Introduction to Structurism
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Structurism is a broad editing philosophy emphasizing interconnection, organization, and uniformity as the best way to improve the usefulness of content across all Wikimedia projects. Structurism provides five interconnected advantages to users and editors, by making Wikipedia:
- Allows users to find relevant content quickly and easily
- Allows all users—including impaired and mobile users—to access content
- Allows users to understand content
- Allows users to improve existing content (for example, by identifying gaps and redundancies)
- Allows users (and bots) to parse and migrate content to other languages and sister projects
Types of structurism
- Inter-structurism constitutes "building the web"—making connections between content pages.
- Intra-structurism constitutes the way content is organized for presentation within content pages.
Exo- vs. meta-
- Exopedian structurism is concerned with the application of structure to encyclopedic content.
- Metapedian structurism is concerned with the application of structure to the practice of encyclopedia-building itself.
Tools and techniques
Wikipedia provides a large array of structural tools. To become a more effective structurist, familiarize yourself with these tools and apply them as appropriate. Some tools, like wikilinking and categorization, will apply to nearly every page you work on. Others, like maps and tables, will only apply to some pages. (Note that several of the links below are specific to the English-language Wikipedia; guidelines for using these tools may vary between languages and projects.)
Helping the reader find the right article
Types of articles with different purposes
Ways of structuring information
Display your philosophy
Relation to other wiki philosophies
Mediawikianism is a related philosophy that emphasizes the role of the Mediawiki software in organizing and improving the encyclopedia.
Structurism does not entail any specific position with regard to deletionism vs. inclusionism, mergism vs. separatism, immedaitism vs. eventualism, or any of the various philosophies of wiki governance.