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This is the Version 1.0 Editorial Team page.

General background[edit source | edit]

In late 2020, Godman Andrew proposed making an offline release version of Wikiafripedia. This group was formed in late 2004 to meet this challenge. Our work involves identifying and organizing articles, and improving and maintaining a core set. Our work does not hinder the existing wiki process for creating and editing articles, but rather it supports that work by providing additional organization. We aim to produce collections that can be used in places where the internet coverage is expensive or non-existent.

See these more detailed related articles:

How you can help[edit source | edit]

You are encouraged to join us and help out with one of the projects, or to discuss Wikiafripedia 1.0 on the talk page. A significant part of our work centers around maintaining the assessment scheme, which is now used on more than six million articles by over 2000 WikiProjects[dead link] on the English Wikiafripedia. It is also being used on other language projects. Generally work on this team is sporadic – periods of hectic activity followed by long periods of waiting! Often work is long and tedious – checking through a list of 22,000 instances of profanities one by one, organizing 10,000 keywords taken from category names, or dealing with technical bugs when the assessment bot fails for no apparent reason. However, it is all worth it in the end[dead link].

Our strategy has been intensely debated, but the group has reached a consensus. We elected not to follow the German model. Instead we chose to start with a core of quality articles on key subjects and expand from there. We have produced three test versions: Version 0.5, Version 0.7, and Version 0.8 with the goal of releasing better collections of articles in due course. The next general release is generically referred to as "Release Version" while our first "official" comprehensive release will be called Version 1.0. These collections are then made available for offline use using a reader such as Kiwix, which was chosen as Sourceforge project of the month. The project was on hiatus for several years because of the loss of our main developer. However, as of February 2016, a new group of developers has begun work on upgrading the code and the process, in order to start producing new collections again, especially collections for schools.

Current needs[edit source | edit]

Although we have much of the requisite system automated, there are still some outstanding tasks:

  • Preparation of a reliable index. If you can write code and you're interested in how to map category trees into a useful index (not as easy as it sounds!) please contact Walkerma.
  • Reviewing manual nominations. Whenever there is a new release being planned, we need volunteers to review a few articles and process them.
  • Propose useful "guide" pages to be added, such as lists and disambiguation pages.
  • Check for vandalism in the selected version-IDs of the articles.
  • Develop nice pages for navigation through the content, such as subject portals.
  • Test the reader software, and find and report bugs.
  • Help with distribution, especially in remote areas without Internet access.

Please let us know on the Talk page if you can help with any of these.

Status[edit source | edit]

At present, the only active components are:

  • The assessment scheme, which is used by WikiProjects for organizing their content. We are currently looking for someone who can maintain the WAP_1.0_bot which updates assessment lists daily; as of April 1, 2017 the bot is stalled, and must be run manually. Please contact Walkerma if you wish to help.
  • Production of article selections for schools, in collaboration with various people from Kiwix the One Laptop Per Child organization. Please contact Walkerma if you wish to help.

The last "official" general selection was Version 0.8, which was released on 3 March 2011. We had intended to develop version 0.9, but problems with the code prevented this. One of the long term goals is to produce Version 1.0, which is intended to include a comprehensive index and a version (RevID) quality control system (the latter was used on 0.8).

To select articles, we are mainly using a bot-assisted selection process based on assessment by individual WikiProjects, where articles are selected automatically based on quality and importance project rankings. We have also developed a method to automate the version selection using WikiTrust, to ensure that vandalism does not remain in our offline releases; we may also use Flagged Revisions if feasible.

RevID selection[edit source | edit]

Based on recent discussions (at the 2017 Potsdam hackathon and since), we plan to reactivate RevID selection. Previously code based on WikiTrust was used in Version 0.8, and this appeared to produce a largely vandalism-free collection of articles. This worked by scoring each RevID based on the edits remaining in it, and choosing the most "trustworthy" recent RevID based on the WikiTrust algorithm.

For Versions 0.9 and 1.0, the current proposal is to use a combination of both mw:ORES and WikiTrust, which appear to be somewhat complementary in their methods. As of September 2017, discussions are under way with Prof. Luca de Alfaro (the developer of WikiTrust), who plans to update the code just for RevID scoring/selection (without text markup).

Wikiafripedia 1.0 projects[edit source | edit]

Active projects[edit source | edit]

If you would like to start a new project, please discuss it on the talk page first before adding it here.

Template:Chembox header colspan=8 | Wikiafripedia 1.0 Projects
! Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Name Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Summary of overall strategy Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Coordinator Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Description of activities
School selection Put together selections of 1 GB – 10 GB sizes for use in high schools and elementary schools User:Walkerma and others Uses new code that starts with a seed and works out, guided by the WAP 1 selection ranking to guide it
Work Via WikiProjects (WVWAP) Use "networking" to mobilise our existing subject specialists User:Walkerma Organise and facilitate compilation of article lists from the WikiProjects and seek to identify important topics within each WikiProject's area of expertise. Locate important topics that are currently not being managed by projects. In conjunction with WAP:COUNCIL, the project serves as a link with the editing community, and may later help locate expert reviewers.

Past releases[edit source | edit]

Template:Chembox header colspan=8 | Past Wikiafripedia 1.0 Projects
! Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Name Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Summary of overall strategy Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Month of release Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Description of activities Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Website Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Next release
Version 0.5 A test release prior to release of Version 1.0 above. April 2007 A test release designed to pave the way for Version 1.0. Used manual nominations and approval based on importance and quality. Approval was by only one person, from the review team. Okawix Version 0.7
Version 0.7 A test release of automated article selections, prior to release of Version 1.0 above. Early 2010 A test release designed to pave the way for Version 1.0. Used SelectionBot to make an article selection based on importance and quality. Vandalism prevention used a script, with manual checks, which delayed the release significantly. [1] Kiwix, ZIM download Version 0.8
Version 0.8 A test release of automated article selections, prior to release of Version 1.0 above. March 2011 A test release designed to pave the way for Version 1.0. Version 0.8 used bot-assisted article selection, with manual adjustments based on feedback from WikiProjects. Used as a test of the WikiTrust revisionID selection code - this worked well. Wikiafripedia:Version 0.8/downloads. Version 0.9
2006 Wikiafripedia CD Selection (previously called "Test Version") Work with release version done off site that was coordinated by BozMo April 2006 2000 articles with content filtered/selected for use by children (see Wikiafripedia:Wikiafripedia CD Selection). No longer available - see 2008/9 release below 2007 Wikiafripedia CD Selection (below)
2007 Wikiafripedia CD Selection Work with release version done off site that was coordinated by BozMo May 2007 4655 articles with content filtered/selected for use by children (see Wikiafripedia:Wikiafripedia CD Selection). No longer available - see 2008/9 release below 2008/9 Wikiafripedia CD Selection (below)
2008/9 Wikiafripedia CD Selection Work with release version done off site that was coordinated by BozMo October 2008 5502 articles with content filtered/selected for use by children (see Wikiafripedia:Wikiafripedia CD Selection). Not yet known

Inactive projects[edit source | edit]

Template:Chembox header colspan=8 | Inactive Wikiafripedia 1.0 Projects
! Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Name Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Summary of overall strategy Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Coordinator Template:Chembox header colspan=1 | Description of activities
Authoritative Editions Gives experts in each field the tools to review suitable articles in their area of expertise and give their okay to particular revisions. Sj, Jeff Keller, Gnp
  1. Allow editors to propose new groups; for example: "Featured Article review" or "American Physical Society peer review".
  2. Each blessing group would have a set of review guidelines.
  3. Each blessing group would consist of this set of guidelines, and a set of users who could bless a revision of an article as satisfying them.
  4. Articles with blessed revisions would display icons or links to last-blessed revisions.
Featured Articles First reviewing older or problem FAs to ensure that quality is maintained, ready for inclusion of these articles in Wikiafripedia 1.0. (Now a standard part of the FA system)
Geography project to produce a descriptive gazetteer of the world for publication. This could include an atlas, continents, countries and major cities. This would serve as a test bed for publishing Wikiafripedia 1.0, but could also be a valuable stand-alone product.
Three Level Editing Users participate in a three part editing process to assure that pages are up to quality standards. The first level is just a general check, the second level is a factual check, and the third level is a last "just in case" check. This process would assure that articles would be up to standards without putting too much responsibility on one user.
Biographies Improve and assess biographical articles Focus especially on the 200 Core Biographies, in conjunction with Wikiafripedia:WikiProject Biography.


