Think of your wiki as potentially the most comprehensive knowledge source available for your topic. We want every wiki to expand upon what has been done before to create the ultimate repository of information about each topic.

Anything anyone could possibly want to know about the topic should be found in your wiki.

  • What would someone who knows nothing about this topic be interested in?
  • What is the most logical way to structure this wiki, so that anybody can find the information that they're looking for?
  • Every page in a wiki is referred to as a document. You can organise documents into collections. Think of collections as being similar to folders. You can easily move documents around to other collections in the wiki at any time if you want to reorganise things.

Let's make your wiki the ultimate source of knowledge for your topic! Here's some tips on how to create the world's best wiki.

Don't make assumptions

Approach each document in your wiki as though you are an inquisitive researcher, and your reader is perhaps new to the topic or a complete beginner. Don't assume that your reader knows as much as you do.

Write for an audience of one

Imagine you are writing to delight a single person who is eager to learn more about your wiki topic.

Make the content easy to skim

Don't intimidate readers with walls of text or ultra long paragraphs.

Use headings to organise your content

Use H1, H2 and H3 headers to help break up the content within a document.

An example would be:

H1: Harry Potter
{Description of the Harry Potter character}

H2: Magic Abilities
{Overview of Harry Potter's magic abilities}

H3: Wandless Magic
{Description of this particular ability}

H3: Magical Resistance
{Description of this particular ability}

etc...

Add extra value to pages

Review each page in your wiki to see how it could be improved.

  • What can I add to the information already there, to make it more comprehensive or interesting?
  • Could I rewrite that sentence or paragraph to gain more clarity for the reader?
  • Are there interview quotes that I could add to this page to help add more meaning or context?
  • Is there a good YouTube video which would add value? Keep embedded videos to a maximum of one per document page.
  • Is there a good quality image that I could upload to a page? Limit images to a few per page. If you want to create a gallery of images, create a separate page.
  • Are there any more internal links I could add to help direct the reader to more related resources?

Fix common issues

Look for typos, bad spacing, incorrect punctuation or consider replacing poor words with better ones. Rewrite confusing sentences to clarify meaning, or update sections with better phrasing. Fix any awkward sounding grammar.

Answer common questions

A good way to find out what your audience want to know about your topic is to do a simple Google search of your term and check the 'People also ask' section of the search results. For example a search for 'dragon's lair' reveals one of these common questions:

How much did it cost to play Dragon's Lair?

The simple answer is '50 cents'. But think about how you could expand upon that and incorporate the most thorough answer to that question into your wiki. So, the next time someone searches for that question, your answer might show up first!

A better answer would be:

Arcade owners were somewhat dubious about the proposed cost-per-play for the game. At fifty cents, Dragon's Lair cost twice as much to play as most other arcade games of its day. In the early 1980s, most arcade games in the US were designed to relieve the player of a quarter in exchange for a single play (a quarter is a twenty-five cent coin).

Tip: When starting a new wiki with a lot of pages, create the pages of content first, and then go back and create the internal links to all the pages. This will save time in the long run as you expand on the content. When you go back through each document to create the internal links, there's less chance of missing something, and you'll know which words or terms can be linked, and which cannot.

Read next: Lesson 2: Text format and presentation

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