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PostPosted: 29 Jun 2006, 11:39 
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I guess like everything these days, a lot of Walking Melbourne content is finding its way onto Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org)

See for example:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_he ... _Melbourne
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http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?tit ... chitect%29

I see this is a good thing, as part of the purpose of the website was to doocument a lot of this stuff. Now anyone can contribute.

I'll be entering some stuff into Wikipedia from now on, and I'd encourage any others to do so also. It is a great resource. Just make sure you cite references - but whatever you do don't either directly copy or cite Walking Melbourne, but a link back to the site for any of our articles would be great.

In any case, it seems to be helping the website rather than detracting from it. Walking Melbourne visits have doubled in the last 2 months, even though the forum has actually quietened down. It is now touching on 900 unique visits a day - which is HUGE !


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I highly recommend http://www.answers.com , which uses wikipedia. Download 1-Click answers and you can click on any word on any website and get a full dictionary, encyclopedia and links analysis, plus a discreet toolbar.

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You need to be very wary of toolbars. They are usually an entry point for adware and spyware.


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Not so in this case, I believe. Is not software to prevent these invasions standard these days?

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goatrooster wrote:
Not so in this case, I believe. Is not software to prevent these invasions standard these days?

Yeah, but people insist on using Windows instead :)

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williampitt wrote:
In any case, it seems to be helping the website rather than detracting from it. Walking Melbourne visits have doubled in the last 2 months, even though the forum has actually quietened down. It is now touching on 900 unique visits a day - which is HUGE !


Great news about the hits! I have a question williampitt:

Why do you think the forum is getting quieter? I have sensed the same thing in recent times. Posts that I thought in the past would get a lot of attention haven't. Do you reckon it is competition from SSC and MelbournePhotos?

I am not having a go at those forums. but there is significant content overlap all round despite the distinct character of each forum audence. Just interested in your thoughts on this.

As for WikiPedia, I have had stuff of mine ripped off too without acknowlegement. But I think they have an internal mechanism for dealing with that sometimes, as someone removed my stolen content before I even noticed it was there. And it was cited as not being used with permission as the reason for its deletion.

Wikipedia is an interesting website, though still a bit patchy at the moment.


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