Help:Evaluating Wiki Pages
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This wiki aims to be authoritative and credible but there is no method of enforcing accuracy. Every contributor must be trusted to be effective in sharing information. It should be noted that any user can and should correct content which they know is inaccurate as well be in the habit of evaluating the information contained within this wiki. The essential principle behind the collaborative work of a wiki is that the more eyes looking at the information, the less opportunity there is for error. Questions to ask yourself to assess the article's quality include:
- Does the writing read well?
- Is the topic clearly explained?
- Are there any references and outside links?
- Are style conventions followed? (such as is the article broken into sections; is there a clear introductory paragraph; are concepts linked to other articles).
Want useful information about an article at a glance? Check the footer of each page where you will find the following information:
- When the page was last updated. File:Lastmodified.png
- How many page views the page has had.
More specifically, this tracks the number of times this page has been accessed by people who have logged in to the wiki.
Other helpful information about the wiki in general can be found here too:
Scroll to the bottom of this page to access this information now.
Click on the "history" tab at the top of the article to view a record of all changes that have been made to the article
- Was the article recently created? (older articles have been more likely to have been seen/edited by more people)
- When was it last edited? (how current is the information?)
- How many contributed to the article? Or, is the work of only one or two edits (note the difference between major edits to content and minor edits to formatting).
- Is there evidence of arguments over content? (reversal of changes between two or more people).
Check the article's discussion page
- Are there discussions about the validity of the article?
- Are questions raised about the article?
- Does the article topic appear to be controversial or under debate?
This document has been adapted from "How to evaluate a Wikipedia article" by Phoebe Ayers, 2008 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Phoebe