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Article management

How can I Create an article?

You can use our Contribution Center, which will accompany you step by step to create your article.

How can I create my Biography?

You can use our Contribution Center, part Biography which will accompany you step by step to create your article.

Do not create your biography in your page "User:Username". This page is meant to quickly explain what you do, and who you are, but not to write an entire biography.

How can I Contribute / Edit a page?

EveryBodyWiki uses the same tool as Wikipedia (Visual Editor) to easily edit pages.

  1. Log in / Create Account
  2. Go to the article you want to edit.
  3. Click on the "Edit" button.
  4. Edit what you want to.
  5. Click on the Save Changes button.

If you want to contribute, you can clean new pages and improve existing ones.

See also How can I help the project?

Who can Edit my pages?

Anyone with an Everybodywiki account can edit any article.

However, if a page is vandalized it may be write-protected temporarily. And the account of the person causing the vandalism can be blocked.

Only the creator of the page and admin can protect a page. Ask an admin to protect the page if needed, see list of admin here.

How to protect my page?

Only the creator of the page and admin can protect a page. Ask an admin to protect the page if needed, see list of admin here.

  1. Go on the page you want to protect
  2. Click on protect
  3. By default, all users can edit the page, change to :
    • Protect from non-authors : If you want to be the only one editing the page
    • Allow autoconfirmed users : If you want to allow all mail confirmed users
    • Allow only administrator : If you want NOBODY, including yourself, to edit the page
  4. Then click confirm.

Why don't my changes appear on the page I edited?

Your web browser can have cached the pages.

  • Try to Ctrl + F5 to refresh the cache.
    • Cmd + F5 for mac
  • Try to click Refresh on the page menu to force reload the page.

How can I delete a page?

Only users that belongs to Admin and Wikeeper groups can delete a page.

You need to have a good reason to delete a page, see for example 2.1 How to delete an article about me (like my bio) or where my name just appears?

If you want to delete a page, please message or email us.

I uploaded a file (picture) on the English Wikipedia, but I can only see its name and not the picture itself, why ?

You have to move the file from English (or any) Wikipedia to WikiCommons. more information here.

WikiCommons is a common repository of files for all wikimedia projects. Images from commons are automatically and remotely displayed on many other wiki sites like everybodywiki.com.

How do I use a commons photo?

You can post it directly on this wiki. Just indicate the name of the file and its extension between [[File: And ]]

Example: [[File: A photo.jpeg]]

How to edit a page about me that is protected?

For example, if your biography was not created by yourself, you can't protect it against editing.

And if it has been protected by it's creator, you can't edit it.

  1. Create a new article with another url
  2. Copy the content from the page you can't edit
  3. Paste the content in the new page
  4. Make a redirection from the other page (see below)

How do I Move/Rename/Redirect a page to change the URL

Only users that belongs to Admin and Wikeeper groups can move a page to another title.

If you want to rename a page, please enter the name of the page you want to rename here.

OR if the page is not protected, you can make a manual redirect :

For example if you want to redirect "Page A" to "Page B" : delete all the content of "Page A" and write this :

#redirect [[pageB]]

To move a page :

  1. On desktop, hover your mouse over "More" at the top right of the page
  2. Click on "Move" link or tab
  3. Choose a new Namespace (By default, it is (main))
  4. Write a reason like "Not a draft anymore"
  5. Click the "Move Page" button

Special cases

How can I remove "Draft:" in the title of the article?

Only users that belongs to Admin and Wikeeper groups can remove "Draft:" in the title of the article.

Instruction for the Wikeeper : Move the page to the new title (without the "Draft:" namespace).

More help www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Moving_a_page

For page that was formerly in Draft namespace

Cleaning categories : on Draft page on Wikipedia categories are marked as a link [[:Category:NameOfTheCategory]] (with :)

To change it to a real categorization of the page, edit the page with wikicode and remove ":" after "[[". Example :

  • Before : [[:Category:NameOfTheCategory]]
  • After : [[Category:NameOfTheCategory]]

How can I clean a page?

When a page is recovered from Wikipedia, a lot of links will turn red. This is because all these links target pages that are not on EverybodyWiki.

