I concentrate on content creation, referencing and expanding mediocre articles, the "Articles for deletion" process, and welcoming and mentoring new editors. I recommend A Primer for newcomers to new editors.
When was the last time that you tried something for the first time?
Hey folks, I'm Jethro. I want you to have a positive experience using Wikipedia, so let me know how I can help you accomplish your goals on here whether that's starting a new article, learning how Wikipedia works, or just how make stuff in italics. I also know a little Japanese and a good deal about Japan, psychology, and Chicago.
I'm active in many areas of Wikipedia, depending on how I feel at the time; at present I'm usually to be found pottering around dealing with admin backlogs. I actually spend more time deleting than creating these days; if your article got tagged for deletion, I will probably be able to explain why, and maybe help you redraft it to comply with Wikipedia's requirements.
Failure is the key to success; every mistake teaches us something. —Morihei Ueshiba
Bilby has been active on Wikipedia since early 2008. He is an academic working in IT and IS, so to an extent Wikipedia is part of his day job as well as his hobby. Bilby mostly focuses on photography, copyright, public art, and anything where the research looks particularly enjoyable.
I love the collaborative environment on Wikipedia – it can take effort to make it work, but it is far more rewarding than I ever imagined. My favoritemoments on Wikipedia all involve working with other contributors to build something better than what we could do on our own.
I've been editing Wikipedia on and off since 2005, and I consider myself a fairly experienced Wikipedian. I've been a regular answering questions at the Help Desk for some time, and more recently here at the Teahouse also. I do a mix of things on Wikipedia: adding citations, patrolling backlogs, improving content, mostly on newer articles, new page patrol, generally trying to help out. See User:DESiegel for more detail. (The proper caption for the image is "David E. Siegel in 2005, courtesy of David E. Siegel".)
Never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence. —Unknown
Charles has been editing Wikipedia since January 2007 and 51,000 manual edits later is still learning about policies and editing. He has written a number of new aticles and expanded others. He works mostly on settlements when not guarding against vandalism and material without reliable sources.
A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step glasshopper.
I've been here for a bit over a year now, doing various things like dispute resolution, new page patrol, and (of course) the Teahouse. I'm an admin, so I do those types of things, too. Questions are good: ask them of me or anyone else here!
I think it's time for us to recognize the differences we sometimes fear to show. —Rush, "Entre Nous"
Hi. I'm Oshwah. I'm here to help you! I joined Wikipedia in January 2007. My expertise is pretty well-rounded, but I typically perform counter-vandalism work, new page patrolling, and I actively participate in deletion, comment, and dispute/issue noticeboards. Please do not hesitate to ask me for help or assistance with anything you need - I'll be more than happy to give you a hand! :-)
"A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge." —Thomas Carlyle
I enjoy referencing articles, not least if it can rescue them from deletion. Need help finding sources? Make nice citations? Or general help staying afloat on the waves of Wikipedia? I'll be glad to lend a hand, just ask!
If you don't become the ocean, you'll be seasick every day. —Leonard Cohen in "Good Advice For Someone Like Me"
I've been editing Wikipedia since 2005, mostly helping look after our articles on archaeology (my day job). But many of the most memorable contributions I've made have been through collaborating with new editors on articles submitted to Articles for Creation.
There are two kinds of articles I edit on Wikipedia. Those in my domain of expertise (physics, broadly construed) when I wanted to use an article and found it lacking; and others, which I found via Wikipedia's "backstage areas".
I wrote a long post, because I did not have the time to make a short one. —Blaise Pascal (paraphrased)
I write about interior designers and interior design and I've been reading a lot about Wikipedia's dispute resolution policies. I've also been through the AfC process, with several hiccups and hurdles, which I eventually managed to overcome and have an article moved to the mainspace. I'm a fairly new user but I feel like I've been through several key processes of editing and am happy to help with these basic areas.
Long-time listener, first-time caller. I've been an avid consumer of Wikipedia for many years and have become more active in editing over the past several months. I am happy to help however I can. :)
The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers. —Dave Barry
Apparently I joined over 10 years ago, but only started editing much, much, much later. I like to help at the Teahouse whenever I have the chance – I always end up learning something new in the process!
If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself. —Charles M. Schulz
As a museum natural history curator I've spent a lifetime sharing knowledge with varied audiences. Now, after seven years here, I'm keen to share what little I know about Wikipedia, but also to learn more about the many areas of this amazing encyclopaedia I'm still ignorant of.
