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Guidelines, help & 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
Editing [ edit ]
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 ]
Working with others [ edit ]
Resources [ edit ]
New user information
Introduction · Tutorial · Sandbox · Help · Adoption · What Wikipedia is not · Glossary · Account benefits · Planning school assignments · New contributors' help page · FAQ
Ways to communicate
Contact (overview) · Discussion pages · Mailing lists · IRC chat · Meetups · User pages · Requests for comment · Public watchlists · Regional notice boards · Administrators' noticeboard · Requests for article feedback · Local Embassy
Community support groups and programs
Welcoming committee · Editor assistance · Wiki-adoption · Birthday Committee · Harmonious editing club · Wikipedia awards program · Dept. of Fun · Missing encyclopedic articles
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
About Wikipedia · Goings-on · About Wikimedia · Wikipedians · Wiki-adoption · Donations · Merchandise · Administrators · Babel · Culture · Games · Humor · Mottoes
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 ]
Join the Recent Changes Patrol
One way that many users like to contribute to Wikipedia is by
patrolling recent changes (RCP) for vandalism or other common problems.
While this task can be done with a variety of
tools it is as simple as looking over the Recent changes link (in your navigation box on the left side of your browser window).
Subsets of Recent Changes Patrol include
New Page Patrol and Newimages.
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