  • You can remove red links. If the link text is important, you can bold it (or add the tag <strong> if you are editing in wiki code).
  • You can remove duplicate blue links in a page and only keep one. We think article should be linked once from another article.
  • Please do not remove :
    • Categories. Even if the page is the only one which belong to this category. These categories will be use to show pages of the same category in the future and a page rely to this category could be imported or created some day.
    • The template {{Source Wikipedia}}

How can I display subpages of a page?

Add this snippet in wikicode in the root page :

{| class="wikitable" 
|+ Subpages
|{{Special:PrefixIndex/{{FULLPAGENAME}}/}}
|}

Delete content

How to delete an article about me (like my bio) or where my name just appears?

Instead of deleting it, you can improve this article after creating an account on Everybodywiki. However, as an EU citizen (or a person living on the European Union) you have the right to be forgotten.

To get this done, please prove that you are the concerned person (or that you're representing this person) by messenger or by sending us an email :

  • From your official website (or the one of the person). Example : contact@yourofficialwebsite.com

OR

  • Of a known organization (like big company, university...) including your full name (or the one of the person). (yourname@gmail.com IS NOT OK !). Example : name-of-the-page-to-be-deleted@a-well-known-organisation.com

OR

  • A copy of your ID/passport (We advise you to hide unnecessary parts of the document, or to add a discreet watermark)


We need this information to delete the content requested.

We will reply and request a confirmation before removing the page.

Process duration after receiving all the needed information : more than one week.

I have found text on Everybodywiki that infringes the copyright, what should I do?

You can remove content that infringes copyright and indicate the original source in your edit summary.

If you do not indicate the location of the copyrighted content, your modification may be considered vandalism.

See Rules of Everybodywiki.

Which pages or content should be deleted on Everybodywiki?

  1. Bad or illegal content such as personal attacks or harassments, privacy leaks and copyright violations. Examples include articles that have been tagged with the speedy delete template. These articles have been tagged as G3 (pure vandalism but not blatant hoaxes), G10 (pages that disparage, threaten, intimidate, or harass their subject or some other entity and serve no other purpose), or G12 (unambiguous copyright infringement) on Wikipedia.
  2. Pages kept on Wikipedia can be deleted on Everybodywiki expecting they were just merged or redirected. This deletion is automatic. Pages forked on EveryBodyWiki could be kept here, just add the template {{nobots}} anywhere in the page to be sure the page won't be duplicate.
  3. Content that incites hatred against or promotes discrimination of person or groups of persons because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability...

What about hoaxes, fake news... ?

They should not be deleted but clearly highlighted at the top of the article as hoaxes, fake news/bio/information...

To display a message please insert the template {{Db-hoax}} {{Fake news}} at the top of the article. See help page on how to add template

A page was finally kept (not deleted) on Wikipedia, what should I do ?

In wikicode you can replace all the content of the article by the template {{Kept on WIkipedia}}

  1. Be sure you are logged in
  2. Click the tab "Edit Source" (or the pen icon on mobile view)
  3. Select all of the content (Tip you can useCtrl + A) and delete it
  4. Copy the template in wikicode : {{Kept_on_Wikipedia}}. See help page on how to add template
  5. Save
  6. You should now see a link "This page was kept on Wikipedia check : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_of_the_page"

How do I delete my account on EverybodyWiki?

If you wish to delete your account on the EverybodyWiki website, kindly contact user:WikiMaster in the talk section and request for the deletion of your account through the same account you wish to get deleted.

Questions about Everybodywiki ?

Why are there so many red links on pages (when logged in) ?

A red link links to page which doesn't exist.

If you see a lot of red links, you should be on a page which was imported from Wikipedia and has many links to pages which don't exists on Everybodywiki.

See How can I clean a page?

How do I switch to another skin ?

When logged in, go to Preferences > Appearance and select another skin (like Chameleon, based on Bootstrap, which is responsive).

EV EN How to switch to Chameleon skin.gif

Why did WikiMasterBot2 edit a page I already edited myself?

Maybe because a page with the same name is currently in the "Articles for deletion" category or on the "Draft:" namespace on English or Simple English Wikipedia. And has been automatically overwritten by WikiMasterBot2.

WikiMasterBot2 could make some minor changes periodically like replacing some text.

SOLUTION : add the template {{nobots}} at the bottom of the page.

See help page on how to add template. See user:WikiMasterBot

Do you accept guest post ?

Unfortunately, EverybodyWiki staff can't post for you any content.

You have to do it yourself by creating an account and an article and then fill the article with your content.

