Help:Introduction to Wikipedia

Introduction to contributing to Wikipedia
Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it. Since 2001, it has grown rapidly to become the world's largest reference website, with 6.2 million articles in English attracting billions of views every month. For a more detailed account of the project, see About Wikipedia.

How you can contribute

A 3D-printed Wikipedia globe being held in someone's hands

Don't be afraid to Anyone can almost every page; just find something that can be improved and make it better! You can add content (preferably with references), upload images, correct spelling and grammar mistakes, improve prose to make it more readable, or any number of other tasks. It's normal for new contributors to feel a little overwhelmed by all of our policies, but don't worry if you don't understand everything at first; it's fine to use common sense as you , and if you accidentally mess something up, another or can always fix or improve it later. So go ahead, an article and help make Wikipedia the world's best information source!

Suggest improvements – Each article also has a "Talk" page, where you can suggest improvements and corrections to the article.

Donate – Wikipedia is free to use and ed by entirely volunteers, but it relies on donations to keep the servers running. Please consider donating to help fund the project's maintenance and development costs.

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You're welcome to anonymously, but there are many benefits of registering an account.

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Why not try out the or right now?

You can test out how ing feels by ing one of the "sandbox" test pages below:

Edit page visually Edit page visually or Edit using wiki markup Edit using wiki markup

Just type some text and click Publish changes when you're happy with the way it looks. Don't worry about breaking anything; these pages are open areas for experimentation.

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There's plenty more behind the scenes

Wikipedia has a large number of community pages in addition to its articles.

Task Center – List of tasks with which you can help
WikiProjects – Special-interest or communities
Extensive help pages – Support and advice from other Wikipedians
Community portal – A general directory to the community pages