This is a handy directory of key pages throughout Wikipedia, with emphasis on interaction between members of the community. For a listing of current collaborations, tasks, and news, see the Community portal. For a listing of ongoing discussions and current requests, see the Dashboard. If you need interactive assistance, see asking for help.For other useful directories and indexes, see Directories.
Learning the wiki wayEdit
The "start here" page for editors.
For security against vandalism and spam, we reserve certain abilities (like moving pages) to editors with an account. You can keep your identity anonymous by using a pseudonym; most of our editors do.
The basic rules about content and conduct.
How to edit a page, whether it is protected or not. And remember, summarize each edit!
Instructions and guidance for creating new articles.
Wikipedia's help brigade. Ask any question about how to use Wikipedia. Volunteers are standing by.
Wikischool of higher wikification.
These are the pages about how and where people talk about the running of Wikipedia.
Wondering how Wikipedia works? Wikipedia does require a certain amount of administration and governance in order to further the project's goals.
Don't like how Wikipedia works? Feel overburdened by instruction creep? Thought up a brilliant new policy which will make all Wikipedians happy forever? Visit the village pump to discuss the technical issues, policies, and operations of Wikipedia.
Have you ever wanted to be a
Ideally, Wikipedians get along with each other in the spirit of wikilove. But these are the places of interest to resolve conflicts when they happen.
Visit this page to let other level-headed Wikipedians give their $0.02 worth of the situation.
A slightly more formal, and serious avenue for dispute resolution, visit this page if you feel the need to ask help from Wikipedia's mediators.
This is the "highest court of the land". All disputes go here as a last resort, to be overseen by a carefully chosen select group of arbitrators.
The best of WikipediaEdit
Here are pages designed to recognize Wikipedia's best work.
Feel that an article might be good enough for featured status? This is the first step, where Wikipedians with too much time on their hands come and nitpick flaws in your prized work.
A showcase of the best that Wikipedia has to offer. A random selection of previously featured content, and a list of recent additions.
All potential featured articles must be nominated and reviewed, before they gain the distinction of being "featured" and get that nice little star on the top of the page.
As Featured Article Candidates is to articles, this is to lists.
Found yourself an awesome picture? This is where Wikipedians vote on and recognize Wikipedia's best images.
Do you know of a particularly useful, attractive, and well-maintained portal? This is where to nominate it for featured recognition.
Candidates for the best collections of inter-related articles.
Here is where it all goes belly-up. Wikipedians nominate and vote on articles which may have to be stripped of their featured status.
The worst of WikipediaEdit
Here is where we handle bad articles and other rubbish.
When all else fails, delete the page from Wikipedia.
A Wikipedia ban is a formal revocation of editing privileges on one or more Wikipedia pages. Typically, for poor self-conduct, such as mistreating others during a dispute.
For what happens to editors who engage in vandalism
Ask for help to improve a bad article to quality standards
The use of multiple Wikipedia user accounts for an improper purpose, such as deception, voting more than once, etc.
Spam is bad. There are three types: advertisements masquerading as articles; external link spamming; and adding references to promote the author or the work being referenced.
What to do when you see vandals damage Wikipedia
For power usersEdit
Places where Wikipedia's technophiles and computer geeks can find toys and techniques.
Need another pair of hands? Automate your edits.
Tricks and techniques — fine tune your wikiskills.
Programs and components to turbo-charge your wiki-workstation.
Wikilove and appreciationEdit
Award these unique prizes to Wikipedians whom you feel have made great contributions.
This page is for encouraging niceness among Wikipedians.
Various games, contests, and projects for our own amusement, not related to Wikipedia.
Documents the most ridiculous edit disputes in Wikipedia.
In the past, Wikipedia has been a victim of hilarious vandalism; the funniest was preserved here.