Wikipedia talk:About

Latest comment: 3 months ago by Deven McEwen in topic Opening sentence

Renewing videos

Yes. I mean, its just old at first. The video contents should be remolded, as the main page is now COMPLETELY different from what was yeas back. So, please remake them.

Thank You!

Utkarsh555 (talk) 05:08, 3 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

Opening sentence

"Wikipedia is an online free content encyclopedia project helping to create a world in which everyone can freely share in the sum of all knowledge."

Hmm, sounds like a load of marketing wank and not the introduction to a worthwhile encyclopedia article. MinorProphet (talk) 03:49, 26 January 2022 (UTC)Reply

I've suggested this revision—which seems a bit more accurate, fixes a bit of punctuation ("free-content" is an adjective here), and may be sufficiently less vainglorious (😉) :
Wikipedia is an online free-content encyclopedia helping to create a world where everyone can freely share and access knowledge.
AndyFielding (talk) 02:29, 8 March 2022 (UTC)Reply
Isn't that the uncyclopedia's motto? Deven McEwen (talk) 17:29, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Project links?

In the Exploration section (at " Related projects include..."), I've added embedded links to each described WF project except:

  • "manuals" (couldn't find—does it still exist?)
  • "scientific reference sources" (does it refer to Wikisource, which is much more general?)

AndyFielding (talk) 02:20, 8 March 2022 (UTC)Reply

Redesigning the About page

Please see discussion at the idea lab at Wikipedia:Village_pump_(idea_lab)#Redesigning_the_About_page. Interstellarity (talk) 15:43, 6 May 2022 (UTC)Reply

As the discussion is now archived, not sure where else to post this. The new version is (bluntly) a miserable shadow of its former self. While the former had visually interesting media and statistical information, the new version is just a boring plain wall of text and links. I honestly initially took the changes for vandalism given how awkwardly the page ends. Given the size and radical effect of the change, I'd recommend a RfC. SchizoidNightmares (talk) 01:40, 17 July 2022 (UTC)Reply

Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow!

This has been at the bottom of the page for awhile. I don't know why it says "bugs", and how are they shallow. I may be missing something in thinking this is a good Zen mind twister but has no other meaning (generational gap? is it a meme?). Thanks. Randy Kryn (talk) 03:19, 1 October 2022 (UTC)Reply

Randy Kryn, this phrase is Linus's law. —⁠andrybak (talk) 14:18, 1 October 2022 (UTC)Reply
Thanks Andrybak, first I've heard of that. It seems a little inside-baseball to act as the "big finish" of the Wikipedia:About article, and I'd guess it tends to confuse more than just me if someone doesn't know the term. Still seems a slightly confusing way of ending the introduction of the site to newcomers. Randy Kryn (talk) 15:29, 1 October 2022 (UTC)Reply
Then again, computer people will know its meaning and recognize the term, so I'm just reacting as a non-computer savvy user. Thanks again for the education. Randy Kryn (talk) 16:18, 1 October 2022 (UTC)Reply
I went to add a wisdom of the crowd link to further explain the point of the Linus's law quote and ended up editing and reordering the last paragraph for concept flow and brevity, and then put in a paragraph break. Seems to work. Randy Kryn (talk) 04:41, 2 October 2022 (UTC)Reply


The version is true for the period 2001-19. In 2019, however, it was resolved that all active porn actors will be gradually eliminated from Wikipedia claiming insufficient notability. Thus, one "branch of knowledge" is blocked, the branch accounting for half of internet traffic.

Since 2019, Wikipedia's purpose is usually "to satisfy" and sometimes to frustrate curious minds by acting as a widely accessible and free encyclopedia that contains information on many branches of knowledge and avoids information on selected branches. The opening citation should be adjusted too, as much changed since Sanger said it:

“Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to most of human knowledge and devoid of access to some of this knowledge. That's what we're doing.” — 2019 consensus

--Maxaxa (talk) 21:44, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply

@Maxaxax Could you clarify your position on the issue further? CactiStaccingCrane 14:59, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply
Since 2019, there is at least one branch of knowledge de facto censored from Wikipedia - active porn actors. Officially, they fail notability; in practice, the notability is made high enough for total deletion of porn actors who rose to prominence ever since.
The issue passed long discussion and request for comment and the arbitration request was speedy declined. Since 2019, Wikipedia factually has a new policy - no longer all branches of knowledge. I think this page must be adjusted to the new policy. Maxaxa (talk) 16:28, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply
@Maxaxax I think you you go to the WP:Village pump and discuss about the issue, which I think it is far more effective than trying to make a WP:POINTY proposal at this page. I think more people will listen to you if you raise your complaints in a more respectful manner. CactiStaccingCrane 00:12, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply
It does not matter how many people would listen, this policy is from above and it disregarded many counter-arguments by other people. It would be more respectful if Wikipedia honestly announced changes in its policy and adjusted related pages instead of abusing the rules of notability. Maxaxa (talk) 02:27, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply

Why you blocked me

What kind of mistake I have done from my side. Please explain Rahulsoman (talk) 17:24, 12 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

@Rahulsoman you are not blocked, and if you do have a block message it surely shouldn't be pointing you to this talk page. — xaosflux Talk 17:38, 12 July 2023 (UTC)Reply