WIKIPEDIA 101 – RULES FOR EDITING ON WIKIPEDIA
Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles, except in limited cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism.
Taking your first steps into Wikipedia can be daunting, here are some guidelines that should make understand the editing process smoother:
- STAY NEUTRAL AT ALL TIME All Wikipedia articles and other encyclopedic content must be written from a neutral and unbiased point of view, representing significant views fairly and proportionately.
- MAINTAIN VERIFIABILITY In Wikipedia, verifiability means that people reading and editing the encyclopedia can check that information comes from a reliable source. All material and quotations must be attributed to a reliable, published source.
- NO ORIGINALITY All material in Wikipedia must be linked to a reliable, published source that is not yourself. New analysis or synthesis of published material that advances a position not proven by the source is a definite no.
- DO NOT BE MESSY If you think you have a Conflict of Interest (COI) you should not create the article, post that someone else should create it on a related talk page. Wikipedia Editors should not write articles about themselves or about where they work.
- USE RELIABLE SOURCES If available, academic, and peer-reviewed publications are usually the sources Wikipedia considers must relatable. Other reliable sources include university-level textbooks, books published by respectful publishing houses, magazines, journals, and mainstream newspapers.
- TEST NOTABILITY Information on Wikipedia must be verifiable or checkable, if no third-party sources can be found on the topic, then most likely an article created on the topic will be deleted and edited by another Editor.
- KNOW YOUR STUB A stub is an article that, although providing some useful information, is too short to provide a full view of the subject.