Hi everyone! It's been a while since I last wrote an advice blog, so I've decided to do another one. This time, I'd like to go over a topic I feel not many others have touched upon: content creation.
There are many help pages about starting a wiki here on Community Central...but, at the same time, there is no guaranteed way to create good pages and all. Given that no method of creation works perfectly for every topic, the aforementioned is not surprising, though it definitely can be frustrating.
I've been writing the pages of a lot of my own wikis for a few years now, and today I'd like to share some tips I've learned over time. Feel free to apply these to your editing – and let me know if you feel something is missing or could be added!
Tip #1: Don't copy
It can be tempting to copy content from another site, especially when you lack proper experience with writing and/or researching. However, copying, while easy, can lead to consequences that are anything but – consequences such as a DMCA takedown, the original authors being furious, and/or many others.
I, as a writer, personally despise plagiarism – it essentially is nothing more than stealing what others have worked so hard on. For reasons like that, don't copy others' work. Even if the content is licensed under a CC-BY-SA license or in the public domain, don't automatically resort to copying, as using CTRL+C will teach you nothing about being original.
Tip #1.5: Paraphrase
If you absolutely have to use what others have written before, don't add it word for word to your wiki – find a way to rephrase it. This can be difficult if English isn't your first language or – for non-English sites – if you're not fluent enough in the language of the wiki, though at times it's the best way to go. When struggling or in doubt, use (reputable) online references or ask for help from someone who you know is good at writing.
Tip #2: Say what others don't
Even Wikipedia may not catch/present everything about a topic, so going into detail on a topic-dedicated wiki can help.