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Today's walkthrough of new article creation[edit]

Let's say I want to create an article. I register for wikipedia and become autoconfirmed. I go to the namespace and click to create Foo Foods. The edit window opens and I see a fair amount to read at the top of that window.[edit]

*Before creating an article, please read Wikipedia:Your first article. We recommend that new editors use the Article wizard.

I choose Article Wizard. I click through the following:[edit]

Wikipedia Article Wizard
Thank you for your interest in contributing to Wikipedia!
Before creating a draft article, you can practice by first editing in Wikipedia's community sandboxyour personal sandbox. It's a great way to try out editing without affecting live articles. If you need some help along the way, see our guide to your first article.

Clicking "Next" I get:[edit]

Wikipedia Article Wizard
Referencing and notability
Your article will be rejected if the topic is not notable, violates copyright, or is not referenced properly.
The topic of an article must already be covered in reliable sources that are independent of the subject. These include academic journals, books, newspapers, magazines, and websites with a reputation for fact checking. Social media, press releases or corporate/professional profiles do not qualify.
Do not copy-paste or closely paraphrase material from sources. Rather, summarize what the source says in your own words.
  • Independent sources (see above) are generally acceptable and should be used before other sources.
  • Non-independent sources (like company websites or press releases) can be used to verify basic facts only.
  • Blogs, social media, and tabloid journalism are generally not acceptable.
To create a reference, use <ref></ref> as follows
Bizco was founded in 1942.<ref></ref>
More details on how to cite different types of materials can be found at our introduction to referencing guide.

Clicking "Next" I get:[edit]

Wikipedia Article Wizard
Common mistakes
There are a lot of common mistakes that are made with drafts. Here are a few you must watch out for:
  • Writing about yourself or someone/something you're close to
    Whether it is yourself, a family member, a friend, an employer, a mentor/business partner, writing about topics close to you (and the people close to you) is discouraged as the article you will create may not be neutral.
  • Copy-pasting material
    You must write the article in your own words, or it may be deleted.
  • Not citing your sources
    Articles without independent reliable sources usually get deleted within days.
  • Overly promotional language
    Terms like "leading expert" and "ground-breaking technology" sound great when promoting a product, but they do not belong on Wikipedia. Let the facts speak for themselves.

After I self disclose I'm not connected, I get:[edit]

Wikipedia Article Wizard
Draft Creation
You're all ready to go! When you create your draft, it will not be seen by external search engines. However, when you finish, you'll be able to submit it to be reviewed by our volunteers. Reviews can take a long time, so please be patient and rest assured that your draft will be reviewed in due course. This may take 4 months or more, since drafts are reviewed in no specific order.

Inserting "Foo Foods" and clicking create article draft gets us here:[edit]

The following appears above the edit window:


Creating a draft article takes four steps. Please read carefully. 1. Enter the content of your article in the blank area as illustrated. You may use the Wikipedia Cheatsheet to properly format your article.

  • Remember to use your own words. Do not copy content from another website.

2. List your references in the bulleted area provided or cite them using inline citations. (See example.)

3. If you require assistance with your submission, visit our live chat. You may use any nickname you would like, provided that it isn't already taken. 4. When you are finished writing, click the "Publish page" button. You are all done! We appreciate your submission.


  • Please note: Once you click the "publish" button, your draft is saved in a public drafting area. You may continue to work on your draft as long as you like; there is no deadline, but bear in mind that if the draft isn't edited in six months, it may be deleted.
  • If the draft is declined, you will still be able to edit it. It is simply marked as declined.
  • When you feel your draft is ready to become an article, you can request a review (or a re-review). To do so, edit your draft, by clicking on its "Edit" button, and add {{subst:submit}} at the beginning of your draft.

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Content that violates any copyrights will be deleted. Encyclopedic content must be verifiable through citations to reliable sources.