Wikipedia:Welcoming committee/Welcome templates/Table

Below is a selection of welcome messages. A complete list, with most being slight variations of these, can be found at Wikipedia:Welcoming committee/Welcome templates. For cut-and-paste welcome messages, see Wikipedia:Standard user greeting. For more about the Welcoming Committee and how you can help, see Wikipedia:Welcoming committee.

Note that the samples displayed below are not proportional. They'll appear wider and shorter when placed on a user's talk page. They conform to column-width, which is why they look elongated below.

New users - General messagesEdit

What to type What it makes
{{subst:W-basic}}

Standard template, similar to Template:Welcome with additional options

Welcome...

Hello, {{SUBST:BASEPAGENAME}}, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for [[Special:Contributions/{{SUBST:PAGENAME}}|your contributions]]. I hope you like this place and decide to stay. Here are some pages you might find helpful:

Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or click here to ask a question on your talk page.  Again, welcome! ~~~~

{{subst:W-FAQ}}

Gives advice to the questions newcomers frequently ask

Although some prefer welcoming newcomers with cookies, I find fruit to be a healthier alternative. Face-smile.svg

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like this place and decide to stay.

  • If you have a question that is not one of the frequently asked questions below, check out the Teahouse, ask me on my talk page, or click the button below. Happy editing and again, welcome! ~~~~


Why can't I edit some particular pages?
Some pages that have been vandalized repeatedly are semi-protected, meaning that editing by new or unregistered users is prohibited through technical measures. If you have an account that is four days old and has made at least 10 edits, then you can bypass semi-protection and edit any semi-protected page. Some pages, such as highly visible templates, are fully-protected, meaning that only administrators can edit them. If this is not the case, you may have been blocked or your IP address caught up in a range block.
Where can I experiment with editing Wikipedia?
How do I create an article?
See how to create your first article, then use the Article Wizard to create one, and add references to the article as explained below.
How do I create citations?
  1. Do a search on Google or your preferred search engine for the subject of the Wikipedia article that you want to create a citation for.
  2. Find a website that supports the claim you are trying to find a citation for.
  3. In a new tab/window, go to the citation generator, click on the 'An arbitrary website' bubble, and fill out as many fields as you can about the website you just found.
  4. Click the 'Get reference wiki text' button.
  5. Highlight, and then copy (Ctrl+C or Apple+C), the resulting text (it will be something like <ref> {{cite web | .... }}</ref>, copy the whole thing).
  6. In the Wikipedia article, after the claim you found a citation for, paste (Ctrl+V or Apple+V) the text you copied.
  7. If the article does not have a References or Notes section (or the like), add this to the bottom of the page, but above the External Links section and the categories:
==References==
{{Reflist}}
What is a WikiProject, and how do I join one?
A WikiProject is a group of editors that are interested in improving the coverage of certain topics on Wikipedia. (See this page for a complete list of WikiProjects.) If you would like to help, add your username to the list that is on the bottom of the WikiProject page.
{{subst:W-shout}}

Extroverted message with bold advice

Welcome! (We can't say that loudly enough!)

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, and welcome to Wikipedia! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages you might find helpful:

If you have any questions or problems, no matter what they are, leave me a message on my talk page. Or, please come to the Help desk, where experienced Wikipedians can answer any queries you have! Or, you can just type {{Help me}} on your user talk page, and someone will show up shortly to answer your questions.

Please sign your name on talk pages and votes by typing four tildes (~~~~); our software automatically converts it to your username and the date. We're so glad you're here! ~~~~

Acronyms and initialisms

Do you need to know what an acronym or initialism stands for? See Wikipedia's List of acronyms and initialisms.

Read more:
To add this auto-updating template to your user page, use {{totd}}
{{subst:W-informal}}

Gives an informal overview of the wiki

Welcome!

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, and welcome to Wikipedia! This is one of the most popular websites in the world, and it's only through the contributions of editors like you. And Wikipedia is not just a collection of articles, it's an active community. The real fun here is contributing to Wikipedia, but don't feel hurt if some of your first few edits get removed, as there are some central guidelines you may not be familiar with.

Some good advice: be bold in your editing, and use the talk pages to discuss with other editors. Be kind to others, because there's a lot you can learn from them, and there's lots they can help you with.

