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Wikipedia – The Missing Manual

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Wikipedia: The Missing Manual
AuthorJohn Broughton
SeriesThe Missing Manuals
PublisherO'Reilly Media
Publication date
Publication placeUnited States
Media typepaperback
LC ClassTK5105.8882.W54 B76 2008

Wikipedia: The Missing Manual is a 2008 book by John Broughton. It is a how-to guide that explains the process of contributing to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia.[1][2]

"For anyone who is interested in becoming part of the noble experiment, this book is an excellent introduction," wrote reviewer Robert Slade.[3] Wikipedia: The Missing Manual is part of O'Reilly Media's Missing Manual series,[4] which was created by David Pogue, technology columnist for The New York Times and Scientific American.

On January 26, 2009, O'Reilly announced that the content of the book was being released under a free license compatible with Wikipedia and that it would be available for editing in the Help area of Wikipedia.[5]

The book has a spin-off, Wikipedia Reader's Guide: The Missing Manual, consisting of Appendix B (slightly expanded) and Chapter 1 from the book.


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  1. ^ Baker, Nicholson (March 20, 2008). "The Charms of Wikipedia". The New York Review of Books. Vol. 55, no. 4. Archived from the original on March 3, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
  2. ^ Baker, Nicholson (2008-04-10). "How I fell in love with Wikipedia [1]". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2024-03-05.
  3. ^ "Wikipedia: The Missing Manual", BKWKPDMM.RVW, a review by Robert Slade, The Internet Review Project, 2008
  4. ^ "O'Reilly Missing Manual series". Archived from the original on 2021-03-14. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  5. ^ "Wikipedia: The Missing Manual Posted on Wikipedia--O'Reilly Media Alert: Edit the Book on Wikipedia" (Press release). O'Reilly Media. January 26, 2009. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014.

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