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Do you want to start a Wikipedia in your language ?

Having a Wikipedia in all languages is great. However, please realize that while the world-wide Wikimedia community will be happy to give you the technical support in creating a space for your language, you will actually have to do the writing, and it could require a lot of work. It will take some time to become ready to "go live". You need to be able to write your language well, and it is strongly recommended to team up with other speakers of that language.

While this is not a requirement, it is also good to be experienced in editing a Wikipedia in another language.

Check whether your language already has one

There are editions of Wikipedia in more than 300 languages, so maybe there already is a Wikipedia in your language! Here are a few places where you can check for it:

  • Look at the page List of Wikipedias .
  • Look at https://www.wikipedia.org , the portal page.
  • Go to the article about your language in a Wikipedia in a large language, such as English. These articles usually have a link to the Wikipedia in the language at the bottom.

If you cannot find an existing Wikipedia in your language, check the page Requests for new languages —there may be a request for it already.

Please be patient. It can take up to four months or longer.

Getting help

If you do not already use another Wikipedia, you might have many questions when you begin. For answers regarding your questions, you may contact other Wikipedians. For example, you can contact people using mailing lists (especially "Wikimedia-L"), Telegram groups (especially Wikimedia General and Wikimedia Language Diversity ), and the channel #wikimedia on IRC .

Here are some particular people on Meta willing to help:

  • User:Amire80 (Amir E. Aharoni)
  • Jon Harald Søby

Creating the initial content

Create the incubator.

Follow the instructions on the page incubator:Help:Manual , and create the initial pages there.

Create a Main Page

Create your own Main Page for the Incubator. You may also go to the main page of another Wikipedia and translate it into your language.

Note that main pages tend to have advanced code, and in the first stages of creating the Incubator, the articles are much more important than the main page. The initial main page should be simple and functional. You can create a cool-looking main page later, after you gain experience editing usual articles.

How to edit a page

You should translate the page How to edit a page into your language.

Another helpful link: Help:Starting a new page .

Translate the interface

To start a Wikipedia in a new language, you also need to translate the user interface of the software that runs it, called "MediaWiki". This is done on the site https://translatewiki.net . Note that it uses a separate user account. Translating the "Most important" messages is a condition for creating a new Wikipedia, but much more should be translated so that readers and editors would be able to use Wikipedia fully in your language.

Even before translating the user interface, it is recommended to settle on the basic terminology about wiki editing—words such as "page", "user", "log in", "account", "editor", "block", etc. The most convenient way to do it is to read the Basic glossary on translatewiki, discuss it with other people who know your language well, and translate that glossary. (It's recommended to translate at least the terms, but translating the explanations and the definitions is recommended, too.)

Special characters

If your language has characters that are difficult to enter on keyboards used by speakers of the language, you should add support for it to the Universal Language Selector . Ask for it at Help talk:Extension:UniversalLanguageSelector/Input methods .

You can also add a box of special characters to insert using the Edittools message.

Going further

Translate other things.

The name Wikipedia and the tagline "The Free Encyclopedia", which appear in the logo, must be translated, too.

Some notes:

  • The name Wikipedia can be spelled differently if the rules of your language require it, but it should generally be based on the English name. For example, the name in the Catalan is "Viquipèdia", because the standard Catalan alphabet doesn't include the letters W and K. If your language is not written in the Latin alphabet, the name should be written in that alphabet.
  • In the translation of the free encyclopedia , the word free means "not restricted." This sometimes confuses people because English does not have different words for free (as in price or cost - like the French word "gratuit") and free (as in freedom or liberty - like the French word "libre"). If your language has different words for the two kinds of "free", please use the one that refers to freedom or liberty. For more information on this, see this essay on the English Wikipedia: Wikipedia:The Free Encyclopedia .
  • The word "Encyclopedia" can be translated in any way that is correct in your language. It can be a transliteration of the English word, or a completely new word that has the same. Make sure that you understand the different between an encyclopedia and dictionary; if you are not sure, please read the relevant articles: Encyclopedia , Dictionary .

Prepare the Community pages

Each Wikimedia project has a place where users go to talk about things. In the English Wikipedia, for example, this is the Village pump . The French Wikipedia has Le Bistro . Please choose a name for a page and then create the page.

You will need a page where writers and editors can write their name and location. One idea is to use the page of en:Wikipedia:Wikipedians as a base and translate it in your language.

Set up basic guidelines

There are a few rules that all Wikimedia projects must follow:

  • You cannot violate the terms of a copyright. Please make a page to warn users not to copy things from other places without asking the author.
  • As of 2022, Wikipedia articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License . (The GNU Free Documentation License was used in the past and still applies for backwards compatibility in some cases.) Very briefly, it means that everyone is free to read, copy, change, and redistribute the content, but please read the full license to understand it. You should also make a page in your language to explain it and publish it in the Wikipedia.
  • Authors must write from a neutral point of view (NPOV). Please make a page to explain this.
  • Please make a page to explain what Wikipedia is not .

