On Editing Wikipedia

by Gary North

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.

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