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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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Ballotpedia is fortunate to have an editor and staff writers, but it is also a free online encyclopedia that is built by volunteer editors and ordinary people. There are many different ways you can help.
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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The way most people think about helping with the growth of Ballotpedia is through adding content--either adding information to existing articles or starting new articles. [[Help:Getting started|Getting started]] walks you through the steps to start making these contributions.
  
 
====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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* 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 to relevant external pages
 
* Links to relevant external pages
  
==Wiki-gardening==
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==Report an error==
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Notice a problem on a Ballotpedia page? Visit [[Help:Fix or report an error|this page]] to learn more about errors, how to report them and how to fix them.
  
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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==Maintenance==
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See [[Ballotpedia:Article improvement]] for lists of articles that have been tagged for expansion or improvement.
  
Here are some areas that usually need help:
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==See also==
* Check the [[Ballotpedia:To do list]] for general maintenance tasks.
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* [[Ballotpedia:How to contribute to Ballotpedia]]
* Look at [[Special:Categories|Categories]] for red-linked categories.  Then add a link on that category page to a relevant article.
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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.
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* Look in [[Special:Brokenredirects|Broken re-directs]] and fix any that are broken.
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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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Ballotpedia is fortunate to have an editor and staff writers, but it is also a free online encyclopedia that is built by volunteer editors and ordinary people. There are many different ways you can help.

Adding content

The way most people think about helping with the growth of Ballotpedia is through adding content--either adding information to existing articles or starting new articles. Getting started walks you through the steps to start making these contributions.

Where to start

Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Work on the Collaboration of the Month.
  • Choose a stub article and expand on it.
  • Visit your state page (example: California) 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

Report an error

Notice a problem on a Ballotpedia page? Visit this page to learn more about errors, how to report them and how to fix them.

Maintenance

See Ballotpedia:Article improvement for lists of articles that have been tagged for expansion or improvement.

See also