Maintenance work is a vital part of keeping Wikipedia
running optimally. Most of these tasks can be done by any user. Below are administrative pages
used for the maintenance
of the English Wikipedia project, including; cleanup pages, maintenance reports, to–do lists, information pages, and related collaboration groups. For a list of jobs and tasks to be completed that is easy to understand, there is the Task Center
. Maintenance tasks of the most pressing importance can be found at the Backlog
page. (See open–tasks and backlog
below.) New to Wikipedia? See the contributing to Wikipedia
page for everything you need to know to get started.
Things to watch out for
Editors interested in identifying and resolving copyright violations may enjoy CopyPatrol
, a tool from Community Tech
. Handling of suspected violations of copyright policy depends on the particulars of a given case. If you suspect a copyright violation but are uncertain if the content is copyrighted or whether the external site is copying from Wikipedia, you should at least
bring up the issue on that page's discussion page
, if it is active. In that case, please tag the page
, unless your concerns are swiftly resolved. Others can then examine the situation and take action if needed. The most helpful piece of information you can provide is a URL or other reference to what you believe may be the source of the text. You may also make a note of your concerns at Wikipedia talk:Copyright problems
If you have strong reason to suspect a violation of copyright policy and some, but not all, of the content of a page appears to be a copyright infringement, then the infringing content should be removed, and a note to that effect should be made on the discussion page, along with the original source, if known.
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To make vandalism reverts easier you can ask for the rollback feature
to be enabled for your registered Wikipedia account. This feature is only for reverting vandalism and other obvious disruption, and lets you revert several recent edits with a single click. See Wikipedia:Requests for permissions
Contribute your opinions to WP:noticeboards
in order to have a say in decisions and help come to consensus on certain issues. Posting a message to a noticeboard can also be an appropriate early step in resolving disputes on Wikipedia
. Noticeboards are best used for simple and urgent matters. There are many pages in Category:Wikipedia dispute resolution
which could use help in resolving various kinds of disputes. If an editor needs a more complex response, and is willing to wait for it, the WP:Requests for comment
process may be more suitable.
provides an overview of the various discussions and requests taking place throughout English Wikipedia.
People seeking help
- You can help people find answers in existing Wikipedia articles.
- If you know the answer to a question not answered by Wikipedia, you can assist the questioner and at the same time, add that information to Wikipedia for the benefit of future readers.
- If you do not know the answer to an interesting question, you can research it in non-Wikipedia sources, and then improve Wikipedia for the benefit of the questioner and future readers.
Finding things to do
Helpful editorial maintenance tasks include: reviewing new pages
, creating requested articles
, responding to edit requests
, fixing spelling and grammar errors
, and assisting with translation requests
. Other essential maintenance tasks include: fixing unreferenced statements
, fixing original research
, fixing vandalism
, integrating articles into the encyclopedia
, welcoming newcomers
, link recovery
, and numerous behind the scenes tasks like moving free images to Wikimedia Commons
and helping others
Maintenance and collaboration resources
You can help improve the articles listed below! This list updates frequently, so check back here for more tasks to try. (See Wikipedia:Task Center
for brief guides.)
Update with new information
Fix original research issues
Click any linked number for that category's articles prioritized by their number of incoming links.
Non-free file use
Maintenance category tree
To display all subcategories click on the "►":
- The monster under the rug – a Wikipedia Signpost opinion piece on the ever-increasing backlogs (2011).
- Wikipedia:Tools– various tools and tutorials intended to simplify, make more efficient, or provide additional functionality to Wikipedians.
- Wikipedia:Statistics – analysis of wiki metrics like edits, page creation, visits and links. In the form of lists, tables and rankings.
- Wikipedia:Awards – reward vigorous Wikipedia contributors for their hard work and due diligence by awarding them a fitting barnstar, or other award.
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