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Welcome to the home page of WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors.

This WikiProject is dedicated to improving the quality of writing in articles on the English Wikipedia. The Guild welcomes new and experienced editors alike to join our project, participate in its activities, and copy edit Wikipedia articles to make them clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent; to make them say what they mean and mean what they say.

What we do

The Guild of Copy Editors aims to improve Wikipedia by:

Current focus

The Guild's members are currently working:

  • to keep the number of tagged articles trending downwards;
  • to promptly fulfill special requests;
  • to organize backlog elimination drives to encourage active participation in the Guild, and to reduce the copy edit backlog to a manageable level;
  • to attract competent copy editors to the Guild and improve our level of expertise.

Events

The Guild organizes regular events to help us achieve our goals. These are:

  • bi-monthly Backlog Elimination Drives, in which Wikipedians earn awards for improving the standard of prose in articles from the backlog;
  • bi-monthly themed Project Blitzes, similar to Drives but shorter and more focused.

Requests

The Guild maintains a Copy Edit Requests Page, where editors can request copy edits on articles they are working to develop and improve, or want to nominate for Good Article, A-class or Featured Article status. We try to complete requests quickly, but waiting times are variable. We do not guarantee that articles we copy edit will be accepted at review.

The Requests page is not for:
  • Draft articles awaiting review at AFC, in the Draft namespace or in your user space;
  • Articles that are currently nominated for deletion at AfD;
  • Articles that are undergoing rapid development, are the venue for edit-wars, or have other major problems that may result in a copy edit being replaced or reverted.

Copy edit requests for the above may be declined after discussion. Also note that the GOCE is not Cleanup.

Who coordinates Guild activities?

The Guild of Copy Editors' project coordinators are the designated points of contact for issues concerning the project, and are responsible for maintaining the Guild's internal structure and processes. They coordinate Guild activities, maintain our pages, and organize Drives and Blitzes. They have no authority over article content or editor conduct and have no special powers conferred by their Guild activities.

Lead Coordinator
Jonesey95 (talk)
Coordinators
Baffle gab1978 (talk)
Miniapolis (talk)
Coordinators emeriti
SMasters (talk)
Dianna (talk)
Stfg (talk)
Torchiest (talk)

Joining the Guild

Membership of the Guild of Copy Editors is informal and is not monitored. To be considered a member you can:

Because of the nature of our project, members who copy edit articles listed on our Requests page should have a high level of skill with English spelling, grammar and punctuation. Requests are often being prepared for promotion to Good Article, A-class or Featured Article status, all of which require prose that is clear, concise, and error-free. Good judgement is often required when deciphering the meaning of confusing passages of text and considering how to best clarify it without altering its meaning. If you're not as confident about your skills, you can gain some copy editing experience by working on articles from the backlog of articles needing copy edit.

How you can help

There are 2,088 articles currently in the backlog. You can:

New copy editors

  • If you're new to copy editing and you want some help, you can ask questions on any of the project's coordinators' talk pages. We'll do out best to help you.
  • Wikipedia's guide to basic copy editing is here.
  • Our how-to guide has links to exercises and advice for copy editors of all levels.
  • Advanced copy editing advice and exercises are available at Tony1's copy editing guide.

Progress

Graph of progress
  • Started: May 1, 2010 with 8,323 articles
It currently contains 2,088 articles.

74.9% completed (calculated)

   

Useful links

Here are some links to pages we think you'll find useful for copy editing:

  • The Manual of Style (MOS). This document defines Wikipedia's "house style". Familiarity with it is essential when editing articles to become Featured Article Candidates (FAC) or Featured List Candidates (FLC).
  • Wikipedia:Simplified Manual of Style. This is a gentler introduction to Wikipedia's Manual of Style. It covers the most important points of the MOS and has many links to the manual and its sub-pages.
  • Wikipedia:Basic copyediting. This is a useful beginners' guide to copy editing.
  • Comma#Uses in English. The most misunderstood punctuation mark explained.

Tools

  • This section lists some tools you might find useful for your copy editing activities:
Main tool page: http://tools.wmflabs.org/
  • AutoEd is a user script that helps to automatically clean-up articles, and allows for the easy design, use, and customization of user scripts related to automated article cleanup.
  • Reflinks – This tool edits bare references and adds elements like titles and dates to bare references.
  • Checklinks – Edit and repair external links
  • Dab solver – Quickly resolve ambiguous links.
  • Peer reviewer – Provides hints and suggestion to improving articles.
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December 31, 2009 8,002 +156
January 31, 2010 8,036 +34
February 28, 2010 8,025 −9
March 31, 2010 8,111 +86
April 30, 2010 8,323 +212
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June 30, 2010 7,582 +19
July 31, 2010 6,293 −1289
August 31, 2010 6,300 +7
September 30, 2010 5,575 −725
October 31, 2010 5,601 +26
November 30, 2010 4,974 −627
December 31, 2010 5,151 +177
January 31, 2011 4,518 −633
February 28, 2011 4,672 +154
March 31, 2011 3,850 −822
April 30, 2011 4,158 +308
May 31, 2011 3,737 −421
June 30, 2011 3,953 +216
July 31, 2011 3,615 −338
August 31, 2011 3,947 +332
September 30, 2011 3,801 −146
October 31, 2011 4,054 +253
November 30, 2011 3,822 −232
December 31, 2011 4,152 +330
January 31, 2012 3,983 −169
February 29, 2012 4,167 +184
March 31, 2012 3,667 −500
April 30, 2012 3,793 +126
May 31, 2012 2,627 −1166
June 30, 2012 2,805 +178
July 31, 2012 2,306 −499
August 31, 2012 2,653 +347
September 30, 2012 2,341 −312
October 31, 2012 2,791 +450
November 30, 2012 2,690 −101
December 31, 2012 3,005 +315
January 31, 2013 2,894 −111
February 28, 2013 3,124 +230
March 31, 2013 2,835 −289
April 30, 2013 3,061 +226
May 31, 2013 2,484 −577
June 30, 2013 2,723 +239
July 31, 2013 2,817 +94
August 31, 2013 3,186 +369
September 30, 2013 3,152 −34
October 31, 2013 3,104 −48
November 30, 2013 2,631 −473
December 31, 2013 2,922 +291
January 31, 2014 2,777 −145
February 28, 2014 2,915 +138
March 31, 2014 2,902 −13
April 30, 2014 2,987 +85
May 31, 2014 2,236 -751
June 30, 2014 2,400 +164
July 31, 2014 2,199 -201
August 31, 2014 2,411 (est.) +212
September 30, 2014 2,384 -27
October 31, 2014 2,483 +99
November 30, 2014 1,974 -509