Wikipedia:Welcome to newcomers

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October 17, 2021

Dear new user, welcome again to this Dutch Wikipedia! The Wikipedia in Dutch was started in 2001 and is part of Wikipedia, a community project with the aim of creating a complete encyclopedia on the web in any language. Wikipedia is free to use to search for information and to add information. Currently there are 2,068,354 articles. No registration is required to help write, correct and expand articles, you can get started right away! But whoever wants to can create a username in a few seconds.

The most important rules of the game

Write in Dutch (there is also a Frisian, Limburg and West Flemish Wikipedia, or see other-language Wikipedias). Write objectively (no advertising, no propaganda, no foul language). New topics should be encyclopaedically relevant. The use of copyrighted material (both text and images) without permission is not allowed. Publishing your own research is also not appreciated if it concerns research that cannot be verified. Write as encyclopedic as possible. Make sure your article, no matter how small, fits into this encyclopedia through language and formatting. There is a lot of discussion about layout, so keep that in mind. Be considerate of each other. We assume that everyone does their best (assume good faith), so please consult. Don't get in each other's way and avoid editing wars.

Editing Tips

You can first read how to do your first edit on Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Quick course. At the top right of the screen is a field where you can type text to find existing topics. Fill in the Summary field below the edit page to (briefly) explain what you changed. Use the Show edit button to check before you save the page. This way you can see if your adjustments will look good. Use double brackets to link a [[topic]]. An unwritten topic usually looks like topic, while existing links look like topic. See also create a new page. Use talk pages to discuss or explain (drastic) changes if necessary. Sign your consultation with ~~~~. For experiments with wiki formatting, for example, there is a sandbox. For your new finds, ask for feedback first before entering them everywhere.

A few tips

If a link is red, that is an invitation to create a new article on that topic. If you have something to say about the subject of the red link, click on the red text and write about the subject. If it's a familiar topic, check to see if there isn't already another article with a slightly different title. The blue links point to an existing page.

General

Thousands of people contribute to the Dutch Wikipedia every month. At this point, probably many are writing, deleting, and improving on all those articles. Any visitor can participate. Entering a name or logging in is not mandatory, but it is useful. Click on a topic that interests you, that you know something about, and add something to it, correct a spelling mistake, or write a nice article. An excellent opportunity to refresh your own knowledge. If you like it here, you will automatically feel more responsible for this unique project. But again, don't hesitate to make a meaningful contribution. Working on Wikipedia can be a fun and rewarding activity. It is important to know that Wikipedians have agreed upon a few standards that you are expected to respect. This is not a discussion forum. In consultation with each other, we look for a solution with respect for the opinions of others. That's what the talk pages are for, at the top of every page. We try to keep the articles as objective as possible. That means Wikipedia has no p

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