How to get started editing and writing on wikihow


You will identify a current wikiHow article that needs some substantial improvement in format, accuracy, and/or style, and you will revise the article to bring it up to wikiHow’s standards.

To find a suitable article to revise, browse the list of articles that have been marked for clean up and follow the How to Copyedit instructions. For other editing ideas, see Steps 2 through 9 on the How to Contribute to wikiHow page.

When you find an article, make a digital copy of the current version of the article, before you revise it. After you’re finished revising the article, make a new digital copy, to preserve the appearance of the article at the moment you stopped editing it.

You will then write a rhetorical analysis that describes what revisions you made and how you know those revisions have substantially improved the article in terms of its readability, usefulness, and adherence to the wikiHow community standards. You will post this analysis, along with a link to the article you edited, to your blog.


To submit your revision, you will include a digital copy of the article before you started working on it, a digital copy of the article taken the moment you stopped working on it, and a rhetorical analysis that explains the reasons for your changes. You will post these materials, along with a link to the article, to your blog.

By “digital copy” of the article, I’m referring to a PDF, which is like a digital photocopy. For instructions on how to save a document as a PDF, see: HOW TO – “Print” to PDF (make a digital copy)

If you didn’t get a digital copy of the article you revised before you started revising it, go to the article and click on the View History tab. You’ll see a list of the article’s revision history.

Locate the revision you first made and then click on the link to the article below that revision. The version of the article as it appeared at that time should load.

“Print” that version to a PDF file. Use a file name format like: Lastname-wikihow-before-edits.pdf

Then load the current version of the article (as it appeared after you last edited it). “Print” that version to a PDF file. Use a file name format like: Lastname-wikihow-after-edits.pdf


Write an analysis of the article you revised that describes what you saw as the rhetorical weaknesses in the original version. Start by briefly describing the article itself, giving the title and original author’s name (or username) as well as a brief overview of the topic. Then explain what about the article made it a good candidate for revision. Did it fail to meet the needs of its target audience? Did it fail to meet wikiHow’s standards? Was it marked by the community as being in need of cleanup, and if so, for what reason? Explain your answers.

Also describe and analyze the nature and scope of the revisions you made. What about the article did you decide to change and why? How can you tell that your revisions have made the article more reader-friendly or more well-suited to the standards and customs of wikiHow? This is your chance to persuade me to see the significance of the revisions you made, which will help me determine a grade.


Follow these steps to post the “before” and “after” versions of the article as well as your analysis of the revisions you made:

(1) Create a new entry on your blog and use this subject line: Analysis of Revisions to wikiHow Article. (Instead of “wikiHow Article,” you could put the title of the article you revised.)

(2) In the Categories box along the right side of the page, check the box for this Category: Portfolio (or whatever category you used for the rhetorical analysis, above).

(3) In the editing box, type or paste the content of your revision analysis, as described above. The first time you mention the title of the article you revised, make it a hyperlink to the article’s URL.

To create a hyperlink, highlight the title, click the link icon in the toolbar, paste the article’s URL into the Insert Link box, and click the OK button. See: How do I insert a link into a blog entry? .)

(4) Attach the two PDFs you made, one of article “before” you revised it and one of the article “after” your revisions.

To attach a file to a blog entry, click one of the “Add Media” buttons above the toolbar (it doesn’t really matter which one). Click the button to select files from your computer, locate both the first PDF file, and select it. After WordPress uploads it, it will show you a window where you can add or change information about the file. You can leave everything as is and just click the “Insert Into Post” button. Then repeat the process to attach the second PDF.

(5) To see a preview of what your blog entry will look like when it’s published, click the Preview button near the upper right corner of the post editing page. A preview will load in a new window.

(6) Check the preview to see if everything looks OK. Then close the preview window and return to the editing page. Make any additional revisions, if needed. Then click the blue Update or Publish button to submit the entry to your blog.

You might want to then view the front page of your blog to see how the new post appears. If you can see it there, we can see it too. (You can view the front page of your blog by clicking on the name of your blog in the upper left corner of the Dashboard page.)


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The so-called ‘hybrid’ company looks like a nonprofit, makes money like a business, and serves the community like a government.

How to get started editing and writing on wikihow

WikiHow is like Wikipedia, except it’s for-profit and focused on offering instructions. Tens of thousands of people around the world write and edit step-by-step articles on how to do just about everything–open a locked car, make a 3D paper snowflake, get rid of fruit flies, and even sneak your cat to work (yes, there are instructions for letting the cat out of the bag). The website gets more than 40 million unique visitors every month, which is more worldwide traffic than Urban Dictionary, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post each garner.

