Compute Total Bytes of Contributions Made in VisiHow.com

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"How many bytes have you made?" This is the question that troubles many VisiHow writers. Well, you know why you want the answer to this question very badly. It's a way of check-and-balance of what you've actually done in VisiHow. So, without further ado, read on and find out the answer to the most asked questions in VisiHow conference rooms.

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This article hopes to help you get started with the basics and get started with your first write-up. It is logical that you have to do something first in order to actually say you've contributed something. When you've contributed something to VisiHow, that is the only time that there is something to compute, agree?

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How to contribute to VisiHow?

By Writing an article

When you've signed into your account, you will be directed to the Home page. It looks something like this:

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When you arrive at the home page, you have to go to your user's page and edit the information there. Afterwards, you click on your name, found at the uppermost right corner of the page as shown here:

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When you arrive at your page, you will see your contributions. When you have no contributions yet, or any article you've started, it will show none.

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There are two ways to write an article:

Request a Topic

To request a topic, you click on the link that says "Request A New Article". This can be seen at the right side of the user's page.

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You will then be pointed to this page, where you will have to fill out the form.

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In the Topic Box, you write what your suggested title will be. It always starts with "How To" which is already provided. Then, click on the drop down menu and choose the appropriate topic.

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"You will also see suggestions. Suggestions are instructions or keyword requests. Not all of the articles will have them, but please get used to checking there when you pick up a title request. Some are going to be asking for one or two specific keywords to be used in the titles." LadyGeek

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Next item is the notification settings. You have the option to receive an email when your suggested topic was responded to. Then indicate the email address where you want the notification to be received.

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Enter the captcha code. This is the set of letters after the notification box. It was provided to avoid spamming. Type the correct word or set of words then click submit.

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It will then bring you to this page.

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To check if the title you suggested was approved, click on the "Answer A Request." Normally, a suggested topic will take 12 to 24 hours to get approved depending on the availability of the editors to look into it.

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After you click on the "Answer A Request" tab, you will arrive at this page:

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This is where all topics that have been suggested whether approved or not can be viewed. An approved topic will usually show the "Write" prior to your title. A title that is still being reviewed will show "Pending."

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And when you see that your article is ready to be written, you should click on write and provide at least 2-4 introductory paragraphs to indicate that you are already working on it. If not, this means that other writers can take up the article. This is applied after 24 hours that you weren't able to provide a brief introduction to your suggested title.

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If you don't have any suggested title yet, and you want to work on something, you can start to write the topics suggested by "Repurposingdiva", "Yassora", "Charmed" and "WhoElse" .

Whichever you decided to write, whether it's a recommended article by the admins or your approved title, you should be able to provide the article within 12 hours after its approval. If not, this means that others are free to take it and finish it.

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By Rescuing Troubled Wikis

Another way to contribute to the Wiki is by Rescuing Troubled Wikis. On the right part of the page, click on Rescue Troubled Wikis

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You will arrive at a page where you can opt to search the entire site or pick a category of your interest. If you don't have any particular idea, you may click on the "search the entire site for wikis in need of rescue" and go over the topics. You will then see a list of the troubled Wikis that points you to the Discussion Page. Under each title, you will also see a brief description of why an article needs rescuing.

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When you click the links, you will see the discussion page of that article. Browse until you see the bottom and indicate "Amending/John Doe" to indicate to others who may be interested that you are working on the article.

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You may then click on the Edit tab to start editing or see the whole article first by clicking on the Article tab.

How to Compute for your VisiHow Contributions?

From the Article You Wrote:

Go to your VisiHow User Page. Above your profile you will see your VisiHow Stats and right below are the articles you started. Click on the article you've written so that you will be pointed to the published article page. When you see the article page, you click on the history to see the amount of bytes you've contributed to that article.

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In an article you wrote yourself, it is quite easy to track the total amount of bytes left before and after an editor checked or corrected it.

Amended Article Computation

When you rescue a troubled wiki, it's logical that there is already an existing amount of bytes or characters in the article, created by the original writer. You will see your contributions by hovering on the number with a positive (+) or negative (-) sign. A positive sign means that the number of characters added and a negative sign are the number of articles taken out.

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As you can see from the illustration above, before it was edited, the article originally contained 15,744 bytes. VisiHow user Yassora edited it and added 4 characters or bytes to it. To see the specific location of the edit, select two corresponding buttons and hit "compare"

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It is usually difficult to comprehend if you are excited to write your first article and contribute as much as you can. But once you get the hang of it, it's as easy as 1-2-3.

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