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Friday, June 06, 2008

We wrote the book on Wikipedia

How Wikipedia Works is being published in August! My co-authors are:

And me? I'm a technical writer & demagogue and also good with Illustrator.



Phoebe has a better understanding of wikipedia's nuts and bolts than anyone, Charles has knowledge of the broad forces inside and outside the project, and I have the ability to work Acoustic Kitty into any screenshot. Between us, we've been with Wikipedia for 47 years and made over five hundred million edits.

I'll be posting information all summer.

But if you pre-order it, you will not only be
  1. receiving an utterly awesome and informative book in the mail — a physical book that you can
    • hold in your two hands,
    • take away from the monitor,
    • read in the bath,
    • tuck into your backpack to impress cute foreign exchange students, but! you will also!...
  2. be supporting Wikipedia Blog, and
  3. making me less broke.
Basically, I'm saying you should buy the book or I will shoot this puppy:



Cheers,

Ben


P.S. I won't actually shoot the puppy.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'll buy the book if you clip those toenails.

Scarian said...

Seconded. :-D

But, yeah, I'll buy your book.

llywrch said...

I'd accuse you of stealing that joke, but I don't think you're old enough to have heard of National Lampoon, let alone read it.

Speaking of famous magazine covers/articles, one of these days I'm gonna see if adding information from the Spy article on the Ten Dumbest Congressmen survives a WP:BLP challenge on Wikipedia.

Geoff

Jim said...

How do you figure 47 years? If there are only three of you, then even if you had all been around from Day One that'd only give you ~22 years combined.

Of course, that won't keep me from buying this book. :)

Ben Yates said...

Well, we don't have 500 million edits between us either. :P

(Also, those aren't my toenails -- some guy from flickr. And yes, I stole the joke -- but from someone who stole it from national lampoon, not from them directly.)

Ben Yates said...

Oh! And I'll have some posts about the other book coming out, Andrew Lih's Wikipedia Story, which I'm really looking forward to.

Curious said...

The "shoot this dog" cover is featured on the Wikipedia entry for National Lampoon magazine ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Lampoon_magazine