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How to Respect Articles on wikiHow

Whether you're simply reading wikiHow articles on the site or a new member of the wikiHow community, you're bound to come across an article that makes you raise an eyebrow, at the least. You may think that it's a laughable guide and want to remove it or fire off a comment on how silly it is. However, on wikiHow, it's important to show respect, whether it's towards the contributors or the articles. It doesn't take much; it's just a matter of making sure that you don't make attacks on articles or users on the site.


  1. Understand that some articles will be on the strange side.Seeing as wikiHow's Mission is to teach anyone how to do anything, you'll probably run across some articles on wikiHow that make you raise an eyebrow at some point (especially if you ). However, how you react to these articles is important. It's important to assume good faith, as this is best practice on wikiHow. This means showing respect to both contributors and the articles on wikiHow, no matter how silly or irritating they may be to you.
  2. Take a civil stance.When it comes to anything on wikiHow, whether it's an article or a contributor, it's important to be civil and polite. You're allowed to have whatever feelings you have, whether it's about a contributor, an article, or about something else entirely, but you can't let your personal feelings affect how you respond to situations. Be respectful, and don't engage in inflammatory behavior such as name-calling, edit warring, or belittling someone or something.
    • If you find it difficult to be civil because you're angry, upset, or stressed out, take a break and step away so you can calm down. Nobody is their best when they're stressed or upset, and you don't want this to have an effect on your tone.
    • Avoid making on users who wrote or edited the article. Making a personal attack on anyone is not assuming good faith of them.
  3. Note an article's problems on the Discussion page.If you notice an article has severe issues and you're unable to edit them away, access the article's Discussion page and offer constructive criticism to make the article better. Try to point out specific problems, if possible, rather than just generalizing, so that editors who choose to edit the article can have more specific advice to work with.
    • Be careful with how you phrase things. There's a difference between "This article has a generally sarcastic tone to it, and it's not something I think would benefit our readers" and "This article is ridiculous". The former is constructive criticism, while the latter just criticizes without any attempt at explaining what needs improvement.
    • If your comment is meant to criticize, but can't give any explanation as to what's wrong with the article, consider whether it's necessary to post it.
  4. Avoid ridiculing articles.Just because an article seems silly to you doesn't mean that it wouldn't help somebody else. Whatever you think of the idea, on wikiHow, try to keep your tone professional. If you come across an article that seems silly and you're unsure about the necessity of it, aim for a "Isn't this a bit silly to have?" tone, rather than a "This is the worst article I've ever seen and the author needs to learn how to type; why do we have it?" tone. Constructive criticism doesnotinvolve making fun of something or someone.
    • Remember that other people spend their time writing these articles, and it can be very discouraging to newer contributors to see their work get mocked or ridiculed.
    • Do not make "parody articles" on wikiHow, which openly mock other articles on the site. This type of article will be deleted in accordance with wikiHow's Deletion Policy. If you want to make a parody article somewhere else, though, that's fine.
  5. Refrain from vandalizing articles.If you don't like an article for whatever reason, that's fine. However, vandalizing an article (which is activities like blanking the article or filling it with random text) is not an acceptable way to communicate these feelings. If you don't like an article, you're never under any obligation to edit it; just find a new article to focus on.
    • Even if an article is inappropriate for wikiHow and is a violation of wikiHow's Deletion Policy, refrain from blanking the article, as this is seen as vandalism. Instead, , or place {{speedy}} on it if it's patent nonsense or extremely offensive.
  6. Exercise caution with controversial topics.Controversial topics, such as politics, abortion, and religion, do exist within wikiHow, and there's no policy that bars them from the site. Therefore, you'll most likely come across an article on a controversial subject. When it comes to these topics, it's important to understand that while you're entitled to your beliefs, you will need to put them aside to ensure that wikiHow can achieve its Mission. Make sure your edits are neutral and aren't biased towards a certain side, even if the article is meant to help readers who are on one side of the issue.
  7. Avoid edit warring.On a wiki,edit warringis when two contributors continuously revert each other's edits regardless of whether or not the edits improve the article. This is discouraged, since the point of a wiki is to collaborate with others, and no one person's edit is the "right" edit. It's always better to reach out to a user and let them know why you're reverting their edits, rather than continue to revert without comment. Attempt to reach a conclusion or compromise with the other editor rather than fight over rollbacks.
    • If you and another user are edit warring, request administrator mediation by making a report on the Administrator Notice Board.
  8. Thank authors for their contributions.If you like how an article is written, say so! or write positive comments on the Discussion page. This way, they'll know that you enjoyed the article and will be encouraged to keep writing.
    • You can reach out to authors directly via their Talk pages, but it's often more convenient to send them fan mail than to reach out to everyone who edited the page.
  9. Let wikiHow know if an article helped you.If an article has helped you out, you can and tell wikiHow whether or not the article was helpful to you. By rating an article, you can give feedback on what was or what wasn't useful information, which helps other editors to improve the article, and shows that the article was helpful to you.

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  • You can laugh about an article as much as you want; what's important is making sure that your personal feelings about the article do not affect the on-site situation from a professional standpoint.
  • If you stumble across an article and you're unsure about whether it violates wikiHow's Deletion Policy, feel free to reach out to an administrator or New Article Booster and ask them whether it violates the policy.


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