New project proposals group
This page is devoted to responding to and organizing Wikimedia project proposals, which are usually proposed on meta's New project proposals page, on the mailing lists, or on various project-specific discussion pages (especially when someone tries to incorporate content which is considered inappropriate). Other proposals related to this one : Seed wiki and Wikikernel.
Wherever the work gets done, coordination does need to happen; as of early 2006, people proposing new projects rarely feel welcomed and often feel their ideas have been dismissed.
Some broad outlines of project types:
- Database integration projects -- incorporating existing databases into a Wikimedia project (Census data into Wikipedia; GEMET thesaurus into Wiktionary; Voice of America pronunciations into Wikipedia/Commons)
- Database supplement projects -- supplementing proprietary databases with free content in the same format (map annotations and w:NASA World Wind)
- New community projects -- for content not accepted on other projects. Genealogy (like Wikitree, Wikipeople), Cooking (like Wikibooks:Cookbook and tips and tricks), Collaborative fiction. May or may not become Wikimedia projects.
- New portals and views -- for supporting subcommunities of content, and focusing on them in detail. Some may be too detailed for inclusion in Wikipedia at present. For instance Faith Wiki, Memory Alpha.
- Opinions, debates, and original work. Many proposals and existing work exists that relate to this category, e.g. WP Sandbox poems, 9/11, wiki-debates, etc.
Suggested project clustersEdit
Many projects have been suggested in a variety of similar ways. These are particular project clusters that have been suggested at some time in the past.
Geo - software by Magnus Manske Maps - Daniel Mayer, John N. Wikimaps - Daniel Mayer Wikipedia Historical Atlas - Ashibaka Wikiteer - Anthony DiPierro WikiGPS - GPSWIKI, slady
WikiMusic - Patrick Mannion - Suisui WikiScores - Christiaan WikiAudio - Christiaan WikiMusic (alternative proposal using same name) - Ryan Wikisound - Various users
Specialized Reference WorksEdit
WikiRecipes - Dgrant Wikijunior - (Currently an active project) WikiLaw - soren9580 WikiTech - The silentist 1911wikipedia - Gary123 WikiPatents - santa c Wikitrade - Ce garcon WikiChem - User:188.8.131.52 Wikiproducts - +sj+ Faith Wiki - Sean Turvey Wikiteach - Chris Fallis WikiTrivia - santa c Wikments - PiaCarrot Wikireview - Messedrocker Wikibuilder - Christiaan Wikirec - Mountainmantis Wikistandards - Roberth Wikiproofs - Revolver
Note that this seems to be a recurring theme in general, and the source of many new project proposals. Many of these can indeed be incorporated into existing Wikimedia projects, but some do fall outside the scope of a narrow definition of any of the currently active projects.
Reforming New Project PolicyEdit
The current New project policy leaves a strong impression that any and all project ideas are going to be accepted, as long as a good enough proposal is submitted. Based on the response from the Foundation mailing list, this impression is hardly justified, and there certainly needs to be some reform to these basic policies. While an improvement over what was around prior to the policy guidelines, there is room for improvement.
- Adding steps to the proposal process. Announcements to Foundation-l should be made later in the proposal process, rather than something that happens immediately in the beginning. Concern that too many new project ideas are already with Wikimedia and "fixing" old problems. Especially avoiding projects like Wikispecies in the future.
- Alternative advertising to attract interested people. Discouraging spamming, but providing legitimate routes to attract interested participants.
- User education of what Wikimedia really is about. Some projects could be redirected to other existing Wikimedia projects.
- New Project coordination group (this working group). Many new ideas simply need mentoring and guidance to become a full working project.
- Establishing guidelines for new project proposal archiving. Current editing on the new project page is very arbitrary and non-uniform, particularly when projects are culled from the main page.
Issues and complicationsEdit
For projects which will require significant new infrastructure and development, describe those here.
Projects which propose unusual rules should explain their reasoning in detail; such as
- Not attempting to be neutral,
- Having partially closed community policies,
- Not aiming to eventually be multilingual,
- Not being freely licensed, or restricting commercial and other reuse
Other repositories of project-ideasEdit
Wikicities o Wikiciudades
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