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The Community portal is a place to find collaborations, tasks, and news about English Wikipedia.
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Community bulletin board

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The Signpost
1 July 2015
Centralized discussion
  • An RfC concerning increasing the activity requirements for bureaucrats.
  • An RfC concerning increasing the activity requirements for administrators.
  • A proposal to gradually offer both wikitext and VisualEditor to new accounts
  • Discuss proposals for celebration of the upcoming 5 millionth article on English Wikipedia
  • An RfC for a banner alert campaign on the threat to Freedom of Panorama in Europe
  • An RfC to permit trusted non-admins to close TFD discussions with uncontroversial delete outcomes
  • A proposal to forbid IPs from participating in the RfA process.
  • A proposal to elevate WP:BRD to guideline status
  • An RfC on "edit in Wikidata" links, for templates using Wikidata

General notices

  • Free subscriptions to high-quality paywalled journals, newspaper archives, and online reference works are available for Wikipedia editors. For more information, see Wikipedia:TWL/Journals. NorthAmerica1000 11:29, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Projects seeking help

Also consider posting WikiProject, Task Force, and Collaboration news at the Signpost's WikiProject Report page.

WikiProjects and Task Forces

  • The Cross-language Editing and Learning Exchange is a new WikiProject for editors writing in a second language. Whether you are learning English or another language, this project is for you. Everyone is invited to join!
  • Wikipedia:Typo Team/moss has just started the first pass of an ambitious spell-check of the entire encyclopedia. Lots of help is needed to fix misspellings and add correct spellings to the dictionary.
  • The African football task force of WikiProject Football has just been created. Anyone with substantial knowledge on African football-related articles or anyone interested in African football is welcome to join!

Outlines

Under construction
Being overhauled or expanded
Need expansion
Fully annotated!
Nearing completion (need remainder of annotations added)
Need link placement

Portal report

The following portals are in need of attention/upkeep:

Portal:Tuvalu Newly created
Portal:Half-track Newly created
Portal:Virginia Woolf Newly created
Portal:Theosophy Newly created
Portal:Machine learning Newly created
Portal:Kyrgyzstan Newly created
Portal:Trichy Newly created
Portal:Space The selected article excerpts were copied and pasted between 2006 and 2009. The leads of the corresponding articles have greatly improved since then.
Portal:Thinking "Selected" sections need new material. Been the same for years.

The following portals have interesting design features that you may find useful:

Portal:South East England A "parent" portal that uses selected content from several "child" portals, chosen at random for each type of content.
Portal:Philosophy Automatically cycles through 52 "Selected philosophers", one per week, year after year.
Portal:Arts Uses random generators to display random featured status selections.

Discussions and collaborations

Discussions in the following areas have requested wider attention via Requests for comment:

See also

Wikimedia community portals

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.


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The three-revert rule

Many people know that if someone reverts an article more than three times in 24 hours, they may be blocked to prevent edit warring. But did you know that:

  • Although reverts on different articles don't count towards the limit, different reverts on the same article do count. So if you revert Paragraph A twice and Paragraph B twice in 24 hours, you have made four reverts and may be blocked.
  • If you revert three times, wait for 24 hours and start reverting again, you may be blocked for 'gaming' the rule. The three-revert rule is an electric fence, not an entitlement.
  • Although you can't be blocked for repeatedly reverting vandalism, many Wikipedians mistake edits for vandalism when they are not. For example, edits that don't respect the neutral point of view policy are not vandalism.

The easiest way to avoid being blocked for reverting is to revert as little as possible and discuss with your fellow editors instead. Some editors limit themselves to one or no reverts a day.

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