Grants:Project/Portalization of Wikipedia

statusnot selected
Portalization of Wikipedia
summaryCustomization of Wikipedia for user's topic of interests
targetWikipedia, later all Wikimedia projects
granteeDmitry Rozhkovputnik
contact• drozhkov79(_AT_)• mail(_AT_)
created on01:11, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

Project ideaEdit

What is the problem you're trying to solve?Edit

What problem are you trying to solve by doing this project? This problem should be small enough that you expect it to be completely or mostly resolved by the end of this project. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

At the moment, Wikipedia portals are not actually used by readers and editors. The portals do not perform their functions as the start pages on topics that can be alternative to the Wikipedia (and other WMF projects) main page. The unfriendliness of the wiki-projects environment to the participants. Users with different thematic interests are forced to collide with each other in the process of work too often. The general orientation of Wikimedia projects on the type of activity instead of the focus of thematic interests, as the orientation is more natural and loyal to the authors.

What is your solution to this problem?Edit

For the problem you identified in the previous section, briefly describe your how you would like to address this problem. We recognize that there are many ways to solve a problem. We’d like to understand why you chose this particular solution, and why you think it is worth pursuing. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

Using wiki-portals as alternative entry points to Wikipedia and other WMF projects. The customization of Wikipedia (and other Wikimedia projects) to the interests of each user. The ability to move from orientation to the type of activity (writing encyclopaedic articles, or dictionary articles, or news articles, etc.) to the orientation on the topic (football, cinema, numismatics, physics, math, etc.).

Project goalsEdit

What are your goals for this project? Your goals should describe the top two or three benefits that will come out of your project. These should be benefits to the Wikimedia projects or Wikimedia communities. They should not be benefits to you individually. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

Create a gadget that allows the user to select a topic and configure their session according to it. For example, in Wikipedia, the main page is replaced with a page of a thematic portal (for example, Football), and the subpages of the corresponding project are represented as the main pages of the project. In turn, the usual Wikipedia main page appears as the thematic portal "All", and the usual forums as a subpages of the corresponding project "All".

Project impactEdit

How will you know if you have met your goals?Edit

For each of your goals, we’d like you to answer the following questions:

  1. During your project, what will you do to achieve this goal? (These are your outputs.)
  2. Once your project is over, how will it continue to positively impact the Wikimedia community or projects? (These are your outcomes.)

For each of your answers, think about how you will capture this information. Will you capture it with a survey? With a story? Will you measure it with a number? Remember, if you plan to measure a number, you will need to set a numeric target in your proposal (i.e. 45 people, 10 articles, 100 scanned documents). Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

After the completion of this project, the "portalization" will be continued by the communities of Wikimedia projects themselves. This will lead to a gradual change in the internal interaction of projects to a more optimal one, generating a smaller number of conflicts, because participants with different interests will be less confronted. This, in turn, should reduce the outflow of active participants, and also reduce the entry threshold for new participants.

Do you have any goals around participation or content?Edit

Are any of your goals related to increasing participation within the Wikimedia movement, or increasing/improving the content on Wikimedia projects? If so, we ask that you look through these three metrics, and include any that are relevant to your project. Please set a numeric target against the metrics, if applicable.

Project planEdit


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing? What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?


How you will use the funds you are requesting? List bullet points for each expense. (You can create a table later if needed.) Don’t forget to include a total amount, and update this amount in the Probox at the top of your page too!

Coordinator 4 month × 500 USD 2000 USD
Income tax: 13% 300 USD
Programmer 2 months × 2500 USD 5000 USD
Income tax: 13% 750 USD
Total 8050 USD

Community engagementEdit

How will you let others in your community know about your project? Why are you targeting a specific audience? How will you engage the community you’re aiming to serve at various points during your project? Community input and participation helps make projects successful.

Get involvedEdit


  • Coordinator: Dmitry Rozhkov (Dmitry Rozhkov): school teacher (computer science), librarian (automation of library processes) with 15 years of professional experience. Wikipedia editor since 2007, admin in Russian Wikipedia (2011-2012), OTRS-agent (2009-2011).
  • Programmer: Sergey Leschina (putnik): Programmer with 8 years of professional experience. Wikipedia editor since 2006, admin in Russian Wikipedia, Russian Wikiquote and Wikimedia Commons.

Community notificationEdit

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