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Wikipedia – one of the Wikimedia family of projects

This post is adapted from: [This Wikimedia UK page]1 and gives some direction to ways people might get (quickly) contributing to Wikimedia projects!  It’s also worth having a look at [60 ways to help new editors]2. Quick tasks (while the coffee’s brewing) * Use [wiki-todo]3{.extiw} to look for little jobs on random articles (it suggests what you can fix!) * Choose a category related to [where you are]4{.extiw} or what you’ve studied, and click through to copyedit (less random but still short) * Pick any article that [the Guild of Copy Editors thinks needs help]5{.extiw}, and help it * Play the [WikiData Games]6{.extiw} * Find [citations needed]7{.extiw} and improve the quality of sourcing in articles * Have a go at transcribing the text from photographs (of things like foundation stone inscriptions) * Go to [recent changes on Wikipedia]8{.extiw}, look at the edits by users with redlinked talkpages, welcome those who make good edits and revert and warn the vandals. * Add an image to an article. [We have a list of UK articles without images]9{.extiw}, for roughly half of which there will be an image on Commons if you look. * Update yourself on the situation around [systemic bias]10{.extiw}, and consider what one thing you might do differently in future editing Medium tasks (Making & drinking the coffee!) * Go to the [Wikipedia Reference Desks]11{.extiw}, find a question within your area of expertise, and answer it * Know another language? Look for articles needing [translation from English]12 or [translation into English]13{.extiw} * Can you tell maps and building plans from other images? [We need people to find maps amongst a million British Library images]14{.extiw} so they can be geotagged and added to Wikimedia Commons Longer tasks (afternoon in the café?)
* Take photos of locally significant buildings, landmarks etc and share them via Wikimedia Commons. Checkout [WikiShootMe]15{.extiw} for articles near you needing photos * Write a biography, or significantly improve a stub. * Women are particularly under-represented. Improve or create an article from [this list of women without biographies]16{.extiw} or [this one]17{.extiw}; look at [Wikipedia:WikiProject Women’s History]18{.extiw} for more ideas. * Take a look at the list of requested ‘biography’ articles, e.g. [LGBT figures]19{.extiw} or [UK citizens]20{.extiw} * Or choose someone from the category of [biographies needing attention]21{.extiw}. * Improve a topic area: * Choose an open task from [the wikiproject that exists to counter systemic bias]22{.extiw}. This list is mostly articles to create, improve, or review. * Take a look at the list of requested ‘topic’ articles, e.g. on [LGBT topics]23{.extiw} * Have a look at articles which exist in other encylopedias, but are [missing in Wikipedia]24{.extiw} * All the basics of [contributing to Wikipedia]25{.extiw} can be learned in two hours.

Footnotes

  1. https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Ways_to_contribute_content_to_Wikimedia_projects

  2. http://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/09/04/sixty-ways-to-help-new-editors/

  3. https://tools.wmflabs.org/wiki-todo/ “toollabs:wiki-todo/“

  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Nearby “en:Special:Nearby”

  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Guild_of_Copy_Editors/Requests “en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors/Requests”

  6. https://tools.wmflabs.org/wikidata-game/ “toollabs:wikidata-game/“

  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Citation_needed%26limit%3D500 “en:Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Citation needed&limit=500”

  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:RecentChanges “en:Special:RecentChanges”

  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:WereSpielChequers/image_adding “en:User:WereSpielChequers/image adding”

  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Countering_systemic_bias “en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias”

  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Reference_desk “en:Wikipedia:Reference desk”

  12. https://tools.wmflabs.org/joanjoc/sugart.php?uselang=en

  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Pages_needing_translation_into_English#Pages_for_consideration_translating_into_English “en:Wikipedia:Pages needing translation into English”

  14. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:British_Library/Mechanical_Curator_collection/Synoptic_index “commons:Commons:British Library/Mechanical Curator collection/Synoptic index”

  15. https://tools.wmflabs.org/wikishootme “toollabs:wikishootme”

  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Dsp13/Redlinks/Women “en:User:Dsp13/Redlinks/Women”

  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Dictionary_of_National_Biography/Missing_women “en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Dictionary of National Biography/Missing women”

  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiProject_Women%27s_History “wikipedia:WikiProject Women’s History”

  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requested_articles/Biography/By_profession#LGBT_.28lesbian.2C_gay.2C_bisexual.2C_transgender.29_figures “en:Wikipedia:Requested articles/Biography/By profession”

  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Requested_articles/Biography/By_nationality#United_Kingdom “wikipedia:Requested articles/Biography/By nationality”

  21. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Biography_articles_needing_attention “en:Category:Biography articles needing attention”

  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Countering_systemic_bias/open_tasks “en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias/open tasks”

  23. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requested_articles/Social_sciences#LGBT_.28lesbian.2C_gay.2C_bisexual.2C_transgender.29 “en:Wikipedia:Requested articles/Social sciences”

  24. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Missing_encyclopedic_articles#Find_a_matching_article “en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Missing encyclopedic articles”

  25. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Contributing_to_Wikipedia “en:Wikipedia:Contributing to Wikipedia”