វិគីភីឌា:Welcoming committee

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Welcoming committee members welcome new users who have already made constructive edits, and help them get started in various ways. There are no requirements for joining us except a good attitude and a willingness to help newcomers get started on Wikipedia.

How you can help[កែប្រែ]

Welcome new users[កែប្រែ]

Our main activity is to welcome new users who have made constructive edits. To do that we post a welcome message on their talk pages (if they do not have a talk page yet, create one for them!). It is best to post a personalized greeting written by you, but to save time you can use a welcome template.

Welcome templates[កែប្រែ]

You can go to វិគីភីឌា:Welcoming committee/Welcome templates for a full list of welcome templates, or to វិគីភីឌា:Welcoming committee/Welcome templates/Table for a visual gallery of welcome messages.

There is no standard template, but the two most commonly used are {{subst:Welcome}} and {{subst:W-graphical}}. To use them, type one of these on a new user's talk page:

{{subst:Welcome}} ~~~~

or

==Welcome!==
{{subst:W-graphical}}

This will make a section titled "Welcome!" and place the welcome message under it. Be sure to place greetings on each user's talk page, not their user page. This will ensure they will receive the "You have new messages" automatic alert. Also please remember that all welcome templates must be substituted, not transcluded.

Welcoming via Twinkle[កែប្រែ]

Twinkle also has a welcoming option.
To use Twinkle, go to the preferences and then the gadgets area. Then, look down for "Twinkle", and click the checkbox next to it. Save the settings, and you have a TW item.
To welcome with Twinkle, click the TW, then click 'wel' and click the template you want to use.

Welcoming etiquette[កែប្រែ]

Your edit summary should simply say "Welcome!", with the edit not marked as minor.

Is the user a vandal?

Before you welcome users, it is recommended that you check their recent contributions. Some new users use their accounts solely to vandalize or break the rules in other ways. If the user has vandalized a page, you should add a warning template, such as {{subst:uw-vandal1}}, to their talk page. Please do not thank vandals for their contributions.

Unintentional mistakes

If you notice unintentional mistakes in the new user's contributions, you may wish to bring it to their attention in your welcome message.

Personalize your message[កែប្រែ]

The best way to show someone that they are really welcome is by being open to their needs. Look at their contributions, and personalize your message accordingly. Examples:

Welcome users local to you[កែប្រែ]

A great way to attract new editors to Wikipedia is by welcoming users that are in the same area as you. If a new user sees that there are Wikipedians in his own community he is more likely to interact as well, especially if it's a small town. This of course only applies if you self-identify on your userpage where you are from, but you can also personalize your welcome message by telling the user where you are from on their talk page.

How can I know where a new account is located geographically you ask? Well, unless they self-identify themselves on their own userpage, you can't. But you can watchlist the city and/or neighbourhood you live in, and if you spot a new user making substantial edits to that article, it's usually very likely the user is from that same area. Imagine how pleasantly surprised they may be to see a welcome message from a 'Wikipedia representative' from their own community!

Follow up[កែប្រែ]

If the new user responds to the welcome message on your talk page, follow up with more help. You may wish to suggest adoption.

Most welcome templates instruct users to place a {{Help me}} request on their talk page if they need assistance, so it may be beneficial to check Category:Wikipedians looking for help frequently.

Help improve newcomer resources[កែប្រែ]

In addition to greeting new users, we also design and help maintain pages specifically to assist newcomers in various ways. The pages we help operate and/or maintain are:

Discuss plans[កែប្រែ]

As an active team, we discuss and implement new projects from time to time. We also discuss new users in general and try to keep in touch with the experience a typical new user is likely to be subjected to upon discovering and participating in Wikipedia. Sometimes the treatment they receive from veterans can be confusing or even traumatic, so we try to come up with ways to prevent this sort of thing. To participate, please see the talk page. វិគីភីឌា:Welcoming committee/Finding newbies

Add yourself to our member list[កែប្រែ]

To become a member of the welcoming committee, please see វិគីភីឌា:Welcoming committee/members.

See also[កែប្រែ]