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WikiProject Articles for creation

Welcome to WikiProject Articles for Creation! This is the project page for editors interested in working on Articles for creation, Redirects and Categories for creation and Files for upload.


Currently, only registered users are allowed to create articles on Wikipedia. Often, an unregistered user would like to create an article but does not want to register in order to do so. We do not judge an editor who does not want to register, and AfC is a process by which their contributions can become Wikipedia articles. AfC works as a peer review process, where registered editors either accept and create an article submitted by an anonymous editor or decline the article because it is unsuitable for Wikipedia.

An article may be unsuitable for Wikipedia for a number of reasons. AfC submissions can be declined based on having no content whatsoever, consisting of vandalism or personal attacks, consisting of copyrighted material, failing to provide sufficient context, not asserting notability, and most often for not being properly sourced. Articles that already exist, sometimes under another name, are also declined.

A lot of articles are posted at AfC and a dedicated team of editors is needed to review the requests. AfC was once Wikipedia's oldest backlogged project, with incomplete archive pages over two years old. Through the work of this WikiProject, this backlog was eliminated on 21 February 2008 during a project-wide drive. Continuing efforts ensure that the backlog does not return.

Brief history[edit]

On 5 December 2005, in response to the Seigenthaler incident, unregistered users were stopped from creating new pages on the English Wikipedia (read about it in the Signpost).

Consequently, the page Wikipedia:Articles for creation was set up by Creidieki (talk · contribs) and others, to allow unregistered users to submit articles for registered users to create on their behalf. The first page to be created was the redirect Fox Latin America requested by (talk · contribs · WHOIS). The first article created was Horsea Island by Chemstud (talk · contribs).

Following huge backlogs on the page, Kwsn and others started WikiProject Articles for creation on 2 June 2007.

Project goals[edit]

  1. Promote awareness of the WikiProject.
  2. Review requests at
  3. Promote, monitor and improve the articles and images created through the project.

How to get involved[edit]

WikiProject Articles for creation needs you! Any autoconfirmed user can be a reviewer for the project; however, AfC submissions must be reviewed in accordance with Wikipedia's established content policies and guidelines. Editors involved in the reviewing process are expected to be familiar with Wikipedia content polices and guidelines and have some experience of creating articles. If you are unfamiliar with these policies and guidelines you should become familiar with them before conducting AfC reviews.

Before you start reviewing requests, please ensure you have read the reviewing instructions thoroughly and ask an experienced reviewer, if you are unsure about anything:

  1. Full reviewing instructions for reviewing article, redirects/categories and file requests.
  2. Help is available. It may be a good idea to get someone to check your first few reviews. You can ask for advice at the Reviewer talk page. You can also get help in the live chat in the IRC channel #wikipedia-en-help connect.

Welcome template[edit]

This template is used to welcome new participants to the project. It can be added to a new participant's talk page by adding {{subst:AfC welcome}} to the bottom of the page:

Hi, and welcome to WikiProject Articles for creation! We are a group of editors who work together on the Articles for creation and Files for upload pages.

A few tips that you might find helpful:

  • Please take time to fully read the reviewers' instructions before reviewing submissions.
  • The reviewers' talk page is the best place to ask for help or advice. You might like to watchlist this page, and you are encouraged to take part in any discussion that comes up.
  • Article submissions that need reviewing can be found in Category:Pending AfC submissions and there is also a useful list which is maintained by a bot.
  • You might wish to add {{AFC status}} or {{AfC Defcon}} to your userpage, which will alert you to the number of open submissions. There is also a project userbox. If you haven't done so already, please consider adding your name to the list of participants.
  • Several of our members monitor the #wikipedia-en-help connect IRC channel, and you are welcome to join in to ask Wikipedia-related questions.
  • The IRC channel #wikipedia-en-afc connect is used occasionally for internal discussion regarding the Articles for Creation process, and also serves as a recent changes feed, displaying all edits made in the Articles for Creation namespace.
  • The help desk is the place where new editors can ask questions about their submissions. You are welcome to help in answering their questions.

Once again, welcome to the project. ~~~~


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The AfC barnstar is granted for meritorious contributions relating to Articles For Creation and consists of a green cross on a star composed of five capital letter As. The A signifies new Articles, which is what this project is all about, the grey signifies the neutrality of Wikipedia, and the green cross signifies the Articles for Creation project. There is also a companion ribbon Image:AFC Ribbon 2.png, consisting of a thick blue center stripe surrounded by two narrow grey stripes surrounded by two wide green stripes. The blue center recollects the new color of former red links.
The AfC Barnstar
The ribbon may be displayed by any user
who has been awarded the barnstar.  
The AfC ribbon
To present this award to a user, place the following code on their talk page:  
{{subst:AFC barnstar|message ~~~~}}  

Article Alerts[edit]

This page shows current alerts for articles within the scope of WikiProject Articles for creation, courtesy of the AAlertBot.

Articles for deletion
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Proposed deletions
Categories for discussion
Templates for discussion
Files for deletion
Good article nominees
Requests for comments
Peer reviews
Requested moves

Watch article alerts

External watchlist[edit]