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Things You Need To Know About the Wikipedia Approval Process

Wikipedia is a platform hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation and was founded in 2001.

The first thing you need to understand is that there really isn’t a specific or central organizational structure to Wikipedia. Everything you see on the platform is edited, uploaded, approved and yes, deleted too by unpaid volunteers.

Who are these guys?

If you had a picture of a super professional office of people reviewing posts in your mind, let it go. These volunteers can be anyone. As ordinary or extraordinary as it gets but for the most part, I think it’s safe to say that they’re just reviewing your post sitting on the couch or while just chilling.

The unpaid volunteers that contribute to the community are called Wikipedians and if there’s anything you want up on the platform, you’ll have to go through them. Why they do it? That’s something you’ll have to ask them and I’m sure the answer is going to be different each time.

How is an article approved?

Well, it all starts with Wikipedians reviewing it. In the talk pages of every article, you’ll see discussions on whether a post should be approved or not and whether it meets all the requirements. Of course, there are some basics that every article needs to follow to get posted on the platform but everything else is decided by Wikipedians alone. There’s no one monitoring them or an oversight.

Anyone can participate into the discussions and let their opinion be known which is pretty much the whole point of Wikipedia and the reason the founders created the platform and named it “Wiki”. It truly promotes an Internet-oriented global culture that’s hard to come by on other platforms or social channels.

Anyone can participate and contribute to the community in order to build a better understanding of the article’s subject.

Why Would An Article Be Rejected/Deleted?

Yes, someone may just be having a bad day when they delete your post but it’s not that simple and not likely either.

Most of the time, if you find your article deleted or rejected, it’s probably because either it sounded like more of an advertisement and promotional content than something that was actually informative and contributory to the community. And sometimes, the topic just isn’t notable enough so it’s got to go!

But if someone does delete your article because they’re having a bad day, sadly, there’s nothing you can do about it. But! It doesn’t end there. For your article to be deleted, the first volunteer would recommend it for deletion and a second volunteer will than review it and make the final decision.

In Conclusion

It’s probably a good idea to consult with professionals before you start writing for your Wikipedia page. Familiarize yourself with its guidelines because there’s no one who wants to get stuck writing and rewriting the same content over and over again just because it keeps getting rejected.

It’s just better to get it right the first time, isn’t it? Also, play close attention the sources you’re using for your article. You can’t just use anything, they have to be reliable and qualified!

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