. See WikiPediaBugs for more information and discussion.
A. This is a difficult problem. Part of the problem is that html web pages don't do math symbols very well at all. So almost any solution will be a crutch. Within the next couple of years, browsers should be able to render MathML?. This will be a time of much joy. Between now and then, I'm open to suggestions, but I think this is a really hard problem.
A2. You can send to jasonr at aristotle.bomis.com any tiny image you would like uploaded to the Wikipedia server. You could then use that tiny image in your articles!
Q. Is there any reason why we can't do what is described just above under A2? Or any reason to think this is a bad idea? Also, what will the code look like-- simply /likethis.gif, or what?