Become a Wikkan
36 35 34 volunteers – Wikkans. Each volunteer will check the news media on just 10 days a year, and add any corporate misdeeds to Wikipedia and to the Wikko database.
Points mean privileges
You get 10 points when you sign up.
Then you receive 50 more points for each story you successfully place or update on Wikipedia.
– 10 points for signing up
– 50 for 1 story placed
– 350 for 7 stories
– 600 for 12 stories
– 1,300 for 26 stories
– 2,600 for 52 stories
The Wikko system assigns you a Role and a badge, depending on the number of points you have amassed. They are as follows:
|Points achieved |
in the last year
|2,600 or more||Prosecutor|
Special Agents and above will have mentoring roles. Detectives and above will have admin/editing status. Anyone reaching the level of Detective will receive a metal pin badge.
Is it difficult to add content to Wikipedia?
No, it’s really simple. Wikipedia has a ‘visual editor’ that works like Microsoft Word. You just paste your content in, and click Save. Then you add a link. We will train you in the following skills:
- Where to find articles
- How to add content to Wikipedia
- Wikipedia’s requirements (article minimum length and the need for at least one reference)
- How to add a reference in Wikipedia
- The need for an objective tone of voice.
- How to craft an article.
- How to assess the validity of a story (we have a checklist)
We will also assign you a mentor when you start.
Note: Wikipedia editors can brusquely and casually reject articles they don’t think meet their standards. This can be off-putting. Women suffer more than men in finding the editing of Wikipedia dispiriting. See this New Statesman article.