WikiHow founder Jack Herrick has taken a decidedly different tack when it comes to building his business. WikiHow’s 14 employees work out of a house in downtown Palo Alto, Calif., and the company is intentionally self-funded. On top of that, it’s a media company where everyone owns its content.

A Hybrid Approach

WikiHow calls itself a “hybrid organization.” The website explains that like a non-profit, it wants to benefit people; like a government, it is creating something for the public good; and like a business, it makes money.

It’s an interesting concept and one that seems to work–wikiHow has been profitable for several years, Herrick says.

Wikia is another example. Created by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the for-profit collaborative content platform was listed by Nielsen last year as one of the top 10 social networks in the U.S.–it gets more than 50 million unique visitors per month and has more than 250,000 communities and more than 20 million pages.

Both Wikia and wikiHow make their money from ads.

Small and Self-Funded

Why a work in a house? Herrick says people can be more relaxed–and hence, creative–in a home environment as opposed to a cube farm. You’d also think it helps cut costs, considering Silicon Valley office space is some of the most expensive real estate on the planet.

As for funding, wikiHow refused several financing offers between 2005 and 2008, a time when Herrick says content companies were hot targets for VCs (now, not so much).

“In Silicon Valley I am a huge outlier in the fact that we’re one of very few companies that has the ability to take venture financing and has refused it,” Herrick says. “Bootstrapping. really forces you to invent your way out of problems rather than spend your way out of problems [and ] invent ways to grow rather than spend on ways to grow.”

Herrick says a “large public Internet company” even offered to buy wikiHow, but he turned it down.

“Accepting the offer would have made me a lot of money, but money isn’t everything. We get a lot of joy in continuously improving our ability to offer free how-to instructions to the world,” he says.

Owned by Everyone

Another twist: Because wikiHow content is Creative Commons licensed it is “owned by everyone.” Plus, anyone can download the software holding everything together because it’s open-source and freely licensed under the General Public License.

The wikiHow site even proclaims:

Jack owns the servers, the domain name, trademarks, and some office supplies and furniture. That said. anyone has the right to “fork” wikiHow and move all the content and software to new servers and domain, so in some sense Jack owns almost nothing. Basically, Jack is the steward of the wikiHow community–as long as the community believes he is the best steward possible and acts in the interest of the community and the wikiHow mission.

Herrick’s hope, of course, is that no one does it, and he believes they won’t. In a Web 2.0 Expo interview, Herrick explained his philosophy:

People contribute to wikiHow because they are inspired by the mission of making the world’s how-to manual. Yet every user knows that the web companies change business models frequently and occasionally trash community projects as a result. Giving users the right to fork creates the trust that all the hard work people put into wikiHow will always be owned in some form by the community.

Of course, user-generated content can be messy. Just look at the problems Amazon and Yelp have had with bogus reviews. Unlike Yahoo Answers,, and eHow (which Herrick sold to Demand Media in 2006), wikiHow lets anybody edit articles, but uses multiple layers of quality assurance to try to make sure the changes are good ones.

So far, the model is working–give or take a few well-documented examples of inaccurate wikiHow pages. While it’s bound to happen, Herrick says more often than not the company’s transparency leads to high quality work.

Learning to code is intimidating, so set yourself up for success with a tool built for you. Visual Studio Code is a free coding editor that helps you start coding quickly. Use it to code in any programming language, without switching editors. Visual Studio Code has support for many languages, including Python, Java, C++, JavaScript, and more. Ready to get started? Check out these introductory videos or check out our coding packs for Java, Python, and .NET.

Why VS Code?

How to get started editing and writing on wikihow

Collaborate and code remotely

Work together remotely with your teachers or classmates using the free LiveShare extension. Edit and debug your code in real-time, and use the chat and call features to ask questions or discuss ideas together. Whether you’re working on a group assignment or teaching a lesson, you can invite multiple people to join your session and code together. Check out this tutorial on how start using LiveShare.

Code to learn

New to coding? Visual Studio Code highlights keywords in your code in different colors to help you easily identify coding patterns and learn faster. You can also take advantage of features like IntelliSense and Peek Definition, which help you understand how functions can be used, and how they relate to one another.

Fix errors as you code

As you code, Visual Studio Code gives you suggestions to complete lines of code and quick fixes for common mistakes. You can also use the debugger in VS Code to step through each line of code and understand what is happening. Check out guides on how to use the debugger if you’re coding in Python, Java, and JavaScript/TypeScript/Node.js.

Make it yours with custom themes and colors

You can change the look and feel of VS Code by picking your favorite fonts and icons and choosing from hundreds of color themes. Check out this video on personalizing VS Code.

