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== Adding content ==
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'''You''' can help Ballotpedia in '''two main ways''':<br>
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1. [[#Adding content|Adding content]]<br>
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2. Cleaning up through "[[#Wiki-gardening|wiki-gardening]]"<br>
  
Building Ballotpedia is something you can do to help people in your city, county, school district and state know more about what's on their ballot. It's an exciting project.  You can take just one statewide ballot proposition or one school bond election and both become an expert at it '''and''' share what you are learning with others in as encyclopedic a way as you can.  Ballotpedia is a way to get away from the 30-second-ad mentality so people have a chance to get a fair, balanced, information-rich overview of ballot measures.  
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==Adding content==
 
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Adding to Ballotpedia is exciting because it helps your neighbors learn about their elections. You could take one ballot measure and become its expert, sharing with others everything you learnBecause it's a living archive, Ballotpedia is a move away from sound bites to reasoned discussion and debate. Our "[[Ballotpedia:What people are saying|What people are saying]]" page is a testimony to the value readers find here.
[[Ballotpedia:What people are saying|What people are saying]] is an inspiring testimony to the value that many readers have found so far in this type of information. You can be a part of continuing that tradition of building information for people that can otherwise be very difficult and time-consuming for them to discover, or that just comes at them with too much built-in spin.
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You might want to start getting involved but not be sure where to start.  '''Most''' people who start adding information to Ballotpedia do so because it has an article on it about a very well-known or controversial ballot initiative, or an article about a ballot initiative they have some connection to.  '''Some''' contributors go on to become seriously into the idea of providing the most excellent articles they possibly can for other people, in the belief and hope that this type of building and sharing knowledge makes the world a better place. 
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If you're thinking about getting more into Ballotpedia editing than just on one or two hot-button articles, here are some ways you can start getting involved:
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====Where to start====
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If you're thinking about investing more time in Ballotpedia, here are some ways to get involved:
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* Look at the [[Ballotpedia:Current projects|list of current projects]] for a project that interests you.
 
* Choose a [[:Category:Stub articles|stub article]] and expand on it.
 
* Choose a [[:Category:Stub articles|stub article]] and expand on it.
* Look at the list of [[Special:Wantedpages|requested articles]], pick one, and [[Help:How to start a page|start one or more of those requested pages]].
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* Visit your state page and expand on one of the articles listed there.
* Choose a [[Special:Shortpages|short page]] and expand on it.
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* Find a [[Ballotpedia:Portals|portal]] that interests you and start working on those articles.  Each portal has a to-do list with suggested areas for expansion and improvement.
* Find a [[Ballotpedia:Portals|portal]] that interests you and start working on articles in that portal.  Each portal should usually have a to-do list or wish-list on it with suggested areas for expansion and improvement within that portal.
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* Look at the [[List of Ballotpedia Projects]] for a project that interests you.
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== Wiki-gardening ==
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====What to add====
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What should you add once you find an interesting article?
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* References to source material
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* Historical details
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* Links within Ballotpedia to other relevant articles
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* Links to relevant external pages
  
Wiki-gardening refers to a variety of small-ish tweaks and adjustments to articles that make them easier to read, and that add useful navigational information, such as [[Help:Using Categories on Ballotpedia|adding useful category tags]].
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==Wiki-gardening==
  
There's '''always''' a lot of wiki-gardening to be done.
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Wiki-gardening refers to a variety of small article adjustments that make them easier to read or navigate, such as [[Help:Using Categories on Ballotpedia|adding useful category tags]]. There's '''always''' a lot of wiki-gardening to be done.
  
 
Here are some areas that usually need help:
 
Here are some areas that usually need help:
 
* Check the [[Ballotpedia:To do list]] for general maintenance tasks.
 
* Check the [[Ballotpedia:To do list]] for general maintenance tasks.
* Look at [[Special:Categories|Categories]] for red-linked categories.  See if you can add an article to that category that directs the reader to a useful general article about the articles in the category.
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* Look at [[Special:Categories|Categories]] for red-linked categories.  Then add a link on that category page to a relevant article.
 
* Look at [[Special:Categories|Categories]] for two categories that are basically the same, but are typographically different.  Eliminate one of the categories by putting all of its articles into the other category.
 
* Look at [[Special:Categories|Categories]] for two categories that are basically the same, but are typographically different.  Eliminate one of the categories by putting all of its articles into the other category.
 
* Look in [[Special:Brokenredirects|Broken re-directs]] and fix any that are broken.
 
* Look in [[Special:Brokenredirects|Broken re-directs]] and fix any that are broken.
* Review a set of [[:Category:Ballot measures|ballot measures]] and add [[Help:List of Ballotpedia topic categories|additional topic category tags]] to the article after reviewing [[List of ballot measures by topic|this list of ballot measure topics]].  Most ballot initiatives fall into more than one category, and most of the articles on Ballotpedia about [[ballot measure]]s could usefully be sorted into additional topic categories, enabling a more thorough history of ballot measures by topic. (Read up on [[Help:Using Categories on Ballotpedia|how to add category tags to articles]].)
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* Review a set of [[:Category:Ballot measures|ballot measures]] and add [[Help:List of Ballotpedia topic categories|additional topic category tags]] to the article after reviewing [[List of ballot measures by topic|this list of ballot measure topics]].  Most ballot initiatives fall into more than one category. (Read up on [[Help:Using Categories on Ballotpedia|how to add category tags to articles]].)
  
 
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You can help Ballotpedia in two main ways:
1. Adding content
2. Cleaning up through "wiki-gardening"

Adding content

Adding to Ballotpedia is exciting because it helps your neighbors learn about their elections. You could take one ballot measure and become its expert, sharing with others everything you learn. Because it's a living archive, Ballotpedia is a move away from sound bites to reasoned discussion and debate. Our "What people are saying" page is a testimony to the value readers find here.

Where to start

If you're thinking about investing more time in Ballotpedia, here are some ways to get involved:

  • Look at the list of current projects for a project that interests you.
  • Choose a stub article and expand on it.
  • Visit your state page and expand on one of the articles listed there.
  • Find a portal that interests you and start working on those articles. Each portal has a to-do list with suggested areas for expansion and improvement.

What to add

What should you add once you find an interesting article?

  • References to source material
  • Historical details
  • Links within Ballotpedia to other relevant articles
  • Links to relevant external pages

Wiki-gardening

Wiki-gardening refers to a variety of small article adjustments that make them easier to read or navigate, such as adding useful category tags. There's always a lot of wiki-gardening to be done.

Here are some areas that usually need help: