TaxAlmanac:Contributing

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Adding or editing an article is very easy, and is the real growth catalyst for this community. It takes visitors like you contributing to breathe life into TaxAlmanac every day. We need members who contribute their professional experience as much as we need members to fix spelling and grammar. No edit is too small to be helpful. There is some way that you can get involved and improve the community no matter who you are. It only takes a passion to make things better, knowing it will help the entire community.

Whatever you do, don't be afraid! Be bold. The TaxAlmanac site exhorts users to be bold in updating articles. TaxAlmanac will develop faster when people fix problems, correct grammar, add facts, make sure the language is precise, and so on. It's okay. It's what everyone expects. Instead of asking, "Why aren't these pages copyedited?", you should fix the problems you see yourself. It does require some amount of politeness, but it works. You'll see.

If someone writes an inferior article or outright patent nonsense, don't worry about their feelings. Correct it, add to it, and, if it's a total waste of time, replace it with brilliant prose. That's the nature of a user contribution system. For the most part, the instinctive desire of an author to "own" what he or she has written is counterproductive here, and it is good to shake up that emotional attachment by making sweeping changes at will when it improves the result. And of course, others here will boldly and mercilessly edit what you write. Don't take it personally. They, like all of us, just want to make TaxAlmanac as good as it can possibly be.

No matter what you do, we can fix it. We keep a revision history of every edit to every page of TaxAlmanac. You can see it on the history tab at the top of the page. The community also monitors changes to the site on the recent changes page on the left. This allows all of us to very quickly clean up anything that gets messed up or needs tweaking in some way.


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Editing an Existing Article

  1. You must be logged in to edit or add an article. And please be sure that you have updated your profile to provide some information about your background/experience as a tax professional before adding/editing any articles.
  2. Search for the topic or browse the existing articles.
  3. Simply select the Edit tab at the top of the article.
  4. Scroll to the appropriate location of the cotent to add your edits.


Adding a New Article

  1. You must be logged in to edit or add an article.
  2. Search for the topic to make sure it doesn’t already exist. If it does, see the instructions for Editing above.
  3. If the topic does not exist, you will be provided with a red link to click to create a new article.

NOTE: There are more ways to add an article. For more information, see Help:Adding a new article.


Formatting Your Article

For more information on editing articles, see our help page which talks about formatting and organizing your article. You can test your edits and freely play around in our sandbox.


Categorizing Your Article

To categorize your article, add [[category: your category here]] at the bottom of the article. The list of existing categories can be found here: Special:Categories.


Need Help?

If at any time you need help contributing, there are a couple things you can do.

  1. Discussion Pages - Every article and page has a discussion or talk tab at the top. That tab is a place for free discussion and questions, usually about the associated page. (Be aware, though, that article discussion/talk pages are definitely not the right place to ask a question you need immediate assistance with, as they don't get the kind of traffic that the discussion forums do.)
  2. E-Mail - You can send an email to TaxAlmanac and ask questions directly.
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