How to Get a Star Page on Wikinut

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 23rd Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1i93eio5/
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I cannot begin to tell you how many times Wikinut moderators are asked "Why didn't my page get a star?" or "What can I do to get a star?". This is very frustrating to us, so I will try to explain how the moderation system works, and why some pages have stars and some do not.

Some Facts on Star Pages

When Wikinut moderators look at an article they review it for many features, this is a four step process and each step involves ticking off some boxes with either a "Unacceptable", "Poor", "Good", or "Excellent" rating. The unacceptable rating is an instant rejection. Such things that get an instant rejection are things such as a copied page or titles all in capital letters.

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To my knowledge star pages do not earn more. They are just an way to acknowledge that more work went into a particular article.

Not every page can be a star page. I have several that are not star pages. Giving every page a star is like giving every kid a ribbon in a competition of some kind, it means nothing if every kid gets one.

I should note there is no box that says "Give this Page a Star". Either the page/article gets one based on points accumulated through the points it earns, or it does not.

Preview

In this step we rate the article on 3 points, title, summary, and photo.

Is the title good? Again a title all in capital letters should always be rejected. An excellent title is 3-7 words long using key words that are good for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

The summary? A summary should not be part of the article, it should be a clue as to what the article is about. A good summary is 2 - 3 sentences, an invitation to read more.

Preview image? If you use pictures in your article you have the option of using a preview image. Using one gets more points, people that do not use a preview image, and have not even selected an author image, get the least points.

Quality

Here three factors come into play: Originality, grammar and spelling, and value.

Originality? If an article has been published before by you then it rates lower than one that is 100% new and just written for Wikinut. Of course if an article is copied from another writer it should be rejected.

Grammar and Spelling? We all are prone to small errors but if an article has too many grammar or spelling errors it rates lower. An article with so many errors that it is impossible to read should be rejected.

Value? This is a tricky area as most people probably feel their article is valuable. But let us be honest, not every article we write is as valuable as we think to the world in general. Typically factual articles 400 - 1,000 words are going to be more valuable than (for example) a poem of 50 - 100 words. That's just the way it is. People search the internet for factual articles. I love poems myself, however I am honest in knowing they are not as "valuable" in terms of what people online search for. and what search engines like.

Format

Here we rate articles on links, formatting, sections, and images.

Links? Does the article have links, are they correct, or are they spam/affiliate? Some authors try to sneak affiliate or referral links into their articles. This is against Wikinut rules and although some slip by, this should be an instant rejection. A good article has 2-5 links, of which ideally 2 are to other Wikinut pages. Long lists of unrelated articles are not good.

Formatting? There are many formatting options people can use here, of which most people either use none or basic. Basic formatting is the use of bolding or italics as needed. Advanced formatting is the addition of videos or inserting a list or text block (I have not seen this used much but anyone).

Read here on Advanced Formatting

Sections? Longer articles benefit with the use of sections, you can get sections by using the "Add new section" button. Articles that use 3 or more sections rate higher.

Pictures? An article gets an "OK" rating if one picture is used, and a higher rating if more than one picture is used. Copyright pictures are not always easy for moderators to spot but if a picture has a copyright symbol on it, the page should be rejected. It is up to you as writers to check that the images you use are legal for use and copyright free.

Relevance

Here only two things are judged, tags and category.

Tags? A good article has 6 - 12 tags. Tags are related key words that search engines use to find your article. Articles without tags will not get many views. Search engines also hate finding more than 20 tags. An article should be rejected if it has too many unrelated tags.

Category? Your article should be correctly placed in the right category. If a moderator has to move it you actually lose points. Note that most informational categories are under "Guides".

Other Reading

You may notice I have highlighted some words above and those links may help you to improve your articles.

You can edit your old Wikinut articles if you wish to improve them.

Why is My Wikinut Article Being Rejected?

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you for this very interesting page Mark . I hope many refer to it and receive its wisdom .Including myself.
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Mark, for spelling it all out, as you have just made my job easier.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Good information, consistency of judgement is the only fair way for all...very helpful information-thank you Mark...

