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WikiProject Introductions
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Welcome to WikiProject Introductions. WikiProject introductions was set up to bring the lead sections of Wikipedia's articles up to the standards of the lead section guidelines.

It was set up on November 8, 2005 by Tox but became inactive. It was revived by Pheonix15, but went dormant once again. On September 9, 2016, it was revived once again by Target360YT.


The lead section should be capable of standing alone as a concise overview of the article, summarizing the most important points, explaining why the subject is interesting or notable and briefly describing its notable controversies if there are any. The emphasis given to material in the lead section should roughly reflect its importance to the topic.

Unfortunately, there are many articles with introductions that don't even come close to these guidelines. They may have one line intros or intros that tease the reader, forcing him/her to read on. Some articles don't even have a lead section.

The goal of WikiProject Introductions is to bring these articles up to the standard of the lead section guidelines.

Help writing a good introduction[edit]

A good introduction should introduce the topic, telling readers unfamiliar with the topic exactly what it is. Write a line or two about who or what the subject is (State the obvious). A good intro should also contain a concise overview of the article, summarizing the most important points. That means writing a bit about each of the sections in the article, expanding slightly on the more important points. For longer intros an "Overview" section separated from the lead may be appropriate. The emphasis given to material in the lead section should roughly reflect its importance. Don't write two paragraphs on what a famous actor's first car looked like.

See this sample introduction.


You can find intros that need work in Category:Wikipedia introduction cleanup . If you see an intro needing work you can tag it with one of these (or you could be bold and do it yourself). You can also become "casually active", Improving lead sections you come across in the course of your other work

If you find an article with an exceptional intro, you may place {{IntroTalk}} on the talk page to mark it as outstanding and keep it that way.

Promote the project
  • Join this project! Add yourself to the list, and add the userbox to your page, to advertise the project to people who happen to pass by.
  • Invite people to the project – drop a note or invite template {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Introductions/Inv}} on the user talk page of editors working on Introductions and Leads topics who aren't project members.
  • Consider promoting the project via the Wikipedia Signpost WikiProject desk.
Improve the project
  • Update the project pages, archive clutter, and make use of the latest automation available
  • Consult the WikiProject Guide for ideas
  • Come up with new ones
Use the project

Inviting new members[edit]

To invite new members, place the template {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Introductions/Inv}} on a user's talk page. Remember to sign your post with four tildes.


If you want to join, add your username to this list;

You can then add {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Introductions/Box}} to your userpage and [[Category:WikiProject Introductions members]] to the bottom of your userpage.

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