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Welcome to Meta!Edit

Hello, Gossfunkel. Welcome to the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki! This website is for coordinating and discussing all Wikimedia projects. You may find it useful to read our policy page. If you are interested in doing translations, visit Meta:Babylon. You can also leave a note on Meta:Babel or Wikimedia Forum if you need help with something (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). Happy editing!

-- Meta-Wiki Welcome (talk) 00:20, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikimedia!Edit

Hello, Gossfunkel.

Thank you for your comments on the 2015 Strategy community consultation. These are being reviewed by Wikimedia Foundation staff and by other movement volunteers and will help us determine the direction the Wikimedia Foundation should take in its strategies. If there are questions, you may receive follow-up there. However, I wanted to drop by this, your personal user talk page, because it looks like you have a brand new account, and I wanted to thank you for taking the time to register. I appreciate your interest in Wikimedia, and I'd like to offer you a little more information on how else you can contribute, if you like.

Wikipedia and its sister sites rely on volunteers who generate and maintain all content as well as creating almost all of the policies and guidelines that govern the sites. They are collaborative projects, with people from all over the world bringing their skills and interests to join in the compilation and dissemination of knowledge to everyone, everywhere, free of charge.

There are a number of ways you can join in.

  • Do you like to research or write? Wikipedia and its sister sites need contributors. Each language project has information about contributing in the links on the side, sometimes under a pull-down title like "Interactions". Many of them have advanced tutorials. The English Wikipedia's tutorial is w:Wikipedia:Tutorial, for instance.
  • Are you fluent in more than one language and willing to translate? See this page on translation for more specific information about ways to help out there.
  • Do you like to take photographs? Draw pictures? Design charts, maps or put together audio files? There is a place for you, too! Media files that you have created which have encyclopedic value and which you're willing to donate can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, where they can be used on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as elsewhere! See Commons:Project scope/Summary for some more information on the kinds of media files that we are looking for and Upload Wizard to begin.
  • Are you a programmer or web developer or interested in becoming one? Even the software Wikimedia uses is largely developed by volunteers. If you're interested in pitching in there, please see How to become a MediaWiki hacker.

As mentioned above, most of our projects' policies and practices are created by volunteers, who can best help if you have questions about the volunteering experience. If you would like more information, you may want to visit the "help" forums linked on the left hand side of each page on our websites to learn where questions can be addressed to the community of that particular project. If you cannot find the information you seek or have other questions for or about the projects, you might want to write to the volunteer email response team at info wikimedia org. Volunteers are available to offer guidance in many different languages.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts, and I hope you will decide to join us. Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 12:14, 6 March 2015 (UTC)