How to Start a Project at wikiHow

Starting your own projects is a great way to improve and participate in the vibrant wikiHow community, focusing your energy on a specific activity. Where to start? See Step One for specific instructions.

Steps

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    Focus on wikiHow's mission. wikiHow is a collaborative writing project building the world's largest how-to manual to provide solutions to everyday problems.
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    Ask for advice and direction from experienced project leaders.
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    Search wikiHow for duplicates. Be sure a similar project does not already exist. Do not create a project that takes on the same responsibilities of several other projects. Check out existing projects on the Central Project Page.
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    Gather two or three editors that can dedicate their time on a weekly basis.
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    Lay the groundwork.
    • Outline the goal of your project.
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    • Decide upon the area you intend to improve.
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    • Research policies that will support your progress.
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    Create a Project Page. Review other project pages for inspiration.
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    Create templates for the project.
    • Create a UIB for members' User pages.
    • Create a template to invite others to join.
    • Create a template to nominate articles you'd like to improve.
    • Create award templates to congratulate team members.
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    Create a User Info Box (UIB) to show users that they are a user to the proud member of the project with the project page wiki-linked to it.
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    Categorize your UIB, welcome message and templates.
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    Present your project in the Collaboration Corner. Provide a brief explanation, a link to your project page and ask for volunteers.
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    Begin your project. Adhere to deadlines and encourage fellow editors.
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    Keep your project pages up-to-date.
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    Be prepared to conclude your project. Some projects do not progress. Your project may not be appropriate in the future of wikiHow.

Tips

Warnings

  • Do not start a project focusing on a malicious activity (such as one about vandalizing articles and user/talk pages entitled the Vandalism Project).

Article Info

Categories: WikiHow Project and Team Information | What You Can Do to Help