Wikinfo:Editing/Creating Pages

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Owl of Wisdom
(or is it the owl of humor?)

Ways to Create Articles

An easy way to start is to use the GO button on each page to jump right to editing a new page, by putting your title in the text field and clicking "GO". If the page exists, you will see it, otherwise, it will create the new page for you. You can also start pages from existing links, by clicking on the "green" links made in the text of our articles, all of which lead to new articles, importing them from our exporter, Wikipedia.

You can also change the address bar in your browser to edit a new page of your choosing, or use our sandbox, by creating a new link, then clicking to "show preview", then simply following the new link on the preview page. Make sure you use the SEARCH button (on each page) to see whether someone has written an article before you start one yourself.

Things to Remember

  • Remember to establish context, by writing a short introduction at the beginning of a new article. Don't write "This was his third novel..." -- while you may have followed the link from the famous novelist X, other readers may arrive at this page from elsewhere.
  • Remember good naming conventions, like these before naming a new page. Proper naming will ensure your page will be linked by other related pages, and will help to avoid any need for renaming pages.
  • If appropriate start with a dictionary definition. Don't always "highlight" the title phrase or title word very near the beginning of the article. This is a Wikipedia practice not necessarily followed on Wikinfo.
  • While you are editing some existing article, if a word or phrase you are typing strikes you as if it ought to have an article of its own linked from here, just put it in double square brackets, [[like this]]. We call that "wikifying" the text. When you save the present article, that word will either magically link to an article if one exists, or it will become one of those green links allowing you to create the article. This is a great way to build new articles.
  • When creating pages it is also good practice to run the text through a spell checker before submitting. You may find it more convenient to take a copy of the original page, work on it, then paste the edited copy back in.

Importing/Editing Pages

Most imported Wikipedia articles will be fine for Wikinfo, but articles which have been distorted by efforts to achieve a neutral point of view on controverial topics may need extensive editing in order to achieve a sympathetic point of view. It is also very important to leave the autolink back to the Wikpedia article at the bottom of the page in the references section.

You should look for similar pages, and either this will remove your need to generate a new one, or you may find that you simply need to create a redirection page to the existing entry. For example if you want to put in entries for Rachmaninov or Rakhmaninov, you may find a satisfactory existing entry for Sergei Rachmaninov so you just need to create a redirect, ie. #REDIRECT [[Sergei Rachmaninov]], as the first line of a page.

Make sure you link a new article to some other related article, say within a general category, like Philosophy or Biology, by clicking to edit the related page, and (in an appropriate place) add the title of the article you want to create between double brackets, [[like this]]. Then press the "save page" button at the bottom of the page. This is good practice, since it structures the encyclopedia. Creating brand-new topics is a great way to help Wikinfo increase its breadth and depth, but be careful to avoid creating too many links leading nowhere.

There are a several templates, Template:Wiki, Template:Wikia, and Template:Common (Template:Commons is used for something else) which can be used at the bottom of imported pages and images. If the title of the article has been changed by importing it to a new title use this coding: {{Common|title on Wikimedia Commons}}.


Bear in mind that this is an open content encyclopedia. You are contributing to a free, publicly-usable database of information, and you automatically license everything you contribute under the GNU Free Documentation License. You can only do this if you own the copyright to the material (which you do if you created it), or if the material is in the public domain. See Wikinfo:Copyrights for details, and never submit copyrighted material to Wikinfo without permission from the copyright owner!!