What Skills Are Required For Writ­ing Con­tent For Wiki­pe­dia?

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    Aaron Roberts

    Wikipedia is a site that is considered one of the wonders of the world. That is because Wikipedia is one of the most visited sites on the internet so far and it is not even the oldest. What makes it this popular among the audience and internet users is the fact that this site is an encyclopedia with content on almost everything that has an existence under the sun. Okay, the phrase is metaphoric. But Wikipedia actually contains content on thousands of subjects and domains. It appears on the top of the search results because every keyword that the users search has appeared on it in some way or another.
    Now, writing content for such a profound platform is of course difficult. And since the nature of the site is different from common blogs and social media platforms, writing that is required on the site is also very different. Wikipedia writers need to have a variety of skills. Here are a few to mention

    1- Research skills

    Wikipedia demands a very good command on research. Be it internet research skills, or reading books for information collection, Wikipedia experts have to excel at it. They must be good at comprehending information on multiple topics and from multiple perspectives as well. They should also be aware of how to paraphrase complex information without adding anything original to it.

    2- Citation and References

    Citation and referencing is a skill set in its own and I personally believe that not everyone can learn multiple referencing styles and keep them in mind for utilizing at different points in their life. However, Wikipedia experts are required to know how to cite a reference in the articles and where there is a need for citations.

    3- Precise, simple, and Complete

    The writing style for Wikipedia writing has to meet a certain criteria. It must be clear and readable for everyone. Even the most confusing and complex ideas have to be presented in a very easy-to-understand way.

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