How to Mark an Article for Cleanup in wikiHow

Have you seen an article which requires a cleanup? Do you want it to be improved to meet wikiHow's quality standards and make it flourish? This article will guide you to identify and tag an article for cleanup in wikiHow.


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    Find an article that requires a cleanup. The article that needs cleaning up may have some formatting errors, spelling mistakes, or it might just require some overall improvements to make it look great and read better.
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    Click on the 'Edit Article' option in the upper-right side of the screen. Clicking on 'Edit Article' will take you to the 'Advanced Editing' mode.
    • If you are used to 'Guided Editing', you can switch to it by clicking on 'Switch to Guided Editing' option on the upper-left side of the screen.
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    Add the {{cleanup}} tag before the first line of the introduction. The {{cleanup}} tag will feature the specific template on the article after publishing your edit to notify other editors that the article is in need of some fine-tuning.
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    'Preview' your edit to check if the template has been inserted correctly.
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    Add an 'Edit Summary' to let the future editors know what editing you conducted on the article. You can type: 'Adding a CLEANUP template' or 'Nominating an article for CLEANUP'. This will attract other contributors to improve that article.
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    'Publish' the article. View your added template on the article and expect it to be improved forthwith!


  • Make sure that you think well before adding the Cleanup template. If the tag is added inappropriately, it will be a problem for the editors while editing.
  • Always add the Cleanup template before the first line of the introduction. It is the most common place to add any template and allow it to work.
  • If you think you can fix an article without having to implement a cleanup tag, you’ll save another editor’s time down the line.

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