Ways to contribute content to Wikimedia projects
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This page lists a few examples of ways to contribute content to Wikimedia projects. There are many ways to contribute, but if you are feeling stuck, this list may give you some ideas.
Please add more suggestions to the list below!
If you have five minutes spare[edit | edit source]
- Click through some random articles on Wikipedia and correct any typos or use wiki-todo to look for little jobs on random articles
- Choose a category related to where you are 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, and help it
- Play the WikiData Games
- Find citations needed 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, 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, for roughly half of which there will be an image on Commons if you look.
- Improve UK-related Wikidata items.
- Update yourself on the situation around systemic bias, and consider what one thing you might do differently in future editing
- Say something nice on your own social media accounts about a wiki project or an event run by the charity
If you have twenty minutes[edit | edit source]
- Think of a subject you are interested and knowledgeable in and take a look at related articles for content.
- Go to the Wikipedia Reference Desks, find a question within your area of expertise, and answer it
- Know another language? Look for articles needing [toollabs:joanjoc/sugart.php?uselang=en translation from English] or translation into English
- Can you tell maps and building plans from other images? We need people to find maps amongst a million British Library images so they can be geotagged and added to Wikimedia Commons
If you have two hours[edit | edit source]
- Take photos of locally significant buildings, landmarks etc and share them via Wikimedia Commons. Checkout WikiShootMe 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 or this one; look at Wikipedia:WikiProject Women's History for more ideas.
- Take a look at the list of requested 'biography' articles, e.g. LGBT figures or UK citizens
- Or choose someone from the category of biographies needing attention.
- Go to the local library, find its local history shelf, and create a biography of a locally significant person.
- Improve a topic area:
- Choose an open task from the wikiproject that exists to counter systemic bias. 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
- Have a look at articles which exist in other encylopedias, but are missing in Wikipedia
- All the basics of contributing to Wikipedia can be learned in two hours.
- If you've never actually edited Wikipedia, learn how!
- If you have edited Wikipedia, teach someone.