There's lots of resources to help you become a great editor, from our basic introduction to our in-depth manual. But if you have any questions or problems, no matter what they are, leave me a message on my talk page or place {{helpme}} on this page to get any help you need. If you haven't done so, tell us a bit about yourself. Oh, and please sign your name on talk pages and votes by typing ~~~~; our software automatically converts it to your username and the date.

Glad you're here! ~~~~

{{subst:W-short}}

Concise; won't overwhelm

Hi Welcoming committee, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like it here and decide to stay. Our intro page provides helpful information for new users—please check it out! If you have any questions, you can get help from experienced editors at the Teahouse. Happy editing! ~~~~

{{subst:W-link}}

Shortest greeting, links to WC's greetings page

Greetings...

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, and welcome to Wikipedia!

To get started, click on the green welcome.
I hope you like it here and decide to stay!
Happy editing! ~~~~
{{subst:W-graphical}}

Graphical menu format to ease transition from the graphic-heavy web

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, and Welcome to Wikipedia!

Thank you for your contributions to this free encyclopedia. If you decide that you need help, check out Getting Help below, ask at the help desk, or place {{Help me}} on your talk page and ask your question there. Please remember to sign your name on talk pages by clicking OOUI JS signature icon LTR.png or by typing four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your username and the date. Also, please do your best to always fill in the edit summary field. Below are some useful links to help you get started. Happy editing! ~~~~

{{subst:W-graphic}}

Same as W-graphical with powerful colours and changes in text

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, and Welcome to Wikipedia!

Thank you for your contributions to this free encyclopedia. If you decide that you need help, check out Getting Help below, ask at the help desk, or place {{Help me}} on your talk page and ask your question there. Please remember to sign your name on talk pages by clicking OOUI JS signature icon LTR.png or by typing four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your username and the date. Also, please do your best to always fill in the edit summary field. Below are some useful links to help you get started. Happy editing! ~~~~

Getting started
Finding your way around
Editing articles
Getting help
How you can help
{{subst:W-screen}}

Graphical; designed to fit the size of the user's screen

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, and Welcome to Wikipedia!   Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg

Welcome to Wikipedia! I hope you enjoy the encyclopedia and want to stay. As a first step, you may wish to read the Introduction.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask at the Teahouse.


Here are some more resources to help you as you explore and contribute to the world's largest encyclopedia...

Finding your way around:

Need help?

How you can help:

Additional tips...

Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, good luck, and have fun. ~~~~
{{subst:W-cust}}

Standard template plus 8 or so links

Welcome...

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, and welcome to Wikipedia! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or place {{Help me}} on your talk page and ask your question there. Again, welcome! ~~~~

P.S.: Some pages you might like to check out are:

Acronyms and initialisms

Do you need to know what an acronym or initialism stands for? See Wikipedia's List of acronyms and initialisms.

Read more:
To add this auto-updating template to your user page, use {{totd}}
{{subst:Welcomeg}}

Standard template with a host of links - includes automatic signing

Hello {{SUBST:PAGENAME}}! Welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for [[Special:Contributions/{{SUBST:PAGENAME}}|your contributions]]. If you decide that you need help, check out Getting Help below, ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and someone will show up shortly to answer your questions. Please remember to sign your name on talk pages by clicking Button sig shiny.svg or using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. Finally, please do your best to always fill in the edit summary field. Below are some useful links to facilitate your involvement. Happy editing! ~~~~
Getting Started
Getting Help
Policies and Guidelines

The Community
Things to do
Miscellaneous
{{subst:Welcomeh}}

Same as {{subst:Welcomeg}} but includes a section header

== Welcome! ==
Hello {{SUBST:PAGENAME}}! Welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for [[Special:Contributions/{{SUBST:PAGENAME}}|your contributions]]. If you decide that you need help, check out Getting Help below, ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and someone will show up shortly to answer your questions. Please remember to sign your name on talk pages by clicking Button sig shiny.svg or using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. Finally, please do your best to always fill in the edit summary field. Below are some useful links to facilitate your involvement. Happy editing! ~~~~
Getting Started
Getting Help
Policies and Guidelines

The Community
Things to do
Miscellaneous
{{subst:W-all}}

This template is a combination of 21 other welcome templates with automatic heading and signature and many more.

