Phoebe Ayers

Phoebe Ayers (user:phoebe) is a science and engineering reference librarian at the University of California, Davis. She has been involved with Wikipedia since 2003 and is an organizer of the Wikimania conferences.

How Wikipedia Works How Wikipedia Works (No Starch)
by Phoebe Ayers , Charles Matthews , Ben Yates
September 2008
Print: $29.95
Ebook: $23.95

"The bottom line is that How Wikipedia Works is a good introduction to the mechanics of the Wikipedia. It contains a lot of useful material that is presented clearly and in a practical way."
--Neale Monks, MyMac Magazine

"The authors do not disappoint. It is all there in an easy-to-read, well-written, and detailed analysis. As a constant and active user of Wikipedia, I was thoroughly impressed and informed."
--Richard L. Weaver II, PhD.,

"How Wikipedia Works is a well-laid-out, detailed user manual for editing Wikipedia...Recommended."
--Choice Magazine

"From learning how to use Wikipedia to contributing to existing articles by fact-checking and adding new articles that confirm to Wikipedia's guidelines, How Wikipedia Works is a top pick for general-interest libraries and for any who would become part of Wikipedia and make contributions to the system. From understanding its policies to resolving content disputes and handling malicious editors, How Wikipedia Works is packed with insights."
--Diane C. Donovan, California Bookwatch: The Computer Shelf

"One thing that really interested me about How Wikipedia Works is that it is not just a book about using Wikipedia, but it also gives you detailed information about how you can best contribute...Another thing I particularly liked was that editing topics went beyond just descriptions of things like wiki syntax, diving into more in-depth questions, such as when to use a foreign language place name or when to use the English. "
--James Mohr, Linux Pro Magazine, April 2009, Issue 101

"All libraries would be interested in this title, as it covers everything about Wikipedia, written by three of its earliest and prolific contributors."
--Bradford Lee Eden, The Tech Static

"For me, the selling feature would be the History section. It highlights what HWW, and No Starch Press seem to be striving for, to take some of the mystery out of 'The Internet'."
--Mary K. Williams, Blogcritics Magazine

"How Wikipedia Works is a fine reference guide to writing articles for Wikipedia. If you've ever had the urge to add your two bits to Wikipedia, get this book. Your contribution will be written according to Wikipedia's guidelines, and so will be taken more seriously."
--David Weeks, MyMac Magazine

"Put simply, if you want to know what all of those people who contribute to Wikipedia are so busy doing, here's your answer."

"Whether you are simply interested in the process or you're a power editor, this book has a little something for everyone. From the very basics to the most complex it's an interesting read and a great resource."
--Kevin Doyle,

"I think this is a fabulous contribution to the canon of online literature and recommend it to anyone interested in the subject area."
--Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web

"I think new users, and those interested in learning more about Wikipedia, will find this book to be a great guide to understanding Wikipedia, and the community behind it."
--Ryan Lomonaco, Wikipedia Signpost

"This fabulous book is a great summary of how Wikipedia works."
--Nadia Russ, Wonderpedia

"I highly recommend How Wikipedia Works to anyone with any interest in Wikipedia."
--Jennifer Wagner, Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture Technology

"How Wikipedia Works provides plenty of clear step-by-step lessons. [It is] probably the best and most complete book on Wikipedia to date."
--The Sacramento Book Review, Volume 1, Issue 2, Page 19

"How Wikipedia Works is very interesting, and although it is not a light read or a quick read, it is an in-depth look at Wikipedia that is sure to get you on your way to using it and maybe even contributing to it."
--Laura Williams, Laura Williams' Musings Blog

"I often wished I had an offline reference I could flip through to find what I needed without leaving the page I was editing. And now I do. This is a very fine book indeed, extremely thorough on every topic I can imagine needing to know more about. Highly recommended."
--Christopher Locke, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual,

"It's the thoughtful, comprehensive, and freely licensed manual that I've been waiting years for. Wikipedia would be much improved if every Wikipedia editor, new and old, were given a copy."
--Benjamin Mako Hill, free software activist, hacker, and scholar

"This wonderful book resolves Wikipedia's paradox: Anyone can edit it, but to make your edits stick, you need to know what you are doing."
--Barry Wellman, director of Netlab, University of Toronto

"Frank, helpful, honest, endlessly informative—this book embodies the best of Wikipedia's values"
--David Weinberger, author of Everything is Miscellaneous