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State of WikiProject India on ENGLISH WIKIPEDIA
BASIC STATISTICS <ul><li>One of the largest Indian Wikipedias.
WikiProject started on 11 July 2006 by GaneshK, an NRI.
Number of article:89,874 articles. (Excludes those that are not tagged with the WikiProject banner)
Editors – 465 (active)
Featured content : FAs - 55, FLs - 20, A class – 2, GAs – 163. </li></ul>
BASIC STATISTICS <ul><li>One of the largest Indian Wikipedias.
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Wikiproject India Report 18 Nov 2011(amended)

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Each Indic Wikipedia was asked to present for a few minutes the state of the project. In the case of en:WP, I was asked to present WikiProject India on English Wikipedia, as the corresponding English equivalent.

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  • In the next three minutes, I, user:Ashlin, an editor on English Wikipedia and Commons will give you a brief update on WikiProject:India, that part of English Wikipedia about all things India. I hold no post other than that I have been requested to prepare and present this report. NOTE : Some changes made to this presentation post-Conference are highlighted in red text in the notes. No changes have been made to the slides by me. Image Credits : * Wikipedia logo – Commons. * Template box: Cropped from a screenshot of a Wikipedia page. This presentation is licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 Unported. For any query/suggestion as regards this presentation, drop a message on my en:WP talk page or use the email link to post me.
  • The WikiProject was started on 11 July 2006 by User:GaneshK. If we consider WikiProject India to be equivalent to a language Wikipedia, then it is second in size with only Hindi Wikipedia having more articles. However, there are many hundreds of India related articles not tagged with the WikiProject India project banner. It may willy nilly be the largest. It has 89,874 articles as of now. Of which there are 55 Featured Articles, 20 Featured Lists, two A-class articles, and 163 Good Articles. A total of 240 articles, i.e. One in 374 articles, better than the WP average of 1 in 1,110, but not so good that we congratulate ourselves - remember that we are a coordinated, focussed WikiProject. (Stricken text which was spoken by me in the Conference, is erroneous ) A total of 75 articles are of featured quality, which makes it 1 in 1198.32, which is worse than the Wikipedia average.
  • The WikiProject was started on 11 July 2006 by User:GaneshK. If we consider WikiProject India to be equivalent to a language Wikipedia, then it is second in size with only Hindi Wikipedia having more articles. However, there are many hundreds of India related articles not tagged with the WikiProject India project banner. It may willy nilly be the largest. It has 89,874 articles as of now. Of which there are 55 Featured Articles, 20 Featured Lists, two A-class articles, and 163 Good Articles. A total of 240 articles, i.e. One in 374 articles, better than the WP average of 1 in 1,110, but not so good that we congratulate ourselves - remember that we are a coordinated, focussed WikiProject. (Stricken text which was spoken by me in the Conference, is erroneous ) A total of 75 articles are of featured quality, which makes it 1 in 1198.32, which is worse than the Wikipedia average.
  • User:Sven Manguard wrote a landmark op-ed in the Signpost last month ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-10-31/Opinion_essay ) which cogently brought out that Wikipedians need to get down to cleaning their own house. Far too many articles need work other than adding content. The same holds true for WikiProkect India. In our case, we have a great challenges: Firstly, we need to assess the 81,000 unassessed articles (I know, some are common). Secondly, we need to cleanup the over 40,000 pages which have over 70,000 cleanup issues. Thirdly, we need to develop the tens of thousands of stubs and start classes to at least C Class articles. Each of these is a mammoth task in itself, and we have three of them! But wait, there is a hidden fourth – adding WikiProject India project banners to pages about India.
  • But this is not all! We face one of the most challenging environments today. Each of us comes from different backgrounds. Each has different skills. Our educational system doesn&apos;t quite give all of us the attributes of a good education. We have few reliable sources. A plethora of sources are hidden in other Indian languages than the ones we know. On top of that hundreds of Indian editors are out doing their own thing. There is almost no collaboration in creating content! And as of now, there is no clearcut leadership in WikiProject India. There are many more issues but no time for them.
  • Where does one even begin? If you are an editor on English Wikipedia, keep some editing time each day. Take up a cleanup activity. Do it awhile. That is your drop of water. Small drops of water an ocean make. So begin with that drop. If all of us are sincere, that will become a stream, and hopefully a river, and with God&apos;s grace there may even be a deluge of edits. Even if each of us 465 active editors did just one cleanup task everyday, then in one year we would have 453 x 365 = 1,69,725 and within a few months any one of the challenges can be overcome.
  • So, the guiding thought for all WikiProject Indians for the next year should be, „ Have you done your cleanup task of the day?“ Go, WikiProject Indians!
  • Transcript of "Wikiproject India Report 18 Nov 2011(amended)"

    1. 1. State of WikiProject India on ENGLISH WIKIPEDIA
    2. 2. BASIC STATISTICS <ul><li>One of the largest Indian Wikipedias.
    3. 3. WikiProject started on 11 July 2006 by GaneshK, an NRI.
    4. 4. Number of article:89,874 articles. (Excludes those that are not tagged with the WikiProject banner)
    5. 5. Editors – 465 (active)
    6. 6. Featured content : FAs - 55, FLs - 20, A class – 2, GAs – 163. </li></ul>
    7. 7. BASIC STATISTICS <ul><li>One of the largest Indian Wikipedias.
    8. 8. WikiProject started on 11 July 2006 by GaneshK, an NRI.
    9. 9. Number of article:89,874 articles. (Excludes those that are not tagged with the WikiProject banner)
    10. 10. Editors – 465 (active)
    11. 11. Featured content : FAs - 55, FLs - 20, A class – 2, GAs – 163. </li></ul>
    12. 12. BASIC STATISTICS <ul><li>B class – 1188
    13. 13. C class – 801
    14. 14. Start – 10,931
    15. 15. Stub – 43,666
    16. 16. Unassessed for quality – 20,875
    17. 17. Unknown importance – 61,061
    18. 18. Cleanup tags – 43,080 articles & 71,415 tags </li></ul>
    19. 19. CHALLENGES <ul><li>Diversity of opinion
    20. 20. Lack of reliable sources
    21. 21. Indic sources „lost in translation“
    22. 22. Editor skills need to be upgraded
    23. 23. Lack of leadership
    24. 24. Lack of coordinated activities
    25. 25. … .. </li></ul>
    26. 26. Where does one begin?
    27. 27. LAST MESSAGE Have you done your cleanup task of the day? GO, WIKIPROJECT INDIANS!
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