== Welcome from DB1729 ==

Crystal Project Gadu protocol.png Welcome, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates/Table!

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates/Table, and welcome to Wikipedia! I'm DB1729, one of the thousands of editors here at Wikipedia. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

Introduction
The Five Pillars of Wikipedia
How to edit a page
Help
How to write a great article
Simplified Manual of Style

Thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia, users like you are what makes Wikipedia such a great encyclopedia!

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Where to ask a question, ask me on my talk page, or type {{helpme}} here on your talk page and someone will show up shortly to answer your questions. Again, welcome!

~~~~
{{subst:Welcome to Wikipedia}}

Many useful links provided in a friendly set of tables. Presented in the Vector skin colours. Automatically sets different messages for IP or registered users. Automatically signs for you. Can add extra message. Slight customisation of the heading possible. Shorthand {{subst:Wtw}}. Clear documentation. (Display differs here from when in general use).

Face-smile.svgWelcome "to Wikipedia" FOR IPs OR THE REGISTERED USER'S NAME!

Hello "IP user" OR THE REGISTERED USER'S NAME. Welcome to Wikipedia and thank you for your contributions!

I'm DB1729, one of the other editors here, and I hope you decide to stay and help contribute to this amazing repository of knowledge. IP's ADVISED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT.

Some pages of helpful information to get you started:
Face-smile.svg   Introduction to Wikipedia
BluePillar.svg   The five pillars of Wikipedia
Crystal Clear app ktip.svg   Editing tutorial
Crystal package utilities.png   How to edit a page
Crystal Clear app kedit.png   Simplified Manual of Style
LetterW.svg   The basics of Wikicode
Symbol support vote.svg   How to develop an article
Cscr-featured.svg   How to create an article
Crystal khelpcenter.png   Help pages
Octagon-warning.svg   What Wikipedia is not
Some common sense Dos and Don'ts:
UncialB-01.svg   Do be bold
Face-angel.svg   Do assume good faith
Face-tongue.svg   Do be civil
Face-wink.svg   Do keep cool!
Symbol neutral vote.svg   Do maintain a neutral point of view
No-spam.png   Don't spam
NotCommons-emblem-copyrighted.svg   Don't infringe copyright
Crystal Clear app error.png   Don't edit where you have a conflict of interest
Ambox warning blue.svg   Don't commit vandalism
Stop hand.svg   Don't get blocked
If you need further help, you can:
Nuvola apps filetypes.svg   Ask a question
or you can:
WP teahouse logo.png   Get help at the Teahouse
or even:
Presa de decissions.png   Ask an experienced editor to "adopt" you

Alternatively, leave me a message at my talk page or type {{helpme}} here on your talk page and someone will try to help.

There are many ways you can contribute to Wikipedia. Here are a few ideas:
Edit-find-replace.svg   Fight vandalism
Vista-Login Manager.png   Be a WikiFairy or a WikiGnome
Crystal package settings.png   Help contribute to articles
Vista-advancedsettings.png   Perform maintenance tasks
           
Vista-messenger.png   Become a member of a project that interests you
Curly Brackets.svg   Help design new templates
Emblem-readnews.svg   Subscribe and contribute to The Signpost
Translation icon cropped.svg   Translate articles from Wikipedias in other languages

To get some practice editing you can use a sandbox. You can REGISTERED USERS CAN CREATE THEIR OWN SANDBOX for use any time. It's perfect for working on bigger projects. Then for easy access in the future, you can put a link to it on your user page. REGISTERED USERS WITH NO USER PAGE ENCOURAGED TO CREATE IT.

Please remember to:

  • Always sign your posts on talk pages. You can do this either by clicking on the OOUI JS signature icon LTR.png button on the edit toolbar or by typing four tildes ~~~~ at the end of your post. This will automatically insert your EITHER "signature" OR "IP address", a link to EITHER "this IP's" OR "your" talk page, and a timestamp.
  • Leave descriptive edit summaries for your edits. Doing so helps other editors understand what changes you have made and why you made them.
The best way to learn about something is to experience it. Explore, learn, contribute, and don't forget to have some fun!

Potential problem usersEdit

What to type What it makes
{{subst:welcomenpov}} == Welcome! ==

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Unfortunately, one of your contributions does not conform to Wikipedia's Neutral Point of View policy (NPOV). Wikipedia articles should refer only to facts and interpretations that have been stated in print or on reputable websites or other forms of media.

There's a page about the NPOV policy that has tips on how to effectively write about disparate points of view without compromising the NPOV status of the article as a whole. If you are stuck, and looking for help, please come to the Questions page, where experienced Wikipedians can answer any queries you have! Or, click here to ask for help on your talk page, and a volunteer should respond shortly. Below are a few other good links for newcomers:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you have any questions, check out Wikipedia:Questions or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome! 

