Wikipedia has become an indispensable resource for many. A general web search on most subjects will yield a Wikipedia article in the top few results. The crowd sourced encyclopedia did not reach this level of trust and respect without a great deal of work. Administrators, editors and users have, over time, formed a consensus of what constitutes acceptable content. The guidelines established through these efforts help ensure that the information contained in any Wikipedia article is consistent and accurate. I took a few on how to create a Wiki page from GetYourWiki and have outlined a few of these important concepts in this article.
When creating a new article or updating an existing article, we need to be sure that the facts we intend to present are true and correct. Before we begin writing, we should already have established reputable sources and citations to support our content. Collecting and organizing this information first is the best way to avoid frustration later on in the process.
Our introductory paragraph needs to be more than just fluff, it serves an important purpose. Within this brief introduction we tell the reader what the subject of the article will be and why it is important. We are establishing our reader’s perception of the entire article with these first few sentences. Ensuring that our initial paragraph is informative and effective can make a big difference in how well the rest of our piece is received. Putting an appropriate amount of time and effort into this process can also help us in structuring the main body of our content cohesively.
When we have reached the point of having our sources in place and our introductory paragraph written, it is time to begin the process of reading the materials provided on the site to help us write an acceptable article. Wikipedia articles on creating and editing content provide a detailed instruction set to help us throughout the process. A great place to start is the Wikipedia Manual of Style.