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Welcome to the Wikipedia Job Center.

What do Wikipedians do?

If you are looking for a way to help, find a job that suits you, read the appropriate background pages, and be bold.
If you are looking for editors who do a particular job, find their project pages and noticeboards.
If you are here for the fuzzy feeling, stand back and marvel at the range of work that is done daily by other Wikipedians.
  • Note: the page is under construction, please add your job description. See #Gnoming for some examples.
  • The intention is to describe kinds of tasks that are done, not to ask for help with a specific task. See Wikipedia:Community Portal/Opentask for that.
  • The intended tone is friendly, clear, and serious, appropriate both for newbies who want to find a way to help, for old-timers who are just wondering how something gets done. If a job needs more hands, by all means, make the description attractive, just as long as you stick to Plain English.
  • One of the aims is to steer new contributors towards useful contribution, so please consider WP:BEANS when describing jobs.
  • Read the discussion and comment on the talk page.

Writing[edit]

Freelance[edit]

Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Start an article

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  • research or prior knowledge
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Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Start a most wanted article

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Help fill the gaps of Wikipedia article content

Wikipedia is full of red links - links to articles that do not yet exist. At Wikipedia:Most wanted articles, the articles that have the most red links throughout Wikipedia are tallied and listed.

  • Find an article from this list at Wikipedia:Most wanted articles.
  • Start it using Wikipedia:Manual of Style, as well as information often left in articles it is linked to ('What links here' on the located on the sidebar, or press alt-j). Other article may also suggest appropriate sources to reference.
  • If need be, leave behind a stub as well as any associated categories.
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  • research or prior knowledge
  • formatting
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Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Expand an article

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Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Rewrite an article

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Help improve articles that are "in limbo"
The Wikipedia:Article Incubator holds articles that may not currently meet one of Wikipedia's content criteria but still have worth and just need a little TLC. It's a great way to contribute new content and practice your writing skills. Other jobs are available too, such as evaluating candidate articles for graduation and finding new candidates.
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Collaborations[edit]

Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Featured Article Drive

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Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Article Creation and Improvement Drive

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Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Collaborations by subject

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Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Today's article for improvement

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WikiProjects[edit]

Please include only top-level projects

Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Wikiproject Indonesia

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Help Indonesia by improving Indonesian-related articles

The Indonesia WikiProject is a group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to Indonesia. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Indonesia

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  • research
  • writing
  • copy-editing
  • formatting
  • reviewing
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Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Wikiproject Good Articles

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Help us identify good articles!

Help us find or critique good articles and show the Wikipedia's quality.

  • Tasks
    • Review candidates and disputes.
    • Sweep list articles for criteria
    • Find good quality articles and nominate them
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  • reviewing
  • referencing
  • sweeping
  • collaborating
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Gnoming[edit]

Writing Magnifying.PNG Copy edit

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WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors

Copy editing is making formatting changes and improvements to an article to make it clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent, that is: make it say what it means, and mean what it says. In Wikipedia, this is done in accordance with the Manual of Style, often referred to as "MoS".
Top 10 reasons to join the Guild of Copy Editors:

  1. Improve your skills in the craft of copy editing
  2. Read interesting articles that you might not normally look at
  3. Gain a significant amount of Wikipedia editing experience
  4. You get to remove copyedit tags, you can use a special tag while copy editing to prevent interruptions, and you can leave a tag on the article's Talk page with your name on it after you finish
  5. Take pleasure from correcting horrible spelling and grammar
  6. Receive gratitude, praise and more, from those asking for help
  7. The backlog gives you a ready made "To Do" list
  8. Make new friends at the Guild and beyond
  9. Participate in contests and get barnstars
  10. Help make a real difference by making Wikipedia better
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  • making corrections:
    • spelling
    • grammar
    • punctuation
    • sentence structure
  • adding info boxes
  • adding section headers
  • adding or removing links
  • general clean up
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PNG transparency demonstration 1.png Random Article Patrol

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See Wikipedia as it really is, and learn a lot of random information

Random article patrol is a chance to appreciate how good (and how lacking) Wikipedia is. It's a wonderfully soothing experience, especially after tedious maintenance tasks.

