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{{community}}{{tnr}}'''You''' can help Ballotpedia in '''two main ways''':<br>
'''You''' can help Ballotpedia in '''two main ways''':<br>
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# [[#Adding content|Adding content]]
1. [[#Adding content|Adding content]]<br>
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# Cleaning up through "[[#Wiki-gardening|wiki-gardening]]"
2. Cleaning up through "[[#Wiki-gardening|wiki-gardening]]"<br>
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==Adding content==
 
==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 "[[Ballotpedia:What people are saying|What people are saying]]" page is a testimony to the value readers find here.
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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 learn.  Because it's a living archive, Ballotpedia is a move away from sound bites toward reasoned discussion and debate. Our "[[Ballotpedia:What people are saying|What people are saying]]" page is a testimony to the value readers find here.
  
 
====Where to start====
 
====Where to start====
If you're thinking about investing more time in Ballotpedia, here are some ways to get involved:
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Here are some ways you can get involved:
* Look at the [[Ballotpedia:Current projects|list of current projects]] for a project that interests you.
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* Look at the [[Ballotpedia:Volunteer Program|volunteer opportunities]].
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* Work on the [[Ballotpedia:Collaboration of the Month|Collaboration of the Month]].
 
* Choose a [[:Category:Stub articles|stub article]] and expand on it.
 
* Choose a [[:Category:Stub articles|stub article]] and expand on it.
* Visit your state page and expand on one of the articles listed there.
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* Visit your state page (example: [[California]]) and expand on one of the articles listed there.
 
* 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 those articles.  Each portal has a to-do list  with suggested areas for expansion and improvement.
  
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* Links within Ballotpedia to other relevant articles
 
* Links within Ballotpedia to other relevant articles
 
* Links to relevant external pages
 
* Links to relevant external pages
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==Maintenance==
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See [[Ballotpedia:Maintenance]]
  
 
==Wiki-gardening==
 
==Wiki-gardening==
  
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.
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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: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:
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* 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. (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:Categories on Ballotpedia|how to add category tags to articles]].)
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==See also==
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* [[Ballotpedia:How to contribute to Ballotpedia|How to contribute to Ballotpedia]]
  
[[Category:Editing Help]]
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[[Category:Community]]
[[Category:Ballotpedia basic information]]
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[[Category:Ballotpedia maintenance]]
[[Category:Ballotpedia Community]]
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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 toward reasoned discussion and debate. Our "What people are saying" page is a testimony to the value readers find here.

Where to start

Here are some ways you can get involved:

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

Maintenance

See Ballotpedia:Maintenance

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:

See also