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Most common questions
– the main page that provides information, links, videos and other resources on the basics needed to comprehend, comment on, and contribute to Wikipedia.
Contributing to Wikipedia
– portal style page to get you started.
Welcome to Wikipedia
– don't need to be registered to , however it does provide additional features.
Why create an account
Choosing a username – do not choose names which may be offensive, misleading, disruptive, or promotional. How to log in – If you are not logged in your s are labelled in page history with your IP address.
– guide to starting your first encyclopedia article.
Your first article Annotated article – is a well-constructed sample article, with annotations.
– will walk you through the process of submitting a new article.
– common questions about using and contributing.
Frequently Asked Questions
More instructional material – provides links to instructional material useful for users. ** Trifecta – ultra fast overview of foundational principles related to policies and guidelines.
Things you may not know about Wikipedia – insights specifically targeted at people who have limited experience.
– provides "very useful" advice daily on how to use or develop Wikipedia more effectively.
Tip of the day See also , the complete library of tips arranged by subject. Wikipedia:Tips User page design center – where you will find all the resources for developing your user page. Enjoy!
Frequently asked questions
– questions about using and contributing.
FAQ main page
Administration – answers some questions related to Administrators.
Article subjects – what to do about a specific articles.
Categories – about using Wikipedia's categories.
Contributing – answers to questions commonly asked by contributors.
Copyright – four most commonly asked questions about copyright.
Editing – answers the most common questions about ing.
Forking – how do I download and use Wikipedia content.
IRC (live chat) – about "chat rooms" – real-time discussions.
Organizations – ing without displaying a conflict of interest.
Problems – solving problems you may encounter when browsing or ing.
Readers – addresses concerns and questions readers may have.
Schools – questions teachers, librarians and administrators might have.
Technical – answers some questions related to the technical workings. ( Miscellaneous) – questions that do not fit into any of the others above.
How to pages
– explains how to find and navigate the help pages. Help:help
Books – explains how to make and download Wikipedia books.
Categories – explains how to categories.
Copyright – explains how to deal with copyright concerns.
Diff – explains how to view the difference between two versions of a page
Editing – explains the basics of ing.
Find sources – explains how to find references.
Files – explains how to manage media.
Footnotes – explains how to add notes and references.
Nesting footnotes – explains how to include a note or reference within a note or reference.
Glossary – quick overview of terms.
Infobox – explains the basics about how to use infoboxes.
IPA/English – explains how the International Phonetic Alphabet system works.
List – explains how to add lists.
Linking – explains how to add internal links.
Link color – explains how to add color to link text.
Logging in – explains how to access your account.
Magic words – explains how words surrounded by brackets or underscores function.
Media – explains the basics of seeing media.
Merging – explains how to consolidate articles.
Mobile access – explains how to access Wikipedia from mobile devices.
Navigation – explains how to get around Wikipedia.
Other languages – explains how to deal with other languages.
Page name – explains how to deal with page titles.
Redirect – explains how to direct pages to the proper place.
References – explains how to make those complicated sources work.
Citation Style – explains some of the different reference styles. Cite errors – explains how to deal with errors in references.
Rename – explains how to change your user name.
Password – explains how to change your personal password.
Reverting – explains how to roll back s.
Searching – explains how to use Wikipedia more effectively.
Section – explains how to just portions of a page.
Talk pages – explains the basics of what to do on talk pages.
Students – explains the basics for students.
URLs – explains how to add and deal with external links.
User contributions – explains how to view ors additions. Watching pages – explains how to track pages.
Links and diffs
Media files: images, videos and sounds
Customisation and tools
Coding (Wiki markup)
– explains the coding used by text, links, & talk pages
Barchart – explains how to make charts.
Calculations – explains how to make complicated calculations.
Characters – explains how to add special characters.
Citations quick! – simplistic examples of two preferred ways of doing footnotes (reference).
Columns – explains how to make columns.
HTML – explains how use HTML in text.
Musical symbols – explains the basic coding of music symbols.
Sound files – explains the basic coding sound files.
Tables – explains the basic coding for making tables.
Wiki table – more advanced coding information on tables.
Templates – explains the basic for templates.
Documentation – explains the basic of how to properly document template information.
Visual files – explains the basic of coding for visual media. Wiki tools – various tools and tutorials intended to simplify, make more efficient, or provide additional functionality.
