173/365 - Traffic at dusk

Con­tin­u­ing from last week’s arti­cle on my 1 mil­lion pho­tos on Flickr, I thought I would post about anoth­er online project I worked on that gave me a sense of accom­plish­ment.

In March of 2004, I made my first edit ever on Wikipedia, and it was at the Leth­bridge arti­cle. All I did was update the pop­u­la­tion amount. Over the fol­low­ing few months, I con­tributed a few more times, as well as to a hand­ful of oth­er arti­cles.

Over April and May of 2005, sev­er­al edi­tors com­plete­ly rewrote the con­tent. When the 2005 munic­i­pal cen­sus was released at the end of May, I went to the Leth­bridge arti­cle again to edit the pop­u­la­tion.

I noticed the arti­cle had changed sub­stan­tial­ly, and I saw the poten­tial of it. I spent the next two years work­ing on the arti­cle: adding new con­tent, find­ing sources for claims already in the con­tent, edit­ing for gram­mar and clar­i­ty, and so on.

In Feb­ru­ary 2007, after fol­low­ing sev­er­al inter­nal Wikipedia con­ven­tions for good arti­cles, I sub­mit­ted it for peer review. The results of the review was that it was not good arti­cle mate­r­i­al, but the review­er left sev­er­al sug­ges­tions for improve­ment. I imple­ment­ed those, and it was resub­mit­ted and sub­se­quent­ly approved three days lat­er for Good Arti­cle sta­tus.

GA sta­tus is the sec­ond high­est sta­tus an arti­cle can get on Wikipedia, and it made me very proud, but it wouldn’t last long. Only 6 months lat­er, after mak­ing sev­er­al more changes, I felt it was near­ly ready for peer review under the assump­tion it would even­tu­al­ly be sub­mit­ted for Fea­tured Arti­cle sta­tus.

I received a lot of feed­back from the peer review process, and imple­ment­ed it. Three months lat­er, I sub­mit­ted it for Fea­tured Arti­cle sta­tus, and on 28 Novem­ber 2007, it was fea­tured on the front page of Wikipedia.

That made me hap­py.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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