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Below are some sample greetings that you can cut-and-paste onto new users' talk pages. Replace any $VARIABLES with the correct text. Be sure to place greetings on each user's talk page, and not the user's user page, so that the user will get the "You have new messages" alert notice.

One can also use templates for the same purpose.

Welcoming new users[edit]

Standard welcome[edit]

To use this standard message

Welcome
Hello, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions.
I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:
I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or place {{tl|helpme}} on your talk page and ask your question there. Again, welcome! your signature


Copy and paste the text below:


==Welcome==
Hello, and [[Wikipedia:Welcome, newcomers|welcome]] to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. <br>I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:
*[[Wikipedia:Five pillars|The five pillars of Wikipedia]]
*[[Wikipedia:How to edit a page|How to edit a page]]
*[[Help:Contents|Help pages]]
*[[Wikipedia:Tutorial|Tutorial]]
*[[Wikipedia:Article development|How to write a great article]]
*[[Wikipedia:Manual of Style|Manual of Style]]
I hope you enjoy editing here and being a [[Wikipedia:Wikipedians|Wikipedian]]! <br>Please [[Wikipedia:Sign your posts on talk pages|sign your name]] on talk pages using four tildes (<nowiki>~~~~</nowiki> ); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you need help, check out [[Wikipedia:Questions]], ask me on my talk page, or place <nowiki>{{helpme}}</nowiki> on your talk page and ask your question there. Again, welcome! ~~~~


The former allows you to tailor the message before saving it, but if all you want is the standard message then you can use template:welcome by cut and pasting:

Text without a section heading:

{{subst:welcome}} ~~~~

Text with a section heading:

{{subst:welcome2}} ~~~~

Request for introduction[edit]

Request for introduction:

Hello $USERNAME, and welcome to Wikipedia! I hope you like the place and decide to stay.

If you need editing help, visit Wikipedia:How to edit a page. For format questions, visit our manual of style. If you have any other questions about the project then check out Wikipedia:Help or add a question to the Village pump. your signature

Copy and paste the text below:

Hello $USERNAME, and [[Wikipedia:Welcome, newcomers|welcome]] to Wikipedia! I hope you like the place and decide to [[Wikipedia:Wikipedians|stay]].

If you need editing help, visit [[Wikipedia:How to edit a page]]. For format questions, visit our [[Wikipedia:Manual of Style|manual of style]]. If you have any other questions about the project then check out [[Wikipedia:Help]] or add a question to the [[wikipedia:Village pump|Village pump]]. ~~~~

Anonymous users[edit]

Anonymous users:

Hello there! Welcome to Wikipedia! We've noticed that you've been making some great additions to the Wikipedia and we really appreciate it. Why not create an account and stay awhile? The Wikipedia can use as many quality members as possible. If you ever need editing help visit Wikipedia:How does one edit a page and experiment at Wikipedia:Sandbox. If you need pointers on how we title pages visit Wikipedia:Article titles. If you have any other questions about the project then check out Wikipedia:Help or add a question to the Village pump. Hope to see you around for a long time to come! your signature


Copy and paste the text below:

Hello there! [[Wikipedia:Welcome, newcomers|Welcome]] to Wikipedia! We've noticed that you've been making some great additions to the Wikipedia and we ''really'' appreciate it. Why not [[Special:Userlogin|create an account]] and stay awhile? The Wikipedia can use as many quality members as possible. If you ever need editing help visit [[Wikipedia:How does one edit a page]] and experiment at [[Wikipedia:Sandbox]]. If you need pointers on how we title pages visit [[Wikipedia:Naming conventions]]. If you have any other questions about the project then check out [[Wikipedia:Help]] or add a question to the [[wikipedia:Village pump|Village pump]]. Hope to see you around for a long time to come! ~~~~


See also (the standard welcome with an extra paragraph for anon users):

{{subst:Welcome-anon}} ~~~~

Notifying users of copyright violations[edit]

Images[edit]

Hello, and welcome to Wikipedia! We're glad to have you here. Just wanted to let you know—the image you just uploaded appears to be from a copyrighted source. Please add source information by going to the image page (type Image:$NAME-OF-IMAGE in the text box) and editing it to add source information. If your image is in the public domain, or licensed under the GFDL, then it's OK to use; if not, you have to claim fair use, which may or may not stand up. See Wikipedia:Copyrights for details. Best wishes, and ask at Wikipedia:Help desk if you have any questions. Yours, your signature


Copy and paste the text below:

Hello, and [[Wikipedia:Welcome, newcomers|welcome]] to Wikipedia! We're glad to have you here. Just wanted to let you know—the image you just uploaded appears to be from a [[copyright]]ed source. Please add source information by going to the image page (type Image:$NAME-OF-IMAGE in the text box) and editing it to add source information. If your image is in the [[public domain]], or licensed under the [[GFDL]], then it's OK to use; if not, you have to claim [[fair use]], which may or may not stand up. See [[Wikipedia:Copyrights]] for details. Best wishes, and ask at [[Wikipedia:Help desk]] if you have any questions. Yours, ~~~~


Text[edit]

Hello, and welcome to Wikipedia! We're glad to have you here. Unfortunately, we can't keep the articles you created on $PAGE1 and $PAGE2, because they violate another person's copyright. We aren't legally allowed to directly take other people's work; however, it is fine to research topics on other sites. See Wikipedia:Copyrights for details.

But don't get discouraged – try writing your own $SUBJECT articles! For help on writing articles, you can check out the FAQs, especially on contributing and editing. There's a lot to know, but one of the cool things about Wikipedia is that others will edit your contributions to make them better!

Yours,your signature

Copy and paste the text below:

Hello, and [[Wikipedia:Welcome, newcomers|welcome]] to Wikipedia! We're glad to have you here. Unfortunately, we can't keep the articles you created on $PAGE1 and $PAGE2, because they violate another person's copyright. We aren't legally allowed to directly take other people's work; however, it is fine to ''research'' topics on other sites. See [[Wikipedia:Copyrights]] for details.

But don't get discouraged – try writing your own $SUBJECT articles! For help on writing articles, you can check out the [[Wikipedia:FAQ|FAQs]], especially on [[Wikipedia:Editing FAQ|contributing]] and [[Wikipedia:Editing FAQ|editing]]. There's a lot to know, but one of the [[Wikipedia:Why Wikipedia is so great|cool things about Wikipedia]] is that others will edit ''your'' contributions to make them better!

Yours, ~~~~

Tips[edit]

This is a list of suggested tips that can be added to any of the above messages:

  • You can sign your name using three tildes, like ~~~. If you use four, you can add a datestamp too. Five provides the datestamp only.
You can sign your name using three tildes, like <nowiki>~~~</nowiki>. If you use four, you can add a datestamp too. Five provides the datestamp only.
If you ever think an article should be deleted, please list it at the [[Wikipedia:Articles for deletion|Articles for deletion]] page (see [[Wikipedia:Deletion discussions|Deletion discussions]] for how to delete non-articles. There is also a [[Wikipedia:Deletion review|Deletion review]] page if you want to retrieve something that you think should not have been deleted.
Remember to use the [[Help:Show preview|Show preview]] button before you save.
  • Here is more information about what you can do with your User page.
Here is more information about what you can do with your [[Wikipedia:User page|User page]].

See also[edit]