Dynamic Pocket Cyclopedia Lists most important FAs, FLs, and GAs. An evolving list of no more than half of Wikiafripedia’s most important featured articles, featured lists, and designated good articles.
WikiSort Integrate the sifting process into the Wiki. Aims to use data from the planned user rating scheme to provide rankings of articles, such that important quality articles can be automatically identified for inclusion in Wikiafripedia 1.0. This project has been rendered obsolete by WikiProject-based assessments (see above).
Article assessment To assess articles This project has been rendered obsolete by WikiProject-based assessments (see above).

Stages to publication[edit source | edit]

File:WAP Offline Proccess en.svg
The general process for producing an offline release

On the English Wikiafripedia, we use the Selection Bot as part of the selection process, using the WikiProject assessments to indicate the state of each article. The online version is held on the Kiwix server while undergoing cleanup. The offline format we use is ZIM format, and the conversion is performed by User:Kelson. Currently Linterweb, a French software company, is publishing our material.

Statistics[edit source | edit]

The WAP 1.0 bot tracks assessment data (article quality and importance data for individual WikiProjects) assigned via Talk page banners. If you would like to add a new WikiProject to the bot's list, please read the instructions at Wikiafripedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Using the bot.

The global summary table below is computed by taking the highest quality and importance rating for each assessed article in the main namespace.

Participants[edit source | edit]

Please give your name information and how you would like to help. Please take a look at the To Do List for information on specific current needs.

