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Thank you for showing an interest in contributing to the Knowledge Base (KB)!

Articles in the KB are curated by the Resources Crew to meet quality and content standards. If you have any questions about the approval process or criteria, feel free to PM any of the active Resources Crew or ask questions in this thread.

General Approval Process

Articles may be written specifically for the KB, or else they may be nominated from posts anywhere else on YWS. This includes non-fiction literary works, user blogs, and regular forum posts. Content originating outside of YWS is NOT eligible.

PM the article (or a link to it) to one of the active Resources Crew. You should get a reply back within a week detailing any required revisions (if applicable). Be aware that the revision process may involve several such exchanges, and that you have a one week deadline to make revisions.

If you would like to speed the revision process up, it's recommended that you link to a WriterFeedPad. All YWS members have access to a WriterFeedPad by default, though if you are having trouble accessing yours, you can report the issue in the Report a site bug thread.

All articles in the KB require approval from two or more members of the Resources Crew, so don't be surprised if someone different contacts you about the submitted article.

Article Criteria

All articles must fulfill these criteria:

1. All technical terms are explained or defined early on or as encountered
2. Explanations and examples are provided
3. Explanations and examples are clear and concise
4. All relevant aspects of the topic are covered
4a. Article is comprehensive
4b. No key information is missing

5. Information is accurate

A lack of any of these is grounds for rejection, though rewrites are usually requested.

More than five instances of the following issues results in a rewrite request, with the most common issues noted in the contact:

1. Four or more colors
2. Monster paragraphs
3. Poor sentence structure
3a. Is there a clear point to each sentence?
3b. Are the sentence fragments intentional?
3c. Is that semicolon/colon used properly?
3d. Are there any comma splices?
3e. Are there any ambiguous phrasings or pronouns?

4. Poor organization of ideas, paragraphs, sections, and/or headings
4a. Does each paragraph or section have one main idea?
4b. Do the headings make sense?
4c. Is there a logical flow of ideas?
4d. Are there any redundancies?

Quick Tip: A quick way to check that an article is structured well is to try to outline it. You should be able to summarize an entire section into one sentence or heading, with the main point of each paragraph in a particular section supporting the main idea of that section.

Be sure to also check your spelling and grammar. While the occasional error is fine (and we'll even fix it for you), consistent errors in grammar and spelling are grounds for rejection.

In the case of differing spelling or grammar conventions (such as British vs. American English), so long as you're consistent in your usage, these differences will not count as errors.

We look forward to your contributions!
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