PhysicsWiki:Contributing to PhysicsWiki

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PhysicsWiki's goal is to compile the sum of all human knowledge into a Web-based, free content encyclopedia. You can help complete this goal by contributing to PhysicsWiki in the ways that follow. If you would prefer to do more general maintenance tasks across many articles, please see PhysicsWiki:Maintenance. Articles of the most pressing importance can be found at PhysicsWiki:Backlog. File:Edit Button.ogv

Create an account

You do not have to log in to read PhysicsWiki. You do not have to log in even to edit articles on PhysicsWiki. Just about anyone can edit almost any article at any given time, even without logging in. However, creating an account is free and has several benefits.

What you can do

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If you want to create an article about a subject we don't already cover, try using the Article Wizard.

Articles make up the bulk of PhysicsWiki. Each article is on one topic (rather than a word and its definition, which belong in the Wiktionary).

The goal of an article is to create comprehensive and verifiable encyclopedia articles about topics. On PhysicsWiki, reviewed high quality articles become featured articles. PhysicsWiki's most important articles are listed at PhysicsWiki:Vital articles. On that page are several categories. You can look at the table of contents to choose a category you know about or are interested in. Choose an article, try to improve it so it matches featured article criteria, which provide a model for our ideal content.

To edit articles, simply click the "edit" tab at the top of every article or at the top of every section. If you want to create an article about a subject we don't already cover, try using the Article Wizard. An important way you can help with articles is by creating requested articles.


Behind the scenes of PhysicsWiki articles, there is a large community of volunteer editors working to build the encyclopedia. Very often, the editors will disagree about many things. That is where discussions will take place.

Every page on PhysicsWiki has a talk page, viewable by clicking the "Talk" tab just above the title. There, editors can discuss improvements to the content of an article. You can participate too! If you ever make a change that gets reverted by another editor, then discuss the change on the talk page! While discussing things, it is very important that you conduct yourself with civility and assume good faith on the part of others.

Other discussions exist on PhysicsWiki too. For example, Articles for deletion is where editors discuss whether or not an article should be deleted. The village pump is a centralized area for discussion where editors can discuss many things about the project such as proposals for new features and policy changes.


Lists are essential to the organization of content on PhysicsWiki. To help improve PhysicsWiki's lists, first find a list that interests you at Portal:Contents/Lists of topics and then help it match the featured list criteria. You can also create needed lists by going to PhysicsWiki:Requested lists.


Pictures are another important part of PhysicsWiki. To help with pictures, go to PhysicsWiki:Requested pictures and see if you can fulfill any of the requests. Please try to meet the featured picture criteria.


Sounds are a vital yet often forgotten ingredient in PhysicsWiki. To help with sounds, go to PhysicsWiki:Requested recordings and see if you can fulfill any of the requests.


A PhysicsWiki portal helps users find a gathering point for a certain topic so they can more easily find information. To help improve portals, first go to Portal:Contents/Portals and find a portal of interest. Then see if you can improve it to meet the featured portal criteria.


A topic is a set of interrelated articles. With some hard work and dedication, you can help earn PhysicsWiki another featured topic. To see the criteria that need to be met for a featured topic, go to PhysicsWiki:Featured topic criteria.

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