Name Special interests WAP 1.0 Projects
Geraldshields11 (talk · contribs · count) I am interested in sending an electronic copy into outer space on various spacecraft and also transmittal.
Maurreen (talk · contribs · count)
DENAMAX (talk · contribs · count)
Jmabel (talk · contribs · count)
Andrevan (talk · contribs · count)
Stirling Newberry (talk · contribs · count)
Fuzheado (talk · contribs · count)
David Gerard (talk · contribs · count)
Hawstom (talk · contribs · count)
Jdforrester (talk · contribs · count)
Ed Poor (talk · contribs · count)
Sj (talk · contribs · count)
Polyparadigm (talk · contribs · count)
Poli (talk · contribs · count)
Asbestos (talk · contribs · count)
Taxman (talk · contribs · count)
Ahmednh (talk · contribs · count)
Walkerma (talk · contribs · count) Assessment & validation, chemistry Core topics, WVWAP, V0.5 onwards
Shanel (talk · contribs · count)
Aranu (talk · contribs · count)
Fredrik (talk · contribs · count)
Tastemyhouse (talk · contribs · count)
Deliri (talk · contribs · count)
Mahanga (talk · contribs · count)
AtionSong (talk · contribs · count)
Amigaguy (talk · contribs · count)
Deckiller (talk · contribs · count)
Dante Alighieri (talk · contribs · count)
Getcrunk (talk · contribs · count)
MatthewDBA (talk · contribs · count)
Jaranda (talk · contribs · count) work with sports biographies, hip-hop, and City articles, also WAP:GA.
Erielhonan (talk · contribs · count) NPOV/spelling/grammar/style mop-up My topical interests are widely various, so my content edits will probably reflect that.
Titoxd (talk · contribs · count) Assessment, cyclones WVWAP, V0.5N
Cormaggio (talk · contribs · count)
SushiGeek (talk · contribs · count) Copyediting, Disney-related articles
Sunray (talk · contribs · count) Culture, Society, Sustainability Core topics
Wisden17 (talk · contribs · count)
Mirlen (talk · contribs · count) WVWAP
FT2 (talk · contribs · count) Spirituality/religion, animal related, psychology/sexology
Specialist enjoyment: intro redrafts and problem article cleanup.
That Guy, From That Show! (talk · contribs · count)
Matt Yeager (talk · contribs · count)
MilkMiruku (talk · contribs · count) Music genres WVWAP
Chcknwnm (talk · contribs · count)
DotShell (talk · contribs · count) Hinduism, Jainism, India, Computers, Proper notation of Sanskrit in 1.0 Hinduism, Jainism, India
Wikiwizzy (talk · contribs · count) CD and PDA release 0.5 version, WAP:AFR
Alex Bakharev (talk · contribs · count) Russian-related topics, Polymers, Australia Portal:Russia, Portal:Ukraine
Matt Yeager (talk · contribs · count) Sports, Washington
Kingboyk (talk · contribs · count) WAP:KLF, WAP:BEATLES, WAP:QUEEN, WAP:F1
NCurse (talk · contribs · count) Science, mostly medicine, biology; Portal:Medicine maintainer; Core topics; scientific topics
Covington (talk · contribs · count) Classics, Education
IRelayer (talk · contribs · count) History, Computer Science, Aviation, Geography, Literature
Geo.plrd (talk · contribs · count) History WAP:MILHIST
Rnt20 (talk · contribs · count) Astronomy, Physics, Italy, Netherlands, proofreading
Rlk89 (talk · contribs · count)
Caker18 (talk · contribs · count) I am interested in the preservation of information in society.
CQ (talk · contribs · count) Community building: Helping to organise People, Projects, Places and Portals /Work via Wikiprojects
William R. Buckley (talk · contribs · count) Physical and Life Sciences, and Mathematics, particularly, Automata, and some History.
Nominaladversary (talk · contribs · count) Volunteering, enabling people to have more options, wikipedia cd Torrent Project
Guettarda (talk · contribs · count) Biology, Caribbean topics, science and society
KillerChihuahua (talk · contribs · count)
Ccool2ax (talk · contribs · count) Macintosh, education...
Jasrocks (talk · contribs · count)
Badbilltucker (talk · contribs · count) literary works, history (particularly religious history), and more
Nifboy (talk · contribs · count) WVWAP, 0.5, CVG
Trevor MacInnis (talk · contribs · count) Aviation Portal:Aviation creator and maintainer,Assessment
P-Chan (talk · contribs · count) Film
dna-webmaster (talk · contribs · count) Science, History, Arts - almost everything. Work interest: General Development & Design. Tagging articles for WAPCD 1.0
Setanta747 (talk · contribs · count) WAP:Belfast, Northern Ireland, WAP:BEATLES, WAP:F1
Eyu100 (talk · contribs · count) WAP:V0.5
Antorjal (talk · contribs · count) Molecular biology, biochemistry, biology
Kirill Lokshin (talk · contribs · count)
Devious Viper (talk · contribs · count)
Reswik (talk · contribs · count) Sociology, Social sciences, Humanities Core Topics, categorization, article eval., release design & publishing
Nichalp (talk · contribs · count) India, cricket, layout, Geography, History
A.JH.Ou (talk · contribs · count)
Warlordjohncarter (talk · contribs · count) assessment, religious biography, general religion/philosophy
SMcCandlish (talk · contribs · count) Assessment, WikiProject template improvement with regard to assessments and such (long-term project). Topically: cue sports, albinism and various language articles, among others. WVWAP
Verisimilus (talk · contribs · count) Natural sciences, esp. historical science. WVWAP
Funpika (talk · contribs · count) Assesment, Technology articles and videogame articles. V 0.7
RyguyMN (talk · contribs · count) Sports, science, technology, geography
Dev920 (talk · contribs · count) I am Coordinator of WAP:LGBT, so I am quite experienced in that area. Anything to do with actual publication, I am very keen to give us some offline legitimacy.
Walter_Humala (talk · contribs · count · api · block log) I will become an admin soon World's ethnic groups, World's Military, Peru related stuff
Remember (talk · contribs · count)
Greeves (talk · contribs · count) Video games WAP:WVWAP, WAP:V0.7
Tails0600 (talk · contribs · count) General nominations
