There's also the collaborative aspect, which is rewarding and happens more quickly and frequently than I'd expected.
Three days after I submitted my foghorn article, an editor named Cyber Fox added a tip to the bottom: "Air horns sound similar to most foghorns.
All of which adds up to a uniquely enchanting publishing voice, as evidenced by the frequency and enthusiasm with which particularly uncanny wiki How links are traded on Tumblr.
But the reason for wiki How's existence—the millions of people searching Google for advice on issues from the laughably mundane to the heartbreakingly existential—is poignant.
It lacks the scruples to compensate the army of contributors without whom its for-profit business model would quickly crumble, but thanks to the infinite idealism of those volunteer editors and a bounty of articles on navigating the terrors of adolescent social life, it is a place of startling warmth. A reputation for oddness and tragedy hasn't hurt wiki How's business: Thanks largely to search traffic—Google a question beginning with "how" and wiki How will likely be in your first few results—it isroughlythe 118th-most popular website in the U. The feeling that many of its articles would be equally suited as field instructions for aliens learning to assimilate on Earth is probably a result of that relatively open-ended approach.
Consult Google for answers to any of those and many more of life's most pressing questions, and chances are you'll quickly find yourself perusing the informative and deeply strange tutorials of wiki How.
Making a tuna fish sandwich—you'll learn at wiki How—involves being careful not to cut yourself when you open the can.
If your friend is familiar with the sound of an air horn, you can describe it as sounding like an air horn, except deeper and louder." Staving off the strong proprietary urges that I was surprised to feel stirring within me— On its various about pages, wiki How describes itself and its mission using the messianic language of philanthropy.
Users are known as "knowledge philanthropists," and the company self-identifies as a "hybrid organization"—"a for-profit company focused on creating a global public good in accordance with our mission." wiki How is built on open-source software, and its articles are licensed under Creative Commons, meaning that users could theoretically replicate the entire site on another URL if they ever felt that the values of wiki How the company were diverging from those of wiki How the community.
The answer, at least in my case: Writing a wiki How is fun!