Wikipedia:Maintenance

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Maintenance departments

As well as editing, many people at Wikipedia are involved in maintenance tasks. Most of these tasks can be done by any user. Maintenance work is a vital part of keeping Wikipedia running optimally. Be careful to avoid creating more maintenance work through instruction creep. Organize when you can, but always keep the big picture in sight: we are here to create an encyclopedia. Tasks of the most pressing importance can be found at Wikipedia:Backlog.

If you are a newbie or if you just want a list of jobs and tasks to be completed that is easy to understand, please see the Job Center. If you wish to contribute to Wikipedia in ways other than maintenance, please see Wikipedia:Contributing to Wikipedia. For a listing of ongoing discussions and current requests, see the dashboard.

Things to watch[edit]


Category tracker[edit]

Immediate requests[edit]

Category Entries
Wikipedians looking for help 0
Requests for unblock 20
Candidates for speedy deletion as attack pages 0
Candidates for speedy deletion as copyright violations 12
Candidates for speedy deletion 169
Wikipedia fully-protected edit requests 0

Deletion[edit]

Category Entries
Articles for deletion 947
Templates for deletion 144
Categories for deletion 424
Wikipedia files for discussion 537
Redirects for discussion 3
Miscellaneous pages for deletion 102
Possible copyright violations 121
All articles proposed for deletion 450
Unsorted AfD debates 0
Images with the same name on Wikimedia Commons 11

Image copyright problems[edit]

Category Entries
Orphaned fair use 716
Unknown copyright status 370
Unknown source 170
No fair use rationale 4
Replaceable fair use images 20
Disputed fair use images 10

Page protection[edit]

Category Entries
Protected 216
Semi-protected user and user talk pages 676
Protected user and user talk pages 296
Protected against vandalism 5
Protected talk pages of blocked users 39
Semi-protected 753
Arbitration 500/30 restricted 83

Cleanup[edit]

General cleanup

Category Entries Percentage
All pages needing cleanup 21,013 0.4
Articles needing rewrite 99 0
All articles needing expert attention 6,864 0.13
All Wikipedia articles in need of updating 15,199 0.29

Reference problems

Category Entries Percentage
All pages needing factual verification 4,073 0.08
All articles with unsourced statements 305,730 5.88
All articles lacking sources 215,795 4.15
All unreferenced BLPs 2,747 0.35
All articles needing additional references 281,704 5.42
All articles needing references cleanup 4,550 0.09
All articles lacking in-text citations 84,943 1.63
All articles with dead external links 79,965 1.54

Image cleanup problems

Category Entries Percentage
Files for cleanup 125 -
Wikipedia files lacking a description 1 -
Wikipedia files with unknown source 325 -

Other problems

Category Entries Percentage
All articles to be merged 10,787 0.21
All articles to be split 734 0.01
Unsorted Stubs 84 -
Stub categories 14,157 -
All uncategorized pages 2,444 0.05
All orphaned articles 134,752 2.59
All articles needing copy edit 1,592 0.03
All articles needing style editing 15,459 0.3
All Wikipedia articles needing context 3,687 0.07
All articles that may contain original research 15,150 0.29


Miscellaneous[edit]

Category Entries
Requested moves 195
NPOV disputes 97
Accuracy disputes 105
Articles with invalid ISBNs 0
All articles to be expanded 124,420
New page patrolling

The primary purposes of new page patrolling are to identify articles which do not meet the criteria for inclusion and/or to tag them for any glaring issues that need attention. Most critical are copyright violations and defamatory material about living persons.

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Possible copyright violations[edit]

Wikipedia:Copyright problems lists articles which will be deleted if it can not be proven that we have permission to use them under the terms of the GFDL. For pages listed there, you could replace the infringing article's text with new (re-written) content of your own. This must be done on a temp page, so that the original "copyvio version" may be deleted by a sysop. Temp versions should be written at a page like: [[Talk:PAGE NAME/temp]]. If the original turns out not to be a copyvio, these two can be merged. Alternatively, you can write to the copyright owner and check whether they gave permission. You can also ask for permission using the boilerplate request for permission. If someone claims to have permission, but this has not been verified, you can send the confirmation of permission letter to check. If images have been listed, you may want to consider whether these constitute fair use and write the appropriate disclaimers on the image description page. See Wikipedia:Image description page#Fair use rationale for guidance on this.