Templates and Lua
– quick overview of what Wikipedia is all about. Main introduction
Editing – the basic pages on how to contribute to Wikipedia.
Images – introduction to adding images to Wikipedia.
Manual of Style – introduction to the style guide for articles.
Media – how to add media to Wikipedia.
Navigating – Wikipedia is a big place.
Policies – how to apply policies and guidelines.
Sourcing – why references are so important.
Tables – how an where tables are used and how to make them. Talk pages – how to communicate within Wikipedia.
Editing with VisualEditor – a five part introduction to ing with VisualEditor. Opening the or. Toolbar basics. Links and Wikilinks. Saving your changes. Summary
Referencing with VisualEditor – a five part introduction to referencing. Verifiability. Inline citations. RefToolbar. Reliable sources. Summary. Uploading images with VisualEditor – a six part guide on uploading images. Introduction. Free content. Non-free content. Wikimedia Commons. Using an image. Summary.
Help Guided tours – providing tooltip-like tours of the Wikipedia experience. Wikipedia GettingStarted – feature, which provides a "getting started" page to newly registered Wikipedians. Immediately after creating an account, users see the page Special:GettingStarted, which invites them to try out ing by improving one of the pages presented.
The Missing Manual
– comprehensive how-to guide (book) that explains everything about contributing for novice to expert ors. The Missing Manual Introduction – originally written in 2008 by John Broughto, the Manual has since been expanded and updated by many others.
Part I – Editing and Creating Articles
First – explains what you see when you look at an article in Wikipedia's ing window and how to practice.
Sourcing – you will need to learn some technical matters.
Account setup & personal space – having an account actually protects your privacy better than ing anonymously.
Creating articles – get a much better sense of what articles in Wikipedia should be like.
Page history & reverting – as an or you're likely to want to see what other ors do to articles you've ed.
Monitoring changes – experienced ors monitor articles they've ed. Vandalism & spam – explains in detail what you, a Wikipedia or, can do in terms of spotting and fixing vandalism and spam.
Part II – Collaborating with Other Editors
Communicating with others – you will need to know how to use the pages where ors interact and collaborate with each other.
WikiProjects – many ors at Wikipedia work together in groups, formal or informal.
Content disputes – if you find yourself involved in a content dispute ...
Incivility – shows you helpful ways to respond to incivility and personal attacks directed against you or other ors. Helping others – shows you all the places and ways you can lend other ors a hand.
Part III – Formatting and Illustrating Articles
Sections – shows you how to effectively use sections in an article.
Lists & tables – shows you how to create and both lists and tables. Images – shows you how to place an image in an article, after you or someone else has uploaded it.
Part IV – Building a Stronger Encyclopedia
Part V – Customizing Wikipedia
Part VI – Appendices
Wikipedia Pages – when you're registered, and logged into Wikipedia, you'll see links in a number of places.
Reader's guide – background on what Wikipedia is and how to get the most out. Learning more – shows you the myriad places you can go, both inside and outside Wikipedia.
Interactive assistance (help forums)
Questions about Wikipedia
– the "main page" for asking questions about how to use or Wikipedia. Help desk – a "very friendly place" for new ors to become accustomed to and ask questions about ing. Teahouse
General knowledge questions
– you can ask questions about any topic at the specific pages listed below.
Computing – to ask about computing, information technology, electronics, software and hardware.
Entertainment – to ask about sports, popular culture, movies, music, video games, and TV shows.
Humanities – to ask about history, politics, literature, religion, philosophy, law, finance, economics, art, and society.
Language – to ask about spelling, grammar, word etymology, language usage, and translations.
Mathematics – to ask about mathematics, geometry, probability, and statistics.
Science – to ask about biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, geology, engineering and technology. ( Miscellaneous) – to ask about anything that is not listed above.
Specific help and mediation
– main directory divided into five boards by topic (as seen below), to discuss the technical issues, policies, and operations of Wikipedia.
Policy – to discuss changes to existing and proposed policies.
Proposals – to discuss new proposals that are not policy-related.
Technical – to discuss technical issues. For wiki software bug reports, use Bugzilla
Idea lab – to discuss ideas before proposing them to the community and attempt to find solutions to common issues. ( Miscellaneous) – to post messages that do not fit into any other categories listed above.
Other ways to get help
– a section on the Special services page that lists the alternative ways of getting help as seen below.
