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Noticeboards on Wikipedia are pages where editors can ask questions and request assistance from people who are familiar with the policies and guidelines covered by each individual board. They are to be used for specific problems that editors encounter in writing and maintaining Wikipedia articles. Posting a message to a noticeboard can also be an appropriate early step in resolving disputes on Wikipedia. Noticeboards are best used for simple and urgent matters. If an editor needs a more complex response, and is willing to wait for it, the WP:Requests for comment process may be more suitable.
Noticeboards are not places to advocate for change to Wikipedia's existing policies. Instead, such suggestions should be taken directly to the talk page of the applicable policy or guideline. Noticeboards are also not good places to recruit more editors to work with you. If you want to edit collaboratively, try posting a message at a relevant WP:WikiProject instead.
If you need general help with creating and editing articles on Wikipedia, try Wikipedia:Questions or Wikipedia:Help desk. New editors may find the WP:New contributors' help page a valuable resource. If you want feedback on an article that you have planned, or that you have recently made major changes to, try the Teahouse or help desk.
If you have a question about an encyclopedic subject, leave a note for the Wikipedia:Reference desk.
- 1 Suggestions for success
- 2 Responding to requests
- 3 List of Wikipedia's noticeboards
- 4 See also
Suggestions for success
Posting a message at a noticeboard does not guarantee a response. Editors are more likely to respond to straightforward questions from friendly, productive editors. If you want to increase your odds of receiving a constructive response, try this:
- Messages should be concise. Long diatribes or sprawling monologues are likely to be ignored or dismissed as "Too long, didn't read". Provide links to the relevant articles and diffs. Try to frame your issue as a specific, direct question: "Can this source be used to support this statement?" "Is this an acceptable external link for this article?" "Do you think this editor's account should be blocked for vandalism?" Some noticeboards have standardized formats for common requests; read and follow the directions to the best of your ability.
- Be civil. Sarcasm, slurs, and snide remarks should be avoided at all costs. If you are dealing with a heated dispute or are very frustrated, make an effort to present your question with a calm, detached, professional demeanor. See Wikipedia's pages on civility and personal attacks for additional advice. If the editors that respond to you disagree with you, don't argue with them — but do, if necessary, correct any factual misunderstandings or request further clarification.
- Sign and date all contributions, by appending four tildes "~~~~" to the end of every message. This simplifies page administration by allowing automatic archiving of older messages.
- Watch the page. Editors responding to your message are most likely to reply at the noticeboard.
Responding to requests
Any editor familiar with the relevant policies, guidelines, or procedures is encouraged to respond to requests on noticeboards. Responses that are direct, informed, concrete, and specific are particularly appreciated by editors that post questions. Some questions benefit from responses by multiple editors. Replies are generally given at the noticeboard; if you respond on another page, it may be helpful to leave a link to your response for the convenience of other editors at the noticeboard.
List of Wikipedia's noticeboards
Select the noticeboard most closely connected to the question you have. Avoid posting the same situation to more than one noticeboard at a time. If an issue crosses boundaries, such as a WP:BLP issue involving vandalism, then choose one or the other, and if necessary, post a very brief message at the other board to point interested editors to the first noticeboard.
Incidents for administrator attention
- Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard: coordinating and discussing tasks carried out by Wikipedia administrators.
- Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents: for reporting incidents requiring immediate attention by administrators.
- Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Edit warring: for reporting edit warring and three-revert rule violations.
- Wikipedia:Administrator intervention against vandalism: for reporting vandalism requiring administrator intervention.
Bureaucrats, OTRS, Arbitration
- Wikipedia:Bureaucrats' noticeboard: to assist Bureaucrats on project-related activities.
- Wikipedia:OTRS noticeboard: Wikimedia's volunteer response team (OTRS) handles copyright permissions, email inquiries from the public, reuse inquiries, article errors, and a wide range of non-public inquiries.
- Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee/Noticeboard: for announcements and statements made by the Arbitration Committee.
Other administrator assistance
- Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Requests for closure: is for posting requests to have an uninvolved editor assess, summarize, and formally close a discussion on Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia:Requests for oversight: suppress edits that breach somebody's privacy, or defame somebody.
- Wikipedia:Requests for page protection: for requesting that a page, file or template be protected.
- Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations: for requesting that we investigate whether two or more Wikipedia accounts are being abusively operated by the same person.
