A Wild Wikipedia Editing Journey

I was really excited when I found out that we were going to be learning how to edit a Wikipedia page and could not wait to start this assignment. Wikipedia has been discounted as a source for information for such a long time and I love that now it is recognized as an excellent source to start the research journey. As an article in PLOS ONE research journal states “What is needed is a wider appreciation of how to best leverage the vast quantity of information in Wikipedia to take advantage of its strengths and avoid its weaknesses” (Wilson A, Likens G, 2015).

The newspaper that I chose to do more research on is based in Haiti and is called HaitiLibre. The goal of this newspaper is share information that is not influenced by any “ideologies”. The paper has a small staff, the managing editor, Joseph Marcellus and five journalists. HaitiLibre owns a “supplemental” site, iciHaiti.com. I don’t understand the difference between the two. The website was created in 2010 so it is not very old.

Finding the newspaper online was not difficult. I was not sure of its legitimacy based on the layout of the site. It did not have the look and feel of a new site that I am more used to visiting in the United States.

I looked for secondary sources to help legitimize and provide notability about HaitiLibre. One of the requirements for a page on Wikipedia is notability. Most of the staff has a LinkedIn page but not a photo or a profile that helps me to know that they’re real people and not bots. There are not any other sources that mention HaitiLibre. Apparently, they haven’t won an award or sponsored any events. Sadly, I didn’t find any secondary sources.

Based on my research, unfortunately, HaitiLibre does not get it’s own Wikipedia page, it would stay in the sandbox section since it is not notable.

My experience… that is another story.

Unfortunately, I was not as successful as I would have liked to have been. I will be upfront about it, I didn’t put the time into learning how to navigate through Wikipedia.

My first issue was trying to figure out how to set up my draft page. I figured that out because the instructions for that were in a different module that I overlooked. Then, when I tried to edit the page that I thought I created but really have not, I couldn’t. Apparently, I haven’t really created my page and since I tried to set it up last minute, contrary to what I should have done, error. You can see that my Draft:Haiti Libre doesn’t exist. I am laughing and you can laugh too, or just roll your eyes.

Screenshot of Wikipedia Talk tab of HaitiLibre.

I liked that the training was broken up over several weeks. I think I would have preferred an overview up front to say this is what the training looks like and how the article ties in. I think it was week 3 that I realized the training article was different than the article I was actually picking.

I loved the opportunity to go through this exercise and I think it is important that other students go through this too.

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