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There are as many ways to help Wikitravel as there are [[Wikitravel:Wikitravellers|Wikitravellers]]. This article is for those who like the idea of Wikitravel, but are having a hard time getting started with contributing.
* '''Find articles to help with.''' There are many ways to do this.
** [[Special:Newpages]] gives you all the pages that have been created recently. ** [[Special:Recentchanges]] gives you the pages that have been edited recently.
** [[Special:Lonelypages |Orphaned pages]] gives you articles that do not have links pointing to them. Unless you do something about them, they are most likely to be forgotten about, because contributors will ordinarily never come across them or improve them.
** [[Special:Deadendpages | Dead-end pages]] are those which do not link to any other. Sometimes this is okay, but often this indicates that the page has been created by a new user who is not yet familiar with inserting wikilinks.
** [[Special:Randompage]], as the name suggests, will throw up a random page. Usually, you can find something to improve in any page.
*'''Proofread'''. This is one of the easiest ways to get started with helping with Wikitravel. While you're reading an article, watch for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, or other writing gaffes. If you see one, [[Wikitravel:How to edit a page|edit the page]] and correct it. Wikitravel is now ''that much better'' -- thanks to you!
*'''Reformat articles'''. Wikitravel has a [[Wikitravel:manual of style|manual of style]] for giving a consistent look-and-feel to our content and making it easier for travellers to find and use information. Just as with proofreading, you can do a lot of good just by reformatting or restructuring articles to match the Manual. Articles that need reformatting are typically [[Wikitravel:Stub articles|stub articles]], which usually lack standard headings and outlines. The [[Special:Deadendpages|dead end pages]], which list articles without any links on them, are also worth a look.
* '''Organize''' the [[Wikitravel:Geographical hierarchy | Geographical hierarchy]].
* '''Rate articles'''. Wikitravel has a system to indicate the [[Wikitravel:Article status |maturity status]] of articles. This helps keep track of what stage an article is in and how many articles are at what level of maturity.
*'''Check for articles for places you've visited.''' As with your home town, find articles for places you've visited. Check them for accuracy, add information, or start them new.
*'''Make outlines.''' Don't be daunted by the task of writing all of the article about [[Russia]] -- just get it started with an [[Wikitravel:Outline articles|outline]]. People are much more likely to change or add to articles than to start them from scratch. We have a bunch of handy [[Wikitravel:Article templates | templates]] for destination guides, which you can use. If you only know a teensy bit about a subject, go ahead and add it in. We currently have a huge backlog of [[Special:Whatlinkshere/Template:Stub | stub articles]] that shouldn't really be there. It is easy to create an outline for most articles and move them to the next level. You can help there.
*'''Respond to requests.''' Sometimes people put up requests in the [[Wikitravel:Help wanted]] area for articles, images, or work to be done on articles. Keep an eye on these pages:
*'''Watch for wanted articles.''' The [[Special:Wantedpages]] feature of our software lets you see which articles have been linked to but not yet written. These are '''excellent''' places to get started -- you're filling in what is an obvious need for the travel guide.
*'''Make or edit policy and style guidelines.''' The [[Wikitravel:policies and guidelines|policies]] and [[Wikitravel:manual of style|manual of style]] define how we work together to make a great travel guide. If you're working on Wikitravel and think there's ways we can make a better guide, or we can work together better to achieve our [[Wikitravel:goals and non-goals|goals]], by all means start a new policy or guideline page! We try to make decisions by [[Wikitravel:consensus|consensus]], so there's no guarantee that your idea will be accepted, but it definitely won't be if you don't suggest it in the first place!
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