How to be a Wikipedia Author

When I found out that I was supposed to write my own Wikipedia article in class, I was surprised and a little worried. I had heard from every professor that Wikipedia was not a reliable source for writing a research paper. However, who does not use it to get a first overview on any topic? I expected it to be quite complicated to write an article myself that would actually get published.
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Comparison of Wikipedia Articles in German and English: “Gesture” versus “Gestik”

In a comparison of articles from the English and the German Wikipedia one can see that, in many cases, the German pages are merely translations of the English ones. However, the articles on Gesture and Gestik vary greatly, which is why I decided to take a closer look at them and compare them in detail.

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