Common wiki tasks to help out

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Some tasks are common across the wiki, and anyone can help out with these - just check out the Contributor's guide first.

Tackle todo tasks

The central hub for things that need doing is of course Category:Todo. There are also all the pages that have todo lists on them: Category:Todo articles.

It's always useful to add any useful todo items to a page with the {{Todo}} or {{InfoBox todo}} templates - though one step better would be to actually make the changes.

Flesh out a stub

Stub pages are always in need of development. A starting point can be adding pertinent sections to follow blueprints.

Make an article conform to guidelines

It's great to have useful content, but for readability and coherence across the wiki articles should also conform to the guidelines. For users starting out, or who have not read it, read the Contributor's guide first.

Adapting content to the guidelines can involve adding appropriate elements, such as {{C}}, {{Cmd}}, <var>cow</var>, etc.

Sometimes an article will need rewording to avoid first and second person writing. Using a search function to go over the article and locate words such as "you", "your", "I", "we", "our", "one", etc. can be helpful.

Follow blueprints

Some articles such as those concerning a piece of software or hardware should conform to blueprints.

Add sections with appropriate content where useful - don't add sections just to hold to the template, the content must be of particular value for the article, otherwise sections from the blueprint should be omitted. Don't add empty sections.

Rename any sections that have content corresponding to a blueprint section but have used a different naming scheme.

Reorder sections so that they are in the same order as in the blueprint. Reorder the InfoBox items also, if necessary.

Even articles that don't have explicit blueprints should follow the "spirit" of the blueprints.

Source spacing

Some conventions are generally followed across the wiki, such as having empty lines above and below section titles.

Reply to and close discussions

Often new users, and sometimes even more experienced ones, don't format talk pages properly. If needed, put new sections to the bottom of the page, new comments to the bottom of each section, indent each new comment properly, add {{Unsigned}} if needed. Make sure there is a {{Talk}} template for each section, and a {{Talk page}} template at the top of the page.

It's very useful to reply to any discussions if possible, and even better to be able to [[Help:Talk_pages#Closing_discussions[close them]].

Stub a new page

For topics that would be useful, it will often help to create a {{Stub}} page with as much information as possible, so that, and even to encourage, other to add to it.

Tag with maintenance templates

Some pages need work, or merit warning readers. Use the Category:Maintenance_templates to mark articles accordingly.

Follow recent changes

Watching the recent changes for obvious errors is a good way to keep things in check.

Fix links

There is a nascent effort to detect and fix links across the wiki.

Alphabetize

By default, lists, tables, see also sections etc. are presented in alphabetical order.