- Wikipedia:Requests for permissions: for requesting changes in user access levels
- Wikipedia:WikiProject on open proxies seeks to identify, verify and block open proxies and anonymity network exit nodes.
- Wikipedia:Usernames for administrator attention: for usernames that are such blatant and serious problems that they need to be immediately blocked.
- MediaWiki talk:Titleblacklist: title and user name blacklist requests.
Mergers and moves
- Wikipedia:Proposed mergers: lists proposed article mergers, as a supplement to the merge categories and templates.
- Wikipedia:Requested moves: for requesting the retitling (moving) of an article, template, or project page on Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia:Requests for history merge: history mergers.
- Wikipedia:Requests for page importation: a place to request that pages be imported with history of pages from other Wikimedia Foundation wikis to here.
Content dispute resolution
- Wikipedia:Editor assistance/Requests: an informal method of requesting help from an experienced editor.
- Wikipedia:Requests for comment/All: an informal process for requesting outside input concerning disputes, policies, guidelines, article content, or user conduct.
- Wikipedia:Third opinion: Third opinion (3O) is a means to request an outside opinion in a content or sourcing disagreement between two editors.
- Wikipedia:Dispute resolution noticeboard: to help resolve general disputes between editors.
- Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons/Noticeboard: about maintaining Wikipedia's high standards for statements about living people in any kind of article.
- Wikipedia:Conflict of interest/Noticeboard: about WP:Conflicts of interest.
- Wikipedia:External links/Noticeboard: about selection and location of WP:External links (links not used to verify article content).
- Wikipedia:Fringe theories/Noticeboard: about WP:Fringe theories.
- Wikipedia:Neutral point of view/Noticeboard: about achieving and maintaining a neutral point of view in articles.
- Wikipedia:No original research/Noticeboard: about synthesis and other kinds of WP:Original research.
- Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Noticeboard: about identifying and correctly using reliable sources to verify article content.
- Wikipedia:Requests for mediation: for formal mediation provided by the Mediation Committee as a final stage of the content-dispute resolution process.
Copyright and spam
- Wikipedia:Contributor copyright investigations: to identify users who have repeatedly introduced copyright violations.
- Wikipedia:Copyright problems: for listing and discussing possible copyright problems involving text on Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia:Media copyright questions: a place for help with image copyrights, tagging, non-free content, and related questions.
- Wikipedia:Non-free content review: for reviewing compliance with non-free content criteria for media.
- Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Spam: for reports of spam.
User and article sanctions
- Wikipedia:General sanctions: sanctions for editing certain articles inappropriately.
- Wikipedia:Editing restrictions: restrictions on particular users' behavior.
- Wikipedia:Long-term abuse: summarises a limited number of long term abusers.
Other editor assistance and debates
- Wikipedia:New contributors' help page: some helpful links.
- Wikipedia:Teahouse: a friendly place to help new editors become accustomed to Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia:Help desk: for questions about how to use or edit Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia:WikiProject Cooperation/Paid editor help: a place to receive help about proposed changes to Wikipedia articles by paid editors.
- Wikipedia:WikiProject Articles for creation/Help desk: for questions about article submissions to Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia:WikiProject Resource Exchange/Resource Request: requests for sharing the vast resources available to Wikipedians.
- Wikipedia:Village pump: a set of pages is used to discuss the technical issues, policies and operations of Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia:Village pump (idea lab): to discuss ideas and solutions to issues before proposing them to the community.
- Wikipedia:Village pump (policy): to discuss existing and proposed policies.
- Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals): to discuss new proposals that are not policy-related.
- Wikipedia:Village pump (technical): to discuss technical issues.
- Wikipedia:Village pump (miscellaneous): for messages that do not fit into any of the other categories.
- Wikipedia:Bot owners' noticeboard: a message board for coordinating and discussing bot-related issues on Wikipedia (also including other programs interacting with the MediaWiki software).
- Wikipedia:Edit filter noticeboard: for coordination and discussion of edit filter use and management.
- Wikipedia:Education noticeboard: for general discussion of items that relate to student assignments and the Wikipedia Education Program.
- Wikipedia:Education noticeboard/Incidents: for reporting and discussing specific incidents related to student editing and/or the Education Program on the English Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia:New pages patrol/Noticeboard: a simple means for editors to request review of and provide feedback on the performance of an individual new page patroller.
- Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors: to report an error you have noticed on today's or tomorrow's Main Page.
- Wikipedia:Village pump
- Wikipedia:List of WikiProjects