How to Use the Method Editor App on wikiHow



If you're a New Article Booster or Admin, you can help out on wikiHow by editing and adding new suggested methods to articles. The methods in the Method Editor have already been reviewed in the Method Guardian, but at this stage they likely need further editing and refining before they can be added to the article.

Steps

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    Open the Method Editor from the Community Dashboard.
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    Read the whole article carefully to see what it is about. It's important to read over the existing advice so you can decide whether the new addition is helpful and whether it should be added as a whole new method section, or incorporated into the existing steps and methods.
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    Scroll up again until you see the method you're reviewing. Look at the method and ask yourself if it's appropriate for the article.
    • If the answer is no, click on "Delete." This will delete the method from the queue for good.
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    • If you're not sure, click on "Skip." This will take you to the next method.
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    • If the answer is yes, continue on.
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    Improve the method. Clarify the steps in the method, copyedit for spelling, punctuation, style and grammar, and reformat steps when needed. Retitle the method if needed.
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    Choose how to incorporate the method. You have the option of just saving/adding the method as it now stands, in its own section at the bottom of the article, or of editing more to incorporate it into the existing advice.
    • Use "Save" if you want to add the method, as it is in the box now, to the bottom of the article. To do this, make any necessary changes, check the box "This alternate method has been fully reviewed and is ready to be published on the article," and then hit "Save."
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    • Use "Quick Edit" if you want to improve other parts of the article, too, or if you want to integrate the new advice with the existing text, rather than adding it as a whole new/separate method. When you click "Quick Edit," it will open up a publishing window that includes the new method in the wikitext; you'll be able to edit the whole article (old and new sections) to get it in tip-top shape. Click "Publish" when you're done editing it.
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    Understand the flow of method additions. Method Guardian is only one step in the process when a new method is suggested on wikiHow. Knowing how the whole system works will help you make the best decisions in Method Guardian.
    • 1) A logged-out user writes up a suggested method in the Method Adder.
    • 2) A contributor reviews that method in Method Guardian, deleting it if it's not helpful at all and sending it to editing if it is (that's what you're doing with this tool!).
    • 3) A Booster or Admin processes the method in Method Editor. Here, they can edit the wording and either incorporate parts of it into the existing methods or other sections of the article or add it as a whole new method. When they click Publish, the method goes "live" to the article, but will still be reviewed in Recent Changes Patrol.
    • 4) A Recent Changes patroller checks over the edit, like all changes on wikiHow, to fix up any errors that might have slipped through.
    • 5) Once approved in Recent Changes, we can be pretty sure a method is in its most helpful form possible. It's now available to provide readers a new option in getting their task done!

Tips

  • With most browsers, you can also use keyboard shortcuts to navigate through the tool:
    • Skip: Ctrl+Alt+S
    • Quick Edit: Ctrl+Alt+E
    • Delete: Ctrl+Alt+D
    • Publish: Ctrl+Alt+P

Article Info

Categories: Historical Articles | WikiHow User's Manual | Writing and Editing