wikiHow to Be Bold on wikiHow

Frequently, wikiHow community members will not move forward with a project or idea if they do not have a "rubber stamp" approval from Jack Herrick (wikiHow's founder) or an administrator. However, wikiHow is a "do-ocracy". Follow these steps to be bold when recommending projects or developing new ideas.


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    Do something unpredictable and make the first move. Take risks and do something new. Each new idea spurs further inspiration.
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    Formulate your idea into a complete and cohesive endeavor. Some of the ways that you might proceed include:
    • Researching old forum postings for similar ideas. It's possible that your idea has already been discussed and (1) is implemented elsewhere on wikiHow or (2) was not approved by the community and either not implemented or rolled back.
    • Talking to other wikiHow users. Share your idea with any other contributor on wikiHow and get feedback.
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    Understand what a "good faith" edit means. Good faith edits are essentially any edit made on wikiHow with the intent of improving or enhancing an article. As a community, we work together in building upon edits in an attempt to create a Featured Article out of any article, even if starts out as a stub. Any new project or idea will require editing by you and other users, so make your edits in good faith.
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    Understand the difference between a community policy change and a project.
    • If your idea will change, remove, or add to our community policies, then a more formal discussion process may be required to obtain a community consensus. Consult policy guidelines to address your issue correctly or raise the matter on the forum.
    • If your idea is a project or idea that you and other editors can work on to help improve wikiHow, you do not need a formal discussion to take place before implementation. While it is courteous to seek feedback from your fellow wikiHowians, it is not a requirement.
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    Be civil when implementing your changes. Be willing to accept feedback and other ideas that may add to your idea, eliminate your idea, or otherwise challenge the idea you put in place. Nobody owns their work on wikiHow, so be ready to accept constructive feedback concerning anything you do—projects and articles alike.
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    Leave complete edit summaries when implementing your idea. This will explain your intent to recent change patrollers. If you don't leave an explanation, the bold change lacks guidance, which might cause a patroller to remove your change through a lack of understanding. Simply make it easy by providing an explanation.

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