Friday, November 8, 2013

The 5 Essentials of Making a Wikipedia Page

You can trace back the history of online encyclopedia to Rick Gates in 1993. Later on Richard Stallman in 1991 proposed an open source concept. Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger formally launched Wikipedia in January 2001 based on the Ward Cunningham 2013 pioneering work on concept and technology. Today, Wikipedia can boast of more than 26 million free articles in 285 languages, generated by over 39 million official members, not to speak of the horde of articles from anonymous contributors.

If you are serious about creating your page on Wikipedia, you have to follow these five steps:

1. References

At the outset, you should select the topic on which you want to write. Be sure that you provide references and citations, in the absence of which your article is more likely to be rejected. So, you should choose your topic carefully and look for appropriate references.

2. Research

A frequent reason for articles getting rejected by Wikipedia is that it has already published an article on the topic chosen by the writer. Here again, you have to do your research and select the right topic. The safest way to get the right topics for writing is to simply type "WP: RA" in the search box available on the Wikipedia website. This helps save you plenty of time and frustration as a result of getting your article rejected.

3. Registration

Having conducted your research and decided the topic on which you are going to write, you are expected to register your account with Wikipedia. Though registration is not mandatory, there are benefits of getting registered. It helps you getting recognition for your articles. Moreover, it enables you to correspond with other writers on Wikipedia and you are also informed if somebody carries any modification on your articles.

4. Editing

For the benefit of writers, Wikipedia provides "Sandbox", an independent editor on its website. Since the program is incorporated in the website, you don't have to download it. Having completed your article, just copy/paste it into "Sandbox."

5. Submission

Having thus created your article, it's time to review the same. See that it is devoid of grammatical errors and contains the necessary references and citations before you send it to Wikipedia for review. If the editors find the content acceptable and the references are in place, you'll be informed of its publication. At times, you may be asked to provide additional citations for your article. Nevertheless, as long as you follow the suggested guidelines, your article will be published finally.

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