Good Style


  • Every article should point out the topic's relevance to public health.
  • Be concise — No page should take more than 5 minutes to read.
  • Write overviews and point readers to resources for further study and social engagement.
  • Write only factual information, and source your statements.
  • Stay on topic.
  • Use a casual, accessible style. Use language you'd be comfortable reading out loud (use versus utilize). Simple language often communicates better.

Links, pictures, references, and footnotes

  • Place [[[internal links]]] where they are easy to read. They should not be placed before the opening statement.
  • Clearly distinguish between internal and off-site links.

Talk and forum pages

  • Give concrete advice, rather than abstract.
  • Write and sign first-person accounts.


  • When a page gets too long, break it into several pages.
  • Check for spelling and grammar errors — errors detract from the content.
  • Edit only when you think a page is lacking.
  • Delete only if doing so adds value.
  • Be a good wiki citizen. If you want a nice page, make one.
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