As an experienced Wikipedia Writer, I can tell you first hand that your written language is very important when contributing to the Wikipedia platform.
Poorly written content has a lot of drawbacks:
- You are not taken seriously by senior Wikipedia Writers and Editors: That’s a fact. Often times, your contributions will be rolled back or entirely deleted because the quality of your written word isn’t upto par. Wikipedia writers and editors participate on a voluntary basis and not everyone is going to take the time to correct your spellings and grammar. The easier option is to simply delete what you have written no matter how important it may be.
- Site visitors also will not place much importance to what is written if they can’t make out exactly what you have written. It’s a waste of your time and a waste of theirs as well.
- You are accused of vandalism: I have to be honest; not every Wikipedia Writer and Editor is of the good kind. Some are quick to accuse you of vandalism just because what you wrote didn’t quite make sense to them given the language barrier.
- Your account gets suspended/banned; that’s right. Some Wikipedia Editors will go as far as banning your account for consistently writing content that didn’t quite make sense to them.
While I am talking specifically about the English Wikipedia, it’s safe to assume the same cases arise for other language contributions as well.
If English isn’t your first language, but you want to continue improving the English Wikipedia, you aren’t too far away from your goal.
Here I have compiled a list of online language courses to help you improve your written word. Certainly, improved writing is not only good for Wikipedia but it will help you in your other aspects of life. So here we go:
EDX is my favorite. They have half a dozen ESL courses to choose from. Some of them are from reputable universities such as the University of Washington. These can also count towards your university credits, but be sure to check with your university.
Coursera also has a wide variety of English language courses to choose from. This will ensure your Wikipedia submissions are never again turned down due to poor spelling and grammar.
And lastly the well-known Udemy. For the budget conscious, Udemy is perfect. You could start perfecting your English for under $13!
Once you perfect your language, you too could work on getting to senior levels of Wikipedia Writers and Editors accounts. Let’s go!