Help:Creating a page

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Before creating a new page, make sure you can answer the following questions.

Does the page already exist?

Use the search function to aggressively look for your page in WikiDOC. Try different spellings of your topic, and any alternative names or phrases for your topic you can think of (for instance, if you want to create an article about DOC First-Year Trips, make sure you check for pages named Trips, First-Year Trips, and Freshman Trips). If you want to be truly exhaustive, look at the list of all pages and see if anything's close to what you want.

If you do find an already-existing page, you can try your hand at editing the page and making it better. If you don't want that, you can always leave a note on that page's talk page with a request or comment.

What is my topic?

If the page you want doesn't exist, you should make it! However, before you make your page you should give a moment of thought to what it is you are going to create. First, decide on your topic. Your name should reflect the most common usage of the term you are defining, while still remaining correct. For instance, an article on DOC First-Year Trips should probably be called just that, 'DOC First-Year Trips', or maybe 'Dartmouth Outing Club First-Year Trips', but it should not be called 'Trips' (too short and non-specific) or 'Freshman Trips' (incorrect).

A oft-heard phrase in wikiland is The Principle of Least Surprise. A user of the site should be surprised as little as possible when browsing, so you should name your sites naturally. For example, if you are writing an article about a person that everybody calls 'Max', but their real name is 'Michael McClorey', still name the article 'Max McClorey'.