Sunday, February 11, 2018

Look it up

Due to the popularity of Wikipedia there is some blurring in lines between wikis and online encyclopedias. The difference is that a wiki is a shared site, so a group of people who are Valiant enthusiasts, whether that's ute or car (or, in this case, comic book), will contribute information. Online encyclopedias are much like their bound predecessors, also containing information but in a strict format and either staffed contributors or - and here's the overlap - fellow enthusiasts or scholars.

We're fortunate that I had the presence of mind to note down the remaining site types in our top 100 before they removed the bottom 50 so we can still do that. Encyclopedias, meanwhile, were touched upon in our preamble to site rankings where we noted in September that Wikipedia was the fifth most popular site on the planet.
What follows are a sample, removing those we mentioned in the last post about wikis and, in the case of dodgy ones like Conservapedia (goes with the territory dare I say), worst directories. And so forth.

Online Encyclopedias


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Wiki wacky woo

The only trouble with using Wikipedia as your source is that it may not be the same the next day you log in due to the regular editing. In our case we're lucky we've got this far through the list as someone has decided that, since Alexa only provides their top 50 for free, this list should also be reduced from 100.
I don't think we had very many categories left (our last, online office suites, is gone, being below 50). One I do recall is wikis (irony?). On Wikipedia - currently - is a list of 93 such sites; too many to canvas.
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If we remove the ones we've mentioned that are issued by Wikimedia Foundation (see post from 29th September) and cull idiosyncratic efforts like Heroes Wiki, Lostpedia, Memory Alpha, Nukapedia, Supernatural Wiki, Wookieepedia and WoWWiki (devoted to individual shows or games), other minority interests such as Spanish and Chinese language encyclopedias, and wikis that have already received mentions such as Conservapedia  and Uncyclopedia, we have:

*I tried several times to log into the Planetmath.org site with no success


Thursday, February 01, 2018

Suites for my sweet

You might think that Microsoft Office is the boss when it comes to online office suites and this is reinforced by it being the only one [Alexa 62, SimilarWeb 48] in the Top 100 most popular websites. There turns out to be a number of others and they divide into freeware suites, open source suites and proprietary suites
In computing, an office suite is a collection of productivity software usually containing a word processor, spreadsheet and a presentation program.
We should note that office suites are often desktop based; either multi-platform or designed to work exclusively on DOS, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, or Unix; with mobile suites designed for tablet or smartphone.
Thankfully our brief is not to look at LibreOffice or Aster*x

Online Office Suites