Other than these all-projects rules, each Wikipedia has created its own rules.

Some rules you might want to have right away include:

  • Orthographic practices - if there is more than one way to spell or write your language, you will need rules about it.
  • Stylistic conventions - if your language does not have a standardized universal form (the way everybody writes it to understand each other), you will need to have one or have a rule to tell people which forms or dialects of your language to use. Also, you will need more complex stylistic conventions. For examples in many languages, see the page Language guides .
  • naming conventions

Add a style guide and resources for writers

You want to have a high-quality encyclopedia. Please write a few suggestions for writers. Are there any websites in your language about how to write? Maybe you want to add a dictionary or a grammar guide here. Put in everything that could be useful for writers.

Write a few good content articles as an example for others

You might want to write a few articles for your Wikipedia to get it started, and to give an example to other possible writers. You can translate an article from a different Wikipedia, or you can write an original article.

Have cooperation between the Wikipedia in your language and other Wikipedias

We think that you should join some of the mailing lists so that you will know what happens. The mailing lists are also good resources you can use to grow from the things that happen to other Wikipedias.

Please make a local Wikimedia Embassy for multilingual cooperation. (make yourself a page so that we can talk to you more easily, and write a name for a contact)

If you want to have a central place where you can find out what is going on in the whole Wikipedia community, go to goings-on .

Permissions

You might need someone with administrator (sysop) status very soon. Add your request on Requests for permissions .

Promote your Wikipedia

Find appropriate newsgroups, forums, discussion lists, and so on, where people are interested that the Wikipedia has started in their language. Offer to write an article for a local newspaper about your work on the project, and its cultural value to society. Lecture at conferences where the topic would be appropriate. Create a small brochure or poster about Wikipedia in your language. Add a link to Wikipedia in your email signature.

Now your language is ready for the public! Try to convince your friends to join the project, and explain how the Wikipedia works. Thank you for working hard!

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How to Edit a Page in Wikipedia

Last Updated: April 18, 2024

wikiHow is a “wiki,” similar to Wikipedia, which means that many of our articles are co-written by multiple authors. To create this article, 48 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time. This article has been viewed 60,392 times. Learn more...

Sometimes, while taking a look at a Wikipedia article, you might find a mistake in it. Here's how to edit a page.

It's recommended to create an account before doing this action. If you already have an account, log in. If you don't, you might want to create one to keep all your contributions in your account under your username. If you want to edit without an account, then continue below.

Editing an Unprotected Page

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  • Take a look again. Did you accidentally remove a word? Is there is anything else you could correct?

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Editing a Protected Page

  • 1 Go to the protected page.
  • 2 Click on "View source".
  • 3 Click Submit an edit request .
  • 4 Fill in the space between {{subst:trim|1= and }} stating unambiguously what you want to do. If what you are doing is ambiguous, consider discussing the edit on the talk page before making the edit.
  • 5 Click on Show preview . This allows you to view how the changes will appear on the talk page.
  • 6 Click Publish changes .

Community Q&A

Hello903hello

Wiki formatting

Putting in:.

  • section headings between two equals signs, e.g.: ==Hello there== ;
  • subheadings between three equals signs, e.g.: ===Hello there=== ;
  • italic text between two apostrophes (NOT double quotes) - e.g. '' Hello there'' makes: Hello there ;
  • bold text between three apostrophes - e.g. ''' Hello there''' makes: Hello there ;
  • bold "and" italic text between five apostrophes - e.g. ''''' Hello there''''' makes: Hello there ;
  • [[Say Hello in Different Languages|Say Hello]] would link in a wikiHow article to: Say Hello and
  • external web-link entire URL between single square brackets (check spelling & punctuation) - e.g. [http://www.hello-there.com] (with "http://") will link to the webpage at http://www.hello-there.com . Basically, external links are set up like internal links, only with one set of brackets, and a space instead of a | separator;
  • "block indent" of unnumbered line or paragraph, put a colon (:) beginning the line (2 colons = double indent) actually skips lines ;
  • more bullet points within a bulleted list , use a double star (**) beginning each line
  • Third level bullet points within a bulleted list , use a triple star (***) beginning each line
  • (That was done here and the one above for example) .
  • But, that would disrupt a numbered list... See the note at the end of the numbering section.

Automatic wiki numbering:

  • numbered list , put a hash (#) beginning each line.
  • insert a new numbered line , strike "Enter" where you want the line and put a hash (#) and write your text and it will automatically renumber all the lines below. That's the basics of numbering!
  • bullet point list within the main numbered list , put a hash and a star (#*) beginning each line
  • To add extra blank lines as above before the bulleted sub-list, and also below before the indented numbered list use <br><br> at the end of the line before where extra lines are desired.
  • put a double hash (##) beginning each line
  • Third level numbering put a triple hash (###) beginning each line
  • "br" means line break (to break the line and go to the next line) so several of them will make several blank lines...
  • Use this extra formatting for a good reason not for fun.

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