Most people think it is pretty easy to add information to Wikipedia. I was one of those people. And then, within 30 minutes of editing a few pages, I noticed that all of those changes were quickly reversed!
For the most part it is easy to write on Wikipedia, but there are some guidelines that need to be followed. To begin with, Wikipedia is an editable web site that allows anyone in the world to edit any page within the wiki. This site is powered by MediaWIki. To create an addition or to edit a page, all you need to do is click on the edit button at the top of the page.
Have I lost you yet? You can always reach out to the fine team at GetYourWiki if you want to get published on Wikipedia, but I always find it’s more fun to DIY. So continue on and learn from me!
Following this, the text of that page will be shown inside an area, which is able to be edited. You will see formatting markups and some strange brackets, but no worries. After you have added your information, you can hit the show preview button. This is highly suggested since you don’t want to have typographical errors or misinformation written. When you are 100% completely satisfied with your work, you simply hit the save this page button.
Another good tip to keep in mind is to look at the minor edits button. A small format correction or typo can be caught with this handy button. Again, after you have ensured that there are no typographical errors or format issues, simply hit the save this page button.
After you have saved your page, you will see your changes or additions noted in the section of Wikipedia noted as Recent Changes. In this section, there are thousands of Wikipedia edits that actually occur per hour. Additionally, this change will be listed in the History section of that specific page. Revisions can be rolled back at anytime. Another great thing about Wikipedia is that any addition can be done or undone, including in realtime, which come in quite handy to say the least.
With all of this said, the next time you feel the need to add your input for ohers to see, you will not have to worry about performing a Wikipedia flaboo.