LitWiki Article

LitWiki Article
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I write open-source intelligence reports as a Department of Defense contractor. I love my work because the subject matter differs on a day-to-day basis. Last month my shift changed, and I started writing on the Israeli/ Hamas crisis. Today, I am back on my regular shift, and I finished writing about a new submarine that was launched. I would love to become a regular contributor to Wikipedia.

 I contributed nothing to the collaborative wiki article, yet. I wrote out several articles to post within the wiki article, but I found out that I am not a member of the group, “emailconfirmed”. I can login, but I am unable to add myself to the user list. I plan to add a series of edits in the next two days.  

 The edits will add substance to the existing narrative amplifying the information. For example, under the heading, “Features of Technical Communication” under the sub-heading, “Clear and Concise” currently reads,

 “Technical communication should be logically organized, straightforward, and easily understood by the target audience. The language used should avoid needless jargon and be written in a manner that avoids redundant word usage and/or excessive explanations.[10][12]

My edit will add and substantiate the paragraph as so:

 “Technical communication includes a well-structured document. Technical communication should be logically organized, straightforward, and easily understood by the target audience. Planning the document structure allows the technical writer to define the purpose, scope, and main points of the document. The language used should avoid needless jargon and be written in a manner that avoids redundant word usage and/or excessive explanations. Using heading’s sub-headings, and lists allows the writer to structure the document into a coherent order. A table of contents or an outline allows readers to navigate a document. [10][12] - https://www.linkedin.com/advice/0/how-do-you-write-clear-technical-documents-clients-skills-writing. n.d. Article. 7 October 2023.

 Using existing posts and bibliographies in the syllabus allows me to add to the narrative. without violating Wiki guidelines. I deeply indebted to the class in building the structure of the wiki article so thoroughly. I do plan to use Chat GPT and external sources to add more information to the article as well.

 I learned to data mine for information regarding digital and technical writing. I also learned there is an over abundance of information about editing in Wikipedia. I foresee myself having a hard time with the citations and references. I did not keep up with the LitWiki project through the class. I knew there was a project, but I did not realize that it was something to edit from day one.

Wikis allows easy access to collaborative discourse with professionals from different backgrounds to contribute knowledge. These contributions encourage a sense of community involvement. Contributors and readers interact which leads to more understanding of the discussed topic. Timely editing allows for near real time updates that keep information current. The headings and subheadings of the information allow for easy-to-read information that can be comprehended in a short amount of time. Wikis are fantastic assets that improves understanding of a field of work.

Jason Ledford

Jason Ledford

Augusta, Ga