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A Whole Bunch Of Big New Changes Are Coming To Wikipedia - Business Insider


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Meanwhile, Flow is a planned change to talk pages and other non-article workflows in the MediaWiki software, designed to make it easier for newcomers to interact with the community. Wales described this as one of Wikipedia's “more ambitious and exciting” projects, adding that it will launch around Christmas time.

Central to Wikipedia's attempts to entice new editors is its mobile strategy. While reading Wikipedia on a mobile device is not a problem, editing is a big challenge. Wales said that his development team is now working on ways to improve the experience of editing articles from a mobile device.

In particular, he is keen for Wikipedia to make use of the geo codes that many articles are tagged with. For example, an article on the Eiffel Tower would be tagged with its GPS coordinates in machine-readable format.

“On the web that's just an interesting titbit of information. On mobile clearly that's massive, it's really important and should be a key part of the user interface,” said Wales.

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