Submissions/Quality Content Matters

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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 2024 Subject - C7
Title of the submission

Quality Content Matters

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)


Author of the submission

Brenda Wahler

Language of presentation


E-mail address



Country of origin

United States

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)


Personal homepage or blog

Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Wikipedia users may not understand that the quality and stability of good and featured articles is of great value, and many editors find that bringing articles to this status can be daunting. To demonstrate how quality article improvement can occur, this presentation will outline ways to create and improve content by showing how a group of Wikipedia users created a featured article (FA), and along the way upgraded content to good articles (GA), plus created new articles that appeared at Did you know? (DYK) and In the News (ITN). Throughout, there was a need to monitor multiple articles, maintain the integrity of several biographies of living persons (BLPs) and update content constantly, sometimes live.

The quest of racehorse American Pharoah for the American Triple Crown presented a unique opportunity to write quality Wikipedia content while an event was unfolding. At the beginning, some articles were newly-created, others had existed for several years but required massive cleanup. A collegial and cooperative team that included regulars from WikiProject Horse racing and editors from outside the project worked together in a remarkable collaboration of diverse personalities. Along the way, a deft hand was needed to maintain Wikipedia's standards in the face of developing controversies, such as those involving the horse's "flamboyant and controversial" owner, Ahmed Zayat.

What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees at this presentation will learn how quality articles on Wikipedia are developed, including FA-level verifiability, locating and citing reliable sources, formatting, citations, obtaining free-licensed images, and pulling together submissions for four different review processes (ITN, DYK, GA and FA).

Theme of presentation
  • WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
  • Intermediate
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
  • Maybe, am also seeking scholarship funding.
Slides or further information (optional)

This will be a refined and tighter version of my WikiConference North America presentation Tracking the Triple Crown: Creating quality content, with more emphasis on the nuts and bolts of the process, per feedback from attendees. Slides will be updated and upgraded, but previous version is here.

Special requests
  • Require projector for powerpoint presentation, prefer one with audio output
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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  1. Rosiestep (talk) 20:43, 25 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Anne Delong (talk) 03:07, 26 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  3. WereSpielChequers (talk) 07:28, 26 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Smallbones (talk) 20:08, 31 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Will go well with Submissions/Article Alerts: A review of the English Wikipedia's article-monitoring system Headbomb (talk) 22:40, 9 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Gamaliel (talk) 18:39, 12 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
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