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Hello, W-FAQ, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like this place and decide to stay.

  • If you have a question that is not one of the frequently asked questions below, check out Wikipedia:Questions, stop by and/or ask a question at the Teahouse, ask me on my talk page, or click the button below. Happy editing and again, welcome! ~~~~

Why can't I edit some particular pages?
Some pages that have been vandalized repeatedly are semi-protected, meaning that editing by new or unregistered users is prohibited through technical measures. If you have an account that is four days old and has made at least 10 edits, then you can bypass semi-protection and edit any semi-protected page. Some pages, such as highly visible templates, are fully-protected, meaning that only administrators can edit them. If this is not the case, you may have been blocked or your IP address caught up in a range block.
Where can I experiment with editing Wikipedia?
How do I create an article?
See how to create your first article, then use the Article Wizard to create one, and add references to the article as explained below.
How do I create citations?
  1. Do a search on Google or your preferred search engine for the subject of the Wikipedia article that you want to create a citation for.
  2. Find a website that supports the claim you are trying to find a citation for.
  3. In a new tab/window, go to the citation generator, click on the 'An arbitrary website' bubble, and fill out as many fields as you can about the website you just found.
  4. Click the 'Get reference wiki text' button.
  5. Highlight, and then copy (Ctrl+C or Apple+C), the resulting text (it will be something like <ref> {{cite web | .... }}</ref>, copy the whole thing).
  6. In the Wikipedia article, after the claim you found a citation for, paste (Ctrl+V or Apple+V) the text you copied.
  7. If the article does not have a References or Notes section (or the like), add this to the bottom of the page, but above the External Links section and the categories:
What is a WikiProject, and how do I join one?
A WikiProject is a group of editors that are interested in improving the coverage of certain topics on Wikipedia. (See this page for a complete list of WikiProjects.) If you would like to help, add your username to the list that is on the bottom of the WikiProject page.
Be neutral, like Wikipedia

One of the five pillars that form the foundation for all Wikipedia policies and guidelines is Wikipedia has a neutral point of view. In a nutshell, this means all Wikipedia articles must be written from a detached standpoint, representing views fairly and without bias. This includes all the types of pages in the encyclopedia (articles, maps, reader-facing templates, categories, and portals, etc.).

To add this auto-updating template to your user page, use {{totd}}
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There are several parameters available with this template:

  • If the user is anonymous (using their IP address and not an account), use {{subst:W-FAQ|ip=yes}} or {{subst:W-FAQ|anon=yes}}
  • For the template to say "especially to page" after "Thank you for your contributions," use {{subst:W-FAQ|c=page}} or {{subst:W-FAQ|contrib=page}}
  • To alert the user of a page that is listed for deletion, use {{subst:W-FAQ|a=page}} or {{subst:W-FAQ|article=page}}.
    • If the article is not listed for deletion, but rather is unreferenced, then use {{subst:W-FAQ|a=page|u=yes}}, {{subst:W-FAQ|a=page|ur=yes}} or {{subst:W-FAQ|article=page|unreferenced=yes}}.
  • To invite the user to a certain WikiProject, use {{subst:W-FAQ|wp1=WikiProject name}}, and use {{subst:W-FAQ|wp2=WikiProject name}} to invite them to a second WikiProject.
  • To leave a custom message, use {{subst:W-FAQ|m=your message}} or {{subst:W-FAQ|message=your message}}.


  • Do not sign this template with ~~~~, it will do that for you in the template itself.