Expectations for Writers

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General Timeline

  1. Get hired
  2. Receive or create batch, depending on article type (people vs. company vs. glossary)
  3. Research and write articles
  4. Alert an editor that you have finished
  5. Editors will edit your articles and leave notes on your User Page
  6. Make recommended edits to your articles
  7. "Complete" work on eLance/vWorker
  8. Receive payment
  9. Contract for new batch (optional)
  10. Repeat steps 2-10 ad infinitum

User Page

Each writer is expected to maintain a coherent list of the articles that they are working on/have completed. A good example of the eventual goal and how this should look can be seen on Ali's page. It is best to keep a numbered list while you are working through the batch (using # as a bullet), and then after we edit and approve the batch we will compile it into the small version.

Under Construction

It is important to enter the "under construction" image before or after the template you use, an editor will later remove this image as the article is approved. The formatting for this is: [[Image:UnderConstruction.png]]

Content Originality and Neutrality

When writing an article, the best practice is to read your sources and then summarize them to the best of your ability. Do not simply copy and paste what you have read. It is imperative that the content on ICANNWiki.org be original. We also expect that the writing should be from a neutral point of view. Remember, these are simply articles about the topic, they should contain neither praise nor insult.


When linking references, make sure the coding lies behind the punctuation. For example: .<ref>[url SITENAME]</ref>

When listing the reference, use the name of the website instead of the condensed URL (LinkedIn vs. linkedin.com).

When citing an entire summarized paragraph, the citation should go at the end of the paragraph. If there are multiple citations within a sentence or a paragraph, the citation should go after the piece of information it references.

Table of Contents

A table of contents will appear in any article after 3 or more sections are created. Generally this is not necessary, so should you note that a table appears on an article you write it is important that you remove it. The formatting for this is: __NOTOC__ (Those are two underscores (_) on each side of the NOTOC.)

Leave table of contents in for LONG articles, i.e., those that require scrolling to view the entire article.


It is important to use the following categories correctly and to place them at the bottom of the page.

  • [[Category: Companies]]
  • [[Category: People]]
  • [[Category: Registrars]]
  • [[Category: Registries]]
  • [[Category: Constituencies]]
  • [[Category: Groups & Teams]]
  • [[Category: Associations]]
  • [[Category: Organizations]]
  • [[Category: Committees]]
  • [[Category: People]]
  • [[Category: Glossary]]

Keep in mind that a certain entity will likely have more than one category at the bottom; and always remember to add the country where it applies, that is, add the country of origin/headquarters for any entity that has a mostly-fixed location. Such as:

  • [[Category: Italy]]

When you have noted the country in the country field in either the Company or People template, the category for that country will appear automatically. You only need to add the country category manually if you have not used either template. Please, only list countries in the countries section of the template. If there are multiple countries, list nothing in the countries field, and put in the categories manually.

If you have any questions of which category to use for a certain entity, please ask.