Wikipedia:WikiProject Louisville

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WikiProject Louisville
Shortcuts WP:Lou, WP:WPLou, WP:Louisville
Categories WikiProject Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
Portal Portal icon Louisville portal
Wikimedia Commons Commons:Category:Louisville, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky
Cities, Kentucky, United States
Project banner template {{WikiProject United States |class=|importance=|Louisville=yes|Louisville-importance=}}
Userboxes {{WPLouisville-Member}}
{{User WPLouisville}}
Assessment Wikipedia:WikiProject Louisville/Assessment

WikiProject Louisville is an open collaborative effort started on June 7, 2006 to coordinate work for and sustain comprehensive coverage of metropolitan Louisville, Kentucky (a thirteen-county region in north-central Kentucky and Southern Indiana) and related subjects in the Wikipedia.

As of 23 September 2014, there are 5,385 articles within the scope of WikiProject Louisville, of which 12 are featured. This makes up 0.12% of the articles on Wikipedia and 0.17% of featured articles and lists. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, etcetera, there are 14,678 pages in our project.

Everyone is welcome to participate!

  • To become a member of our project or see the current list of members, go to the Membership Department. Membership has its benefits.
  • To take part in our project and assist our ongoing work, see our project tasks below.
  • To discuss ongoing project work, ask questions or submit ideas/suggestions, go to the project talk page.
  • To see a list of good and featured articles maintained by our project, visit our Hall of Fame (recognized content).

Goal and scope[edit]

The goal of our WikiProject is to provide comprehensive coverage of notable subjects pertaining to the Louisville metropolitan area by creating, assessing, improving upon and monitoring articles, lists, infobox/navbox templates and all other pages about the area and any subject/person well-connected to it (usually identified from Louisville area-related categorization).

Since we want the world to discover our work and all that is notable about the Louisville metro area, intrinsic in our goal is connecting Louisville area-related articles well to the Wikipedia at-large by:

  • having our articles link well to other articles, especially other Louisville area-related articles (per WP:LINK);
  • fully categorizing our articles (per WP:CAT);
  • maintaining and sometimes building upon Louisville-related categories; and
  • ensuring that our articles are linked to by any other article, navbox, disambiguation page, etc. that reasonably should.

Specific major subgoals include restoring the main Louisville article to Featured Article status and supporting continued development of The Louisville Portal.

Our scope is Louisville, Kentucky and the surrounding metropolitan area, consisting of thirteen counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, namely Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson (Louisville Metro), Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble in Kentucky, and Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Washington in Indiana. See the coverage maps below.

This is an open project that is coordinated by all its members. Our project tasks are a compilation generated by its members. All concerns with elements of our project should be discussed on the project talk page.

Departments and alerts[edit]


WikiProject Louisville News
  • September 19, 2014: All articles and other pages in this project have now been assessed for quality (FA, GA, B, Start, etc.). Project importance (Top, High, Med, Low) is still yet to be set for over 700 articles/pages.
  • August 21, 2014: There's now over 5,000 articles (and over 14,000 individual pages, including talk pages) included in WikiProject Louisville.
  • August 18, 2014: There's now over 12,000 individual pages, including talk pages, included in WikiProject Louisville.
  • August 9, 2014: John Hay becomes a featured article.
  • August 5, 2014: There's now over 4,000 articles included in WikiProject Louisville.
  • July 31, 2014: There's now over 11,000 individual pages, including talk pages, included in WikiProject Louisville.
  • July 25, 2014: John Pope (military officer) becomes a good article. We now have 30 of them!
  • July 15, 2014: There's now over 10,000 individual pages, including talk pages, included in WikiProject Louisville.
  • July 13, 2014: There's now over 3,000 articles (and over 8,000 individual pages, including talk pages) included in WikiProject Louisville.
  • July 5, 2014: There's now over 2,000 articles (and over 5,000 individual pages, including talk pages) included in WikiProject Louisville.
  • June 18, 2014: Discussion started on modernizing and relaunching WikiProject Louisville.
  • September 4, 2009: Louisville, Kentucky lost its featured status.
  • December 16, 2008: Project alerts will now be auto-generated, although alerts can still be added manually as before if they don't appear in the auto-generated list.
  • December 15, 2008: Old Jeffersonville Historic District becomes a good article.
  • September 13, 2008: George Rogers Clark becomes a good article.
  • August 20, 2008: Basil W. Duke becomes a good article.
  • June 10, 2008: Big Four Bridge becomes a good article.
  • February 9, 2008: Portal:Louisville attains featured portal status.
  • December 20, 2007: History of Louisville, Kentucky was delisted from GA.
  • July 3, 2007: All mayors of Louisville now have articles created for them, mostly thanks to W.marsh.
  • May 31, 2007: Number of pages cataloged for WikiProject Louisville surpasses 1,500.
  • May 16, 2007: The Louisville Portal is started.
  • May 12, 2007: All articles cataloged by this project were assessed and assigned importance as of this day.
  • May 10, 2007: Phil Simms is designated a Good article.
  • February 5, 2007: Number of pages cataloged for WikiProject Louisville surpasses 1,250.
  • January 11, 2007: Requested Articles department redesigned for clarity.
  • December 28, 2006: Peer review department added.
  • December 26, 2006: Alert system started.
  • December 9, 2006: Assessment department added.
  • September 30, 2006: Number of pages cataloged for WikiProject Louisville surpasses 1,000.
  • August 26, 2006: Change patrol tools added.
  • August 25, 2006: Number of pages cataloged for WikiProject Louisville surpasses 750.
  • August 14, 2006: Old Louisville is designated a Good article.
  • August 4, 2006: Number of pages cataloged for WikiProject Louisville surpasses 500.
  • August 3, 2006: Without warning, a Wikipedia administrator removed the Louisville seal from WikiProject templates due to a perceived violation of fair use. A public domain image of the fleur-de-lis was substituted.
  • June 7, 2006: WikiProject Louisville begins.

