Tuesday, May 3, 2016

#protiptuesday - How to Shortcut Wikipedia

#protiptuesday on snarkandstring

Yesterday I mentioned that I'd be changing around the schedule - and so I am! Tuesdays will henceforth and forever more be known as ProTip Tuesdays (bahbahbaaahh!!) and I will provide you with a pretty amazing little life hack on those days! Woo!

Speaking of, for our first ProTip I'm going to share with you something that has saved me more time than alt-tab when browsing on the internet...Short Cutting Wikipedia.

Over the weekend Matt and I watched a really hilarious Bollywood Movie titled Happy New Year, directed by Farah Khan (a woman director!), and it inspired us to look up other movies in that same genre. Now, you're probably familiar with the fact that Wikipedia creates lists and is dead useful for finding out titles of books, music and movies sorted in any category you can think of.

But, have you ever used it for quick a synopsis?

Let's take a look at another one of our favorite Bollywood movies - Dhoom3.

Normally, when you search in Wikipedia, you'll notice that the address looks like this:
Which will give you a very long, very detailed view on what you've searched out. 


Now, that's fine. But, maybe you don't really need to know all the details about how much it grossed in the box offices, that it was the most expensive movie to produce, and where it was screened.

Open up Wikipedia and search something, anything. Now change the 'en' at the beginning of the web address to the word 'simple'. (Once you've done this, every link and every search will display simple until you close that tab. It'll go back to the default en.)

Which gives you this very brief synopsis:

The ways to use this are endless. Keeping up the simple version of Wikipedia during my day at work gives me the ability to pretty much search out and quickly understand any reference made in the office. Which is great, because most of my coworkers are older than me and are hard enough to understand as it is. (Just kidding, love you guys.) It also prevents me from getting lost in the Wikipedia hole of information. (There's been more than one time I've searched information on Wikipedia and 4 hours later found myself learning about breeds of cats.)

Let me know in the comments if you found this useful and if you have any suggestions for future protips!!




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