This is a list of simple ways to improve WikiSpooks...
New pages to create
Your Own Topic
It's easy to start a new page - you just need to choose a title. If you're an experienced researcher, you won't need telling where to edit. Any page where you have opinions which are politically unwelcome on Wikipedia is likely to be a good topic, especially if you have specialist knowledge. Be bold! Starting a page is the best way to get help from other editors, who will pitch in and contribute what they can. Choose a title for the page and then enter it in to the URL (or make a link to it and then follow the link). As above, then click on 'Create page'.
Browsing the site you'll sometimes see a link in red, which is a warning that it links to a page which hasn't been made yet. For example, there's nothing here yet about Reuters. To start a page like this, first click the link and then click on 'Create page'. A fast way to find broken links is to see this list of wanted pages.
Existing pages to edit
A Wikispooks style has gradually evolved since its launch in 2010. Many pages still need updating to reflect the improved technology now used on the site. Most of the following page sections, in particular, could probably do with replacement:
- "See Also" - Instead of just listing these, it is usually better style to link these in from the text, explaining their relevance. The documents, in particular, will appear on the page automatically by adding the page title as one of the document's subjects. (See Template:Document for more on this)
- "Affiliations" - Instead of just listing people memberships and loyalties, it is better to express these in the text itself, or by assigning them jobs which clarify the nature of these affiliations.
- "External Links" - Most of these would be better replaced by links (with<ref> links explaining their relevance)
Your User Page
Each Wikispooks user has a User page - i.e. a page specially for them to write as much (or as little) as they like about themselves - or anything else. Unless you modified it, your user page will only have the short bio you sent when you made a login. Rating a document, writing more about yourself or uploading a photo could be a good way to get to know other users.
One of the best ways to encourage your fellow Wikispooks editors is to improve the pages they are working on — even if it's something as simple as fixing a recent typo of theirs. The Recent changes link on the left shows you the most recently worked on pages.
6 Templates with Problems
2 Pages which are Too Shallow
7 Untidy Pages
If would like to help tidy up, whether you're a re-organiser or a proof reader, see the list of untidy pages - pages which have good information on them, but for one reason or another do not present it well.
45 Priority Pages
Pages to add data to
It you're looking for a small job which could be done in a couple of minutes, there are plenty of tasks other than working on complete articles:
1 Page with unsourced text
Wikispooks has a list of pages with unsourced text. It is important to give 3rd parties correct attribution for their text.
15 Documents of unspecified Type
1,719 Pages missing Descriptions
Each page on Wikispooks should have a description, the box containing the summary paragraph at the top. Most have been given descriptions since this standard set in 2014, but there are still many which lack a description. Here is a list of Category:Undescribed Pages.
221 Pages with unsourced statements
228 Missing Images
Many pages on Wikispooks have no images at all. Uploading images is pretty straightforward, and is a good way to increase the clarity and appeal of articles. Here is a list of Category:Pages with broken file links, most of which are missing images.
204 Unsourced Documents
Some of the documents on Wikispooks are from unknown sources. A bit of Googling could quite likely turn up a source for most of the Category:Unsourced Documents.
Pages needing serious attention
20 Unclear Pages
Some pages are marked as needing clarification on particular points. See the list of unclear pages for such.
6 Problem Pages
Some pages have more serious problems. See the list of problem pages for pages which have serious problems of bias, gaps etc.
57 Pages with hardcoded data tables and lists
Some pages on Wikispooks still contain hardcoded data tables or lists of items that would be more functional if replaced by dynamically generated tables that were created from SMW data. See Category:Pages with hardcoded data tables and lists for a list.
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