Maintaining portals[edit]

See Wikipedia:Portal for a list of existing portals and associated projects and maintainers.

Foreign language pages[edit]

For pages listed on Wikipedia:Pages needing translation into English, the Wikipedia:Embassy member of the Wikipedia that relates to the language the article is in should be contacted and invited to move the page to their own Wikipedia or to help translate it. There is also a list of translators at Wikipedia:translation. If you don't know what language the article is in you could use Language recognition chart and if that fails some language recognition web site to find out. If a page remains untranslated after two weeks, or if someone who speaks the language it is written in states that it is not worth translating, then article should be moved from pages needing translation to articles for deletion. The boilerplate text on the article should be changed from {{notenglish}} to {{subst:afd}}.

Welcoming newcomers[edit]

Welcome people using one of the standard user greetings or make up your own. Use {{Opentask}} to leave an automatically updated task list on a new user's page. New users can be found by looking for red talk page links on recent changes or by querying the database. Efforts to co-ordinate the activities of welcomers are being made at Wikipedia:Welcoming committee. The {{Opentask}} message gives newcomers some ideas of articles to work on. The tasks listed in this template can be changed at Template:Opentask.

Main page[edit]

The Main Page needs regular updating. Only sysops can edit the page itself. See Wikipedia:Editing the main page for links to the relevant templates and further guidance.

Vandalism[edit]

Anyone can revert vandalism. See Wikipedia:revert for instructions. If you see any recurrent vandalism, you can list it at Wikipedia:Administrator intervention against vandalism. You can also check other listings on that page and follow them up by seeing if the users listed there have made any further vandalism since the listing. Do this typing the url http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/ followed by the username. Unreverted edits will still have (top) next to them. Sysops may choose to block recurrent vandals, following a warning on the user's talk page using Special:Blockip, or for unlogged-in users clicking the block link next to their IP on recent changes.

The pages linked to from the main page often see the most vandalism, so checking those pages via the links on Editing the Main Page can be a good place to look if you feel like vandal spotting.

See also: Wikipedia:How to spot vandalism

Vandalism reports


Reports[edit]

Bot-reported[edit]

User-reported[edit]

Pictogram voting wait orange.svg Insufficient recent activity to warrant a block. (1) It isn't by any means obvious that the editing is vandalism. (2) The editor has edited only twice, and not at all since being clearly warned that a block might be possible. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 10:32, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

Current events[edit]

Not maintenance as such, but Portal:Current events is a page that needs to be updated daily. Please read Wikipedia:How the Current events page works before working on this.

Request and maintenance queues[edit]

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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Fix wikilinks

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Update with new information

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Expand short articles

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Check and add references

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Fix original research issues

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Improve lead sections

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Add an image

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Translate and clean up

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For each queue listed below, editors are needed to:

  • Rotate individual articles and projects onto Template:Opentasks (shown above) as they are fixed or become stale.
  • Publicize neglected lists or consolidate them with active pages
  • Remove articles from the listings as they are fixed.
  • Actually fix the individual articles that are listed.

Instructions are given on each page.


