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How to Edit a Wikipedia Article

The popular free internet encyclopedia Wikipedia is controlled the software MediaWiki. Perhaps it is your desire to stop being only a Wikipedia reader and also start creating a Wikipedia page to become an editor. It is possible for anyone to do this since Wikipedia is entirely a public collaboration endeavor. The only thing one has to do to begin the adventure is to hit the edit button. After hitting this button you will be taken to an editable text area which displays all of the text on the Wikipedia page. Get ready, you are about to commence a life-long journey that will be both rewarding and immensely enjoyable.

This editable text area might be a little confusing and overwhelming at first. The text is accompanied by a whole host of various formatting symbols such as square brackets. Just concentrate on the text and make the appropriate corrections. When you have finalized your editing, press “Show Preview” to make absolutely sure this is how you want it to look. When you are satisfied that all of your corrections are as perfect as possible summarize the types of edits you have made. During this process there is even a box to click if you have made only a minor edit. Then press the “Save this Page.”

You will definitely not be alone on your editing journey. Thousands of edits take place on Wikipedia every hour. These changes (including yours) will all be listed on “Recent Changes.” In addition, each page keeps a log of the edits made on it in an individual article section called “History.” There is no guarantee that your change will itself remain unedited. Just as you have done, one of the many thousands of later editors might very well come along to change your change again. If editing Wikipedia is something you would like to do you can practice on a fake page at Wikipedia’s Sandbox.

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