As promised in class, here’s a brief assignment to enter into the realm of Wikipedia editing. Find a Wikipedia page about something you know a lot about – it could be something you’ve studied at Middlebury, or something from your personal background, or just something you really like. Make sure you read the Discussion tab of that page to see what other editors are saying about the article. Edit the article to improve its quality – no vandalism, even as an experiment! Be sure to read the Wikipedia Editing Tutorial for both technical and editorial guidelines for the Wikipedia platform & community.
Once you’ve made your edits, blog about it with a link to your article, and check back at the article to see how your edits are received by the community. What does it feel like to join the editing community? Why are your edits important to the larger project? How might different reactions to your edits impact your sense of how Wikipedia works?