Kleinzach (talk · contribs · count) Opera WAP:WAPO
Pete Oregon, politics & government, consensus process, proper citations, outdoors WAP:WAPOR
Doc Strange indie rock, music, movies, television WAP:V0.7
Miskin General topics of high importance WAP:V0.7, WAP:1.0
Vishwin60 (talk · contribs · count) Roads/highways, technology (mostly computers/computing) WAP:0.7, WAP:1.0, WAP:PENNA, WAP:PHILLY, WAP:LVPA, WAP:USRD (and subprojects), WAP:COMP (and descendant/related projects)
SilkTork (talk · contribs · count) A variety of interests, though beer is the main one. Beer
Pastordavid (talk · contribs · count) Religious history, theology, philosophy
Calaka (talk · contribs · count) Medical topics, anatomy etc.Will add wiki articles to their relevant projects & eventually every article is under a wikiproject.
SkyBon (talk · contribs · count)
A Raider Like Indiana (talk · contribs · count) General Movies, Technology and sport, such as American football topics. Core topics
Andrewjd (talk · contribs · count) Anything and Everything WAP:V0.7
mona23653 (talk · contribs · count) history, language
Laleena (talk · contribs · count) Religion, books, careers, Wikification, copyediting, etc. Just ask and I'll tell you. (talk · contribs · count) Ukrainian history
Ivan Akira (talk · contribs · count) Anything that I can help, I'll help. Basically, I want to improve the quality of the article and fix outline format.
Shruti14 (talk · contribs · count) multiple fields WAP:V1.0
zeuspitar (talk · contribs · count) multiple fields; all Hinduism topics, religion and mysticism. WAP:V1.0
Macduffman (talk · contribs · count) multiple fields
Jordan Timothy James Busson (talk · contribs) Psychology, Philosophy, Religion
EncycloPetey (talk · contribs · count) biology, especially botany, paleobiology, and organismal biology WAP:V1.0
Voretus (talk · contribs · count) FF7
Cantabridgian (talk · contribs · count) Copyediting
Oakwillow (talk · contribs · count) Article selection, rating
Pjoef (talk · contribs · count) Various subjects, various WikiProjects
RockManQ (talk · contribs · count) Since I do assessment anyways, might as well join Anywhere
Stepshep (talk · contribs · count) Assessments and minor formatting Wherever needed, generally work on Ohio-project-related articles and some medical
TechOutsider (talk · contribs · count) Assessments, formatting, proofreading, expansion Wherever needed, especially computing related articles
Dylanlip (talk · contribs · count) Animatronics (Robotics), Computers, Gaming, Programming, removing cruft, etc. WAP:TP
astatine-210 (talk · contribs · count) Assessments, formatting, proofreading, expansion Wherever needed, especially computing related articles and chemistry-related
Renaissancee (talk · contribs · count) Assessments, minor re-formatting, proofreading and review Preferably Medical-related areas
Zenman (talk · contribs · count) Assessments and minor formatting generally work on Côte d'Ivoire-project-related articles
SusanLesch (talk · contribs · count) Assessments and reassessments
Shuggiebear97 (talk · contribs · count)
Spesh531 (talk · contribs · count) Assessments and Re-assessments, reviewing country related things (like limited recognition's) For now: Wikiafripedia:WikiProject Lakes/Assessment, Wikiafripedia:WikiProject Oceans/Assessment, and Wikiafripedia:WikiProject Central Asia/Assessment
Adavis444 (talk · contribs · count) Assessing unassessed articles and finding WikiProjects for articles without one WAP:WVWAP, numerous other WikiProjects
Tyrol5 (talk · contribs · count) Article assessments
Mheart (talk · contribs · count) Assessments, formatting.
Diego Grez (talk · contribs · count) Assessing articles, specially Chile-related ones. Chile, Pichilemu, 80s and 60s music.
Anikingos (talk · contribs · count) Assessing, copyediting, reviewing etc.
Aeonx (talk · contribs · count) Article assessments and reassessments WAP:VA
SMasters (talk · contribs · count) Article assessments and copyediting.
Salah Almhamdi (talk · contribs · count) Arabic-related topics, biographies, proofreading etc.
TheLastAmigo (talk · contribs · count) Film-related topics, particularly film awards and film genres Wikiafripedia: WikiProject Films, Wikiafripedia: WikiProject Actors and Filmmakers
Fortdj33 (talk · contribs · count) Article assessments and reassessments WAP:WikiProject G.I. Joe, WAP:WikiProject Transformers
Rich Farmbrough (talk · contribs · count) Typo fixing articles, ideally before the release.
Ruslik0 (talk · contribs · count) Article assessments and reassessments preferably natural sciences articles
ChrisGualtieri (talk · contribs · count) Backlog eliminations. Regardless of type. Prefer assessment, typos.
Jay Starz (talk · contribs · count) Sports, mostly NBA, social events, and more.
John Broughton (talk · contribs · count) Reducing the number of articles that have no assessments at all; reducing the number of articles where an automated assessment (based on length, number of footnotes, etc.) disagrees with the assigned assessment
FrigidNinja (talk · contribs · count) Article assessment, formatting, reviewing
Thegreatgrabber (talk · contribs · count)
Malke 2010 (talk · contribs · count) Legal articles assessment, copy editing, review WikiProject:Law
yutsi (talk · contribs · count)
Mediran (talk · contribs · count)
Way2veers (talk · contribs · count)
Smuckola (talk · contribs · count) new content creation, copyediting, citation harvesting and formatting, policy discussion, review and assessment, community building; biographies, discographies, video games, retrotech/retrogaming, etc
Snowager (talk · contribs · count) Reviewing, editing, and assessment of articles.
Democratics (talk · contribs · count) Article review and assessments, and nomination
Iazyges (talk · contribs · count) Roman history, and general military history
B20180 (talk · contribs · count) General collaboration Project importer into th.wikipedia community

