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Wikipedia:Maintenance

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Wikipedia maintenance


Many editors 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. Helpful editorial maintenance tasks include; reviewing new pages, creating requested articles, responding to edit requests and assisting with translation requests. Other maintenance tasks include; fixing unreferenced statements, fixing vandalism, welcoming newcomers, link recovery, categorization, and numerous behind the scenes tasks like moving free images to Wikimedia Commons.



Finding things to do

If you just want a list of jobs and tasks to be completed that is easy to understand, there is the Task Center. Maintenance tasks of the most pressing importance can be found at the Backlog page. (See open-tasks and backlog below).

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Open-tasks and backlog

You can help improve the articles listed below! This list updates frequently, so check back here for more tasks to try. (See Wikipedia:Task Center for more details)

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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Note: This list can be transcluded by using {{Opentask}} on your user page.


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Click any linked number for that category's articles prioritized by their number of incoming links.

Note: This list can be transcluded by using {{Backlogs}} on your user page.

Maintenance and collaboration resources

See Maintenance WikiProjects for a complete list of WikiProjects that deal with Wikipedia's maintenance systems.

Things to watch-out for

Copyright violations

Handling of suspected violations of copyright policy depends on the particulars of a given case. If you suspect a copyright violation but are uncertain if the content is copyrighted or whether the external site is copying from Wikipedia, you should at least bring up the issue on that page's discussion page, if it is active. In that case, please tag the page {{copypaste|url=insert URL here, if known}}, unless your concerns are swiftly resolved. Others can then examine the situation and take action if needed. The most helpful piece of information you can provide is a URL or other reference to what you believe may be the source of the text. You may also make a note of your concerns at Wikipedia talk:Copyright problems.

If you have strong reason to suspect a violation of copyright policy and some, but not all, of the content of a page appears to be a copyright infringement, then the infringing content should be removed, and a note to that effect should be made on the discussion page, along with the original source, if known. {{subst:cclean|url=insert URL or description of source here (optional)}} has been created for this.

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Copyright Cleanup for details.

Vandalism

Upon discovering vandalism, revert such edits, using the undo function or an anti-vandalism tool. Once the vandalism is undone, you should warn the vandalizing editor. Notify administrators at the vandalism noticeboard of editors who continue to vandalize despite warnings, and administrators should intervene to preserve content and prevent further disruption by blocking such editors. Users whose main or sole purpose is clearly vandalism may be blocked indefinitely without warning. See Wikipedia:Counter-Vandalism Unit

To make vandalism reverts easier you can ask for the rollback feature to be enabled for your registered Wikipedia account. This feature is only for reverting vandalism and other obvious disruption, and lets you revert several recent edits with a single click. See Wikipedia:Requests for permissions.

See also: Wikipedia:How to spot vandalism

New pages

Identify new 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, followed closely by pages whose creators seek to exploit our voluntary work for financial gain. Reviewing new pages needs a thorough knowledge of deletion and notability guidelines. See Wikipedia:Page Curation/Help for details.

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}}.

Discussions

Contribute your opinions to WP:noticeboards in order to have a say in decisions and help come to consensus on certain issues. Providing unbiased commentary is a great chance to improve your Wiki-relations. Instead of debating, you can read the arguments of opposing editors and suggest a compromise that is in Wikipedia’s best interest. There are many pages in Category:Wikipedia dispute resolution which could use help in resolving various kinds of disputes. 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.

People seeking help

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 and Wikipedia:Teahouse, would be a valuable contribution. You can help Wikipedia grow by helping other people share what they know.

New editors

Welcoming people using one of the standard user greetings is a great way to send a positive vibe. New users can be found by looking for red talk page links on recent changes or by querying the database or check Wikipedia's account creation log. You can go to Wikipedia:Welcoming committee/Welcome templates for a full list of welcome templates, or to Wikipedia:Welcoming committee/Welcome templates/Table for a visual gallery of welcome messages. The two most commonly used are {{subst:Welcome}} and {{subst:W-graphical}}. The {{Opentask}} message gives newcomers some ideas of articles to work on (as seen above). See also Wikipedia:WikiProject Editor Retention.

Programming errors

The technical section of the village pump is used to discuss technical issues about Wikipedia. Bug reports and feature requests should be made in Phabricator (see how to report a bug). Bugs with security implications should be reported differently (see how to report security bugs). For the technical workings of Wikipedia, including software and hardware, see Wikipedia:FAQ/Technical for details.

Make a donation

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

See also

  • The monster under the rug – a Wikipedia Signpost opinion piece on the ever-increasing backlogs (2011).
  • Wikipedia:Tools – various tools and tutorials intended to simplify, make more efficient, or provide additional functionality to Wikipedians.
  • Wikipedia:Statistics – analysis of wiki metrics like edits, page creation, visits and links. In the form of lists, tables and rankings.
  • Wikipedia:Awards – reward vigorous Wikipedia contributors for their hard work and due diligence by awarding them a fitting barnstar, or other award.
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