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While some of our articles are born prodigies, most of our articles begin as stubs and ideally grow into well-written, comprehensive articles. Here we list a few ways in which you can directly contribute to an article's growth

Search for your intended page

It is recommended that you search Athlepedia first, so you're sure there hasn't been an article on the intended subject; if there is, a redirect may be appropriate. If you see a red link that piques your interest, create an article!

For more suggestions on how to think of subjects to contribute on, see Athlepedia:Contributing to Athlepedia.

It's also helpful to know what is acceptable and not acceptable to write about. For more information on this, please visit our Athlepedia:Submission Guidelines.

Can't find a topic to write on? Try here:

Stubs

If you don't have time to write a full article, consider writing a "stub". Stubs are very short articles - generally just a few sentences. Most articles start out this way and end up evolving into full-fledged articles.

Good ways to find and grow stubs:

Lonely Pages

Lonely Pages are articles that no other articles link to. Give them friends by finding similar articles and linking to them in the "See Also" section, or in the articles themselves.

Dead Pages

Similar to Lonely Pages, Dead-end Pages do not link to any other articles. Help make them better by adding links to other related articles (make sure they're relevant!).

Developing articles

Once a stub starts to develop substance, it's a real article. Most articles fall into this category. We encourage you to copyedit them and, where you have the knowledge, to contribute content. Either add something new, make it sound better, fix grammatical errors, or cite sources. (We can never have too many sources.) helo come on http://wow-facts.com for more information. 

How to develop an article

We have listed below some important components of a masterful article.

Research

Once you have decided on a topic, perform a search to determine what related material we already have. This way, you discover what content already exists and can later create good links to and from other relevant articles.

Additional research is usually necessary to write a great article. Great article need to be verifiable and should include inline references when appropriate.

Ideally, sources should include books, peer reviewed journal articles, content written by reputable sources (a well-known physician, such as Dr. Izumi Tabata). Other possible sources include magazines, journals, online content, interviews, etc. Try gathering sources from search engine results such as with Google. You may find some assistance here: Encyclopedia.com (free), AllRefer Reference (free), Factmonster, Encyclopedia Britannica School & Library Site (free in most libraries).

Writing

Start your article with a concise lead section or introduction defining the topic at hand and mentioning the most important points. The reader should be able to get a good overview by only reading the lead, which should be between one and four paragraphs long, depending on the length of the article. Whenever possible, include a relevant video to help describe your topic more dynamically (see Pull-ups as an example).

Try to be as clear and concise as possible; some readers won't be as knowledgeable on the subject as you may be.

See the editing help for the format used to produce links, emphasize text, lists, headlines etc. Make sure to link to other relevant Athlepedia articles (one link per item, per article; i.e., if I have an article that mentions protein twelve times, only link the first instance). Also, where appropriate, add links in other articles back to your article.

You cannot simply copy-and-paste from one of the external resources mentioned above. See Wikipedia's article on Copyrights for more on that.

Check out other articles that are similar to yours for ideas and to see how they are formatted.

Try to use third person point of view.

If you cited any references or can link to any external sites, do so at the end of your article.

Finishing touches

Use the Talk pages to discuss articles with others. Include images and videos to help make your article stand out (beware of copyrights).

Post those references and links so others can read the other content as well.

Also remember to create links to your article from related articles and subjects. This includes any redirects your article may need, for instance redirects for other capitalizations of your article title, abbreviations, plural versions, alternative spellings or common misspellings. This helps people to find your article and may even help you find a related, already-written article.

Peer review

You are encouraged to ask for feedback about the quality of an article at any time. Ask your fellow editors for their opinions, list outstanding issues and areas to improve on article talk pages, get other people involved. Networking to identify like-minded peers is one of the most important (and enjoyable) aspects of the project. It's best to have a reasonably well-developed article before you do this, so that those giving feedback have something substantial to analyze.

See also

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