Category Description Relevant page Wikipedia custom message
Cleanup Articles to cleanup Wikipedia:Cleanup {{clean}}
Controversial issues Articles that need watching for bias Wikipedia:List of controversial issues {{controversial}}
Copyright infringement Articles with possible copyright infringements Wikipedia:Copyright problems {{copyvio|url=<place URL of allegedly copied material here>}}
Deletion Articles that should be deleted Wikipedia:Articles for deletion See Wikipedia:Articles for deletion for instructions.
Disputed accuracy Articles of Accuracy dispute Wikipedia:Accuracy dispute {{Disputed}}
Disputed neutrality Articles of NPOV dispute Wikipedia:NPOV dispute {{NPOV}} or {{disputed}}
Duplicated articles Articles on the same subject which need to be merged Wikipedia:Duplicate articles  
Foreign language Articles not in English Wikipedia:Pages needing translation {{notenglish}}
New pages Newly created articles Special:Newpages  
Open tasks Wikipedia's open tasks Template:Opentask {{opentask}}
Pages needing attention Articles that have good information, but need work for some reason Wikipedia:Pages needing attention  
Requested images Pages that need images Wikipedia:Requested images  
Requested peer review Articles that need peer editing Wikipedia:Peer review  
Stubs Stub articles Wikipedia:Find or fix a stub See Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting for a list of subject-specific stub templates.
Too short Subjects that deserve a longer article Wikipedia:Requests for expansion  
Too long Articles which strain browsers Special:Longpages  

Disputes[edit]

There are many pages in Category:Wikipedia dispute resolution which could use help in resolving various kinds of disputes. Some disputes are easy to resolve - someone needs to propose or implement a compromise (check out the appropriate talk page), or the dispute is over and someone just needs to declare the problem solved. Many disputes between parties can be resolved after uninvolved strangers wander in, read the article in question and the debate so far, and just give common-sense opinions. In rare cases, delicate negotiating skills are needed to bring warring parties to a satisfactory agreement, or administrative powers are needed to ban vandals or uncooperative editors.

The main page to list disputes is Wikipedia:Requests for comment. Current requests for comment can be found at WP:RFC/A. There is also a static request board that needs volunteers to move requests to the appropriate talk page.[under discussion]

There are lists of articles in dispute in:

Initial categorization efforts[edit]

See also: Wikipedia:Categorization projects (current)

Images with missing articles[edit]

Several pages on the web offer their public domain images in a long list. To avoid checking these lists again and again for matching Wikipedia articles, Wikipedia:Images with missing articles has a list of specific images with missing articles. If you see that one of these articles exists, please add the image from the external link, and remove it from the list.

Peer review[edit]

Wikipedia:Peer review is designed to solicit comments on articles that have had major work by a single author, or which are going to be submitted to Wikipedia:Featured article candidates. Articles that don't successfully become featured are often referred back to this step.

Editors are needed to:

  • Comment on articles listed
  • Remove old requests (instructions are on the page itself)

Make a donation[edit]

Wikipedia is in constant need of more server capacity, bandwidth and other technical services to keep it running and keep it fast enough to be useful. Financial contributions to our non-profit parent, the Wikimedia Foundation, are greatly appreciated. Please see https://wikimediafoundation.org/fundraising

Publicize Wikipedia[edit]

See Category:Wikipedia publicity.

Help other users[edit]

Even new users can help answer factual questions on the Wikipedia:Reference desk, which serves the same purpose as a reference desk you might find in your local library. (You might also think of it as the Wikipedia version of Yahoo Answers or Windows Live QnA.) You do not have to be an expert on Wikipedia because:

  • You can help people find answers in existing Wikipedia articles.
  • If you know the answer to a question not answered by Wikipedia, you can assist the questioner and at the same time, add that information to Wikipedia for the benefit of future readers.
  • If you do not know the answer to an interesting question, you can research it in non-Wikipedia sources, and then improve Wikipedia for the benefit of the questioner and future readers.

If you already have some experience, your assistance in one of the many Wikipedia help forums, including Wikipedia:Help desk, would be a valuable contribution. You can help Wikipedia grow by helping other people share what they know.

Programmers wanted[edit]

Programming skills are especially valuable, to help write useful standalone scripts, or to improve the software that runs Wikipedia.

See also[edit]

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English Maintenance Things to do Maintenance Administrative Assistance Community Portal The Newsroom Maintenance Community Portal
French Maintenance What to do ? Maintenance Contributors requests How to contribute Newsroom Maintenance Community Portal