wiki How is an online wiki-style community consisting of an extensive database of how-to guides.
After running e How, Herrick concluded e How’s business model prevented it from creating the extensive, high quality how-to manual he desired to create.Articles that meet these standards are "promoted", which removes the blurring effect as well as the notice, and makes the article publicly visible and searchable.Oppositely, articles below standards are "demoted", which removes them from the New Article Boost list but retains the blurring and notice.Articles with content that goes against the site's deletion policy are also demoted (such as articles centered around joke, sexually explicit, or hate-based topics, as well as severely inaccurate or incomplete instructions).Each edit is scrutinized during a process called Recent Changes Patrol where volunteers review the content according to wiki How’s standards, discarding bad edits, like vandalism and test edits, and keeping improvements.The central hub for editing is the Community Dashboard, which displays several dynamic applets that link users to different editing tools, such as the Spell Checker, in which articles are proofread for spelling errors; the Categorizer, in which articles are assigned categories according to their topic; and the Cleanup Greenhouse, in which low-quality articles are copyedited and rewritten for style and format.
By default, newly created articles are de-indexed from search engines; the article text is blurred and a notice indicating that the page is invisible to readers is shown.
A system called New Article Boost allows experienced users to review these articles and bring them up to standards.
As of February 2015, wiki How contains over 180,000 how-to articles.
Most how-to articles follow a similar format with steps, tips, and warnings, and are complemented with images to help a reader learn how to complete a task.
wiki How uses the wiki method of continuous improvement, allowing editors to add, delete, or otherwise modify content.
Once an article is created, community members collaborate on it to improve its quality.