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Community Portal

Welcome to the Community Portal. This is the central place to find out what's happening on Wikipedia. Learn what tasks need to be done, what groups can be joined, and get or post news about recent events or current activities.

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Community bulletin board

Post your Wikipedia-related news and announcements here!

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Help out

Wikipedia is, by number of articles, the largest encyclopedia ever to exist. However, many articles are stubs, or otherwise need attention. If you like, go ahead, be bold, and jump right in. If you aren't ready to fly solo, you can participate in a Collaboration.

Things to do

Fix-up projects

Article Categorization
Bad category names
Bad links
Category needs checking
Core topics needing cleanup
Dead-end pages
Disambig pages with links
Elements of Style
League of Copyeditors
Linkrot
Notability
Punctuation

Missing articles
Most wanted articles
Most wanted stubs
Name disambiguation
Stub sorting
Templates with red links
Transwiki log cleanup
Typos
Unreferenced articles
Untagged images
Untagged stubs

{{Wikipedia:Community Portal/Opentask}} Not sure where to report a certain type of problem with article content? If it exists, it's probably listed at Wikipedia:Maintenance.

Collaborations

To improve the quality of articles that are short or lacking in detail, Wikipedia's community organizes collaborations to expand articles.

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Other collaborations

Active improvement teams

Maintenance

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WikiProjects

WikiProjects are ongoing team efforts to improve articles having to do with a particular subject, and to manage the logistics of that topic. Hundreds exist — examine the master list to find one that interests you. They are separate from, though may work with, Collaborations.

Language translation

Wikipedia is not just in English! Versions exist in many different languages. To fill in some of the English Wikipedia's gaps, we translate articles from other languages into English. You can view a list of articles that need translation from any language, or, in a few cases, by only one language (this is only available for the more popular languages).

Guidelines, help, and resources

Wikipedia has many help pages, policies, and departments. Here are some of the most general. For a comprehensive list of Wikipedia's departments, see the Wikipedia department directory.

Help

Editing

Policies and guidelines

Wikipedia has many established policies, guidelines, conventions, and traditions. This is a very brief sampling of some of the most important; for more information, see the main policies and guidelines page. Policies and guidelines apply both to articles and how to work with fellow editors. For easy access, the shortcuts to the pages are also listed.

Article standards

Be bold! WP:BB • WP:BOLD
Citing sources WP:CITE • WP:REF
Copyrights WP:C
Editing WP:EP
External links WP:EL
Image use WP:IUP
Include only verifiable information WP:V
Manual of Style WP:MOS • WP:STYLE
Neutral point of view WP:NPOV
What Wikipedia is not WP:WWIN • WP:NOT

Working with others

Assume good faith WP:AGF • WP:FAITH
Avoid instruction creep WP:CREEP
Civility and etiquette WP:CIV • WP:EQ
Consensus WP:CON
Don't bite the newcomers WP:BITE
Don't disrupt Wikipedia to illustrate a point WP:POINT
No personal attacks WP:NPA • WP:ATTACK
Resolving disputes WP:DR
Vandalism WP:VAND

Resources

New user information

Introduction · Sandbox · Help · New user log · Adoption · What Wikipedia is not · Glossary · Account benefits

Ways to communicate

Contact (overview) · Discussion pages · Mailing lists · IRC chat · Instant Messaging · Meetups · User pages · Surveys · Public watchlists · Regional notice boards · Administrators' noticeboard · Requests for article feedback · Local Embassy

Community support groups and programs

Welcoming committee · Editor assistance · Wiki-adoption · Birthday Committee · Harmonious editing club · Kindness Campaign · Reach out · Stress alerts · Wikipedia awards program · Dept. of Fun · One featured article per quarter · Missing encyclopedic articles

Common Procedures

Featured content · Good articles · Requests for feedback · Deleting a page (full policy) · Moving a page (naming policies) · Protecting a page ([[Wikipe

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