Help:Adding a new article

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Welcome to TaxAlmanac! Adding or editing an article is very easy. There are two primary ways to create a new article in TaxAlmanac: either by using the Search function, or by creating a broken link.

Whatever you do, don't be afraid! Be bold. No matter what you do, we can fix it. We keep a revision history of every edit to every page of TaxAlmanac. You can see it on the history tab at the top of the page. The community also monitors changes to the site on the recent changes page on the left. This allows all of us to very quickly clean up anything that gets messed up or needs tweaking in some way.


Using the Search function to add an article

  1. First, you must be logged in. And please be sure that you have updated your profile before adding/editing any articles.
  2. Search for the topic to make sure it doesn’t already exist. (If it does, you can simply Edit the existing article).
  3. If the topic does not exist, you will be provided with a link to create a new article.

Using a Broken Link to add an article

  1. First, you must be logged in.
  2. Next, select an existing article that you want to link to your new article.
  3. Open the existing article in Edit mode, and create a link for your new article by entering double brackets on both sides of the title you select. For example:
[[My New Article]]

When you save the changes, "My New Article" appears as a link; just click on the link to edit the new article.

This is a guide to some important things you should know before creating your first article.

1) Be bold. 2) Please don't create vanity pages or advertising. 3) Be careful about copying things.

Be bold

  • We want new people to write new TaxAlmanac articles. Don't worry about making mistakes; they can be corrected. If you're not sure what to do—then go ahead. If other TaxAlmanac think it seriously violates our guidelines, be aware that your article will be edited and may even be removed. However, other TaxAlmanac users love to fix and improve articles and rarely remove them, so do not be shy of contributing to The Free Online Resource.

But please don't create...

Vanity pages 
Articles about yourself (excluding the User Pages). If you are worthy of inclusion in the TaxAlmanac, let someone else add an article for you. TaxAlmanac encourages participants to create a user page to provide background information on the individual, associated firm, college, or university. User pages are another way TaxAlmanac users can assess the reliability and trustworthiness of the sources.
Please don't try to promote your product or business. Please don't insert external links to your commercial website unless a neutral party would judge that the link truly belongs in the article.
A single sentence or only a website link 
Articles need to have more content and should not merely reference another website.

And be careful about:

  • Copying things. Do not violate copyrights. To be safe, do not copy more than a couple of sentences of text from anywhere, and document any references you do use. You can copy material that you are sure is in the public domain, but even for public domain material you should still document your source. Also note that most Web pages are not in the public domain. In fact most things written since about 1976 are automatically under copyright even if they have no copyright notice or © symbol. If you think what you are contributing is in the public domain, say where you got it, either in the article or on the discussion page, and on the discussion page give the reason why you think it is in the public domain (e.g. "It was published in 1895...") If you think you are making "fair use" of copyrighted material, please put a note on the discussion page saying why you think so.
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