This is often the hardest part for creating a new page because grasping the scope of the article can be difficult. For example, very common mistake in a wiki is to title an article "Calhoun County." There are a lot of Calhoun counties in the US, so you'll want to specify that it is "Calhoun County, Florida." You also want the article be general enough that other users can expand it. So when titling an article is best follow these practices:
- Be as specific as possible. Always make sure to include the location, like we did for the example.
- Boil the title down to the essential subject of the article. You want to be specific, but not so specific there is no room for growth.
- An example of what not to do: Calhoun County, Florida's budget rises 8 percent in December of 2009 after council meeting's 5-4 vote
- Keep titles to 8 words or less.
- Do a search beforehand to make someone hasn't already written the article.
- Only capitalize the first word in the title and pronouns.
- For example: Evaluation of Florida county websites.
- Add commas before locations and add years in parentheses.
- For more information check SR's community norms.
One of the easiest ways to create a new article is to include the link in an existing one. If the link comes up as red than the article hasn't been created yet. However, if it pops up in blue it means that page already exists.
To create a new page this way you surround the desired article's title with double brackets. Below is an example, the text highlighted in red is what the link text would look like the editing process:
- Editing: In [[Colorado]] there is a city called [[Anywhere, Colorado|Anywhere]].
- Final version: In Colorado there is a city called Anywhere.
Advanced search bar
The second way is when you are creating an article through the advanced search bar. To do this follow these steps:
1. Type in the tile in the advanced search bar (it will not work in the google search) and click "Go." For this example we'll use "Anywhere, Colorado" again.
2. After you've hit search you should see a result like the picture below. Click on either of the red links to start your page.
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