  • Click Random article (or press alt/meta-x).
  • Proof-read and copyedit.
  • Improve the article as needed to conform to conventions and style manuals.
  • Check links to the article, fix double redirects and find articles to insert links leading to orphaned and badly orphaned articles.
  • If you find a statement in the article surprising or suspicious, find a reference to support it, or remove it from the article.
  • Nominate bad pages for deletion, vote on the rare AfD or PROD you come across.
  • Check the article's history and talk page to see how many people you don't know work on many articles about things you never heard about. Look at their user pages and contributions to appreciate how much work is done on Wikipedia.
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  • copywriting
  • formatting
  • research
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Ambox wikify.svg Wikifying

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WikiProject Wikify

Wikifying is formatting using wiki markup (as opposed to plain text or HTML). This can be adding internal links (wikilinks), headings, layout, infoboxes and other templates, or bolding/italicizing of text. There are currently 85 articles in need of wikification, plenty to go round!

WikiProject Wikify holds special Wikification Drives every second month in which you can earn barnstars for your work.

Ten simple steps to thoroughly wikify an article:

  1. Check for copyright violations. Long segments of text without wikilinks can sometimes indicate that the text was illegally copied into; also look for other red flags). Instructions for reporting violations are at Wikipedia:Copyright problems.
  2. Add wikilinks where appropriate and check that they work as expected. Please do not link terms that most readers are familiar with.
  3. Format (create or improve) the lead paragraph.
  4. Arrange the layout (section headings) as described at Wikipedia:Guide to layout. Be sure that any stub template appears after any category links, separated by two blank lines.
  5. Replace HTML tags with wiki markup, where available (see Help:Wikitext examples for a useful list of common wikitext and appropriate HTML markup).
  6. Clean up link rot and format the references or footnotes, using templates when appropriate.
  7. Add an infobox if it is appropriate for the article.
  8. For an article about a person, use {{L}} to add a sort key and categories. For other articles, use {{DEFAULTSORT:}} to add a sortkey.
  9. Add {{coord missing}} if it is an article about a place or building without the coordinates.
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  • wikipedia markup:
    • wikilinks
    • templates
    • bolding/italicizing
  • making corrections:
    • spelling
    • punctuation
    • sentence structure
  • layout (lead and sections)
  • general clean up
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Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Clean up

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Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Provide references

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To Commons.svg Move images to the Commons

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WikiProject Images and Media
Moving images to the commons is a small task, but with tons of files waiting. There are contests with barnstars.
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  • Copyright knowledge
  • Interwiki policy knowing
  • Able to work a python script
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Commons

Maintenance[edit]

Patrols[edit]

Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Recent Changes Patrol

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Stop vandals from wrecking Wikipedia
Wikipedia gets thousands of edits per day - unfortunately many of these are vandalism. As an RC patroller you are the first line of defense against such abuse, ensuring that readers of Wikipedia are not faced with vandalized content where they expected to find a useful article.
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  • Applying policies
  • Monitoring repeat offenders
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Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg New Article Patrol

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Get new spam and cruft shot on sight deleted appropriately
Some people, either acting in good faith or maliciously, create new articles which aren't suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia. By participating in new article patrol you can ensure that these articles are deleted as soon as possible. And for that rare gem of a good article right out of the gate, New Article Patrollers are in an excellent position to make sure that it's nominated for the Did You Know... section of the Main Page.
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  • Analysis
  • Detailed knowledge of the core content policies and deletion criteria
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Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg New Image Patrol

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Categories[edit]

Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Categorization

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Community[edit]

Conflict Resolution[edit]

Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Unbiased Commentator

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Talk some sense into biased editors.

Providing unbiased commentary is a great chance to improve your Wiki-relations. Instead of debating, you can read the arguments of opposing editors and suggest a compromise that is in Wikipedia’s best interest. By doing so, you will learn a lot about the policies.

  • Pick a category at Wikipedia:Requests for comment
  • Select the request that most intrigues you
  • Read the discussion on the edit in question
  • In a non-confrontational manner, suggest a compromise. Try to cite Wikipedia policies on the issue
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  • Mediation
  • Applying Policies
  • Analysis
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See also[edit]