Creating a Wikipedia page is no easy task. So if you’re looking to create a page for yourself, it may be easier to look to alternative wikis than to meet the high requirements needed for a Wikipedia page.
Now, creating a Wikipedia page is easy. Keeping the page up is another story. The Wikipedia team will often go through and delete pages of individuals or organizations they deem to be not notable enough.
Wikipedia has stated that the topic needs to have already been covered by other articles and websites prior to being posted about on Wikipedia. If you haven’t had a lot of articles about yourself, then unfortunately it is likely that your Wikipedia page would be deleted.
However, there are a multitude of Wikipedia-like sites out there that have fewer restrictions on who and what can be the topic of an article on their wiki. In this article, we’ll go over the popular wiki alternative, WikiAlpha. In the first half, we’ll be going over just what it is and how it differs from Wikipedia. Then, we will go over how you can create your very own Wiki page like this example.
What Is WikiAlpha?
WikiAlpha is an open encyclopedia for anyone to post and edit. They differ from Wikipedia in that they do not have such stringent notability requirements. This means you could create an article on a subject that has been unheard of until you created the article for it! A good way to think of it is that Wikipedia does not allow content that doesn’t exist somewhere else on the internet already, where WikiAlpha does.
Fortunately, this does not mean that anything can be posted and kept up on WikiAlpha. There is still criteria for types of posts that will be deleted from WikiAlpha:
- Vandalism and spam
WikiAlpha states this includes pages about patent nonsense, gibberish, blank pages, very short pages with no context, blatant advertisements, hoaxes, or defamation.
- The Recreation of Deleted Articles
Fairly Straightforward. If something that was deleted in the past is posted again, it will be deleted again by the WikiAlpha team.
- The Author Requested Deletion
This is a really useful feature, if you wish to delete an article that you created – the WikiAlpha team will accept requests for deletion.
- Pages Dependent on Content that doesn’t exist
If a page is no longer relevant and has many links that no longer exist, it may be eligible to be deleted if not updated.
- Copyright Infringement
Pretty self-explanatory here. WikiAlpha wants to stay above water, and if there is a copyright claim on an article that is valid, the article or content within it that is copyrighted may be removed.
Probably one of the stricter rules for WikiAlpha if you are not a native English speaker – but not for good reason. This is mainly due to the fact that WikiAlpha is based in English, and it would create a lot of effort and work for them to hire additional people to check pages that are in other languages.
How To Create A WikiAlpha Page
Now that we’ve gone over what WikiAlpha is and how it is different from Wikipedia, it is time to go over how to create your very own WikiAlpha page. If you’d like to check out other Wiki alternatives, we recommend looking at this guide.
One of the cool things about WikiAlpha is how similar it is in design to Wikipedia. When you finish your page, it will truly look like a Wikipedia page!
The first step is to create an account if you haven’t done so already. Unfortunately, they do not allow you to create an account using your Facebook or Google, so you will need to manually enter in the fields to create your account.
Once you have done so, you can begin creating WikiAlpha pages. To get started, simply search for the topic you wish to create a page about. If the topic does not have a page yet, you will be prompted to click on the text to create the page on it.
Following this, you will have a large text box where you may begin organizing the page to your liking. We recommend using lots of links to other articles in WikiAlpha, to give your page more credibility.
By now, you should know more about how to create a page of your own on WikiAlpha. Remember that you can create a page about whatever you want, so long as it follows their rules and the page doesn’t already exist of course.
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