Help pages, that is.  Wikisource is a little short of documentation and some of the pages it does have need to be updated.  Often the information is around, usually buried in the archives of community discussion or somewhere equally as arcane.  This is no use, of course, to novice wikisourcers or casual passers-by, who do not possess the “secret knowledge” necessary to answer their questions.  I know that even some experienced Wikimedians have problems grasping the general processes of Wikisource.

Lack of helpful help pages is not a problem unique to Wikisource but as our standard workflow is a little more complicated than most of our sister projects we should try to make things as easy as possible for anyone looking for some guidance.

There is a push this month to redevelop the Help: namespace and attempt to get all the necessary help pages up and running.  In my view, they don’t even need to be complete (although that would be ideal).  Even basic information can point a user in the right direction, giving them something to start with and maybe some terminology and keywords for searches or further questions.  At its most extreme, help page stubs with little or no content allow us to track known gaps in our help.   This is a step up from a complete lack of documentation combined with an equal lack of knowledge about that gap.

Anyone with experience of Wikisource can lend a hand, writing (from a paragraph to a whole page), updating or reviewing new help pages.  Novices and those that do not wish to write help pages themselves can help by pointing out areas that need more explanation and documentation.  We can only provide help if we know what help is needed.