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As your Wiki grows in both content and readership, you'll want to start getting others to contribute as well. A little guidance will go a long way.

Here are a few steps you can take to help users start contributing to the Wiki.

Teach people how to create & edit pages

History feature

Most Wikis have a history feature, so even if you make a mistake while editing, you can restore the page to its former state. People are more comfortable making changes knowing they can easily reverse if necessary.

Have new users deliberately mess up a page and then restore it to its original state.

For more on the history feature, go to the "Reverting page edits[d]" section.

Editing

Editing existing pages is an easier task for new users than starting new pages from scratch.

Once users understand the history feature, have them review a batch of existing pages and make corrections or add relevant information.

Creating pages

Eventually, you'll want others to start contributing unique pages.

The simplest way to have a user create a new page is by copying an existing page. For example, have them create a minutes page for the next meeting based on a minutes page you created previously.

Some wikis have a feature to “star” or “like” a page. You can use these features to express your appreciation for others contributions.

Teach people how to organize their pages

Discuss searching and linking

You want your wiki to be easy to navigate for all users. This means regularly reviewing the links on reference pages to ensure they're up to date and well-organized.

Some Wikis will allow you to configure parent-child relationships (i.e. the page hierarchy) between pages. You can therefore collect, for example, procedural documents under a “Procedural Documents” page and minutes documents under a “Minutes” page.

Establish rules for titles

To ensure that groups of similar pages are easy to navigate, set up a simple titling format. If you make these rules too complicated, you'll likely struggle to get others to follow them. So be sure to make titling formats simple and straightforward.

For example, meeting notes could be titled as: “MM/DD/YYYY (meeting name)”. When you establish a standard titling format, it's helpful to add it to the parent Wiki.