Wikipedia:Community portal

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The Community portal is a place to find collaborations, tasks, and news about English Wikipedia.
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The Signpost
5 June 2013
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General notices

  • The Great American Wiknic will be held in cities across the US on June 22 (and nearby dates).
  • Visual Editor – a visual way of editing, similar to word-processing software – will be the default way to edit Wikipedia some time in July.
  • If the current system of talk pages seems confusing, a replacement is on the way! Flow, a much more intuitive way of communication resembling those on other websites, will be enabled soon, hopefully in June.

Projects seeking help

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

WikiProjects and Task Forces


What's going on with outlines:

New outlines
Drafts in development
Outlines undergoing overhaul or major development

Portal report

The following portals are in need of attention/upkeep:

  • Portal:Space – the selected article excerpts were copy and pasted between 2006 and 2009. The leads of the corresponding articles have greatly improved since then.
  • Portal:Azerbaijan – news section has reports from 2009.
  • Portal:Language – "Language-of-the-month" hasn't changed since June 2009. Monthly picture since March 2012.
  • Portal:Thinking – "selected" sections need new material. Been the same for years.

The following portals have interesting design features that you may find useful:

  • Portal:Philosophy – cycles through 52 "Selected philosophers", one per week, automatically year after year.
  • Portal:Arts – uses random generators to display random featured status selections.
  • Portal:Spaceflight – integrates with WikiProject Spaceflight, using the same formatting, and linking to it on its main menu as "Astronaut Cafe".

A Portal for Indian religions has been created at june 1, 2013

Discussions and collaborations

Discussions in the following areas have requested wider attention:

Help out

You can help improve the articles listed below! This list updates frequently, so check back here for more tasks to try.

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Check and add referencesLearn how

Update with new informationLearn how

Improve lead sectionsLearn how

Add an imageLearn how
Translate and clean upLearn how


Editor Retention

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ikipedia:Editor Retention     (Editors are willing to lend a helping hand, just ask)

Editors are as important as content. Without them there is no contribution. Editor retention is the concern and proactive effort of retaining contributors, many who leave for various reasons. WER is a collaboration of users willing to help out when needed. Here you can find other editors with interests in areas that could benefit your work and make your time on Wikipedia more enjoyable. Part of retaining editors is to demonstrate/illustrate best practices and the editors that use them, guide editors with questions to the best venues and connect users for their specific needs with those best able to assist as much as possible.

We all share the same goal of keeping good editors here


Please help with our current collaboration on Snuggle

Snuggle is a browser-based newcomer observation and support system currently being developed by EpochFail as part of his dissertation research. While the functionality is still limited, a working prototype is currently available for testing. Snuggle is designed to allow Wikipedian mentors to observe the activities of newly registered editors and separate desirable newcomers (good-faith & productive) from the undesirables (bad-faith & vandals).

This tool was designed in reaction to recent research that shows that the decline in newcomer retention in Wikipedia[1][2] is the result of an increasing negative environment for desirable newcomers[3][4] and that Wikipedia's current socialization systems don't work because mentors don't find newcomers when they most need help[5][6]. Snuggle is designed to help experienced Wikipedians quickly and efficiently identify desirable newcomers who are editing in good-faith and help them dodge Wikipedia's sharper corners.

This project and its author needs your feedback and ideas to make sure that Snuggle ends up being a useful tool. If you'd like to be notified of development updates, please add your username.

Editor of the Week
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Editor of the Week
for the week beginning June 9, 2013
Cerebellum creates wonderful open and supportive relationships with new editors as they venture into Wiki Article Creation. Without question, Cerebellum has nurtured newbies to their and the Encyclopedia's benefit.
Recognized for
Major expansion and reorganization to achieve GA status for Third Epistle of John
Nomination page

References for Editor Retention section

  1. ^ Wikimedia Foundation, The Editor Trends Study.
  2. ^ Bongwon Suh, Gregorio Convertino, Ed H. Chi, and Peter Pirolli. 2009. [The singularity is not near: slowing growth of Wikipedia]. WikiSym '09. ACM, DOI=10.1145/1641309.1641322
  3. ^ Halfaker, A., Geiger, R. S., Morgan, J., & Riedl, J. (in-press). The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System: How Wikipedia's reaction to sudden popularity is causing its decline. American Behavioral Scientist.
  4. ^ Halfaker, A., Kids these days: The quality of new Wikipedia editors over time, Wikimedia Blog. March 27th, 2012.
  5. ^ David R. Musicant, Yuqing Ren, James A. Johnson, and John Riedl. 2011. Mentoring in Wikipedia: a clash of cultures. WikiSym '11 173-182. DOI=10.1145/2038558.2038586
  6. ^ Note that Musicant et al., 2011 was written before WP:Teahouse

The links below lead to the main community pages of the projects.
All of these projects are multilingual and open-content.
Meta-Wiki – Coordination of all Wikimedia projects.
Wiktionary – A collaborative multilingual dictionary.
Wikinews – News stories written by readers.
Wikibooks – A collection of collaborative non-fiction books.
Wikiquote – A compendium of referenced quotations.
Wikisource – A repository for free source texts.
Wikispecies – A directory of species.
Wikiversity – Where teachers learn, and learners teach.
Wikivoyage – A world-wide travel guide.
Wikidata – A free knowledge base that can be read and edited by humans and machines alike.
Commons – Repository for free images and other media files.

Tip of the day...

How to insert a picture into an article

The syntax used for displaying an image is:


Only [[File:{name}]] is required. The other details are optional and can be placed in any order. They are:

'thumb' / 'thumbnail' or 'frame'. This causes image to be displayed with specific formatting. "thumb" is normally preferred.
'right', 'left', 'center' or 'none'. Determines placement of the image on the page. "Left" or "right" is the norm, but large panoramas or timelines can be displayed in the center.
{width}px or {width}x{height}px (e.g. 50x40px, would limit width to 50 and height to 40). Normally only one variable is used. Use common sense when determining the sizes; you can use the "Show preview" button if you need to.
Any element which cannot be identified as one of the above is automatically treated as caption text. It is traditional to put this last. The caption should identify what the image is, and ideally be a complete sentence that adds to the article by pointing out something a casual reader wouldn't have noticed otherwise, or add information the pertains to the image.

If you have a picture that isn't already in Wikipedia's image collection that you want to include in an article, you will need to upload it first.

Read more (includes examples): Wikipedia:Extended image syntax

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