Compare changes in your code

Use the built-in source control to save your work over time so you don’t lose progress. See a graphical side-by-side view to compare versions of your code from different points in time. Check out this quick video on how to get a side-by-side “diff”.

Code inside Notebooks

If you want to try a project in data science or data visualization, you can use Jupyter notebooks inside VS Code. Run your code step-by-step, and visualize and interact with your data, variables, graphs, and plots. Check out this tutorial on how to work with Jupyter Notebooks inside VS Code.

Example 1: “Oh dude, some nasty language in that edit, I’m gonna roll back changes to the last good edit.”

Example 2: “I see a ton of spelling/grammar/punctuation/sentence structure mistakes in this article, im going to go ahead and press the edit button on this article now to enlighten them, then perhaps it will even have the chance at becoming a featured article! Horray!”

Example 3: “Did you see my wikiHow about How to be a Goth?” “No, but you should read my article on How to be Preppy instead.”

wikiHow is one of the only sites on the Internet where anyone can learn how to do LITERALLY ANYTHING. It’s considered the world’s largest how-to manual, and since it’s a wiki website (like Wikipedia), anyone can edit articles. Their community members are sometimes called “knowledge philanthropists” because their goal is to help people learn on every possible subject, and when someone makes an edit, they have people in the community come together to make sure the edits are quality. They also get the experts to review the articles and make sure they’re actually helpful. Because there’s so much information, it can be easy to fall into a rabbit hole. If you’re looking for something that they don’t have, you can put in a request for it to be written.

You can also ask Alexa or Google how to do things, and they’ll usually give you a wikiHow article.

“I have no idea how to change this flat tire.”
“How do I lose 10 pounds in time for summer?”
“When can I tell if this pasta is totally cooked?”
“How do I know if I’m registered to vote?”

Referencing the site directly
Person 1: Does anyone know how to get a wine stain out of carpet?
Person 2: Look it up on wikiHow!

“Figure it out yourself”
Person 1: I need help.
Person 2: wikiHow it.

Passive Aggressive way to make a comment
Person 1: I can’t believe that person is still mad at me!
Person 2: wikiHow to get over it.

Typical WikiHow article: How to visit Google Search engine.

1. Open your internet browser.
*Click the Start button.
*Click All Programs.
*Select the menu item associated with your internet browser.
2. Type the Google url into your address bar (located at the top of the browser’s window).
*Press G on your keyboard.
*Press O on your keyboard.
*Press O on your keyboard.
*Press G on your keyboard.
*Press L on your keyboard.
*Press E on your keyboard.
*Press the period button on your keyboard.
*Press C on your keyboard.
*Press O on your keyboard.
*Press M on your keyboard.
3. Load Google.
*Press Enter on your keyboard.

New to programming? Python is free and easy to learn if you know where to start! This guide will help you to get started quickly.

New to Python?

Read BeginnersGuide/Overview for a short explanation of what Python is.

Getting Python

Next, install the Python 3 interpreter on your computer. This is the program that reads Python programs and carries out their instructions; you need it before you can do any Python programming. Mac and Linux distributions may include an outdated version of Python (Python 2), but you should install an updated one (Python 3). See BeginnersGuide/Download for instructions to download the correct version of Python.

There are also Python interpreter and IDE bundles available, such as Thonny. Other options can be found at IntegratedDevelopmentEnvironments.

At some stage, you’ll want to edit and save your program code. Take a look at HowToEditPythonCode for some advice and recommendations.

Learning Python

Next, read a tutorial and try some simple experiments with your new Python interpreter.

If you have never programmed before, see BeginnersGuide/NonProgrammers for a list of suitable tutorials.

If you have previous programming experience, consult BeginnersGuide/Programmers, which lists more advanced tutorials.

If English isn’t your first language, you might be more comfortable with a tutorial that’s been translated into your language. Consult’s list of Non-English resources.

Most tutorials assume that you know how to run a program on your computer. If you are using Windows and need help with this, see How do I Run a Program Under Windows.

Some sites offer in-browser coding for those who want to learn Python:

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Dataquest for Python for data science.

HackInScience free and open source platform.

Print a cheat sheet of the most important Python features and post it to your office wall until you know the basics well.

Once you have read a tutorial, you can browse through Python’s online documentation. It includes a tutorial that might come in handy, a Library Reference that lists all of the modules that come standard with Python, and the Language Reference for a complete (if rather dry) explanation of Python’s syntax.

When you are ready to write your first program, you will need a text editor or an IDE. If you don’t want to use Thonny or something more advanced, then you can use IDLE, which is bundled with Python and supports extensions.

