I started editing wikiHow (website, Wikipedia page) on Saturday, May 16, 2015. My user page is here and my talk page is here. My first edits were on the page Ride Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). I subsequently created a related page Ride BART from the East Bay to San Francisco.
Some observations regarding editing wikiHow:
- In contrast to Wikipedia, wikiHow has staff and volunteers who offer active encouragement and welcome to new editors. On Wikipedia, new editors are often greeted with highly functional criticism (generally regarding concerns of notability and reliability). The ratio of positive to negative feedback on WikiHow is way higher.
- Thresholds for notability and reliability on WikiHow are lower.
- There is much more low-hanging fruit regarding topics to create.
- WikiHow gets about 1-5% the traffic that Wikipedia gets (based on rough estimates). It’s not clear how much this is because of having less content so far and how much this is because of Wikipedia being more highly regarded by users and search engines.
Some wikiHow articles I have created as a result of experience I have acquired while working are listed below. All of these were created in my personal capacity, and do not cite or reference anything specific or unique to my job
- How to Optimize Your Amazon EC2 Costs
- How to Optimize Your Amazon S3 Costs
- How to Use Amazon EC2 Spot Instances
- How to Use Amazon Route 53
My experience at the job has also helped enhance my interest in other topics around popularity and web metrics that I was anyway interested in, though it is possible I would have written about them anyways. Some articles in this category are:
- How to Gauge the Popularity of a Topic Online
- How to Understand Your Website Audience Profile
- How to Get Traffic Analytics for a Website You Don’t Own
I also created and edited some wikiHow articles related to mass transit, partly inspired by my own travel experiences: