How to Show Respect for wikiHow

wikiHow is a friendly how-to manual that anyone is more then welcome to edit. The good thing is, it is powered by all of the people. While most users that join wikiHow have seemingly good faith, unfortunately some users can make discouraging edits that can prevent wikiHow from becoming the best how to wiki possible. Read this article for more tips on how to make sure everything is smooth sailing for you and your fellow community members.


  1. Image titled Show Respect for wikiHow Step 1
    Improve articles. That being said, if you stumble across an article, or is deemed as a stub, edit it to improve it! You can improve an article by clicking the "Edit" button. You can read Improve A Stub Article for more info on improving an article.
    • Have you ever heard of a discussion page? All articles on wikis have a discussion page. These pages are used to post ideas on how the article can be improved, or opinions on supporting deletion. You can also post your opinion of supporting an NFD Tag that is on the article.
  2. Image titled Show Respect for wikiHow Step 2
    Add images to articles. Images make wikiHow even more fun! You can add an image by clicking the "Edit" button of an article, and then click the "Embedded Image" button, and if you want to add an image automatically, go to Guided Editing mode.
  3. Image titled Show Respect for wikiHow Step 3
    Upload videos to wikiHow. Videos are cool, too! But make sure the video will actually benefit the reader of your article. Ask yourself: "Would the video help me if I viewed it?" You are free to add a video but please, you should only add 1 video per article.
  4. Image titled Show Respect for wikiHow Step 4
    Create your own article. To create one, click the blue button at the right. You can also click here if you cannot find the button. Consider reading the Writer's Guide for advice on creating an article. If you are test editing, or experimenting, consider using the Sandbox for that. It is the best way to practice.
  5. Image titled Show Respect for wikiHow Step 5
    Abide by the policies.
  6. Image titled Show Respect for wikiHow Step 6
    Please show respect for anonymous editors. Everyone is allowed to edit here, including anonymous users who didn't create an account. Do not simply assume that an anonymous user is joining wikiHow to cause damage to wikiHow, because there actually are a lot of anonymous people that wish to support wikiHow become a free how to manual, and the best one possible. So, please, don't bite the anonymous users. Give time to guide and coach these users.


  • Don't be nervous if your first contributions aren't perfect.
  • However, at the same time, don't let users treat you unfairly on wikiHow. You can be friendly without allowing users to discourage you from editing on wikiHow. If any user does make you feel uncomfortable, or bothers you, then notify an admin or a trusted community member.
  • Note that if you are a new user, and especially if you want to test wikiHow out, it is best to use wikiHow's Sandbox. The sandbox is meant for experiments, usually test edits. Also, you can develop an article with less deletion risks.
  • Please, do not chat on wikiHow. wikiHow is not an area for multiple chatting. If you wish to chat with wikiHow users, feel free to check out IRC.
  • Treat other users the exact way you'd expect to be treated. Respect others, and always encourage them to edit here on wikiHow. They are welcome here, too.
  • Be Bold when starting your first article!
  • You do not need to learn wikiHow's policies in order to join the site, as it isn't necessary. It is up to you, reading the policies are optional, which means you can read them only if you want to. As long as you have common sense, then you're set to go!


  • Try not to feed trolls. It is a common mistake that users can make every once in a while, but it is best not to talk to a troll and contact an admin right away. Don't wait, if you do sense that a troll is going to harm you, then quickly tell a local admin.

Article Info

Categories: What You Can Do to Help