How to Process Suggested Topics on wikiHow

Are you unsure how to start an article on wikiHow through the Suggested Topics requests? While it can seem like a minefield of information, Suggested Topics is also a goldmine for a number of authors if approached well.


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    Go to the Requested Topics List.
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    Check out the subject categories. There are currently 20 of these, including "Other".
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    Click on the subject category that interests you most.
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    Scroll down the requests in the list. You might need to do this several times before something catches your eye. If several requests catch your eye, you're in luck! Use the "find" tool in your browser if there are key words that you're hunting for.
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    Shift to another subject category if the first one didn't prove useful for you. Remember that people don't always categorize requests in the right subject category, so try several that are related, and don't forget to look in the miscellany of "Other". There are some fascinating finds in there.
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    Keep writing from Suggested Topics if this works for you. The more you do, the better you get at quickly recognizing requests with potential, requests that work for you. It also helps to come back at different times for you will find new requests, returned requests from deletes, and you will inevitably see requests you missed last time or that appeal more this time! Answering requested articles can be a form of setting yourself a challenge to research a topic you don't know to see if you can learn more - in the teaching of others, you learn too. And never forget the fun element - answering requests is enjoyable for authors who view this as an inspirational tool. Put simply, if you don't enjoy this method, don't use it and please keep in mind that just because it's not for you, that doesn't devalue the worth of Suggested Topics as one tool in our toolbox of inspiration!
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    Help guide others through the goldmine. Help people to see the potential and the worth of requests rather than viewing them as a nuisance. There are a lot of genuinely asked requests in Suggested Topics, many of which could provide good search engine optimization results that benefit wikiHow. It might seem like a strange or useless request to you but the fact that somebody wants to know the answer is more than enough reason for you to question your own assumptions about the worth of the request. Often the only Google response to some requests is the request on wikiHow itself; how is that for a rare topic that it would be great for wikiHow to have first and maybe uniquely?!
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    Relax. If requests don't get answered immediately, don't worry. The wikiHow project is expected to endure for many decades at least, and there are a lot of people yet to discover wikiHow, let alone its pile of requests. Patience is passion tamed (Lyman Abbott) - keep that thought if all you can see is clutter!
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  • Viewing requests as backlogs or unfinished work clogging up the wikiHow system doesn't reflect the reality of just how useful requests really can be for authors who are stimulated by suggested topics for writing. Writers are a varied, creative, temperamental lot and just what motivates them is not capable of being reduced to a single motivator. The honest reality is that none of us, not even those of us who are writers, can make assumptions about what helps other writers write. What we do know is that it is important to provide as wide a variety of stimulants (not the unhealthy or illegal sorts!) that serve to catapult writers into action. Requests may, or may not ever be answered. It all depends on the right person coming along at the right time. In the meantime, it can really help you to overcome feelings of frustration about "piling up requests" if you reframe your view of Suggested Topics. View this area instead as an incredible resource available for tapping at any time by any number of people out there, and as one of the many ways in which potential authors can find inspiration to write articles. There is no way of ever gauging how many request titles inspire something that ends up being written, even if the request itself is not answered specifically. If this is the case, the requests at their very least serve as brainstorming tools, which is very helpful for authors and ultimately, for the overall health and vitality of wikiHow as a whole.
  • Admins, you can help improve the quality of the experience of using Suggested Topics by regularly removing request titles that are obvious/checked duplicates, inappropriate topics (such as of a sexual nature, see NFD reasons) and by fixing title requests that are too complicated, misspelled, or incomprehensible. This housekeeping is a vital means by which we keep the Suggested Topics in good shape. Non-admins can help by nominating duplicate requests for deletion.
  • Please respect people who add Suggested Topics. If you see that someone added a series of good requests, it is possible that much research and thought has been put into adding these, with the aim of padding out the pool of available resources on wikiHow. Equally, however, if you see any abuse of the system by adding the same topic written in a myriad of different ways, use your common sense and delete the duplicates.

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