Editing an Article
Editing a Wikipedia article is easy to do, and anyone can do it. You don't have to be approved by a board of authority, or pass muster with others on the site. All you need is to be a registered user (it's free) and take the time necessary to make the edits.
And because Wikipedia staff don't have to approve new or edited articles, the edits you make are applied in real time. When you're through editing and click the Save Page button, the revised page is immediately available to other users. Your edits don't have to be vetted or approved in any way; you make the changes and everybody sees the changes. It's that easy and that fast.
You can edit any Wikipedia article for any reason. Here's how to do it:
- From the article page, click the Edit This Page tab.
- A new page displays with a text box that contains the underlying code for the article, like the one shown in Figure 1. Make your edits to the text within this box.
- Enter a summary of your changes into the Edit Summary box.
- If this is a relatively minor edit (grammar, punctuation, formatting, and so forth), check the This is a Minor Edit box.
- Click the Show Preview button to preview the article with your changes.
- Click the Save Page button to save the revised article.
Figure 1 Editing a Wikipedia article