Help:How to start a new page

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Please help grow SourceWatch by creating new pages on the people, groups, or entities shaping public policy as well as on the policies themselves.

Before you create a new page

Check to see if a similar page already exists

If you want to create a new page on a topic, probably the first thing to do is to use the "search" form (on the left hand side of the window or at this link) and plug in the tentative title of your new page to see whether someone has already created a page on that topic or something very similar.

A similar page may show up under "Article title matches" or "Page text matches" on the search results screen. It's obviously better that we combine pages (and efforts) on very similar or identical topics. For example, you may be trying to create a page on "Jonathan Baron," but a search for "Jonathan Baron" shows that there is already a page on "Jonathan M. Baron," the same guy. Similarly, you may want to create a page on "Dispelling the silicosis scandal," which would be about the PR efforts to dispel public scandal surrounding the deaths of thousands of workers from silicosis in the 1930s. However, a search for "silicosis" shows that there is already an article on the Air Hygiene Foundation, a front group set up by the employers of the dead workers, which covers basically the same topic. In both cases, rather create a new page, you should put a redirect in on the uncreated page that will reroute readers to the already existing page. This will also take any red links to that similar page (in this case, "Dispelling the silicosis scandal") and turn them purplish, letting readers know that a page already exists on that topic, which is nice.

Naming conventions for titling pages

Make sure to abide by SourceWatch's naming conventions when titling your new article. This helps keep the encyclopedia tidy and makes adding links to articles easier.

How to create a new page

There are three ways to create a new page:

  1. From the search results page;
  2. Using an internal link to a non-existent page; and
  3. Directly in the address bar of your browser.

Creating a new page from the search results page

The fastest way to create a new page, and to make sure there is not already an existing page, is to simply to use the search box to input the name of the page you want to create (with all the proper capitalization - see the naming conventions). If no such article exists, you'll get a page saying: There is no page titled "[the name of your page]". You can create this page. When you get there, click that red link and it will open an editing window on the new blank page. Simply type in your text, click save and you're done.

Creating a new page using an internal link to a non-existent page

If you're creating a new page because you saw one of those red links somewhere, just click on the red link. If you've registered with SourceWatch (which is required to edit - you can register here) and are logged-in, you'll usually get a page that says: "You've followed a link to a page that doesn't exist yet. To create the page, start typing in the box below." It really is that simple! Simply type some text into the box and click "save." (Remember to jot a note in the smaller "Summary" box below the big box - this helps other editors keep track of what's happening on the wiki. In this case something like "starting a new page" will suffice.)

If, however, you want to create a new page but haven't seen a 'red link', you simply need to create one. If you know of a related article, go there and create the link by using two straight brackets on each side of the word you want to write about. If it's a completely new topic (which isn't likely), create the link somewhere it won't mess up an otherwise tidy page, like on your user page. To get to your userpage, scroll to the very top of any SourceWatch page and look for your username next to an icon of a little person in the upper right corner. It will appear there any time you're logged-in. Like any other SourceWatch link, red means you haven't put anything there yet and blue means there's stuff there. Just click the link to your userpage and add the link [[like this]] to create the link to the new page.

Creating a new page directly in the address bar of your browser

Another option is to simply type the name of the article you want to create into the address bar of your browser. To do this, go to any SourceWatch page and delete everything in the address bar after http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title= . Then type the title of your new page after the "=" and hit return. You should then see a page that says: "You've followed a link to a page that doesn't exist yet. To create the page, start typing in the box below." Then just type your text in and click "save." That's it.

Tips and guidelines for creating good new articles

Guidelines for new articles

When starting a new article, remember to establish context at the start of a new page. Each article should begin with a brief (one- or two-sentence) general description of the individual, organization or topic.

You also need to add a basic structure to the page that will allow your footnotes to display. For a quick template on how to do this see How to add an articles and resources section.

More guidance:

Stub Pages

Stub pages are articles with little content, but that through the ongoing work of their creator and the collaboration process grow over time into longer articles. Stub pages are noticed and picked up by search engines, and thus attract new readers and thus new contributors. Please show tolerance for stub page creation; rather than deleting information for its minimalist content, edit and enrich the stub page. Today's stub page acorn is tomorrow's big oak, or next month or next year's big oak.

To classify a stub page as such, simply insert a this: {{stub}} at the end of the article. The wiki will automatically put a stub tag in the page.

Acknowledgment: the content of many of the help pages in SourceWatch have been adapted from Wikipedia. See Help:Starting a new page