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How to clean up a company’s Wikipedia Page?

Its annoying when you see a Wikipedia page with a maintenance tag on top of it. The option comes under the maintenance category. It is a fragment of an ecosystem that administers, manages and filters the informational values on the website.

The rules, techniques, customs are subjective to the varying levels of opinions.

The maintenance section is not a part of the Encyclopedia and it consists of non-article pages. This is the page where one can track errors and maintain for the primary sake of the list and so the category is hidden unless the preferences is set by:

  • Going to the user preference.
  • Appearance.
  • Show hidden categories.

This section enables us to track, organise, and build the pages that need attention or that may need some minor editing or major in nature at someone’s convenience. This section also serves as an aggregation of members of several small lists into a larger list.

It would be pertinent here to say that in Wikipedia, cleaning up a maintenance tag may be very tricky and may require special expertise and experience. Such being the case, we strongly advise to take help from an expert agency like Wikioo.

Description as given by Wikipedia

This section of Wikipedia page and sections is a list of other pages that need clean up, expansion, modification, etc. And if any individual is helpful and has free time can visit the webpage Wikipedia and find something to do such as a clean up.

A clean up includes modifying an article to make them as per the Wikipedia guidelines i.e generic encyclopedic standards.

The template to link your userpage would be [(:Category: Wikipedia Maintenance)]

This article covers:
Reporting a problem.
Recommendations on the article that needs amendments.
De-listing Content.
Clean up templates.

Reporting a problem.

This solely depends upon the severity of the problem in the article:

  • If the content is lacking some basic information like the subject of the topic relocated elsewhere.
  •  It is deemed as a stub if the article is not enough for a brief coverage.
  • If the article requires specific attention i.e removal of maintenance tags for the issues in the article. for e.g helpers who contributed in the article and the credit for them. (collaboration)
  • If the content is set for deletion.
  • For the other issues i.e:
  • Needs proofreading, rephrasing, formatting.
  • Uncertainty of the informational value to be merged, deleted or elaborated.
  • Several overlapping issues in the article.
  • The content is short and needs merging or removal.


There are numerous issues with articles that could perspire such as formatting, grammar and spellings. And other collective issues namely lack of context, bad layout, etc.

There is a group of editors interested in doing these work and solving the identified problems. They can help you figure out the necessary amendments to be done in the articles if you are uncertain about the same.

Listing it on the wikipedia cleanup with the appropriate tags will grab the attention of the editor sooner to fix the issues than just simply tagging it.

  • You must know that the editors who acknowledge the attention tag may not always see the listing. If there is any specific information that you would like to convey in the editing of the article then you can add them in the articles talk page.
  •  The listing on the wikipedia cleanup should be brief and specific as can be, to help the editors know what’s to be done.

Recommendation on the article that needs amendments

These are the most common entries on Wikipedia and how to handle them,

Unauctious content 

Articles that have inaccurate information, unedited bias, personal opinions, etc. may be amended by making the content page private until all of the harmful contents are removed.

Atrocious articles

Bad articles are likely to be deleted or moved to another section.

If the article is not voted for deletion then it will be moved to the private section and will be online after editing.

Dumping of raw text

Articles that are not in a generic encyclopedic manner or verified with unremarkable information then the article will be removed or reworded and maintained with the specified format.

Neutral point of view check

Articles that pertain to deviating or elevating a certain topic are against the guidelines so the article is liable to be removed or fixed.

Modification of a stub

Valid temporary information such as addresses or phone numbers that might have been changed and thereby invalid can be changed.

De-listing content

Once you’ve verified that the clean up has been instigated and carried out you can simply de-list the article by removing the cleanup tag from the article.

With tags such as: (s) the article (/s)

As a good gesture leave a note on the comment talk page who identified the error and notify them of the edits made thereby solving the controversy arising with it.

Clean up templates

If a said article for e.g “ Classic Caps” the clean up template should be as follows:

<Classic Caps>[(category:cleanup template)]</Classic Caps>

This will then introduce a box on the page notifying the visitor that the page is being maintained. It is important to do so as no one will bother you or overlap the edits.

It is also very important to provide citations at the talk page.

The classified page should be moved to sub-category where it is applicable. The category may require constant maintenance to ensure that it does not become huge. It should contain very less if any pages mainly need sub-categories.


Clean- up : In terms of Wikipedia the clean-up relates to a resource page where an individual can manipulate the information to validate it including page clean layout, wikifications, post clean up requests and discussions.

Reporting a modification: You can modify the information yourself or tag it for other editors to do it for you. Modifications mentioned above.

Recommendations include: Biased Content, bad contents, modification of a stub, a point of view check, raw text, etc.

De-listing: Upon successfully modifying you can de-list by a tag such as: (s)article(/s).

Clean-up templates: are banners that notifies a reader to contribute on a problem with the article for instance an article or a sentence violating the the policy needs a template such as {{POV}}.

Christophe Rude
Christophe Rude
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