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How do I get articles out of sandboxes into mainspace? How do I move my article live?

asked 2015-10-02 16:01:38 -0500

updated 2017-07-26 13:50:27 -0500

How do I get articles out of sandboxes into mainspace? How do I post or publish my article? How do I move my article? Where do I publish my article? Where do I upload my finished article?

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answered 2015-10-02 16:02:33 -0500

updated 2018-01-30 18:19:23 -0500

On Wikipedia, you don't just "publish" your work. You have to actually move any content you've written into the live article yourself. If you are working to improve an existing article, check out our best practices for moving your work into the live article on your course page.

If you've written a brand new article, please follow these steps:

First and foremost, make sure you have your draft written in your Wikipedia Sandbox. You should absolutely NOT be copying any content from Microsoft Word or another word processor into Wikipedia because the formatting will not work. You must have your draft in your sandbox in order to make sure you have the proper Wikipedia formatting.

Before moving a sandbox draft to mainspace, please complete the following:

  • Ensure that you have removed any sandbox templates from your draft (more info here)

    • Make sure any signatures and other stray text have been removed.

    • Use the Move button that's available as a drop-down under the More tab at the top of your Sandbox.

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When moving an article to mainspace, make sure you select the "(Article)" namespace and that you update the title of the page from your Sandbox to the name of the article as it should exist when it's live on Wikipedia. For help determining what your article should be called, you can read about Wikipedia's article naming conventions here.

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