How to Identify Inaccurate Articles on wikiHow

Sometimes articles on wikiHow are less than helpful. This article will help you decide if what you're reading needs a second look.

Steps

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    See if the wording is ambiguous. This might be a hint that the author doesn't understand what they're doing, or that they're trying to be inclusive.
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    Find how many people have contributed to the article. Articles that are written by a single author probably speak from an individual's experience rather than many. Generally, the more people who have contributed, the better article you have. Unfortunately, this method of identification relies on how old an article is, which isn't an entirely reliable method of identification, so use it in conjunction with other methods.
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    Do your own research. If something sounds off or contradicts your own knowledge, do research outside of wikiHow. This is possibly the most time consuming step, but definitely rewarding if you truly want the information. You can use the information you find to contribute to the article in question.

Tips

  • The article you're reading might not be geared towards you. Often times, articles about hair or makeup are geared towards certain hair textures or skin tones that might not be yours. In these cases, the articles are incomplete, and you might want to find blogs or articles geared specifically towards you. If so, maybe expand the article with the things you learned!

Warnings

  • Articles should give applicable advice to everyone in question - often "inaccurate" articles are written by people who are using solely their own experiences. In these cases, the articles merely need to be expanded, not deleted or redone.

Article Info

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