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== Ways you can help build Ballotpedia ==
 
== Ways you can help build Ballotpedia ==
 
 
=== ''Adding content'' ===
 
=== ''Adding content'' ===
 
 
* 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]].
 
* 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]].
 
 
* Choose a [[Special:Shortpages|short page]] and expand on it.
 
* Choose a [[Special:Shortpages|short page]] and expand on it.
 
 
* Find a [[Ballotpedia:Portals|portal]] that interests you and start working on articles in that portal.
 
* Find a [[Ballotpedia:Portals|portal]] that interests you and start working on articles in that portal.
 
 
* Look at the [[List of Ballotpedia Projects]] for a project that interests you.
 
* Look at the [[List of Ballotpedia Projects]] for a project that interests you.
  
 
=== ''Wiki-gardening'' ===
 
=== ''Wiki-gardening'' ===
 
 
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]].
 
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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Here are some areas that usually need help:
 
Here are some areas that usually need help:
 
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* 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.
 
* 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.
 
 
* 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]].)
 
* 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]].)
  

Revision as of 13:44, 10 September 2008

Ways you can help build Ballotpedia

Adding content

Wiki-gardening

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 adding useful category tags.

There's always a lot of wiki-gardening to be done.

Here are some areas that usually need help: