The Fine Art of Wikipedia Editing
Wikipedia is pretty much the one stop shop for any information that could be needed on most broad and specific subjects. Wikipedia is an open source encyclopedia that is powered by MediaWiki. MediaWiki is a piece of software that allows contributors from all over the planet to add, edit, and take away content from Wikipedia. Due to the sheer size of the encyclopedia, with over 4 million pages of data, the open source info depot is in constant need of editors to keep the place up to date. For those people that want to transition from browsing to editing, here are a few key tips to keep in mind.
Wikipedia is not a playground.
Wikipedia is an important open source, non profit, place where information is expected to be on hand, accurate, and available to those that come searching for it. For the past 15 years Wikipedia has painstakingly grown from a ‘disreputable source’ all the way to the cornerstone of many scholars work. With that in mind, new editors must understand that it isn’t right, or allowed, to spend time defacing or editing content just to get a reaction. Treat the encyclopedia seriously or else opt not to become an editor.
Keep things impersonal.
Being that Wikipedia is supposed to be an almost clinical source of information, it should come as no surprise that the company wants to keep all of their editors from adding personal pages and biased views to the pages. Wikipedia is supposed to be a neutral source of information that provides only the facts and details, nothing else. However, if a Wikipedia editor feels like they should have their own page, for any reason, they can turn to a Wikipedia service company like Get Your Wiki. Get Your Wiki will add them their own personal page, adhering to all Wikipedia standards. If a user cannot maintain their own unbiased neutrality then they should opt not to create a page or edit it, instead letting someone else take the reigns.
Be aware of Wikipedia requests.
For the most part Wikipedia doesn’t request too much of their editors in the form of specific requests. However, sometimes the website does create specific mission statements with the intent to get certain objectives done. One example is Wikipedia’s site wide hunt for punctuation problems. Pay attention to these requests and then knock them out when they arrive in order to help the site out.