On Wikipedia's 20th birth anniversary, check how to create content and their editing policy
- Wikipedia has above 55 million articles being consulted 15 billion times every month
- The website is a publicly generated resource where anyone can edit almost any article at any time
- It was started in English but now it is available in 309 languages
Wikipedia, the world’s free online encyclopedia has turned 20 on Friday. Founded by American-British entrepreneur Jimmy Wales on January 15, 2001, the website was started in English but now it is available in 309 languages. The seventh most popular website in the world website has above 55 million articles being consulted 15 billion times every month.
On the website’s birth anniversary, we bring you few procedure of how you can author your articles and how they are edited by volunteer editors.
Wikipedia is a publicly generated resource where anyone can edit almost any article at any time. This means that once a page goes live, volunteer editors are able to edit and add to a page forever. However, there are also a small number of protected or locked Wikipedia pages that require special permission to edit, mainly for controversial topics.
How to create a new page:
-First create an account on Wikipedia.
-Then add your article.
While only registered and signed-in users can create pages, anyone can modify a page, and the edits are simply attributed to their IP address. In addition to volunteer editors, Wikipedia employs bots to scan edits for plagiarism and carry out other mundane and repetitive tasks such as checking for typos.
What content can be put up on Wikipedia?
The website has laid several rules on what type of content appears on their site. According to Wikipedia, “Wikipedia articles follow certain guidelines: the topic should be notable and be covered in detail in good references from independent sources. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, so it is not a personal home page or a business list. Do not use content from other websites even if you, your school, or your boss owns them. If you choose to create an article with only a limited knowledge of the standards on Wikipedia, you should be aware that other editors may delete it if it’s not considered appropriate.”
Wikipedia must be a newly written and summarized description of a subject should be provided. Even if anyone wrote an article for another website, you could not copy and paste that information into Wikipedia. However, you can cite a small portion, but the bulk of an article needs to be new copy.
How Wikipedia pages are edit?
You have the choice to edit using a visual editor or using code, and you can toggle between the two using the button found in the top right-hand corner of the editing screen. You must be logged in to use the visual editor feature.
To make an edit to a pre-existing Wikipedia page, simply click edit and make the change. However, it is highly advisable to “preview changes” before saving. Once you’ve made and reviewed your edit, you can save it and make it live.
Before doing so, remember to record the type of edit you’ve made in the appropriate field (added content, images, corrected spelling, etc.) and note whether it was a minor edit or not. This helps other editors and bots to understand why you made the edit.
Hope you got some new information regarding creating new articles and editing on Wikipedia.