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It’s almost as if you have a friend to talk to when you read these. wikiHow is about people sharing their experience with others.
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Elizabeth Douglas, wikiHow COO

Mental Floss published The History of wikihow in 7 Fascinating wikiHow Articles today. Author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong gives an inside look with stories behind specific articles, about community members, and real life applications of wikiHow articles. Furthermore, the article reveals what wikiHow seeks to accomplish through the eyes of Founder Jack Herrick and COO Elizabeth Douglas. Read the full article here.

Here are 6 Highlights:

1. Someone Found Out The Hard Way

In fact, many posts come out of users’ real-life experiences. One of community manager Krystle Chung’s favorite articles tackles How to Toilet Train Your Cat: “The part that I get a kick out of is one of the tips is, ‘Do not teach your cat to flush.’ It turns out your cat will flush all day long. You couldn’t hire someone to research that tip. Somebody actually found out the hard way.”

2. The Story Behind: How to Climb the Stairs With a Broken Leg

Matt Garcia may be only 19, but he’s had plenty of life experiences to share via wikiHow articles. The 21 articles started by the Canadian biology student include this very specific set of instructions, which he wrote while recovering from surgery. He has a heart condition and ended up on life support after having a heart attack in his mid-teens. One of the tubes required for the machines caused nerve damage to his left leg, putting him in a cast and on crutches. “It did feel really good to share that knowledge,” Garcia says.

3. How to Escape From a Sinking Car: Joke or Serious?

“It’s one of those things where you’d think it’s a joke article,” Herrick says, “but it turns out this actually happens pretty frequently.” About 400 people die this way every year, and it’s a particular problem in Canada, where 10 percent of drowning deaths happen in vehicles. “We get a lot of people writing and saying that reading about what to do in this situation eases their anxiety,” he says.

4. Internet Skepticism

In another article, about how to treat a common cold, she spotted a recommendation to get a Slurpee from 7-Eleven. “In those cases, I look for reliable sources for information to add,” she says. “It’s about information literacy. You can’t believe everything you read on the Internet.”

Of course, that’s exactly why wikiHow—or any wiki—engenders skepticism. The site does have rules about what kinds of topics can be posted (in short, nothing that can cause harm) and has hundreds of volunteers as well as a few paid staffers reviewing every post. But Wilson is also proof that the system mostly works: Some users might have good ideas for posts, even if they don’t have the knowledge to back them up. Others can come along and add their knowledge. As contributor Betsy Megas says, “The fastest way to a good page is a bad page.” 

5. How to Love: Why?

If only a computer could spit out answers to all of life’s dilemmas, right? Maybe it can’t exactly do that, but it can at least help. “It’s almost as if you have a friend to talk to when you read these,” says wikiHow COO Elizabeth Douglas. “Wikipedia is all factual information, things that are true or false. You don’t find the depth and the breadth and the empathy and the understanding of humans there. wikiHow is about people sharing their experience with others.”

6. Culture of Niceness

The company’s leaders have worked to instill a culture of niceness—which emphasizes positive feedback and personal contact—that frequent users cite as the reason they’ve contributed so much. “We are nice to our community members,” Douglas says, “and we encourage them to be nice.” 

Read the full article here.

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wikiHow was on Modern Family!

Yes, that’s Phil and Claire Dunphy.

On the most recent episode of Modern Family, Claire is trying to locate her daughter Haley. Claire has wikiHow open as she voices her concern over FaceTime with her husband Phil (the whole episode is shot through the perspective of Claire’s laptop). She even zooms in on the article when she wonders what she should do!

You can also learn How to GPS Track a Cell Phone.

Here’s also a collection Claire may want to add to her not-so-dirty little secret.

Original Air Date: February 25, 2015
Season 6, Episode 16
Title: “Connection Lost”