How to Be Known and Liked on wikiHow

This article will help you understand what makes people smile, and how to constructively help people through their problems on the site. Read the steps below to find out how to be known, liked and popular on the site.


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    Read the terms. It may seem boring, but you need to know how the site works, what is right and what is wrong. Read them carefully to avoid getting your edits reverted.
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    Write detailed articles. wikiHow is all about the articles, and when you first set down on the site, it is recommended that you write an article to get started. Think of something you are interested in, and you think others will be too, and get writing. Make sure you write in as much detail as possible, clearly outlining the steps.
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    Get your spelling, punctuation and grammar right. Nothing is more annoying than reading articles with no capital letters, no punctuation or poor spelling. Proofread what you have written if you are prone to making lots of errors. Be aware that your edits or articles may be reverted or changed if there are enough errors.
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    Answer requests. There are many people out there who want articles written, and they post their requests on the site. My clicking 'Answer a Request' under the 'Things to Do' section, you can see all the requests. There are lots of them, and you will probably be knowledgeable about a few.
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    Use the 'Recent Changes Patrol App', to constructively edit submissions. Never, rollback everything you see when patrolling, it becomes really annoying. Rollback spam and vandalism, and when you do make sure you leave a 'Quick note' to tell the user why you did so, and discuss the change.
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    Give thumbs up. If you see an article which you like when patrolling, make sure you give it a thumbs up. These really do make people smile. And don't forget Fan Mail!
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    Respond to messages on your talk page. There is no point asking a question and then ignoring an answer. Be friendly on your talk page, talk to people.
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    Use subtle, but appropriate, humor in your articles. Always keep on topic, but try to make your article enjoyable, and easy to read. You may use complex terms, but do this in balance with simple instructions for the very beginner. If you can make someone laugh in your article, then they are bound to recommend it.
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    Keep on everyone's good side. Don't be rude to people on the site. If you want to be liked, be as friendly as possible. Don't make destructive edits as this will very likely annoy users.
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    Visit the site regularly. If you want to be known around the site, then make sure you are connected often. Don't spend lots of time on it, then vanish for weeks, you will be forgotten. At least log on once a week to check your talk page. You might consider trying to time your contributions when other known and liked contributors are at work if possible. You good efforts may not be recognised if you contribute at 'quiet' times.
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    Remember, wikiHow is not a popularity contest and a good article isn't necessarily a frequently read article. An article only has to really help ONE person to be just as 'good' as a really frequently read article that isn't really helpful. How to prevent a heart attack has less hits than How to Kiss, for example, but only one of those two could save lives.


  • Smile when you write. It makes your writing more chirpy, and sometimes funny.
  • Do lots of editing on wikiHow. You'll appear on the Recent Changes Part and people will see your name. Also visit a lot.


  • Remember to follow the terms of use carefully, as breaking them may result in a block.

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