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Welcome to the Community portal!

This page provides a listing of current collaborations, tasks, and news about English Wikipedia. New to Wikipedia? See the contributing to Wikipedia page or our tutorial for everything you need to know to get started. For a listing of internal project pages of interest, see the department directory.

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Help out


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.)

Help counter systemic bias by creating new articles on important women.

Help improve popular pages, especially those of low quality.

Community bulletin board

The Signpost
31 May 2020

This week's article for improvement is:

Invention

Previous selections: Abu Nuwas · Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden · Human geography

General notices

  • A new template is available to link to project pages with the nutshell automatically added as a tooltip. To use it, type e.g. {{WP|BOLD}} to generate WP:BOLD.
  • The "Summer World Destubbing Challenge" for The 50,000 Destubbing Challenge starts on May 1 and ends on July 31. Over the summer, £250 worth of Amazon vouchers are being given away for most stubs expanded, covering 10 regions of the world. 4 regions are dedicated to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland/N. Ireland and the remainder by continent of the world. Editors now with more time to edit during the pandemic please help contribute and help us work towards expanding 50,000 stubs!
  • Do you have need for a specialized script that doesn't exist yet, or have an idea for a cool new script or gadget? Post requests and ideas at Wikipedia:User scripts/Requests.

Projects seeking help

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

WikiProjects and Task Forces
  • The Wikipedia Help Project seeks assistance expanding and improving the Task Center and other pages within the Help namespace.
  • WikiProject Houston is looking for editors who are interested in collaborating on articles relevant to the Houston area.
  • Call for volunteers at WikiProject Biography, Assessment backlog.
  • WikiProject Abandoned Drafts Stale draft drive. An ongoing drive dedicated to reducing the amount of stale user space drafts. Options are to delete, redirect, move to mainspace or blank. Stop by and help the drive out!
  • WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia is looking for people who are interested in helping out in our project to get our articles into an audio format that can be used for any number of uses including, but not limited to, visually impaired or people who just prefer to listen to the article instead of reading it for whatever reason they choose. You can sign up here on our participant's page. We are also in need of people who speak other languages so that the proper pronunciation of words can be properly spoken. You can sign up for the Pronunciation task force by adding your name to section 2 as well as the languages you are fluent in.

Wikiproject/Group editing activities and efforts

May -June
  • Houston Online Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Series. These virtual edit-a-thons on Zoom will focus on Houston women artists. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and encouragement. Sign up at houstonwiki.eventbrite.com to receive the Zoom link. Participants will be able to ask questions throughout and are not required to stay for the entire session.
    • Platform: Zoom (link will be sent an hour before the event)
  • Women in Red Project: Reducing gender imbalance
    • (Click link in heading above, for detailed instructions on how to participate.)
    • Improve coverage of women in countries where they are poorly represented either on the English Wikipedia and/or in those where serious imbalances exist between the sexes. We have tried to cover countries in all the continents, as you will see from the lists at the page for this project. We have used two sources: List of gender imbalance per country by number of biographies on the English Wikipedia; and the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2020, especially Table 1 showing "The Global Gender Gap Index 2020 rankings".
    • We hope both inexperienced and seasoned editors will join us in creating biographies and other articles about women from countries requiring attention, as well as their achievements, writings, organizations and awards. This virtual editathon allows enthusiasts wherever they may be to participate in our initiative. Contributors are of course also welcome to add articles on any other notable women who deserve to be covered, for example under our #1day1woman priority.

Ongoing

  • The 100,000 Challenge. The quest to bring about 100,000 article improvements and creations globally through a series of 50,000/10,000/1000 Challenges for different regions and countries. This is a loose challenge, a list will not be maintained here, but the components will function independently on each of the subpages. Will be updated every week or two.
    • The 50,000 Destubbing Challenge is a long term challenge to destub 50,000 articles on English Wikipedia for every country and topic. It began on March 1, 2020 with the Wikipedia:The Great Britain/Ireland Destubathon and opened as a global editathon on March 31. It may take decades to accomplish, it may take ten years, it all depends on how many people actively contribute. A long term framework which will hopefully be speeded up by running There are more than 3,300,000 stub articles on the English Wikipedia, more than half of our articles. It needs to be drastically reduced somehow! Ideally we need a 1 million Destubbing Challenge!
    • The Summer World Destubbing Challenge is taking place between May 1 and July 31, 2020.
  • Wikipedia:WikiCup. The WikiCup is a championship that has taken place every year on Wikipedia since 2007. The Cup is played and won by skill of editing. The purpose of the Cup is to encourage content creation and improvement and make editing on Wikipedia more fun. There is a new round every month, until the current contest ends; below are the details.
    • May 1 to June 28 – 32 contestants left.
    • July 1 to August 29 – 16 contestants left.
    • September 1 to October 31 – 8 finalists left, the contestant with the highest score will win!
  • Women in Red: #1day1woman | 2020. For anyone interested in creating or improving articles on women and their works outside the specific focus of our monthly editathons. We have called it #1day1woman as the label can be used worldwide on the social media, creating new trends of interest. Perfectionists might like to create a new article each and every day but one new article on any one day will be the starting point. This is an opportunity for our members and all other editors to create or improve articles on women who are notable in any field.
    • The virtual edit-a-thon allows enthusiasts from around the globe to participate in the work.
    • The lists of redlinks should provide inspiration.
    • There is a section where you can list the articles you create this month, and another section where you can add the images you uploaded to Commons.
    • This essay on creating women's biographies and our Ten Simple Rules might be helpful to newcomers.

Upcoming Remote Events and Current Initiatives

Schedule below, listed by group, eg local meetup or any other sponsoring group or venue.


Remote events by DC Meetup

For more information, see Wikipedia:Meetup/DC.


Discussions and collaborations

Discussions in the following areas have requested wider attention via Requests for comment:

See also

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