This Python wiki also contains a page about Python One-Liners — an obscure but interesting subculture in Python.

Need Help?

Need help with any of this? Read BeginnersGuide/Help for mailing lists and newsgroups.

Most Python books will include an introduction to the language; see IntroductoryBooks for suggested titles.

Consult BeginnersGuide/Examples for small programs and little snippets of code that can help you learn.

Or, if you prefer to learn Python through listening to a lecture, you can attend a training course or even hire a trainer to come to your company. Consult the PythonEvents page to see if any training courses are scheduled in your area and the PythonTraining page for a list of trainers.

Teachers can join the EDU-SIG, a mailing list for discussion of Python’s use in teaching at any level ranging from K-12 up to university.

How to get started editing and writing on wikihow

Kendra Cherry, MS, is an author and educational consultant focused on helping students learn about psychology.

How to get started editing and writing on wikihow

Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She’s also a psychotherapist, the author of the bestselling book “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do,” and the host of The Verywell Mind Podcast.

Resilience refers to how well you can deal with and bounce back from the difficulties of life. It can mean the difference between handling pressure and losing your cool. Resilient people tend to maintain a more positive outlook and cope with stress more effectively.

Research has shown that while some people seem to come by resilience naturally, these behaviors can also be learned. Whether you’re going through a tough time now or you want to be prepared for the next one, here are 10 techniques you can focus on in order to foster your own resilience.

Find a Sense of Purpose

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After her 13-year-old daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Candace Lightner founded Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Lightner focussed her energy on creating awareness of the dangers of drunk driving. “I promised myself on the day of Cari’s death that I would fight to make this needless homicide count for something positive in the years ahead,” she later explained.

In the face of crisis or tragedy, finding a sense of purpose can play an important role in your recovery. This might mean becoming involved in your community, cultivating your spirituality, or participating in activities that are meaningful to you.

Believe in Your Abilities

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Having confidence in your own ability to cope with the stresses of life can play an important part in resilience. Becoming more confident in your own abilities, including your ability to respond to and deal with a crisis, is a great way to build resilience for the future.

Listen for negative comments in your head. When you hear them, practice immediately replacing them with positive ones, such as, “I can do this,” “I’m a great friend/mother/partner,” or “I’m good at my job.”

Research has demonstrated that your self-esteem plays an important role in coping with stress and recovering from difficult events. Remind yourself of your strengths and accomplishments.

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How do you start writing wikiHow?

Get out a pen and a piece of paper or open a new document on your computer. Set a timer for 15 minutes and start writing! Write about anything that comes to mind and do not censor or correct yourself. Even if your mind is blank, write, “My mind is blank” over and over again until you think of something else to write.

Do wikiHow writers get paid?

Does wikiHow pay its contributors or writers? No, all contributors are volunteers.

How do you write well wikiHow?

  1. Avoid using archaic vocabulary and writing conventions.
  2. Give your story to someone; to read and make sure that there’re no spelling mistakes.
  3. After writing your first draft, spend a bit of time away from your story.
  4. Memorize technical terms.
  5. Don’t be afraid to write out of order.
  6. Find a comfortable place to write.

How can I improve my writing skills wikiHow?

Write down and practice new words.

  1. If you write words on flashcards, include a sentence using the word. Having context will help you better remember it.
  2. Don’t just learn the word in isolation – learn different forms of the word as well.
  3. Incorporate words you like into your working vocabulary.

How do you develop good writing skills?

9 Simple Ways on How to Improve Your Writing Skills

  1. Write Every Day. One of the best writing tips I can give you is to write every day.
  2. Create an Outline.
  3. Read What You Want to Write About.
  4. Choose Simple Words.
  5. Convey Your Message Easily.
  6. Avoid Filler Words.
  7. Keep Sentences and Paragraphs Short.
  8. Invest in an Editing Tool.

What’s bad writing?

Bad writing usually involves endless exposition dumps within dialogue — characters that are either saying what they already know for the benefit of the audience or reader alone or telling us stories of actions that have happened off screen or away from the story being told. Readers and the audience are smart.

Is Google Docs good for writing?

Google Docs is a great choice as a word processor. It has everything you need to write your novel, and integrates with other aspects of Google to help you plan things out. But if you’re not a Google Docs fan, or if you just want to consider other options, there are plenty to help you write your novel.

What is Google Docs written in?

How can I write in Google?

Go to

  1. Click the Publish on Google text box.
  2. Choose your post type, and follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. To see how your post will appear on Search, click Preview at the top of the box.
  4. To target your posts to specific regions or languages, at the top of the box, click Target.