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Submissions/How to write a DYK

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission
How to write a DYK: hunting and gathering, writing, nominating
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Michel Aaij
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Auburn University Montgomery
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
Writing "Did You Know" ("DYK") articles is an attractive and rewarding way for editors to publish for an audience. There are, however, quality controls built into the process and certain (recent) requirements that can sometimes be difficult to navigate. In my presentation, I will use a fairly recent DYK to take editors through all the steps of the process, beginning with inspiration and ending with publication. First, I will outline the basics of article writing and gathering information. Second, I'll go through the composition of the article and the proper formatting and editing (and finding an image, if possible). Third, the DYK nomination process is discussed, including writing the hook and working with the template. Fourth, the requirement that nominators also review an article has added a new challenge to the process, but this isn't insurmountable: we'll go through article review, step by step.

The entire process is a microcosm of Wikipedia editing: it entails writing, researching, working with templates, peer-reviewing, and interacting with other editors to produce a well-written and verified article with a juicy hook that directs readers from the frontpage (on average, 3 to 6 million page views per day) to your article.

Track (Wikis and the Public Sector; GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums); WikiCulture and Community; Research, Analysis, and Education; Technology and Infrastructure)
Research, Analysis, and Education, though there are aspects here of collaborative editing and community interaction, given the DYK nomination process, which of necessity includes DYK review
Length of presentation/talk (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 Minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Probably (depending on scholarship), but acceptance greatly increases my odds.
Slides or further information (optional)
I need a screen and an internet connection.
Special request as to time of presentations (for example - can not present on Saturday)

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  1. Risker 04:23, 17 February 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Rangilo Gujarati 11:47, 17 February 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  3. I like the idea of more practical Wikimania sessions: writing a DYK on-stage or in a conference room would be great. See Submissions/Skillshare. —Tom Morris 21:08, 20 February 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  4. NaBUru38 16:49, 23 February 2012 (UTC)[reply]