Wikinews:To-Do List

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Deep in the distant past you probably got a Welcome template dropped on your talk page. One of the points it raises is, there are always things to do on Wikinews. As a news site you could write articles until you had worn the tips off your fingers, but there would still be a demand for more. Outside the main namespace where articles go there are also things that may need your attention. A number of these are items that can only be handled by administrators, but that should not stop you looking at the appropriate pages and seeing if you can get involved - or learn what you will have to deal with when you are made an admin. Much of this is "housework", required to keep the site well maintained. The more people go through a few of the following items when they first log on to Wikinews, the less of a backlog will build up.


This - regrettably - is one only for administrators. It is a task that fills up recent changes but doesn't seem to achieve much else. Yet, it keeps us from having thousands of articles that are potential vandalism targets.

Admin Alerts[edit]

Another one for administrators, but worth keeping an eye on even if you don't have the privilege.

Deletion requests[edit]

This is another one for everybody, but there are parts that are admin-only.

Water Cooler[edit]

Check the water cooler for new messages and comment on them (or vote if appropriate).


If you're feeling morbid, why not write an obituary for someone who's not actually dead yet? We currently have over 800 obituaries.

May need Topic cat[edit]

This is a list of category pages that may need the {{Topic cat}} template. This task can be done by anyone. There are 590 categories in the list but many are internal categories.

Category:Image issues[edit]

This category includes several subcategories which can mostly be attended to by any user (unless they’re protected).

In most cases the file summary page needs a filled out copy of {{Image info}}.