Wikipedia Articles

After spending three years and 100s of hours on the cause I am wrapping up my time served as a-lot-of-time Wikipedia editor. Contributing as “Freechild” and a few anonymous IP addresses, I have created more than 400 articles, including dozens about the issues I originally explored on the Freechild Project website. Following are some of those topics listed for your easy reference and contributions. Please make Wikipedia better by getting in there and monkey-wrenching around yourselves – and don’t be shy! Want to know how to write a good article, defeat an “article for deletion” proposal or find references about obscure topics related to young people? Respond to this post!

Here’s a list of some of the articles I created on Wikipedia about topics focused on young people:

Issues

Organizations

Individuals

Other stuff

This list is almost complete. Also, please understand that Wikipedia is a constantly moving target, and I cannot be held responsible for the content of the articles beyond the last time I edited them.

Please let me know what you think, and again, please let me know how I can support YOU contributing to Wikipedia!

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!

2 thoughts on “Wikipedia Articles

  1. Hey Adam,

    Your Wikipedia contribution is tremendous, I admire you greatly for it. Just today I made my second (ever) very minor change to a Wikipedia article, inspired in part by reading the Wikipedia section of Clay Shirky’s new book Here Comes Everybody.

    Couple quick questions – what is the expectation for editors in filling out the “comments” section when making edits?

    Best resources for learning the Wikipedia lingo (such as how to fill out the comment section)?

    Also, when making major changes, is it best to first mention it on the discussion page and have conversation before posting it on the page itself?

    “Training” youth advocates to best use collaborative tools such as Wikipedia can be a powerful part of an advocacy strategy. Another training approach is to coach advocates to recognize and respond to misconceptions about youth involvement, democratic education, etc. on other blogs, news sites, and more. (Got this from Allison Fine’s Momentum.) Could even start a misconception website, or page on a website, for folks to see others’ corrections and share responses.

    Take care,
    Dana
    Democratic Education Blog

  2. Comments section: See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edit_summary

    Lingo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Glossary

    Major changes: Before making major changes on articles you haven’t spent a lot of time on, check the page’s history. The first entry there will tell you when the last edit was made. If its been a while, i.e. 6 mths to a yr, edit away. If it looks like one editor does all the work, you might write to them directly. Otherwise, you should follow the WP guideline called “Be bold”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bold

    Good luck – I expect to see some good stuff, and that you’ll let me know anytime you need assistance.

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