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Since 2007, the number of new editors has been declining. One of the reasons for this is the reception that new users get - and the Wiki Guides project exists to improve that reception, and gather data on it. As part of that, we're doing a trial at Special:NewPages to incubate, rather than delete, problematic-and-deletable pages and mentor the creator in how to turn it into an article that will be kept around.

Wikiguide Incubation experiment
# of articles incubated8
# of articles released into main space3
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A lot of users seem to get disenchanted, and one of the reasons is the reception they get at Special:NewPages; watching your work go up in smoke with only semi-automated contact does not enthuse new contributors. In a lot of cases, people don't stay around; their article is deleted and that's that. By the time any contact is made, in other words, it's often too late. User:Ironholds, in consultation with James Alexander and Philippe Beaudette, is running a project to gather data on how often this occurs, and in the meantime try to save as many pages (and new contributors) as possible.

Interested users go through Category:Candidates for speedy deletion the deletion log and Special:NewPages looking for new articles which are at risk of being deleted, or have recently been deleted, but could (potentially) be useful. What this covers is entirely up to the user reading the article, but should be interpreted as broadly as possible. When such an article is identified, the user who found it incubates it, contacting them and shepherding them through how to turn it into a decent article. If the article is improved to the point where it no longer meets our deletion criteria, it can be moved back into the mainspace. If the creator does not reply to our overtures (which should be made both via the talkpage and email, if email is enabled) the page can be deleted after 30 days.

Users interested in acting as reviewers and mentors can sign up below, and list incubated articles in the table provided. Current Wiki Guides are automatically signed up. Questions and suggestions can be directed to Ironholds, or posted on the talk page.

Not yet a Wiki Guide? Sign up!

Current Wiki Guides are automatically signed up. If you want to get involved in all aspects of the Wiki Guide project sign up on the Main Project Page or sign up below if you are just interested in the New Pages experiment so that we know who's working!
  1. Ironholds (talk) 21:29, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
  2. SilverserenC 22:00, 21 March 2011 (UTC)
  3. Pesky (talk) 07:46, 27 March 2011 (UTC) Just interested in keeping an eye and chucking in the odd (hopefully useful, but just as likely just plain 'odd'!) idea into it.
  4. MarkDask 09:04, 27 March 2011 (UTC) Interested but need more info and am a novice pedian
  5. Russell Dent (talk) 21:50, 30 March 2011 (UTC) I'm fairly new to Wikipedia however I would be keen to help new editors in whatever way I can.
  6. Since I NPP I may was well try to work on this --Guerillero | My Talk 00:43, 31 March 2011 (UTC)
  7. Blue Rasberry (talk) 10:13, 31 March 2011 (UTC)
  8. mikeu talk 13:24, 2 April 2011 (UTC) I would be interested in helping with new articles on science and technology. I'm also involved at Wikiversity: and Outreach:
  9. Ckruschke (talk) 17:26, 2 April 2011 (UTC)Ckruschke
  10. Otelemuyen (talk) 18:40, 2 April 2011 (UTC)
  11. --Sandeep (talk) 13:16, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
  12. Nick-D (talk) 11:16, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

Incubated articles click here to update this table!

Name Location Creator Mentor Comments
Papercanvas's Ronnie Lupe Page Draft User:Papercanvas/Sandbox User:Papercanvas ϢereSpielChequers userfied 20:52, 23 March 2011 (UTC) Wikipedia:Article Incubator/ AUser:Linz131313 Ironholds (talk) 16:00, 29 March 2011 (UTC) WP:SPAM problems
Kaattu Chempakam Wikipedia:Article Incubator/Kaattu Chempakam User:Mohind vm Yes Michael?Talk 12:41, 30 March 2011 (UTC) Article incubated. Sadly, creator does not have email enabled. Noticed that only after I incubated it.
Intimate relationship skills 2nd Afc submission - Intimate Relationship Skills Geoffjw1978 (talk) 12:50, 31 March 2011 (UTC) The Resident Anthropologist (talk)•(contribs) 19:52, 31 March 2011 (UTC) Feedback solicited to help in afc process
Substation earth fault locator Wikipedia:Article Incubator/Substation earth fault locator User:Manivellan Psu256 (talk) 22:38, 31 March 2011 (UTC) WP:ORIGINAL problems
Arcaderush Wikipedia:Article Incubator/Arcaderush User:Rotem gavish - Philippe 09:39, 4 April 2011 (UTC) needs sources
Capricorn FM Wikipedia:Article Incubator/Capricorn FM User:Meli Ncube Otelemuyen(talk) 22:58 10 April 2011 awaiting initial assessment
Pheddiphella Wikipedia:Article Incubator/Andrea Monica Martin (Musician) User:Pheddiphella Need Access for Picture and additional information

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