There is a common misunderstanding that you must get an “approval” from Wikipedia when creating an article. Truth is, you do not need anyone’s approval to create a Wikipedia page. The articles for creation process, which accompanies the term “approval” as a misnomer, is a roadblock put up to help keep spam off the site. It was created as a review process to quality check work of new editors and is more of a “peer review.” While it is a good process for those who would like a second opinion about articles they create, it also gives a false sense of security to those who have their articles “approved.”
Article creators who receive an approval of their article often believe this means that the article will not be deleted. In actuality, the “approval” makes it more susceptible to deletion. Here’s how.
All Wikipedia pages are subject to review by the open source community that edits them. This means that once an article reaches the “mainspace,” all contributing editors can review the article and also recommend it for deletion if they feel it meets the guidelines for such. Here is an infographic about the articles for creation process that I put together to help explain how it works and an alternative to using the process.
Keep in mind that if you plan on moving your article directly to the mainspace, you need to be sure the page you created meets Wikipedia guidelines (notability, formatting, referencing, etc.). Interested in using this INFOGRAPHIC on your site? Copy and paste the source code at the bottom of the post.
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