Wikipedia:Please do not bite the newcomers

  • it's never nice to bite newbies (like the cat). always be nice, welcoming and helpful to new editors.
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    wikipedia articles are improved through the hard work of both regular editors and newcomers. remember: all of us were new editors at wikipedia once, and in some ways (such as when editing an article on a topic outside our usual scope) even the most experienced among us are still newcomers.

    new members are prospective contributors and are therefore wikipedia's most valuable resource. we must treat newcomers with kindness and patience—nothing scares potentially valuable contributors away faster than hostility. it is very unlikely for a newcomer to be completely familiar with wikipedia's markup language and its myriad of policies, guidelines, and community standards when they start editing. even the most experienced editors may need a gentle reminder from time to time.

  • please do not bite the newcomers
  • how to avoid being a "biter"
  • ignorantia juris may excuse
  • what to do if you feel you have "bitten" or have been bitten
  • common newcomer errors
  • templates
  • see also
  • references

It's never nice to bite newbies (like the cat). Always be nice, welcoming and helpful to new editors.
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Wikipedia articles are improved through the hard work of both regular editors and newcomers. Remember: all of us were new editors at Wikipedia once, and in some ways (such as when editing an article on a topic outside our usual scope) even the most experienced among us are still newcomers.

New members are prospective contributors and are therefore Wikipedia's most valuable resource. We must treat newcomers with kindness and patience—nothing scares potentially valuable contributors away faster than hostility. It is very unlikely for a newcomer to be completely familiar with Wikipedia's markup language and its myriad of policies, guidelines, and community standards when they start editing. Even the most experienced editors may need a gentle reminder from time to time.