Request departments Place
(including the curly brackets) "then your question" on
Help me}} your talk page, a volunteer will visit you there! If you require personal
assistance in regards to blocking, deleting, protecting, personal harassment or legal threats you can place administrator (including the curly brackets) "then your concerns" on
Admin help}} your talk page, an administrator will visit you there!
Adopt-a-User – is where you can find experienced Wikipedians that "adopt" new users and mentor them.
Co-op – a mentorship space where you can work with an experienced Wikipedian to learn about and improve Wikipedia. Join the
#wikipedia-en-help IRC channel for real-time chat. Contact Wikipedia – is a page that describes how and where to contact Wikipedia directly for a variety of reasons.
Community standards and advice
– describes how policies and guidelines should normally be developed and maintained.
Policies & guidelines
– about pages that contain technical and factual information or supplement guidelines and policies in greater detail. How-to and information pages
– Although essays are not policy or guidelines many are worthy of considerations.
Essays Advice pages – guideline about advice pages written by WikiProjects.
– guideline primarily intended to assist those with disabilities, it can be helpful for all readers.
– policy about how articles and other Wikipedia pages can be removed from general view.
(BLP) – guideline about how bios on living persons must be written with great care.
Biographies of living persons Libel – policy about how it is the responsibility of all to ensure that material posted is not .
defamatory Avoiding harm – essay that contains the ideas behind the philosophy that formed the BLP.
– policy behind how administrators technically prevent users from ing.
– policy about the behavior and actions of adult ors with regards to children.
Child protection Offensive material – guideline about how articles may contain offensive words and images, but only for a good reason.
– guideline that contains information on how to place and format citations (references).
Verification methods – essay about several common methods that Wikipedia ors use to make their articles verifiable. Referencing for beginners – essay that shows you how to use the most popular system for providing inline citations.
– guideline about how it is best to not Wikipedia to promote your own interests.
Conflict of interest
– the primary way decisions are made, its accepted as the best method to achieve Consensus .
– policy that states permission is granted to copy, distribute or modify text under Copyrights
CC BY-SA 3.0
– Editing policy in a Be bold in updating articles and fair , because accurate manner .
perfection is not required
– principles of decorum, also referred to as "Wikiquette", how to work with others on Wikipedia.
(IAR) – policy that states if a Ignore all rules prevents you from improving or maintaining Wikipedia, rule ignore it.
– policies towards images, like content and copyright issues—applicable to "English Wikipedia".
Image use policy
(MOS) – main guideline page that describes communal consensus on layouts and presentation.
Manual of Style
(NPOV) – policy about how articles should represent the views of main scholars and specialists on topics.
(OR) – policy about how all material must be attributable to a reliable, published source.
No original research
– guideline that outlines how suitable a topic may be for its own article or list.
Notability Fringe theories – guideline about how articles should not make a fringe theory appear more notable than it is.
Notability essays – list of essays that summarizes the gist of user written essays on notability.
– the ability to perform certain actions in Wikipedia depends on an or's user access level.
(RS) – policy stating how readers Verifiability must be able to check that articles are not fabricated or embellished.
– guideline about how all should strive to make each part of every article as understandable as possible to the widest audience of reader. Understandability
– guideline about how certain expressions should be used with care. Words to watch – if you see vandalism in an article, the simplest thing to do is just to remove it. Vandalism
– the main list of "Wikipedia" and "Help" namespace directories and indexes Directory
Abbreviations – a list of all the abbreviations used on Wikipedia
Departments – a list of all the different divisions of Wikipedia.
Editor's index – a list of all the pages to help people who pages.
Essays – a list of pages that contain advice or opinions from one or more Wikipedia contributors.
FAQ – a list of frequently asked questions by topic.
Glossary – a list of terms (slang) commonly used by ors.
– a descriptive list of official guidelines for "English Wikipedia" Guidelines
– a descriptive list of the pages which make up the Manual of Style. Manual of Style
– a descriptive list of official policies for "English Wikipedia" Policies
Quick directory – a small list of key pages with emphasis on interaction between members of the community.
Shortcuts – a list of abbreviated redirects and the pages they lead to. Tips – a list of "tips" created by users at . Tip of the day project
Help contents by topic
Further reading (external links)
Note – publications below may contain out of dated information or images.
Sister projects (external links)