Article development and project inclusion[edit]

Wikipedians and especially WikiProject Louisville members are encouraged to create or edit any Louisville area-related articles (including articles about people from the Louisville area) that are (or should be) included in our project.

Please also help us ensure that Louisville area-related articles (new or old) are included in our project by adding the following project template to their talk pages if it's not there already:
{{WikiProject United States |class=|importance=|Louisville=yes|Louisville-importance=}}

The following pages suggest articles that need to be created or have special edit requests.

Also, be sure to stay tuned to our project alerts when Wikipedia-wide attention is called to any of our articles. Examples include when an article is nominated to upgrade to good status or when an article is put up for deletion.

Article assessment[edit]

We continually assess our articles for quality and for importance to our project. See our Assessment department for details.

General assessment tasks

Change patrol[edit]

To ensure that all changes to Louisville area-related pages are sound, and any vandalism reverted, here are "recent changes" pages to aid in that endeavor:

  • ALL PROJECT PAGES: Recent changes to all pages included in WikiProject Louisville (page list updated 21 September 2014)
    • ALL PROJECT ARTICLES: Just the articles in the above, in case you don't care about changes to anything else
  • MAIN ARTICLE LINKS: Recent changes to all pages linked to from the Louisville, Kentucky article
  • SELECTED ARTICLES: Recent changes to project-covered articles that have priority, get frequent changes or are especially susceptible to vandalism
    • Edit our watchlist to add articles to this list (or remove them)

Image creation and placement[edit]

Please read and follow the Wikipedia image use policy before uploading any photos/images.

Louisville area-related articles, like all Wikipedia articles, need photos and other images for illustrative purposes, and many of our articles lack them.

Following are suggestions for needed images:

Louisville disambiguation[edit]

On a regular basis, editors use the link [[Louisville]] when they really mean to use [[University of Louisville]] or [[University of Louisville|Louisville]] (or a link to Louisville Cardinals or a more specific Cardinals sports program). Searching out and correcting these misuses become increasingly difficult as uses of [[Louisville]] (for any reason) accumulate. Therefore, preventing this accumulation is necessary for the continual seeking out of misuses. This ultimately means that Louisville is a redirect for search purposes rather than shorthand linking purposes.

Oftentimes, our correction will involve changing [[Louisville]] to [[Louisville, Kentucky]] (while removing any following mention of 'Kentucky', linked or not) or [[Louisville, Kentucky|Louisville]]. Making these updates is what assists us in zeroing in on redirect misuses.

In any case, editors making these changes should pay special attention to the context in which the [[Louisville]] link is used to decide how to disambiguate.

Main article focus[edit]

Louisville, Kentucky is arguably the most important article we will work on, as it gives the first impression to many about our metro area, and it's the gateway to many other Louisville area-related articles. Following are related tasks:

  • Keep the article as compact as possible, moving as much details into sub-articles as is reasonable.
  • Add more citations where needed. The article currently has too few references, especially in particular sections.
  • Address items in its to do list.
  • Bring the article back to good status, and ultimately, featured status.

The Louisville Portal[edit]

Part of our project is keeping Portal:Louisville fresh and in good shape. Contact User:Bedford for more details.

Priority articles for good or featured status[edit]

This is a list of articles our project is current targeting to take to good or featured status. Members are encouraged to add to this list, keeping in mind that only high or top-importance articles with a GA-class (good), B-class or C-class quality should be considered at this point. Here is the compiled list of such articles as of 19 September 2014.

