Deletionpedia – Where Wikipedia’s deleted pages go

After writing about Wikipedia and Veropedia I thought I should mention Deletionpedia. There is a very good entry about this on the BraveNewWorld blog.

If you’ve ever tried to find a Wikipedia article that you swear was once there, or can’t believe a page doesn’t exist, there may be chance it’s over at Deletionpedia, a non-wiki database that automatically picks up the things that get dropped off the better known counterpart.

Deletionpedia is an archive of about 63,551 pages which have been deleted from the English-language Wikipedia. You cannot edit any of the pages uploaded here. An automated bot uploads pages as they are deleted from Wikipedia and, as you might imagine, some of the stuff at DeletionPedia was taken down because it either became irrelevant or wasn’t all that relevant to begin with. There are other occasional obscure but interesting/useful facts or biographical entries voted off for the subject not being well-known enough. It may be a useful destination if Wikipedia doesn’t quite have what you need.

Veropedia: Wikipedia articles verified.

Launched in October last year “Veropedia is a collaborative effort by a group of Wikipedians to collect the best of Wikipedia’s content, clean it up, vet it, and save it for all time. These articles are stable and cannot be edited. The result is a quality stable version that can be trusted by students, teachers, and anyone else who is looking for top-notch, reliable information.

 

A team of “experts” take hold of some of the more volatile material on Wikipedia, controlling it, to try to make the information more stable and reliable. The articles must meet a fairly strict set of standards: no “citation needed” tags, no dead external links, no disambiguation and no fair use images. Although the articles are vetted by “academic experts,” though site organizers say it is not an academic driven outfit. Wikipedians will still write the articles. This seems to be more like the old editorial style of years past, done to allow readers to have more trust in the veracity of the information in the articles. Veropedia is supposed to help improve the quality of Wikipedia because contributors must improve an article on Wikipedia, fixing up all the flaws, until a quality version can be imported to Veropedia. Continue reading