Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/LES Art and Activism (April 2021)

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When and Where
When:Saturday April 3, 2021
Time2:00PM - 4:00PM EST

Please join Wikimedia NYC, the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS), the Interference Archive and the Tompkins Square Branch of the New York Public Library as we work to expand knowledge of the Lower East Side. In keeping with MoRUS's mission to preserve the history of grassroots activism & promote community-based urban ecologies, we will expand Wikipedia’s coverage of the community gardens, community centers, grassroots movements, galleries, clubs, squats and homesteads that have contributed to our neighborhood's oversized cultural impact. The edit-a-thon runs from 2-4 pm, but you can stay for as long (or as short) as you like. No experience of anything is required, and new editors are encouraged!

MoRUS is a collaboratively-run history museum located in NYC's Lower East Side.

All attendees are subject to Wikimedia NYC's Code of Conduct.

How to join usEdit

  • Create a Wikipedia account and join our team! When creating an account, we recommend choosing a username that is personal to you, but doesn't personally identify you, as edits are publicly tied to your username. If you already have an account, please sign-up via the Dashboard. This helps us track everyone who edits with us and see how many pages we add to and create!
  • Register for the Workshop! We'll meet via Zoom at 2PM EST on Saturday, April 3rd, but you must register to receive the link.

Suggested articles to create or editEdit

For many new and aspiring Wikipedians, the most difficult aspect to editing is knowing where to start! MoRUS has developed an incredible list of suggested articles to create or edit, which you can view at If you are creating a new article, we recommend starting with at least 3 - 5 reliable sources you can use as citations.

Possible Reference SourcesEdit

Tompkins Square Library has gathered a list of amazing online resources to refer to when editing.

Core policiesEdit

Content policies

  • WP:NPOV All encyclopedic content on Wikipedia must be written from a neutral point of view, which means representing fairly, proportionately, and, as far as possible, without editorial bias, all the significant view that have been published by reliable sources on a topic.
  • WP:RS Wikipedia articles should be based on published, reliable sources, making sure that all majority and significant minority views that have appeared in those sources are covered. If no reliable sources can be found on a topic, Wikipedia should not have an article on it. (See: Wikipedia's notability policies)
  • WP:V On Wikipedia, verifiability means other people using the encyclopedia can check that the information comes from a reliable source. Wikipedia does not publish original research. Even if you're sure something is true, it must be verifiable before you can add it. If reliable sources disagree, then present what the various sources say, giving each side its due weight.

Community policies

  • WP:AGF Assuming good faith is a fundamental principle on Wikipedia. It is the assumption that editors' edits and comments are made in good faith. Most people try to help the project, not hurt it. If this were untrue, a project like Wikipedia would be doomed from the beginning. . . When disagreement occurs, try as best you can to explain and resolve the problem, not cause more conflict, and so give others the opportunity to reply in kind. Consider whether a dispute stems from different perspectives, and look for ways to reach consensus.
  • WP:BB Go for it. The Wikipedia community encourages users to be bold when updating the encyclopedia. Wikis like ours develop faster when everybody helps to fix problems, correct grammar, add facts, make sure wording is accurate, etc. . . Fix it yourself instead of just talking about it. . . Don't be upset if your bold edits get reverted. . . Though the boldness of contributors like you is one of Wikipedia's greatest assets, it is important that you take care of the common good and not edit disruptively or recklessly.