wikiHow:Tag Removal Project

Welcome to the Tag Removal Project (TRP)!

wikiHow has almost reached its 100,000th article as of January 8, 2011. A lot of those articles have been templated unnecessarily. Sometimes, they are thought to be needed to be merged and other times, people think they needed to be marked as stubs.

  • Sometimes, with simply a title change, a suggested merge can 'go its own way' and no longer be considered to be a duplicate, and sometimes, it is a duplicate and should have an NFD on it.
  • Other times, in the case of the stub, it is just a short article. Just because it only has three steps, doesn't mean it is a stub. It might be a bit 'stubbish', but that isn't the same.
  • The goal of this project is to lower the numbers of these two monumentally filled areas of wikiHow. A secondary goal is to, hopefully, stop the overtagging now, by education. Also, some quick improvements can do a lot for these articles. Things you can do, very easily are:
    • Add Related Articles
    • Add Images
    • Weave Links
  • To join, just add your user name, or to ask questions, contact anyone on the team or leave a message on the Discussion page.
Please join us!

EditProject Tag Removal

  1. Be prepared to do some editing. While the goal is not to make major changes, but to remove tags when appropriate.
  2. Try making changes, if there are blatant errors, or improvements you wish to do.


  1. Become familiar, or refamiliarize yourself, with the wikiHow Merge Policy
  2. Identify Duplicate Articles on wikiHow
  3. Go to the Merge Category - as large icons in a list and start merging articles, appropriately.
  4. Go to Merge Category listed, to merge articles as needed.

Cleanup or Copyedit

  1. Cleanup and copyedit are categories of articles that have been tagged to need attention for grammar and punctuation, spelling, incomplete sentences (fragments), etc.
    • Cleanup listed.
    • category Copyedit listed.
    • Category:Pages-Needing-Attention http://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Category:Pages-Needing-Attention&viewMode=text

Format or NFD|not

  1. Format or fix "not a how to" tagged articles that are not in the usual instructional form, but have a reasonable topic and title.
    • category Format listed -- to format articles with action steps.


  • January 8th, 2011 - 4757 Articles - Beginning of project
  • January 9th, 2011 - 4698 Articles - 2% reduction
  • January 12th, 2011 - 4590 Articles - 3.5 % reduction
  • January 15th, 2011 - 4555 Articles - 4.25 % reduction
  • January 22nd, 2011 - 4540 Articles - 4.56 % reduction
  • February 12, 2011 - 4367 Articles - 8.20 % reduction
  • February 16, 2011 - 4234 Article - 10.994 % reduction
  • April 10, 2011 - 4100 Articles - 13.881 % reduction
    • The reduction is from the original number of 4757 articles.


  1. Look at the article. Don't take into consideration its brevity.
  2. Decide if it is complete enough, even if short.
  3. Realize that you don't need to have a large number of steps to make a complete article.
  4. Go to the Master Stub listed -- to get a complete list (and count) of stubs.
  5. Be prepared to do some editing. While the goal is not to make major changes, but to remove tags, try making changes, whether they are blatant errors or easy to do.
  6. If you deem the article to be a stub, update it by updating the date that is on the template to the current date (when you are working on it).


  • Add your name to the list. Some or many of the members since 2011 may be gone or inactive.
  • User:hilltopchill
  • Cheeky Smosher
  • AndrewG1999
  • Teresa
  • Whoze
  • Harri
  • Max
  • Progressive
  • BlueRox8566
  • Lielie1017
  • Maluniu
  • Thehappyone1!
  • Savannah
  • WikiHow is Awesome
  • Connor Fleming
  • Madiline Anderson
  • cocobean
    • Claudia
  • User:Clarinetdude
  • Super_write
  • Garshepp hopes: "Yes, We Cain!"
  • Nate848
  • TheJossie8
  • Adelaide
  • Milotic
  • MushyKetchup
  • Matt11239
  • Highway96
  • Batreeqah
  • How65
  • Sarah
  • FreshGymnastic
  • User:CoolTeen101
  • User:Mano365
  • User:SummerSnowman


  • UIB for putting on your user page.

This author is a member of the Tag Removal Project and hopes you will join!
    • To put on your page, use {{User-Tag-Removal-Project}}
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Tag Removal Project.

The Tag Removal Project goal is to help improve wikiHow by removing unnecessary tags. We hope you will join!

    • To put on your page, enter {{TRP Invite}}


  • You can check all the articles that need attention, check out other templates/tags, simply change the word stub to another template name. Templates that you can check out are:
  • Work on fixing articles in whatever nfd category you want to remove a tag: Category:Nominations for Deletion or

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