Other ideas and aspirations[edit]

  • Develop new Louisville area-related infoboxes and navigational templates where currently lacking.
  • Create a "WikiProject Louisville Fleur-de-lis Award" (suggestion) to honor exceptional contributions to articles or other pages included in our project (See WikiProject Philadelphia's Liberty Star).
  • Develop a guideline for creating new Louisville area-related articles.
  • Come up with some kind of approach for prioritizing work in our project (e.g., collaboration of the week or top ten list).
  • Develop a collaborative methodology for determining when to assess an article as an 'A'.
  • Possibly establish an "Outreach" department.
  • Possibly develop task forces for members interested in specific topic areas (e.g., University of Louisville).


The WikiProject Louisville coverage area — the Louisville metropolitan area
The coverage area from a state-level view


  • Active participants — Edit to add yourself as a new member or when you're coming back to be active again in our project.
  • Alerts — WikiProject Louisville's Alerts department.
  • Article alertsPlease do not edit this file, as a bot periodically fills it with project-related alerts.
  • Assessment — WikiProject Louisville's Assessment department.
  • Members — WikiProject Louisville's Membership department.
  • NeedingAttention — WikiProject Louisville's department for helping members identify specific improvements that are needed in various articles and communicating them to project members and Wikipedians in general using Wikipedia techniques and tools.
  • News — Edit to add the latest news about WikiProject Louisville.
  • NewsContainer — Fancy container for our news; not normally edited except to fix technical issues or make style changes.
  • PriorityarticlesPlease do not edit this file, as a bot or dedicated user periodically fills it with links to articles with a priority to take to good or featured status. See Priority articles for good or featured status for usage.
  • Recognized content — WikiProject Louisville's Hall of Fame. Please do not edit this file below the table of contents, as a bot periodically fills it with the latest updates of our recognized pages.
  • Requests — Department where requested Louisville area-related articles are listed.
  • to do — WikiProject Louisville's to do list, which is displayed within our project banners.
  • WatchallPlease do not edit this file, as a bot or dedicated user periodically fills it with links to all pages included in WikiProject Louisville. See Change patrol for usage.
  • Watchlist — Edit to add Louisville area-related articles that have priority, get frequent changes or are especially susceptible to vandalism. See Change patrol for usage.


Stub categories[edit]

Infoboxes and navboxes[edit]

Project templates[edit]

The following are templates related to WikiProject Louisville:

  • {{WikiProject United States|class=|importance=|Louisville=yes|Louisville-importance=}} — This banner designates that an article is covered by WikiProject Louisville. Placed on the article's talk page.
  • {{WPLouisville page}} — This banner designates a project page or category dedicated for use in WikiProject Louisville.
  • {{WPLouisville-Member}} — This banner designates that a user is a member of WikiProject Louisville. Placed on the member's user page and/or their associated talk page. Members who use this will see ongoing project alerts.
  • {{WikiProject Louisville alerts}} — This banner displays only if there is a current project alert. Normally placed on user talk pages or project pages.
  • {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Louisville/Navigation}} — This infobox shows the departments and tasks of WikiProject Louisville. Placed on WikiProject Louisville department pages.
  • {{subst:WPLouInvite}} — This banner is placed on talk pages to invite potential members to join our project.
  • {{subst:WPLouWelcome}} — This banner is placed on talk pages of newly joined members.
  • {{User WPLouisville}} — This userbox designates that a user is a member of WikiProject Louisville. Placed on the member's user page and/or their associated talk page. Can be used in addition to or instead of the banner above, although if they don't use the banner, members will not see project alerts.
  • {{User Louisville}} — This userbox designates that a user is from Louisville Metro. Placed on the member's user page and/or their associated talk page. Doesn't require membership in our project to use.

Stub templates[edit]

Sources and references[edit]

Following is a list of helpful sources for researching Louisville area-related subjects:




Parent WikiProjects[edit]

WikiProject Louisville shares coverage with and sometimes supersedes coverage for the following projects:

  • Formatting/Structure (city articles only): Cities
  • State-level: Kentucky and Indiana
    • Normally, WikiProject Louisville will supersede coverage by WikiProject Kentucky. An example of an exception is a state-level subject that has a clear connection to the metro area, such as a Kentucky governor who hails from one of our constituent counties in Kentucky — dual coverage is necessary in such cases.
  • Country-level (project infrastructure): United States

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  • CatScan — Determine intersections of category trees
  • Checklinks — Edit and repair external links
  • Dab solver — Quickly resolve ambiguous links
  • Peer reviewer — Provides hints and suggestions for improving articles
  • Reflinks — Edits bare references - adds title/dates etc. to bare references
  • Update project data — Updates assessment-related files - run this when assessment table updates fall behind
  • Useractivity — Used to check active members

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