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Welcome to the community portal. This is the place to find out what is happening on Wikipedia. Learn what tasks need to be done, what groups there are to join, and share news about recent events or current activities taking place on Wikipedia.
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  • Special:UnwatchedPages pages needs you! Currently, and for good reason, this is admin only. If you are a non-admin and would like to help bring the list down, drop a note here and get a list of 10, 20, 200, or however many you want.
  • Help from experienced editors would be appreciated at the Drawing board, traffic has more than tripled in recent weeks since the addition of a link from Your first article.
  • A proposal to merge the Drawing board and Requests for feedback is going on here. Input on the merge proposal and help maintaining the board would be appreciated.
  • A team of editors is needed to develop a set of country profiles/outlines to serve as a useful tool for browsing country-related subjects and comparing countries. Editors experienced in the creation and use of bots and advanced wikitools like WP:AWB and WP:LINKY are especially needed. Please contact The Transhumanist.
  • The Articles written by a single editor project page has been redesigned. You can volunteer to help inspect all the articles listed here for missing tags.
  • Voice your opinion on the goals of the Main Page redesign. We are looking for ideas (not specific designs yet) as far as what you want on the Main Page.
  • As of Oct. 31, AOL is shutting down its FTP space, and all websites they were hosting will be deleted. This is a major shift that will mean plenty of broken links where members' AOL pages are linked to!
  • A new WikiProject is added to the Proposals: WikiProject Haystack, aiming to highlight the most essential in Wikipedia. To avoid being overwhelmed by all information in Wikipedia, it would put the most essential into special template boxes that may be read and searched separately.

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See also

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Help out

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

Missing articles
Most wanted articles
Most wanted stubs
Name disambiguation
Stub sorting
Transwiki log cleanup
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.

Fix spelling and grammar

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Expand short articles

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Translate and clean up

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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.


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]


User:Pretzels/Community portal/Maintenance collaboration


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.



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


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Ways to communicate

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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]

References (or refs), on Wikipedia, are important to validate writing and inform the reader of the source of the text. When adding something to an article, it is highly advisable to cite a reference which describes the source of the information to help the reader who wishes to verify it, or to pursue it in greater depth. It is also useful to update or improve existing references.

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