Wikipedia Writing Tips

If you have spent many days writing or changing Wikipedia pages, you might have learned that the website follows certain policies for editors. On the webpages, writers can get engaged in writing immediately with the knowledge they already have or get things done by referring to books from the library. Either way, these pages ask for information to relay to the rest of the world.

What is interesting is to know how well these webpages are written and by following these standards, you will be able to contribute just like the frequent editors out there. So first, use a matching tone for the topic you want to write. Different topics like education and entertainment require different approaches. The difference may not seem strong at first look but after careful perusal, you will agree with this notion. For example, any topic that deals with the history of a nation should be narrative and requires linear content. For topics such as real estate, the content can be spiced up with opinions and anecdotes from financial analysts. Discussing the details of a highly popular resort seems interesting on other websites but Wikipedia requires facts that can only be obtained from the resort’s website or brochure. Any false information will lead to further correction or re-evaluation.

Wikipedia content must be complete and relevant to the topic discussed as well. In many cases, these information have been pulled up from official websites of the concerned topic or reference materials from libraries. Web users also expect that this website be the reference for their personal or professional use. They don’t want to fritter away their resources on something that is untrue or fiction.

Wikipedia demands that the editors give attention to what and how they write. This means there is no room for editor’s personal story or the possibility of combining the vast information into something that meets the users’ immediate needs. Furthermore, the narrative part calls for complete sentences and perfect grammar. Because web users want more about the topic they are learning from Wikipedia, they are also reading all the added details irrespective of the length of the page.

The absolute length of the webpage may vary from one page to another and from one topic to another. For example, a description of a plant might have a shorter page while the details of a company might have longer page. Similarly, a biography of a person may be shorter than the details of a well-known event.

If you’re looking for help on how to make a Wikipedia page, there are resources out there that give advice. I’ll be giving it a shot and report back on my findings.