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author avatar LOVERME
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

wonderful as always
and
I earned a few stars also,
too much labor not worth the minimal returns
as it is
I compose poetry
to keep myself occupied in a voluntary confinement

and
some short articles to educate young teens
who think nothing more than in between

so be it let stars go to those who deserve them so

I don't want any more
as I am ever happy as before ...
a starless one that I was

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Mark, I agree with what you have stated here, people should also know that bad spelling or grammar in the Title, Page Summary, or the body of the article is likely not to earn anything but a "Poor" rating in the relevant area.

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author avatar Grumpybear
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Excellent information Mark. Ty for the tips. your friend Rose. :)

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author avatar Buzz
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Mark, as always, for the tips.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

ThanksMark, for the explanation. It was valuable information.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

an excellent article indeed Mark...many thanks....

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author avatar Mariah
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Thank You Mark

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank for sharing, Mark. You should put this one under the Help section so anyone can look it up at any time.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Interesting points, Mark. My effort is mainly for self-satisfaction and sharing my thoughts that I think will be interesting and useful. I avoid google images due to copyright issues which means I have limited selection. There are grey areas in judging as it is subjective too. I feel everyone one should be prepared to forgo stars than hanker after them to make our moderators lives easier! siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th Jul 2013 (#)

YES, Google images are NOT safe. I suggest morguefile.com or wikimedia commons.

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author avatar Ellen
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you, with this information I believe that I can improve. There is always room for improvement.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Useful info an tips. Thanks!

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author avatar AmandaT
25th Jul 2013 (#)

Can pages get stars after they are originally approved?

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
28th Jul 2013 (#)

YES, AmandaT. If a person wants to edit their article they are welcome to. Any improvements will count towards a star.

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author avatar sukkran
27th Jul 2013 (#)

thanks for the valuable info.

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author avatar Trillionaire
28th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks very helpful.

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author avatar Bipolar Blogger
28th Jul 2013 (#)

Excellent info, Im a Coach/Mentor on another site... now I have to master this one. I have about 650 articles on the other site and honestly right now I am bringing a lot of writers her right now and transferring some of my articles. As time goes on and I learn all the little intricacies of this site I plan to do more original articles.

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author avatar Roselyn
30th Jul 2013 (#)

This is a very useful and helpful article that serves us our guide especially for me as a newbie in wikinut.

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author avatar Roselyn
30th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you for sharing this post.

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author avatar Littlebelgianwriter
30th Jul 2013 (#)

These guidelines are very helpful indeed.

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author avatar Carol
31st Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks for explaining Mark, I try hard to say something that is worth reading whether I get a star or not

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author avatar Zola
6th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you for this very useful information. I am new to Wikinut and saw this article only yesterday.
But, following your advice I managed to get a star page this morning.

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author avatar Susan Jane
9th Aug 2013 (#)

Excellent information. Thanks.

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author avatar Rubinstyn
18th Aug 2013 (#)

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the clarity of this article. These important factors should benefit all writers provided they take heed and apply them to their work, including myself.

Also, "Thanks for the star! (smile) God bless.

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author avatar tz
2nd Sep 2013 (#)

interesting! your recent listed pages are all star pages, so it is good to learn from you.

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author avatar LoverOfGOD
9th Sep 2013 (#)

Great post

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author avatar LOVERME
14th Sep 2013 (#)

worthy to read a million times

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author avatar Jeannie
16th Oct 2013 (#)

I agree, I will reread over and over.

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author avatar Jeannie
16th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you so much! I am new and learning my way around Wikinut and was some what confused. You have helped me a great deal, Thank you again, it was a very helpful article.

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author avatar Ptrikha
12th May 2014 (#)

Valuable tips. I got a Star Page recently, although I had not written the page with the intention of getting it to the star Page rank. I can now understand what all goes in making a Page as Star Page.

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author avatar pratik
30th Jun 2014 (#)

thank you, really helpful article

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author avatar pratik
30th Jun 2014 (#)

thank you, really helpful article

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author avatar Retired
13th Jul 2014 (#)

My goal is to get Star status for my articles despite that I'm a newbie. The advice here really helps!

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author avatar Retired
13th Jul 2014 (#)

My goal is to get Star status for my articles despite that I'm a newbie here. This advice really helps!

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