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Wikipedia Questions - Weekly Thread of June 27, 2022

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Welcome to the weekly Wikipedia Q&A thread!

Please use this thread to ask and answer questions related to Wikipedia and its sister projects, whether you need help with editing or are curious on how something works.

Note that this thread is used for "meta" questions about Wikipedia, and is not a place to ask general reference questions.

Some other helpful resources:


r/wikipedia 9h ago

"She Spent a Decade Writing Fake Russian History. Zh Wikipedia Just Noticed." (millions of words, 206 new articles, 100s edited)

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r/wikipedia 13h ago

Boontling is a jargon/argot spoken only in Boonville, California. Created in the 1890s, fewer than 100 speakers remain.

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r/wikipedia 2h ago

Democratic backsliding has been ongoing in the U.S. since the late 2010s. The nation's electoral democracy index score peaked in 2015 and declined sharply after 2016, the year it was downgraded to "flawed democracy."

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

Mobile Site In building the first transcontinental railroad in the 1860s, the United States Congress agreed to pay the builders per mile of track laid. As a result, Thomas C. Durant of Union Pacific Railroad lengthened a section of the route forming a bow shape unnecessarily adding miles of track.

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r/wikipedia 1h ago

Chicken eyeglasses

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r/wikipedia 1h ago

Sam Kinison, former preacher who became a standup comedian who was friends with Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.

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r/wikipedia 1h ago

Poisoning of Jane Stanford

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r/wikipedia 9h ago

Anti-abortion violence

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

Jane Collective, an underground Network in Chicago created due to a surge of deaths from illegal abortions in the mid 20th century.

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

A Shepard tone, named after Roger Shepard, is a sound consisting of a superposition of sine waves separated by octaves. It creates the auditory illusion of a tone that seems to continually ascend or descend in pitch, yet which ultimately gets no higher or lower.

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

A discourse marker is a word or a phrase that plays a role in managing the flow and structure of discourse. Examples include "oh, well, now, then, you know, like, I mean, basically" and "so, because, and, but, or".

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

The origin of the word "jazz" is one of the most sought-after word origins in modern American English.

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

The Philippine–American War, 1899-1902: Armed conflict between the First Philippine Republic and the US after the US, instead of acknowledging the Philippines' declaration of independence, annexed the Philippines under the Treaty of Paris it concluded with Spain to end the Spanish–American War.

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

Steven John Bradbury: won the 1,000 m speed skating event at the 2002 Winter Olympics after all of his opponents were involved in a last-corner pile-up. He was the first athlete from Australia and also the Southern Hemisphere to win a Winter Olympic gold medal.

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

The orgasm gap refers to a disparity between heterosexual men and women in the achievement of orgasm during sex, which has been attributed to "...cultural ignorance of the clitoris..."

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

Mobile Site Moving Sofa Problem

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

Batman rapist

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

Which Creative Common Attribution license should I use for when uploading this photo?

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I found a photo taken from the FIFA Soccer Museum in Switzerland: https://ibb.co/6NZJvL0

When uploading this photo on the Wikimedia commons, I find a few choices, but I can't figure out which one I should be clicking on. Would anyone be able to suggest which one is the appropriate option? (I was assuming the one at the bottom, but I'm not sure).

• Creative Common Attribution ShareAlike 4.0
• Creative Common Attribution ShareAlike 2.0
• Creative Common Attribution ShareAlike 2.95
• Creative Common Attribution 4.0
• Creative Common Attribution 2.0
• Creative Common Attribution 2.95
• Creative Common CC0 Waiver (release all rights, like public domain: legal code)


r/wikipedia 2d ago

Scunthorpe problem -The unintentional blocking of websites, e-mails, forum posts or search results because their text contains a string of letters that appear to have an obscene or otherwise unacceptable meaning

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

The Schienenzeppelin: an experimental railcar which resembled a Zeppelin. Propulsion was by means of a propeller at the rear: it accelerated the railcar to 230.2KPH/143MPH). Only a single example was ever built, which due to safety concerns remained out of service and was finally dismantled in 1939.

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

I thought the source of facts could not be from the person about whom the facts pertain!

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I've bumped up against a few Wikipedia articles of late where the sited references about a person's personal life own come from articles written by‏‏‎‏‏‎‏‏‎‏‏‎­that very person. Is the fact that someone has a public pulpit and can get published the best test for veracity? Surely the last 4 years show this not to be the case.


r/wikipedia 2d ago

List of artificial objects on the Moon

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r/wikipedia 3d ago

Abortion in Russia is legal as an elective procedure up to the 12th week of pregnancy, and in special circumstances at later stages. In 1920, the Russian Soviet Republic under Lenin became the first country in the world in the modern era to allow abortion in all circumstances.

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

The (terrifying) Early life of Frank Sinatra

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

I made an article about the current bear market—if anyone is familiar with ongoing events, please feel free to add to it!

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