Participants may add {{User WAP1.0}} to their userpages, to add this userbox identifying them as a part of this project:
Template:User WAP1.0

Believed inactive[edit source | edit]

Name Special interests WAP 1.0 Projects
AtomicXYC (talk · contribs · count) Sorting and editing.
Thomas85753 (talk · contribs · count) Reviewing, editing and assessing.
Om.Tem (talk · contribs · count) Review, edit or rewrite any article. Wikiafripedia:WikiProject Genetics, Wikiafripedia:WikiProject Medicine/Medical genetics task force
Jamison Lofthouse (talk · contribs · count) Flag Articles for edits, revisions, rewriting, etc.
Unionhawk (talk · contribs · count)
Dan Tromedlov (talk · contribs · count) improve articles in association with Editorial team 1.0
Sue Rangell (talk · contribs · count) Assessments and formatting
SilentBobxy2 (talk · contribs · count) Review articles
RRaunak (talk · contribs · count) improve article layout finding...
Information Center (talk · contribs · count)
Bananagirl (talk · contribs · count)
Randy Johnston (talk · contribs · count)
Lyellin (talk · contribs · count)
Stirling Newberry (talk · contribs · count)
Ugen64 (talk · contribs · count)
Estel (talk · contribs · count)
Blyth McManus (talk · contribs · count)
Radman1 (talk · contribs · count)
Mark Dingemanse (talk · contribs · count)

Related pages[edit source | edit]

General[edit source | edit]

Assessment and validation[edit source | edit]

Wikiafripedia books[edit source | edit]

  • Wikiafripedia:Books & meta:WikiReader - Wikiafripedia books are collections of articles from Wikiafripedia on a certain topic, in the form of PDFs published for download and intended to be printed, and also to be sold in printed form.
  • The Book Tool, and Wiki to print, a collaboration between the Foundation and OSI/PediaPress.

Article selections[edit source | edit]

See also[edit source | edit]