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Wikipedia:Build content to endure
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It contains the advice or opinions of one or more Wikipedia contributors. This page is not an encyclopedia article, nor is it one of Wikipedia's policies or guidelines, as it has not been thoroughly vetted by the community. Some essays represent widespread norms; others only represent minority viewpoints.
This page in a nutshell: Take steps to ensure that content you write will not degrade or become outdated over time.
Wikipedia is littered with content that, while once great, has since decayed (much like this statue).
Most content on Wikipedia naturally improves over time. However, this is not always the case, and none of us will be around forever to defend the pages we care most about. This essay lists measures that can be taken to help prevent content from degrading over time.
As a general principle, when building something on Wikipedia, envision it 10 years or even 50 or 100 years in the future. This doesn't mean every system must be entirely maintenance free (which would be impossible), but if maintenance is so complicated or tedious that only you would reasonably do it, it's sure to eventually fail.
Overall, Wikipedia is a long-term endeavor, and contributions that survive will have a far greater impact than those that don't. By following these best practices, you will increase the likelihood that pages will endure and retain their quality into the future.
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Last edited on 13 February 2021, at 05:05
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