Wikipedia has literally changed the face of the internet. If you search any person, subject, or location chances are Wikipedia will appear as one of the first results. This is because Wikipedia is full of information, useless and useful alike. What makes the site even more charming and original is the fact that the users are the main source of information.
The writing team at Get Your Wiki reached out to me since they know I’ve always been a Wikipedia junkie. They offered some key little tips for editing articles without actually getting your work shot down.
Yes, essentially anyone has free range over the site, therefore if you read an article on say, you favorite actress, and you notice a few key pieces of information missing – you may add them. Making a new Wiki page is a bit harder, but can also be done by thoroughly reading Wikipedia’s editorial guidelines.
As lovely as a feature this may be, like everything else in the world, there are those who take advantage of it. Wikipedia can and does provide essential, helpful, user-friendly information, but every now and again user’s may come upon something that is not entirely accurate. That is why it is up to users and writers alike to be proactive as well as ethical.
First and foremost, Get Your Wiki says that if you notice something inaccurate or just plain ridiculous on the site do the right thing and try to fix it yourself, immediately. This is actually rather simple, by adding citations from reliable sources you can confirm information.
Coupled with this, if information appears to be extraordinarily biased, thereby inaccurate in a sense, that may be reported and ultimately linked to Wikipedia’s Neutrality Point of View page. By being connected to this page, users will be aware that the information they are viewing may in fact be bias.
By being cognizant of the information we are both viewing and submitting we will assist in the prolonged utilization of this excellent website. Reporting, editing, and changing information is not difficult and is the best interest of all users. Wikipedia is essentially an information source designed by information-seekers for information-seekers.