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Wikipedia: The Missing Manual by John Broughton

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Reviewing Articles and Images

The best way you can help improve articles and other content is by editing articles: improving the wording, removing improper content, and adding new information and sources. But Wikipedia has many places where editors ask for opinions about the quality of what’s already in place. Editors have various reasons for requesting review: They’re not sure what to work on next, they’re looking for recognition, or they’re hoping that other editors will see the article and join in. No matter the reason, your job as a reviewer is not to change or add content but to provide suggestions and opinions on quality.

Reviewing Articles

You don’t have to be an ultra-experienced editor to make good suggestions for improving an article, but you should understand what a really good article looks like. If you’re just gaining experience, be sure to read Chapter 18 before adding your opinion to any of the review pages listed here.

Basic to fairly good articles

Article reviews have a hierarchy. In the next section, you’ll find places to discuss articles that are among the best at Wikipedia. Here are some places where you can review articles of lesser quality and development:

  • Requests for feedback (shortcut WP:RFF) is where editors who have created an article, or substantially improved one, can get “comments and constructive criticism.” If you’re just starting a career as an article critic, RFF a good place to begin.

  • WikiProject peer review. More than 50 WikiProjects (Chapter 9) have ...

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