How to Identify Vanity Articles on wikiHow

Vanity articles are not allowed on wikiHow. According to the Deletion policy, they are only valuable to one person or a select group of insiders. Here are a few tips to help you identify them:


  1. 1
    Maintain wikiHow's mission.
    • Articles should help everyone solve everyday problems.
  2. 2
    Review the Writer's Guide.
    • Articles should include "you" or "your" to address the reader.
    • They need to address the general public and a world-wide audience.
    • They may address a certain age group or gender if it is specific to the title.
  3. 3
    Recognize personal or subjective reference.
    • This may include “I, me, my, mine, we, our or us.”
    • Example: "I'm so popular! Here is how you can be me!"
    • Example: "Here is how you can get to my house."
  4. 4
    Do a Google Test.
    • Enclose 10-20 words in quotation marks and submit it to Google.
    • Look for websites with the same text.
    • Multiple sites may indicate that a person is widely-known.
    • A Wikipedia article about an individual is a good benchmark.
    • Example: "How to Be Joe Schmoe" should be deleted.
    • Example: "How to Act Like Mick Jagger" should not be deleted.


  • For questions, contact the Help Team.
  • After careful consideration, add {{nfd|van}} to nominate a vanity article for deletion.


  • You may be blocked for continued misuse of a {{Nfd}} template.

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