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Welcome to the Community portal!

This page provides a listing of current collaborations, tasks, and news about English Wikipedia. New to Wikipedia? See the contributing to Wikipedia page or our tutorial for everything you need to know to get started. For a listing of internal project pages of interest, see the department directory.

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For a listing of ongoing discussions and current requests, see the Dashboard.

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Help desk

Ask questions about how to use or edit Wikipedia

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The Teahouse

Friendly help for newcomers

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Reference desk

Ask research questions about any topic except Wikipedia itself

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WikiProjects

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Policy

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Technical

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Proposals

Discuss new proposals that are not policy-related

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Idea lab

Incubate new ideas before formally proposing them

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WMF

Discuss issues involving the Wikimedia Foundation

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Miscellaneous

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Help out


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 brief guides.)

Help counter systemic bias by creating new articles on important women.

Help improve popular pages, especially those of low quality.

Community bulletin board

The Signpost
26 April 2020

This week's article for improvement is:

Abu Nuwas

Previous selections: Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden · Human geography · Coast

General notices

  • A new template is available to link to project pages with the nutshell automatically added as a tooltip. To use it, type e.g. {{WP|BOLD}} to generate WP:BOLD.
  • The "Summer World Destubbing Challenge" for The 50,000 Destubbing Challenge starts on May 1 and ends on July 31. Over the summer, £250 worth of Amazon vouchers are being given away for most stubs expanded, covering 10 regions of the world. 4 regions are dedicated to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland/N. Ireland and the remainder by continent of the world. Editors now with more time to edit during the pandemic please help contribute and help us work towards expanding 50,000 stubs!
  • Wikipedia:WikiProject COVID-19 has been formed to help develop and organize articles on the current pandemic.
  • A newsletter about userscript development on Wikipedia has been created: Wikipedia:Scripts++. To subscribe, visit its mailing list.
  • A project is under way to add short descriptions to all articles. This is mainly for the benefit of mobile users searching Wikipedia. Help is welcomed – please visit WikiProject Short descriptions to learn more.
  • SearchSuite is a userscript that provides user control over search results: it can strip them down to a single-spaced list, sort, and more. Most of its features are presented as menu item toggles to turn each feature on/off. Feedback and feature suggestions welcome.
  • Do you have need for a specialized script that doesn't exist yet, or have an idea for a cool new script or gadget? Post requests and ideas at Wikipedia:User scripts/Requests.
  • Free subscriptions to high-quality paywalled journals, newspaper archives, and online reference works are available for Wikipedia editors. For more information, see Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Library

Projects seeking help

Also consider posting WikiProject, Task Force, and Collaboration news at the Signpost's WikiProject Report page.

WikiProjects and Task Forces
  • The Wikipedia Help Project seeks assistance expanding and improving the Task Center and other pages within the Help namespace.
  • WikiProject Houston is looking for editors who are interested in collaborating on articles relevant to the Houston area.
  • Call for volunteers at WikiProject Biography, Assessment backlog.
  • WikiProject Abandoned Drafts Stale draft drive. An ongoing drive dedicated to reducing the amount of stale user space drafts. Options are to delete, redirect, move to mainspace or blank. Stop by and help the drive out!
  • WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia is looking for people who are interested in helping out in our project to get our articles into an audio format that can be used for any number of uses including, but not limited to, visually impaired or people who just prefer to listen to the article instead of reading it for whatever reason they choose. You can sign up here on our participant's page. We are also in need of people who speak other languages so that the proper pronunciation of words can be properly spoken. You can sign up for the Pronunciation task force by adding your name to section 2 as well as the languages you are fluent in.

Wikiproject/Group editing activities and efforts

May -June
  • Houston Online Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Series. These virtual edit-a-thons on Zoom will focus on Houston women artists. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and encouragement. Sign up at houstonwiki.eventbrite.com to receive the Zoom link. Participants will be able to ask questions throughout and are not required to stay for the entire session.
    • Platform: Zoom (link will be sent an hour before the event)

Ongoing

  • The 100,000 Challenge. The quest to bring about 100,000 article improvements and creations globally through a series of 50,000/10,000/1000 Challenges for different regions and countries. This is a loose challenge, a list will not be maintained here, but the components will function independently on each of the subpages. Will be updated every week or two.
    • The 50,000 Destubbing Challenge is a long term challenge to destub 50,000 articles on English Wikipedia for every country and topic. It began on March 1, 2020 with the Wikipedia:The Great Britain/Ireland Destubathon and opened as a global editathon on March 31. It may take decades to accomplish, it may take ten years, it all depends on how many people actively contribute. A long term framework which will hopefully be speeded up by running There are more than 3,300,000 stub articles on the English Wikipedia, more than half of our articles. It needs to be drastically reduced somehow! Ideally we need a 1 million Destubbing Challenge!
    • The Summer World Destubbing Challenge is taking place between May 1 and July 31, 2020.
  • Wikipedia:WikiCup. The WikiCup is a championship that has taken place every year on Wikipedia since 2007. The Cup is played and won by skill of editing. The purpose of the Cup is to encourage content creation and improvement and make editing on Wikipedia more fun. There is a new round every month, until the current contest ends; below are the details.
    • May 1 to June 28 – 32 contestants left.
    • July 1 to August 29 – 16 contestants left.
    • September 1 to October 31 – 8 finalists left, the contestant with the highest score will win!

Upcoming Remote Events and Current Initiatives

Schedule below, listed by group, eg local meetup or any other sponsoring group or venue.


Remote events by DC Meetup

For more information, see Wikipedia:Meetup/DC.


Discussions and collaborations

Discussions in the following areas have requested wider attention via Requests for comment:

See also

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