Get Out There and Start Wiki Editing!

Are you interested in creating a Wiki page? Before you go jumping in feet first, a good tip is to start by editing existing articles. This will allow you to become familiar with the process, know what kinds of articles Wikipedia is looking for, and get a general idea of how the site works.

First, there are articles that can be edited and those that are protected from editing, so knowing how your edit will be approached is important. Articles that are open for editing will show your enhancements right away and you will now be known as a Wikipedian. For articles that are protected from editing, you can still make suggestions for improvements, but you will have to submit an edit request and someone that has the ability to edit that page will review your request.

Next, you need to familiarize yourself with knowing the different ways to edit an existing article. One way is with wiki markup and the other way is with VisualEditor. Wiki markup is the go-to editing tool to use, while VisualEditor is more user friendly for those that are already experienced with wiki markup. Wikipedia also has a tutorial page to guide anyone through the process of learning to edit, so you will want to check that out as well.

Keep in mind, also, that Wikipedia categorizes edits into two types: minor and major. A minor edit is one that doesn’t change the meaning of the article. Things like spelling errors would classify as a minor edit. Changing the sentence wording to correct grammar would be considered minor only if the overall meaning of the sentence remains the same. As soon as an edit changes the meaning of the context, the edit is considered major even if it was just one word that was changed. Wikipedia recommends that major changes be discussed within the articles discussion page to make sure the change will go smoothly.

It might take some time to get used to editing Wikipedia articles, but don’t be afraid to be heard with the changes you feel should be made. Wikipedia is a great site for those seeking information. Wouldn’t it make you feel great to know that you changed an article for the better and enhanced readers’ experiences because of it?