How to Use the wikiHow Forums

The wikiHow forums are a place to talk about the project, meet other community members, and get help with your editing questions. Using the forums is easy and fun.


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    Head to the wikiHow Forums. Place your cursor over the "Explore" tab on the top and click on "Forums" in the drop down menu.
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    Click on link to the forum that best suits your needs and start posting. The forums include:
    • Help Using wikiHow: Discuss how to solve almost any problem on wikiHow with other editors.
    • Village Pump: A place to discuss the wikiHow project, read our latest news, propose new ideas, and discuss various aspects of the community with other contributors.
    • Collaboration Corner: Discuss how to work together with other members of the wikiHow community to get things done.
    • New Category Suggestions: Suggest proposals for new categories.
    • General Chat: A forum where you can have off-topic discussions about (almost) anything you like. Get to know your fellow community members here, as you discuss whatever interests you. This includes the Introduce Yourself thread, where you can introduce yourself to the community and meet other wikiHow authors.
    • Bug Reports: Help improve wikiHow by reporting bugs and sharing technical feedback here.
    • Forum Games: Play fun forum games with other wikiHow contributors on this forum.
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    Follow these tips for good forum etiquette:
    • Avoid creating multiple threads about the same topic.
    • Avoid creating duplicate topics by looking over the topics in the forum you are using before creating a new one.
    • Try to make your topics as informative as possible. It's much more helpful if your topic is How to Upload an Image than if is "Need help plz!!!"
    • Familiarize yourself with wikiHow's Forum Dialog Expectations before posting.

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    If you want to start a discussion, there is a white rectangle button that says New Discussion. Click that button.
    • Note that anonymous users cannot interact with the forums.
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    Post. Posting on the forums is easy. Fill out the form that you are brought to, including choosing a title for your discussion, and finding the category to put it in. Type what you want to say in the description box, and then click the green button far at the bottom left that says Post Discussion. Refer to Step 2 for the descriptions of each category.
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    Add images to the forums. If you want to report a bug, it would be helpful if you provide an screenshot (or in some cases, a screencast). Follow the steps given below.
    • Click on the image button (the image with the tree). A small box will appear.
    • Copy the image's URL, and then highlight the http:// protocol, right clicking and selecting "Paste" afterward.
    • Click the Submit button. The image will now show up in the text box for the What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor, being ready to be posted and seen by the community.


  • If you have a comment about a specific article, you should place your comment on that article's discussion page. The purpose of the forums is not to discuss individual articles. It is to talk about more general concerns.
  • The forums are a great way to become more involved in the community and to keep up with changes and other developments at wikiHow.
  • Remember to make your posts in the appropriate forum for your needs. It's much more helpful to post a technical problem in the Bug Reports forum than in the Village Pump forum.


  • Remember that the forums are an extension of wikiHow. The same rules apply. Be civil, assume good faith, and actually try to be kind to your fellow editors.
  • Don't use profanity or discuss about vulgar topics.
  • Do not advertise in the forums about things not related to wikiHow.
  • A new comment on a discussion that is more than 2 or 3 weeks old (or 8 weeks old for the forum games) is considered to be bumping, since the bumped thread goes all the way to the top of the list and pushes newer and far more deserving threads down the list. Think about when the last comment on the discussion was posted before posting on it.
  • Before you get onto somebody about not assuming good faith, try assuming good faith about that person.

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