{{subst:welcometest}} == Welcome to Wikipedia! ==

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, and welcome to Wikipedia!

An edit that you recently made seemed to be a test and has been removed. If you want more practice editing, please use the sandbox.

Here are a few links to pages you might find helpful:

You may also want to take the Wikipedia Adventure, an interactive tour that will help you learn the basics of editing Wikipedia. You can visit the Teahouse to ask questions or seek help.

Please remember to sign your messages on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically insert your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask for help on your talk page, and a volunteer should respond shortly. Again, welcome!

{{subst:welcomespam}} == Welcome! ==

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, and welcome to Wikipedia. We appreciate encyclopedic contributions, but some of your recent contributions seem to be advertising or for promotional purposes. Wikipedia does not allow advertising. For more information on this, please see:

If you still have questions, there is a new contributors' help page, or you can click here to ask a question on your talk page. You may also find the following pages useful for a general introduction to Wikipedia:

I hope you enjoy editing Wikipedia! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. Feel free to write a note on the bottom of my talk page if you want to get in touch with me. Again, welcome!

{{subst:First article}}

Informs new user that their first article has been deleted, and to encourage them to continue to contribute.

== Welcome! ==

Hello, Welcoming committee/Welcome templates, and welcome to Wikipedia! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Unfortunately, one or more of the pages you created may not conform to some of Wikipedia's content policies and may not be retained. In short, the topic of an article must be notable and have already been the subject of publication by reliable and independent sources.

Please review Your first article for an overview of the article creation process. The Article Wizard is available to help you create an article, where it will be reviewed and considered for publication. For information on how to request a new article that can be created by someone else, see Requested articles. If you are stuck, come to the Teahouse, where experienced Wikipedians can help you through the processes.

New to Wikipedia? Please consider taking a look at our introductory tutorial or reviewing the contributing to Wikipedia page to learn the basics about editing. Below are a few other good pages about article creation.

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you have any questions, ask me on my talk page. You can also type {{help me}} on this page, followed by your question, and someone will show up shortly to answer your questions. Again, welcome! ~~~~

{{subst:Welcomelaws}} == Welcome! ==

Hello and welcome to Wikipedia. Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. The following links will help you begin editing on Wikipedia:

Please bear these points in mind while editing Wikipedia:

The Wikipedia tutorial is a good place to start learning about Wikipedia. If you have any questions, see the help pages, add a question to the village pump or ask me on my talk page. By the way, you can sign your name on Talk and discussion pages using four tildes, like this: ~~~~ (the software will replace them with your signature and the date). Again, welcome!

{{subst:Welcome unref blp}} Welcome!

Hello, Welcoming committee, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Unfortunately, one or more of the pages you created is an unreferenced biography of a living person. The Wikipedia community has decided that all biographies of living persons (BLPs) created after 18 March 2010 must have reliable sources, or they can be deleted.

This is not a judgement of the quality or notability of your article. If someone has put a {{prod blp}} template on the article (click this link to see what it looks like), you have seven days to add at least one reliable source to the article. Once you have added at least one reliable source to the article, you can remove the template. (To learn more about what is a reliable source, read Wikipedia:Reliable sources, and to learn how to cite sources, read Wikipedia:Citing sources. Or if you want an easier newcomer's look at citing sources, read Help:External links and references first.)

Going over some of the pages below will help you get a sense of Wikipedia, and knowing about Wikipedia's most important policies will help keep you out of trouble here (click [show] to see the links):

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you have any questions, check out Wikipedia:Questions or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome!  ~~~~

See alsoEdit