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Welcome to the General reading room. On this page, Wikibookians are free to talk about the Wikibooks project in general. For proposals for improving Wikibooks, see the Proposals reading room.

SAScommunity[edit] is going to be decommissions and is now read-only. states (since April 2007) «CONTENT OWNERSHIP: Unless you indicate otherwise in the particular posting, by posting your content, you are granting and all other users of the Website an unrestricted, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, and fully transferable, assignable, and sublicensable right and license to use, copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create collective or derivative works from, distribute, perform and display your content in whole or in part and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, and you further warrant that all so-called moral rights in such content have been waived», so it would seem that any user of is able to sublicense the entire wiki under cc-by-sa (!).

Can we use the material? Can some of the main namespace of the wiki be imported under SAS or other related book? --Nemo bis (discusscontribs) 07:43, 2 May 2018 (UTC)


Birgit Müller (WMDE) 14:45, 7 May 2018 (UTC)

What can the Wikidata community do to make it easier for Wikimedia contributors to understand Wikidata?[edit]

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Dear all

Over the past year or so I've been working quite a lot on Wikidata documentation and have been thinking more about the needs of different kinds of user. I feel that currently Wikidata can be difficult to understand (what it does, how to contribute, what issues there are and what is being done to address them etc) even for experienced Wikimedia project contributors. To help address this I've started an RFC to try and collate this information together. It would be really helpful if you could share your thoughts, especially if you find Wikidata hard to understand or confusing, you can just share your thoughts on the talk page and we will synthesize them into the main document.

Wikidata:Requests for comment/Improving Wikidata documentation for different types of user

Thanks very much

John Cummings (talk) 12:54, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

Books source and Wikipedia[edit]

What common sources Wikibooks users can use for writing their books? Is Wikipedia a good source when writing books in Wikibooks? --Doostdar (discusscontribs) 18:52, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not considered as a source because anyone can write anything in it. This is specified here: w:Wikipedia:Verifiability#Wikipedia_and_sources_that_mirror_or_use_it.
Personally, I never publish any blog or forum as a source (except for Stack Overflow for computer tricks). JackPotte (discusscontribs) 07:41, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

A question about rating when I review an edit: Do I rate the edit or the page?[edit]

I just visited Wikibooks and was puzzled by your request that I rate the quality. Rate the quality of what? The edit or the page itself? I liked the edit because it was a great improvement over what was written before. But I am not convinced the article's overall quality has changed much. See --Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 03:28, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

The review is page specific, you review the content of the page as is with the last edit(s). You don't review only the unrevised edit(s), you can send a PM to the editor(s) if you think it merits it. Panic (discusscontribs) 03:33, 15 June 2018 (UTC)