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10 September 2014
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General notices[edit]

  • Free access subscriptions to high quality paywalled journals, newspaper archives, and online reference works are presently available for Wikipedia editors. For more information, see Wikipedia:TWL/Journals. NorthAmerica1000 11:29, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Projects seeking help[edit]

Also consider posting WikiProject, Task Force, and Collaboration news at the Signpost's WikiProject Report page.

WikiProjects and Task Forces[edit]

Outlines[edit]

What's going on with outlines:

New outlines (please copyedit and expand):
Outlines being overhauled (your help is needed):

Portal report[edit]

The following portals are in need of attention/upkeep:

  • Portal:Kyrgyzstan - Newly created portal.
  • Portal:Trichy – Newly created portal.
  • Portal:Space – the selected article excerpts were copied and pasted between 2006 and 2009. The leads of the corresponding articles have greatly improved since then.
  • Portal:Thinking – "selected" sections need new material. Been the same for years.

The following portals have interesting design features that you may find useful:

  • Portal:Philosophy – cycles through 52 "Selected philosophers", one per week, automatically year after year.
  • Portal:Arts – uses random generators to display random featured status selections.

Discussions and collaborations

Discussions in the following areas have requested wider attention:


This week's article for improvement is:

Ancient Roman architecture

Aqueduct of Segovia 08.jpg

Arches were used in Ancient Roman architecture to build aqueducts, such as the Aqueduct of Segovia


Please be bold and help to improve this article!

Vote for future TAFI selections.

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 are not ready to fly solo, you can participate in a Collaboration.

Things to do[edit]

Fix-up projects[edit]

Article categorization
Articles to be split
Articles written by a single editor
Bad category names
Category needs checking
Core topics needing cleanup
Dead-end pages
Disambig pages with links
Elements of Style
External links
Articles needing copy edit

Linkrot
Notability
Missing articles
Most wanted articles
Most wanted stubs
Name disambiguation
Stub sorting
Transwiki log cleanup
Typos
Unreferenced articles
Untagged images

You can help improve the articles listed below! This list updates frequently, so check back here for more tasks to try.

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Expand short articlesLearn how

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Check and add referencesLearn how

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Fix original research issuesLearn how

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Improve lead sectionsLearn how

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Not sure where to report a certain type of problem with article content? If it exists, it is 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.

Core topics collaboration[edit]

The Amazon River flowing through the rainforest

The Core Topics Collaboration works to improve essential Wikipedia topics. The current collaboration is Amazon rainforest.

The Amazon Rainforest (Brazilian Portuguese: Floresta Amazônica or Amazônia; Spanish: Selva Amazónica or Amazonía) is a moist broadleaf forest in the Amazon Basin of South America. The area, also known as Amazonia, the Amazon jungle or the Amazon Basin, encompasses seven million square kilometers (1.7 billion acres), though the forest itself occupies some 5.5 million square kilometers (1.4 billion acres), located within nine nations: Brazil (with 60 percent of the rainforest), Peru (with 13 percent of the rainforest, second after Brazil), Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. States or departments in four nations bear the name Amazonas after it. The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests and comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world.

You can help pick the next Core Topic collaboration article.

Collaborations by topic[edit]

Other collaborations[edit]

Active improvement teams[edit]

Maintenance[edit]

Wikipedia:Community portal/Draft/Maintenance collaboration

WikiProjects[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Editing[edit]

Policies and guidelines[edit]

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 to both articles and how to work with fellow editors. For easy access, the shortcuts to the pages are also listed.

Article standards[edit]

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  • WP:NEU
What Wikipedia is not WP:WWIN • WP:NOT

Working with others[edit]

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

Resources[edit]

New user information

Introduction · Sandbox · Help · Adoption · What Wikipedia is not · Glossary · Account benefits · Planning school assignments

Ways to communicate

Contact (overview) · Discussion pages · Mailing lists · IRC chat · Meetups · User pages · Requests for comment · 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 (full policy) · Reverting a page · Administrator nominations (summaries) · Category-based access

How to resolve conflicts

Stay cool! · Be nice to newcomers · Alert others · Dispute resolution · Arbitration policy

Community information

About Wikipedia · Goings-on · About Wikimedia · Wikipedians · Wiki-adoption · Donations · Administrators · Babel · Culture · Games · Humor · Mottoes

Related communities

Here is a list of the main community pages of Wikipedia's sister projects.
All of these projects are multilingual and open-content.
Meta-Wiki – Coordination of all Wikimedia projects.
Wiktionary – A collaborative multilingual dictionary.
Wikinews – News stories written by readers.
Wikibooks – A collection of collaborative non-fiction books.
Wikiquote – A compendium of referenced quotations.
Wikisource – A repository for free source texts.
Wikispecies – A directory of species.
Wikiversity – Where teachers learn, and learners teach.
Wikivoyage – A world-wide travel guide.
Wikidata – A free knowledge base that can be read and edited by humans and machines alike.
Commons – Repository for free images and other media files.

Tip of the day[edit]

Do you need administrator assistance?

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The fastest way to catch the attention of administrators in general is to post an alert to the Administrators' noticeboard. Administrators go there all the time to see what's up with Wikipedia. The next admin to come along will see your message and will take immediate appropriate action.

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