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Geeks Guide2 It’s all new at The Register right now, and today Reg Books is launching its brand new feature - Geeks Guide2.

Every issue we’ll place a book in the spotlight and provide you with a wealth of information that also includes full sample chapters. Best of all, the current GG2 featured title will be available at the Reg Books store with 40% OFF its RRP*.

Now for the good stuff!

Myxomatosis… Jacques de Molay… Cadbury Wispa… This week GG2 delves into the world of Wikipedia with the newly released How Wikipedia Works by Phoebe Ayers, Charles Matthews and Ben Yates.

Love it or loathe it, Wikipedia has become almost everyone's first stop as a daily reference, whether for serious research or settling a web argument. The online encyclopaedia now has over 2.5 million English articles ranging from the history of C++ programming to the Trap Door episode guide. But Wikipedia's accuracy is constantly in question. Instead of pointing the finger and complaining about Wiki’s faults, though, this week's GG2 book is a guide on how to improve it.

How Wikipedia Works explores the process of contributing to the Wiki project and supporting the article vetting process. We get insight, anecdotes and tips from three veterans of the scene who will aid in us gaining the knowledge and the skills required to use and contribute to Wikipedia.

Particularly interesting topics include the explanation of the encyclopaedia's policies and procedures and how they’re created and enforced, dispute resolutions and dealing with vandals and other malicious editors. Also covered are the crucial basic of finding information as well as evaluating the quality and reliability of articles, along with how to communicate with other Wikipedians through talk pages and forums.

So whether you are interested in supporting Wikipedia in improving standards or just fancy adding your own articles about your favourite long-lost cartoon hero, How Wikipedia Works is a great one-stop source for information on the world’s go-to source for information. So take this opportunity to read a sample chapter below and take advantage of the great discounted price of £11.39only at Register Books.

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