About preparing to take part in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon

If you are coming to your first editathon, there are some simple steps you can take to get the most out of the event. Remember though, help is always available on the day, so don’t worry if you can’t complete all these steps. Steps 1 and 4 and the critical ones.

  1. Bring a laptop or tablet to the event
    If you do nothing else, do this!

  2. Register a Wikipedia account in advance
    You will save yourself some time on the day if you register your account in advance. This gives you plenty of time to carefully consider your username as this will be your “nom de plume” for all your Wikipedia editing.

  3. Do some advance research
    Wikipedia editathons typically have an event page where you can find out more information about the theme or topic for the day, including suggestions for pages to create or pages that need improving. You might want to think about what you will write about, start searching for online resources, and make notes to bring along on the day.

  4. Come prepared to have fun!