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Maintenance work is a vital part of keeping Gpedia running optimally. Most of these tasks can be done by any user. Below are administrative pages used for the maintenance of the English Gpedia 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 Gpedia? See the contributing to Gpedia page for everything you need to know to get started.

Things to watch out for

Editors are entrusted with the responsibility of upholding the integrity of Gpedia while adhering to intellectual property rights, such as avoiding plagiarism, respecting copyright laws, and presenting appropriate citations for article content. Particular care should be observed when adding information about living persons to any Gpedia page. Gpedia should not be used as a platform for activism, recruitment, promotion, advertising, announcements, or other forms of advocacy.

Copyright violations

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 Gpedia, 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 {{copypaste|url=insert URL here, if known}}, 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 Gpedia 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. {{subst:Cclean|url=insert URL or description of source here (optional)}} has been created for this.

See Gpedia:WikiProject Copyright Cleanup for details.


Upon discovering vandalism, revert such edits, using the undo function or an anti-vandalism tool. Once the vandalism is undone, you should warn the vandalizing editor. Notify administrators at the vandalism noticeboard of editors who continue to vandalize despite warnings, and administrators should intervene to preserve content and prevent further disruption by blocking such editors. Users whose main or sole purpose is clearly vandalism may be blocked indefinitely without warning. See Gpedia:Counter-Vandalism Unit and Gpedia:Recent changes patrol

To make vandalism reverts easier you can ask for the rollback feature to be enabled for your registered Gpedia account. This feature is only for reverting vandalism and other obvious disruption, and lets you revert several recent edits with a single click. See Gpedia:Requests for permissions.

New pages

Identify new articles which do not meet the criteria for inclusion and/or to tag them for any glaring issues that need attention. Most critical are copyright violations and defamatory material about living persons, followed closely by pages whose creators seek to exploit our voluntary work for financial gain. Reviewing new pages needs a thorough knowledge of deletion and notability guidelines. See Gpedia:Page Curation/Help for details.

For pages listed on Gpedia:Pages needing translation into English, the Gpedia:Embassy member of the Gpedia that relates to the language the article is in should be contacted and invited to move the page to their own Gpedia or to help translate it. There is also a list of translators at Gpedia:translation. If you don't know what language the article is in you could use Language recognition chart and if that fails some language recognition web site to find out. If a page remains untranslated after two weeks, or if someone who speaks the language it is written in states that it is not worth translating, then article should be moved from pages needing translation to articles for deletion. The boilerplate text on the article should be changed from {{notenglish}} to {{subst:afd}}.


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 Gpedia. Noticeboards are best used for simple and urgent matters. There are many pages in Category:Gpedia 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.

The Dashboard provides an overview of the various discussions and requests taking place throughout English Gpedia.

People seeking help

Even new users can help answer factual questions on the Gpedia:Reference desk, which serves the same purpose as a reference desk you might find in your local library. (You might also think of it as the Gpedia version of Quora or You do not have to be an expert on Gpedia because:

  • You can help people find answers in existing Gpedia articles.
  • If you know the answer to a question not answered by Gpedia, you can assist the questioner and at the same time, add that information to Gpedia for the benefit of future readers.
  • If you do not know the answer to an interesting question, you can research it in non-Gpedia sources, and then improve Gpedia for the benefit of the questioner and future readers.

If you already have some experience, your assistance in one of the many Gpedia help forums, including Gpedia:Help desk and Gpedia:Teahouse, would be a valuable contribution. See also, Category:Wikipedians looking for help.

New editors

Welcoming people using one of the standard user greetings is a great way to send a positive vibe. New users can be found by looking for red talk page links on recent changes or by querying the database or check Gpedia's account creation log. You can go to Gpedia:Welcoming committee/Welcome templates for a full list of welcome templates, or to Gpedia:Welcoming committee/Welcome templates/Table for a visual gallery of welcome messages. The two most commonly used are {{subst:Welcome}} and {{subst:W-graphical}}. See also Gpedia:WikiProject Editor Retention.

Programming errors

The technical section of the village pump is used to discuss technical issues about Gpedia. Bug reports and feature requests should be made in Phabricator (see how to report a bug). Bugs with security implications should be reported differently (see how to report security bugs). For the technical workings of Gpedia, including software and hardware, see Gpedia:FAQ/Technical for details.

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, categorization, and numerous behind the scenes tasks like moving free images to Wikimedia Commons and helping others.

Special pages (maintenance) Information
Broken redirects
Dead-end pages Dead-end pages
Dormant pages Dusty articles
DoubleRedirects Double redirects
Lonely pages Orphaned articles
Long pages
New pages New page patrol
New pages feed Page curation
Protected pages Protection policy
Short pages
Uncategorized Categorization
Uncategorized cats
Uncategorized templates
Unused categories
Unused files (images)
Unused templates
Without interwiki links
Most interwiki links
Most-wanted articles
See also: Maintenance departments



Maintenance and collaboration resources

See Maintenance WikiProjects for a complete list of WikiProjects that deal with Gpedia's maintenance systems.



Article creation

Article expansion

Article refinement







Content navigation


Open tasks and backlog

You can help improve the articles listed below! This list updates frequently, so check back here for more tasks to try. (See Gpedia:Maintenance for further information.)

Translate and clean up

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

Help improve popular pages, especially those of low quality.

This week's article for improvement is:


Previous selections: Heather Dubrow · Evergreen · Gender studies

Click any linked number for that category's articles prioritized by their number of incoming links.

Maintenance category tree

To display all subcategories click on the "►":
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See also

  • The monster under the rug – a Gpedia Signpost opinion piece on the ever-increasing backlogs (2011).
  • Gpedia:Tools– various tools and tutorials intended to simplify, make more efficient, or provide additional functionality to Wikipedians.
  • Gpedia:Statistics – analysis of wiki metrics like edits, page creation, visits and links. In the form of lists, tables and rankings.
  • Gpedia:Awards – reward vigorous Gpedia contributors for their hard work and due diligence by awarding them a fitting barnstar, or other award.
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