Dirtopia:Contributing to Dirtopia

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Point out problems[edit]

A lot of people get started on Dirtopia because they are reading an article and think to themselves "that's not right...". If you know just what to do to fix something that isn't right — great, go for it; but if you aren't sure what to do, here's an approach with which you can never really go wrong. Simply navigate to the talk/discussion page associated with the article, hit the "+" tab, and make a comment on what you think needs changing. Remember to end your comment with ~~~~, which will timestamp your comment.

Create new articles[edit]

Creating a new article is often a very useful thing to do, especially if there are lots of articles linking to an empty page.

Dirtopia articles contain lots of links to other articles. Blue (or purple, if you have already visited them) links represent pages that do exist. Red links (or tan, if you have already visited them) point to pages that don't yet exist. Whoever created these links thought that an article on the topic should exist. If this was not a popular idea, the link may have been removed. It's also possible that a spelling error was made, or that they didn't know the correct name for an existing page on the same (or a more general) topic. In this case, you could fix the link, and/or create a redirect. If you decide there should be an article at the other end of the link, by all means start writing it!

In addition to looking for red links, you can look at a list of requested articles, and pick one you know something about. (See the section "Where do I start?" below.)

For technical help getting started, see Help:Starting a new page.

Tip[edit]

Don't be surprised if other people edit your pages to adapt them to our policies. It's OK to learn as you go along.

Sometimes inappropriate material needs to be pruned to allow a short article to grow into a long one in a healthy way, and sometimes it just so happens that an article needs to be pruned all the way to the roots.

Publicize Dirtopia[edit]

See Dirtopia:Publicity for ideas.

Help other users[edit]

If you already have some experience, your assistance in one of the many Dirtopia forums, would be a valuable contribution. You can help Dirtopia grow by helping other people share what they know.

Thank you[edit]

Your positive contributions are what make Dirtopia possible.