Wikipedia is no doubt one of the most useful websites on the web. Any search result will have at least about two out of five results ratio from this website.
As we all know that ninety-three percent of the things that can be done on the internet begins with a search and with over twenty-seven million users registered and 1.3 updates per second made daily amounts to a huge chunk of information available on the surface web. To be a content creator or an editor on this website the process and the creation is accessible by anyone with a good connection to the internet.
There are multiple ways to create a Wikipedia page among them, most people hire an expert to do the job for them saving time and making it smooth for themselves. For that you can refer to Professional Wikipedia Editors like Wikioo.
But, for some individuals it is a learning curve so they choose to practice and learn being able to do so. Creating a Wikipedia page is not for recreation or time pass as it has the potential to reach billions of people looking for answers.
To initiate creating a new page on Wikipedia we must know the following information.
|Website age||20 years old|
|Website type||Information centered|
|Registered users||Approx 27 billion|
There are 560 million users of the internet in India alone. It has been estimated that over 1.86 billion websites are online right now with 4.5 billion people contributing content via interactions on a daily basis. Amidst this staggering number of websites Wikipedia stands somewhere in 13th or 14th position.
The website is 20 years old now and this means that it has a lot of credibility and a line of dedicated users contributing towards it daily.
All the credit goes to their guidelines and strict monitoring on the contents of the website. These guidelines ensure that the contents existing on the website is not opinion based or assumptious. The guidelines mainly ensures that the important topics have their own place and the rest can be as a sub-category to provide a better understanding of any given topic.
The misinformation can be misleading to the billions of its daily users.
The content allowed on this site is information based excluding any kind of point of views that you may assert to the topic. You may be able to edit and make minor changes around the content but you are not allowed to change the tone of the content. The information fed to the page must be based on facts. Slangs and vague words are prohibited as it will result in the article unapproval. So, for those reasons any content intended for Wikipedia should be as a learning and in a content tone.
WHY IS REFERENCE NECESSARY?
Wikipedia is known for being a professional and information based website. The authorities there tend to cross check every piece of information that is under approval. If your content speaks of a record then you cannot proceed further without referencing without your source of information. It could be in any language or in a physical form. Failing to do so will lead in the authorities deeming the claim to be fake. If you have no grounds of evidence then your article will not be approved. Wikipedia requires trustworthy sources to validate the claims in your article.
HOW MANY REFERENCES DO YOU NEED?
Let’s say you wrote a 6000 word article and submitted it for approval which takes about three to six months. In this article you write about an ancient Indian King conquering most parts of Asia on multiple occasions then all of the dates and the places that the king has conquered should be cited with multiple references pertaining to all these dates and conquest from a credible source.
This means that you would require references based on the informational value provided in the article.
All the information in the articles should be credible and so for that reason we need to build resources showing the facts and the nature of the article. You can do this by informing several platforms with credibility and they might help you in establishing the same. You would also have to find references on the internet. You can easily get an approval for your article provided the information is unbiased and in a content tone and also with the resources that you build to support the claims in your article.
- Editor: You can hire an expert who has already established a base of credibility in Wikipedia or you can sign up from the website itself.
- Article creation: As you surf around the page looking for answer for your questions and if it does not exist then you will have to request the authorities at Wikipedia to generate one.However, if you do find the given topic you were concerned about then you can claim the rights to modify it or ask for a new page.
- Content reference: It takes a week of waiting time for Wikipedia to initiate the article upon which you can create the content with the guidelines in your mind. You also need to note down the citation and references for the approval of the article from their end. When your page gets approved then you would have to make sure that you maintain and edit as per needed.
Wikipedia: A twenty year old website with twenty-seven billion registered users interacting 1.3 updates per second.
Guidelines: The contents to be approved should be unbiased, neutral, in a content tone and not affiliated.
Wikipedia content: There should be no implication of any kind of vagueness, slangs and the editors are expected to be professional.
References: Being an information centered platform the approval needs to be carried out with reference to all the facts mentioned in the article.
Number of references: The references should be proportionate to the facts based on your article validating the claims made.
Building the resources required: You can provide the information credible platforms and it will help you with the credibility and also find references online or offline or save your references while constructing your article.
Creation process: You need to establish yourself as an editor and check if your topic is available on the platform if not you can ask for its creation which can take about a week and then you can create the content through the guidelines with the sources.