Read or find an article
For simple searches, there is a search box at the top of every page. Type what you are looking for in the box. Partial matches will appear in a dropdown list. Select any page in the list to go to that page. Or, select the magnifying glass "Go" button, or press ↵ Enter, to go to a full search result. For advanced searches, see Help:Searching.
Edit an article
Contributing is easy: see how to edit a page. For a quick summary on participating, see contributing to Wikipedia. For a listing of introductions and tutorials by topic, see getting started. Or play the Wikipedia Adventure to learn to edit in an hour. The Simplified Manual of Style and Cheatsheet can remind you of basic wiki markup.
If you feel someone is bullying you or if you don't understand why your edits are being reverted, you can ask for help at the Help desk or at the Teahouse. Volunteers will respond as soon as possible.
Report a problem with an article
If there is a problem with an article about yourself, a family member, a friend or a colleague, please read Biographies of living persons/Help.
If you spot a problem with an article, you can fix it directly, by clicking on the "Edit" link at the beginning of that page. See the "edit an article" section of this page for more information.
If you don't feel ready to fix the article yourself, please post a message on the article's talk page. This will bring the matter to the attention of others who work on that article. There is a "Talk" link at the beginning of every article page.
Create a new article or upload media
If searching Wikipedia has not answered your question (for example, questions like "Which country has the world's largest fishing fleet?"), try the Reference Desk. Volunteers there will attempt to answer your questions on any topic, or point you towards the information you need.
For your convenience, answers have been recorded for the most frequently asked questions.
You can find also where to ask questions or make comments.
Orand a volunteer will visit you there!
You can get live help with editing in the help chatroom.
For help with technical issues, ask at the Village pump.
Tip of the day
Trying to recall an editor's username can be challenging. There are various ways to solve this:
- If you remember the beginning of the username:
- Click on: user-contributions or contributions link either at the top or side of any article page
- Type the first couple of letters in the username box: wait 15-seconds and the box will magically appear with usernames starting with that letter combination
- If the username is still not there, type in another letter and wait. Usernames are case, punctuation, and space sensitive, so if a username is CamelCased, has punctuation, or has spaces, you will have to try those variations too.
- If you have ever conversed with them, you could check the histories of your own talk page and talk page archives. Set your view to (500).
- In your contributions, you could limit the namespace to user talk, and that would give you the names of all the users you have posted to on their talk pages. The same with the talk namespace (via your contributions).
- You could also search the talk namespace for your own signature, to locate the threads where others may have replied to you
- Where do they hang out? What are they renowned for? If you can remember where they have posted messages, then you can find their username.
- Users Search box for users by name or official capacity