"Many have aspired to write Floras but few have completed them." —Franklyn Perring, 1974
Bit of a WikiGnome, TheSandDoctor spends most of his time under a mushroom feeling like he is trapped in a ceramic body. That aside, he works all over the project, helping out wherever possible. TSD works a lot with Articles for Creation and is willing to lend a hand when possible. Additionally, TheSandDoctor runs a bot, called TweetCiteBot, which fixes specific citation errors in articles. If you have any questions about Wikipedia or articles, he is more than happy to help you. He is also one of the few active members of the The Rolling Stones WikiProject and, as such, if you have any questions about The Rolling Stones related articles, he is a person you could stop to ask.
You have the sun, you have the moon, you have the air that you breathe - and you have the Rolling Stones! —Keith Richards
Hi, I am Stormy clouds, and have been an active Wikipedian since April 2017, yet my affinity for the site extends far before this date. I am willing and able to assist users in the Teahouse to the best of my ability in a courteous and helpful manner.
Greetings. I'm Polyamorph, I've been editing wikipedia since 2007, I'm semi-retired but always happy to help newcomers. I am a scientist by profession and enjoy editing science related articles in my spare time.
Hi everybody! I try to improve Wikipedia overall in the best way possible, doing various tasks. Some of the most common are creating/expanding articles related to animals, participating in community discussions, reverting vandalism, and patrolling Special:NewPagesFeed. I am very familiar with wiki-text in general, so that's something I can definitely help out with, but some Wikipedia-exclusive templates I may not be as familiar with. Oh, and I love to edit wikis!
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. —Sun Tzu
My passions and interests include Western art and music, Major League Baseball, comedy, Hollywood, and modern American politics. Aside from my contributions to article content, I’m also a prolific vandalism fighter as a member of the Counter-Vandalism Unit. I also make “gnomish” edits whenever I come across stylistic issues in articles.
I've been a host since the start of the Teahouse back in 2012, but got busy with other projects, and now I'm back to help out once again! I've been on Wikipedia since 2010 and I'm still learning every day because Wikipedia is a large and wonderful world.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. —Dr. Seuss
Hello, I'm Masum Reza. When I was very new, I didn't have much faith and confidence in me and noone showed me the way to Teahouse so I kept myself isolated from Wikipedia. Since December I started to edit Wikipedia regularly. I am here to guide new users on Wikipedia.
I've been active at Wikipedia (and many of its sister projects) since 2006. There is very little I haven't encountered and I am happy to be a resource to new editors or editors who need a bit of guidance.
I came back from a break from editing Wikipedia a few years ago to find a new feature called the Teahouse, and since then have been doing my best to help out new editors, both at the Teahouse and as a member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Volunteer Response Team. I am also an administrator.
All material in Wikipedia mainspace, including everything in articles, lists and captions, must be verifiable. —WP:VERIFY
Hi there, I've been an editor for some time and used to be a host here. I try to provide good advice to new editors wherever I can. On Wikipedia, I mainly try help other editors resolve disagreements they have over content on articles they are editing.
I've edited Wikipedia for a while as an IP, and finally made an account so I could get more involved in 'behind the scenes' things. I'm always happy to help out, and have a particular interest in AfDs and referencing.
"I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors." George Washington
Hi! I’m OhKayeSierra (or just Sierra, if you’d prefer). I joined Wikipedia in 2018. I typically perform counter-vandalism work and copy-editing whenever I can. Outside of Wikipedia, I teach secondary levelEnglish and Theatre. Please do not hesitate to ask me for help or assistance with anything you need - I'll be more than happy to give you a hand!
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. —Louis L'Amour
CaptainEek sails the high seas of Wikipedia, hunting for good prose and other booty – such as well sourced articles. They often come across the scourge of the seas: vandalism – yet they know they have nothing to fear when the compass of Wiki is in their hand. They try to keep things clean and ship-shape so that the swabbies don't have to mop the deck so much. They are always willing to help navigate a new mariner across the treacherous waves of the Wiki.
I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues! —The Lorax
“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” —J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (Book I, Chapter 2: The Shadow of the Past) (1954)
Editor since 2005. Once quite active in writing our policies, these days I mostly just add new references I find out there on the World Wide Web, occasionally stubbing out new articles when I can't find a better place to put them. I also often welcome new editors, so I figure I'll take it one step further and try to check in here once in a while!
“I mean, after all, you have to consider we're only made out of dust. That's admittedly not much to go on and we shouldn't forget that. But even considering, I mean it's sort of a bad beginning, we're not doing too bad. So I personally have faith that even in this lousy situation we're faced with we can make it. You get me?”
― Philip K. Dick, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch