Interwiki Links


  1. Interwiki what?
  2. Guh?
  3. Here's how it works
  4. List of Interwiki places
  5. Why Bother?
  6. So when do I use this?
    1. Further Reading
    2. Non-Davis topics
    3. Authority
  7. Controversy

Interwiki what?

As you may or may not know, Davis wiki is not the only wiki on the Internet. The orginial wiki was created by [wiki]Ward Cunningham, at and is called the [wiki]WikiWikiWeb also see DavisWiki Entry. It is esentially a website about programing and patterns (yes, patterns), however, it has a great deal of discussion about [c2]Wiki Ethics.

A much larger site, [wikipedia]Wikipedia, is an online wiki-encyclopedia of everything. Rather than creating standard links to c2 and wikipedia pages, you can create interwiki links like such



[wiki:WikiPedia:Poop A page about poop]

will give you this

[wikipedia]A page about poop

If you click on the link, you will be taken to the Wikipedia's page on Poop.

Here's how it works

List of Interwiki places

See the InterWiki Map!

If you want to add a wiki to this list, follow the format on Interwiki Map.

Why Bother?

Well, for one, you get this cool looking interwiki link icon that lets people know they're going to a wiki and not some random page. Passing your mouse over the link tells you which wiki it links to. Furthermore, it's good for the connectivity of the wiki as a whole, the theory being that indiviual wikis can all link off each other. Also, they gave ArlenAbraham the oppurtunity to accumulate a shitload of edits for changing like 80% of the outgoing links on the wiki.

So when do I use this?

Further Reading

The Wikipedia is an excellent resource for things that we don't necessairily talk about here. It also provides alternate explanations, [wikipedia]Instant-Runoff Voting for example, is something that is discussed indepth here at DavisWiki, but DavisWiki cites the wikipedia page as further reading.

Non-Davis topics

The Videogaming page is an excellent example of wasted effort. Why go through the trouble of writing a history of the videogaming industry when a [wikipedia]much better version already exists on the Wikipedia? There's no need to reinvent the wheel, merely say, for a complete history of the videogame industry, see [wikipedia]Wikipedia entry.


Because the Wikipedia is edited and viewed by thousands of people each day, some people claim it is more authoritative than something like DavisWiki. Niche Wikis like DavisWiki tend to be updated with specifics (find the suppliers of papasan chairs in Davis on Wikipedia or the hours of Thai Bistro) and have local information updated significantly more quickly. The accuracy of Wikipedia, like any Wiki, can be considered dubious - tests involving insertion of incorrect data shows that it does not get fixed promptly, and is thus subject to subtle trolling.


JabberWokky maintains that having a linkfest to Wikipedia is not necessarily a positive thing - Wikipedia's goals and methods are very different than DavisWiki. As a result, linking to Wiki for things like DDR would prevent the creation of the current page... which lists local notable players, local groups that hold local tournaments, and a chunk of Davis specific information - including locations of game machines. DDR itself has little to do with Davis and thus would be a "good" thing to link to Wikipedia... and in doing so, you decrease the local content hosted here and maintained by Davis focused editors.

A very good example of "what should have been linked to Wikipedia" are the Flora pages - dozens of pages listing local plantlife. But by *not* linking to the Wikipedia entries, we have created pages that contain more information (or more relevant information) than the Wikipedia entries. In many cases, the local DavisWiki entries list things like what varieties are common locally and where to buy them locally. There was "no reason" to create the entries by the "Interwiki link philosophy"... Wikipedia has "perfectly good" information... but by *not* linking, we have increased the value of the local Wiki greatly.

Although, there is some value to the [wiki]OnceAndOnlyOnce philosophy. - The Labster

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