Simon Willison’s Weblog


38 items tagged “wikipedia”

2007 They scrape Wikipedia and extract useful information from it so you don’t have to. # 7th August 2007, 3:24 pm

Encyclopedia of Life. Ambitious, well funded project to create a professionally maintained Wikipedia for species. I really hope they get their URL design right. # 13th May 2007, 10:46 am

Wikimedia Grid Report. Wikipedia’s Ganglia monitoring page. # 11th May 2007, 11:36 am

Wikipedia internals (PDF) (via) A gold mine of scaling tips. # 11th May 2007, 11:35 am

The basic concept here is given the ongoing dramatic drop in the price of bandwidth and hardware, they cost very little. I looked at the bandwidth bill for Wikipedia, for instance, and it is actually substantially lower in the last year than the year before, despite traffic growing by a factor of 4.

Jimmy Wales # 25th January 2007, 2:02 am

Wikipedia nofollows links. Wikipedia’s high PageRank means this is likely to have a noticable knock-on effect on the rankings of many other sites. # 22nd January 2007, 7:27 pm



My heart goes out to all those affected by yesterday’s terrible attack on London. I think it’s safe to say that here in Britain we are shaken but not stirred—the response here from both the emergency services and the Great British Public has been inspiring. To my knowledge, my friends and relatives are all safe. Thanks to all who asked after me.

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Tweaking Wikipedia

Does anyone know why Wikipedia displays a redirected page at the same URL rather than using a proper HTTP redirect? Case in point: Topics in human-computer interaction actually displays the content from List of human-computer interaction topics (that’s my next exam topic)—the same content appears at two different URLs. Yuck. Here’s a Greasemonkey script to fix it: wikipedia-redirect.user.js.

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