Your links will be in "No follow".

Content must be Original and Licence CC-BY-SA EverybodyWiki will apply.

How many external links are allowed ?

The number of external links allowed depends on the size of the page, excluding social media and official website links.

External links are allowed every 5000 letters.

Will you provide Do-Follow links ?

No.

Will articles be permanently published?

Yes. Except if the article infringes the copyright.

I want the post to be without a sponsored tag, is it possible ?

You can pay to show a link to your article on the main page. It will be highlighted on "Sponsored articles".

Are you interested into exchange links ?

Not now.

How can I help the project ?

Some maintenance job could be done see : Everybodywiki:ToDo Unfortunately our WikiMasterBot is too stupid to do some tasks at this time :

  • You can translate some interface sentences into a specific language or correct English mistakes, WikiMaster doesn't have a native understanding of English. See Everybodywiki:Translation
  • You can do some search engine optimization for some articles/expression, see below

If you want to contribute, you can clean new pages and improve existing ones.

Does EverybodyWiki have any affiliation with The Wikimedia Foundation ?

No, you can see the project of the foundation here

Do Wikipedia pages get deleted from EverybodyWiki staff ?

No, EverybodyWiki does not:

  • Delete any page,
  • Vote for or against deletion
  • Put articles as candidates for deletion
  • Decline or reject drafts submissions

I have created a page on Wikipedia which is currently considered for deletion, would Everybodywiki copy it ?

Do you delete pages duplicated with Wikipedia ?

Yes WikiMasterBot2 is removing from April 24 2020 duplicates with Wikipedia, replacing all the content by the template {{Kept in Wikipedia}} if it finds the same page on Wikipedia.

It will only delete pages that WikiMasterBot2 or WikiMasterBot has edited and that are still on Wikipedia (but not as redirect or still marked for deletion).

If you don't want a page you have copied from Wikipedia to be deleted, just add the template {{nobots}} anywhere in the page.

If the content of a page was already replaced by {{Kept in WIkipedia}}, feel free to revert WIkiMasterBot2 edits and add the template {{nobots}} anywhere in the page. WikiMasterBot2 won't replace the content anymore. After some weeks, pages kept on Wikipedia will be deleted.

Are you looking for qualified writers ?

No, we are not looking for any qualified writers against remuneration.

Search Engine Optimization

How do I get a knowledge panel displayed for a bio or a company page?

See Help:How to get my knowledge panel on Google ?

How can I improve the SEO of an article?

How can I improve the position of an article on search engines?

Be sure your article :

  • Is long enough (more than 100 words)
  • Contains keywords especially in header section. You can bold keyword or put between <strong> </strong> tags
    • Don't stuff too many keywords, your article should remain clearly readable by visitors
    • Put this keywords in "alt" tag or pictures description.
  • contains links from other articles (max 5) related to the same topic. The anchor of the link should contain the key words. The article could be from Everybodywiki or any other website. If the links are from outside websites they should not be in "nofollow" for a better result.
    • Don't put too many links at the same time and not from links farm.
    • Add existing relevant categories and portal on Everybodywiki and links to pages of the same categories will be displayed in the future.
    • Put just one link on other article to your page
  • Is updated with relevant information when needed.
  • Is unique. Don't create duplicate of your article, anyway search engine will display only one article on results page. A good position is better than 2 bad positions.

Need help from Everybodywiki team to improve the position of your article ? Add it on Everybodywiki:Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

How do I automatically link my page to articles of the same theme?

Add existing themes using the Portal template; Example in wikicode: {{Portal | Theme1 | Theme2 | Theme3}} You can specify from 1 to 5 themes.

How do I know if my article has been indexed by Google ?

You must write the URL of your article in the Google search bar with the mention "site:" before. Exemple :

  • site:en.everybodywiki.com/MY_PAGE

I have a question missing from this FAQ, how can I ask it ?

  • Do not ask us to edit a page that you can edit yourself !
  • Do not ask us to delete (or delete yourself) content without a legal or good reason. Take care of Streisand effect.
  • Please warn us if you find any illegal / bad content on Everybodywiki, and please blank it (delete all its content, write a reason in the summary and save).

You can contact us by :

Please contact us in english (or french).

  • Twitter Twitter account of EverybodyWiki.
  • You can also use any talk page of any article/user if your talk is related to the article / user.