How to Address the Problems of a wikiHow Article

Has an article been nominated for deletion? Or have you found an article you've taken an interest in, and simply wanted to improve it? Want to boost an article to Featured Article status? You could try addressing the problems.

Steps

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    Request author collaboration. To help improve an article, you could collaborate with many other editors.
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    See if there is a tag at the top of the article. If the article has an accuracy tag, then scan through the article and look for any details that may imply that the article is inaccurate. If it's incomplete, then try to see where the article is lacking in information.
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    Analyze the article. Is the topic too broad? Is the topic too detailed to occur in life? Could the article be improved with more facts/details? Is the article's accuracy unclear? Try to guess the creator's intentions. What do they want to convey through a series of steps? Achieving something? Breaking off something? Doing something? Dealing with something? You may need to write the questions you have. For example, the article could be too broad of a topic; with some finalizing, it can be fixed.
    • Make more specific questions afterwards. Let's say the article was about dealing with depression. Some more specific questions: What about depression? Depression symptoms? Did they include that in the article?
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    Research the subject from various sources. We've all heard about researching before, but it is a valuable tool to adding information to an article.
    • Research from other websites. Read How to Cite a Website to know how to cite the website you may use as a source.
    • Research from books from the library. Borrow a book from the library, and research and cite your sources from the information you read.
    • Research from other wikiHow articles. This is a rather unconventional method; you could consider using information from other wikiHow articles to add to your article. Try looking through categories related to your topic to find articles to use.
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    Use your wisdom. If you have good morals, and the article is discussing a problem in life, you could put in your wisdom to add information.
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    Copyedit the article. To improve the article, it should have good grammar and spelling.
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Tips

  • Look for articles to improve. Find random articles. This will make it easier to find an article to help out with. You could find interesting articles. You could also try looking through Category:Author Requested Collaborations.
  • It helps to have a curious personality, too. Did you ever wonder who created wikiHow? What was the first article on wikiHow? You might have a curious personality if you wondered about these questions.

Article Info

Categories: Writing and Editing