How did you figure out that Wikipedia was editable?

Love hearing the stories behind everyone’s first uploads to Commons.

With a similar spirit, it’d be fun to know: how did you first figure out that Wikipedia was editable? Do you remember?

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For me, it was sometime in 2006. I sang in a Blues band in high school that was actually fairly decent for high school standards (I’d like to think we were at least!). Our lead guitarist created an article about our band on English Wikipedia, which totally blew my mind. I believe the article actually stayed up for a few years. Can’t imagine why it was ever deleted :P

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I do not know, I think I just always knew it, probably since 2002.And the edit button is clearly visible.

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I’ll share this but won’t link to the diffs…
This happened 15 years ago. I read an article on a topic I knew a lot about, but wanted to dispute the contents. I figured from the history who had written that, managed to get to their talk page, and my first edit was about asking a way to privately tell them what was wrong about the data in the article, and “signing” using a different pseudonym. Eventually a conversation around sources and NPOV started publicly, and I promised to come back with a user account to fix the entire thing at some point. That happened - over a year later, but still happened.
In retrospective it sounds obvious that my first edit was to complain about something :D
I feel like I am a very different person and contributor now though. I don’t know that the other person even knows about the anecdote, and doesn’t need to - we got along pretty well later anyway. I think they have fond memories of me, or that’s what I like to believe at least.

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I have always known that it was editable. However, I did not understand that anyone can edit it. I thought designated back-end users could only edit it.

What intrigued me the most was knowing in 2017 that there was Igbo language Wikipedia that can be edited by me.
So, it was my sister-in-law Blossom Ozurumba, who is a Wikimedian that enlightened me on the possibilities of Wikipedia and it’s sister projects.

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Makes sense, @Ymblanter, for some they probably found out about Wikipedia as a project editable by anyone. When I started helping respond to emails in the Foundation’s general inboxes, I was surprised (probably naively) by how many people still think there’s a small central authority managing and writing all content :P

@Elitre Classic! I think we’re all grateful you kept your word on that one :)

@Uzoma_Ozurumba This is such a good example of why local language projects are so important! Having Igbo Wikipedia as an entry point and then going on to learn about other projects, and co-found the Igbo user group, I might add, is a great story.

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When I met Wikipedia for the first time, I already knew it was editable, and this was in fact my reason to check it out. As a free encyclopedia, Wikipedia was already impressive by the standards of those years, but still not that useful for regular use, especially in my mother tongues. I remember it was a place to go to volunteer more than to consume information.

I don’t recall how exactly I learned about Wikipedia. I had already contributed lightly to Everything2 and heavily to DMOZ (which ended up being short of a big waste of time). I had landed at some point in WikiWikiWeb and I felt as amazed as lost. Eventually I installed Twiki in my laptop and got to learn this wiki thing in depth.

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I have easily noticed the Edit button when viewing content from Wikipedia for the first time. My first edit has come shortly in order to correct some inaccuracies in an article on the Macedonian Wikipedia. After having spent two months contributing from an IP address, I finally decided to create an account and exploit the amenities it offers while editing. And it definitely paid off. :slight_smile:

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I honestly don’t remember. Maybe I overheard someone saying that he’d edited it? But there was a typo on the internet, and there was this [Edit] button right next to it, and for once, I could fix the internet.

After a few of these, I created an account. Then I didn’t go back to Wikipedia for a few months. I don’t know if I would have made those first edits if I’d had to create an account to begin with. I might have dropped by http://bugmenot.com/ to find a shared account if it were required. (They don’t list Wikipedia accounts, because we don’t require people to login.)

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I had known intellectually that Wikipedia was editable and anyone could do it for quite some time before I realized that this meant, I could be editing it myself. Me and my husband had even collaborated with other poets in Germany to overhaul the article about German poetry, basically adding content about modern poetry, in the de.WP. But while I contributed to this by adding my knowledge on poetry and discussing with the others, it was someone else who hit the edit button and I did not think about doing this myself for some time.

Not quite a year later I attended a full day event on mentoring interns as part of my paid work. This included a talk about empowering young people on the internet through open source projects - specifically Wikipedia. On the side of the slides, the person giving this talk had enabled a tool that showed recent changes live. And when I saw the different topics flickering in and out, from a special kind of mole, to a figure from the French revolution, to something Pokémon related and so much more, it really hit me. This could be something for you! And well, here I am.

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