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Eksisozluk & Wikipedia
Eksi Sozluk (www.eksisozluk.com) is one of the most popular web sites in Turkey, has attracted attention as an output of online collaboration.
It’s described as
‘a collaborative hypertext dictionary based on the concept of web sites built upon user contribution’
(Turkish Daily News Web site, 14th August 2006) enabling its users to express themselves in different ways.
It has emerged as a database with the catch-phrase ‘sacred source of knowledge’, it is used in a sense of a blog diary and a web forum at the same time. In this sense, attributes of authors are examined for the reason why they contribute to a such community by reproducing texts.
400,000 registered users.
The number of writers is about 54,000.
The website's founder is Sedat Kapanoglu. He founded the website for communicating with his friends in 1999 as he was inspired by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Eksi Sozluk has been successful, many other websites that use this concept has emerged, like İTÜ Sözlük in Turkish.
Enrollment periods to the dictionary and the criteria of acceptance are changeable. Eksi Sozluk doesn’t accept new authors regularly; there are specific times in which new authors are accepted. There is a waiting period for new members, who want to become authors, in which they have to post at least 10 entries. All entries are inspected according to the dictionary rules and their quality, and if they are found good enough, the new user becomes an author. However, this process might take from months to years.
Newcomer, Newcomer awaiting approval, Registered reader, Praetors, and Hacivat.
some of the user roles in Eksi Sozluk
The author nominee registered with the aim of being one of the authors of Eksi Sozluk, but hasn’t completed writing ten compulsory entries within the basic rules.
Newcomer awaiting approval (onay bekleyen caylak):
The suser awaiting for his/her ten submitted entries to be examined and approved for authorship by the moderators. These ten entries are examined by a moderator when the newcomer’s turn comes.
Registered reader (kayitli okur):
The users, who prefer to become registered, only for exploring the Eksi Sozluk content. By any chance, they can be potential newcomers.
hey are the attorneys affiliated to the laws of the Republic of Turkey. They have the right to ask the moderation for deleting entries.
They check the entries considering Turkish grammar rules and if necessary share their corrections with the authors.
Author has a total freedom of speech (including usage of slang and swearing) at the rest of the entry. The entries are consist of anecdotes, essays, descriptive informations, related memories and any kind of empirical information. This is where the genuineness of the Eksi Sozluk comes from.
The speciality of Eksi Sozluk among other collaborative web communities comes from its text based content. There are no avatars or images describing a title.
Eksi Sozluk gives no guarantee for the reliability of the information it contains. The motto ‘sacred source of information’ inholds some level of irony on this subject. But it doesn’t mean that these subjective informations are incorrect, but it makes them impossible to be confirmed.
Wikipedia is a free, open content online encyclopedia created through the collaborative effort of a community of users known as Wikipedians. Anyone registered on the site can create an article for publication; registration is not required to edit articles. The site's name comes from wiki, a server program that enables anyone to edit Web site content through their Web browser.
Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles, except in limited cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism
Wikipedia is multilingual, there are millions of article in this website
-Languages which has 1 000 000+ articles
-Statistics about Turkish articles
Every person can be a wikipedian and edit or create an article on Wikipedia
Editors are responsible to edit wrong information and vandalism, also they can banned wikipedians and they can delete articles
How is it works?
Most of Wikipedia's text and many of its images are dual-licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA) and the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL)
Using Wikipedia as a Research Tool
-Featured Articles (4,661)
-Others mostly written by amateurs
Example of a Wikipedia Page