Wikipedia:WikiProject Orphanage

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Wiki letter w.svg Welcome to WikiProject Orphanage!

WikiProject Orphanage is dedicated to clearing up the immense backlog of orphaned articles. There are thousands of articles and images on Wikipedia with few or no links to them. The value of this project should not be underestimated as the wikilink is one of the important characteristics of a wiki and is indeed what provides Wikipedia with its ease of quick information retrieval. Plus, if you are new to Wikipedia, de-orphaning articles is a great way to learn a wide variety of useful skills. De-orphaning, when done correctly, will allow you to learn how to navigate within Wikipedia, how to format wikilinks, how to utilize cleanup tags, as well as how to determine an article's notability — which in turn leads into learning how to look for references, how and when to perform a merge, and how and when to propose an article for deletion.

Goals and scope[edit]

Special pages Other versions
Broken redirects ...
Dead-end pages Dead-end pages
Dormant pages Dusty articles
DoubleRedirects Double redirects
Lonely pages Orphaned articles
Long pages ...
New pages New pages feed
Protected pages ...
Short pages ...
Uncategorized Category needed
Uncategorized cats ...
Uncategorized templates Uncategorized templates
Unused categories ...
Unused files (images) ...
Unused templates ...
Without interwiki links ...
Most interwiki links ...
See also: Maintenance Reports

While it may seem simple at first, not every article can be de-orphaned, and de-orphaning can be a difficult task, so this project aims to educate and make it easier. But please remember that de-orphaning is about maintaining and improving the quality of individual articles by integrating them with others in a relevant and meaningful way, it's not about keeping score. The value of de-orphaning is not determined by the number of incoming links you added or how many orphan tags you removed, but rather by the quality of integration. Therefore, the primary goal of the Orphanage is to improve Wikipedia by building the web in a way that enhances the quality of all affected articles. Note that this project deals primarily with articles rather than images. For orphaned images see Category:Orphaned non-free use Wikipedia files.

Our current aim is to clear the backlog of orphaned articles on Wikipedia, so that all articles can be found by a series of links from the Main Page. Note that an article with categories can be found in this way because it can be reached from other articles that share the category; however categories currently are not counted in the definition of orphan. The project also aims to make the process of de-orphaning easier. Through collaborating with other projects, providing information, and above all helping editors to cooperate, the Orphanage will make the task of de-orphaning a little less daunting. If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to help us improve in our goal please feel free to leave a message on the talk page.


There are 120,466 articles tagged as orphans on Wikipedia. This is 2.64% of the total articles, and an incredible amount to work on, so we need your help. As of January 2009, there were over 133,000 articles with NO links from other articles, and many more which fit the less strict definition of an orphan, out of about 2.5 million articles.[1] While de-orphaning an article is a simple idea, it is often a difficult task, so the more editors we have to help, the better.

What can we all do to help?[edit]

Surely you're wondering what you can do to help our cause. With the current backlog all the help that is offered is welcomed. De-orphaning an article is a good way to start.

Suggestions for how to de-orphan[edit]

Suggestions for how to de-orphan an article provides information regarding how to find articles that can be linked to orphans and add them. There is also a host of other relevant information in the main article.

Participants[edit]

To add yourself to the list of participants, edit this section and add your username to the bottom of the Active list using this format:

{{Wikipedia:WikiProject Orphanage/table|Your Username|Active}}
To receive Backlog drive notifications on your talkpage please add your name here. If you would like a userbox, to proclaim your project participation on your user page, it can be found in the template section below.

Active members[edit]

Name Status
Jim Cartar (talkcontribs) Active
Seraphim (talkcontribs) Active
Adam Schwing (talkcontribs) Active
Amwyll Rwden (talkcontribs) ?
Ainlina (talkcontribs) Active
SkyWalker (talkcontribs) Active
Puddingpie (talkcontribs) Active
Correogsk (talkcontribs) Active
VirtualSteve (talkcontribs) Active
Penguin0267 (talkcontribs) Active
Manishearth (talkcontribs) Writing de-orphaning app (Student)
Lamro (talkcontribs) Active
Hippie Metalhead (talkcontribs) Active
ErikTheBikeMan (talkcontribs) Active
Arbitrarily0 (talkcontribs) Active
Mavromatis (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Danielspencer91 (talkcontribs) Semi-Active (I'm a Student!)
Sultec (talkcontribs) Active
Jtle515 (talkcontribs) Active when I get around to it
Syed (talkcontribs) Active
Mjquin_id (talkcontribs) Active when I have time
Cae prince (talkcontribs) Active whenever I can spare time
Annelid (talkcontribs) Active
Pinkygirl91 (talkcontribs) Active When I Can
ssaa08 (talkcontribs) Active
OlEnglish (talkcontribs) Active
Aditya (talkcontribs) Sporadically active
PiFanatic (talkcontribs) Active when I've got the time
AncientToaster (talkcontribs) Active when I remember
Sgc21896 (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Leif edling (talkcontribs) Active
Josemanimala (talkcontribs) Active
Annalise (talkcontribs) Sporadically active
SaltedCracker (talkcontribs) Active
Avalik (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Dylanfromthenorth (talkcontribs) Active but new to it
Adamuu (talkcontribs) Active
Postcard Cathy (talkcontribs) Active
chrisjj (talkcontribs) Active
wingedcheetah (talkcontribs) Active but new and quite busy
Sebwite (talkcontribs) Specializing in adding navboxes to pages
Unionhawk (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Flipper24 (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Scoreed (talkcontribs) Active but new
shraktu (talkcontribs) Active
Watercleave (talkcontribs) Active
Carlton Bankz (talkcontribs) Active, but new
Aboriginal Noise (talkcontribs) Active, did this at another website
Lonefolf (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Jminthorne (talkcontribs) Active
Miyagawa (talkcontribs) Active
Deepak D'Souza (talkcontribs) Active, at least 1 every day I log on
Rambler24 (talkcontribs) Active
Biglovinb (talkcontribs) Active
Wackofnotrade (talkcontribs) Actively trying 2 help w/out messing up
Jeffrey Mall (talkcontribs) Active
Fletch79 (talkcontribs) Active
royalsabri (talkcontribs) Active
Tech12 (talkcontribs) Active when I can
Kamots (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
scoutHawk_01 (talkcontribs) Active
Dan Tromedlov (talkcontribs) Active
Georgejdorner (talkcontribs) Active in field of World War I aviation
Blacktav (talkcontribs) Actively wanting to learn
Blackash (talkcontribs) Active
Majestic27 (talkcontribs) Active
CheeseDeluxe (talkcontribs) Active, when I'm not GA reviewing
Mattg82 (talkcontribs) Active, remove unneeded tags using AWB
Youre dreaming eh? (talkcontribs) Semi-Active, but new
slaporte (talkcontribs) Active
Eguygabe (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Beeb144 (talkcontribs) Active
Twaitsey (talkcontribs) Active
Chrisraynash (talkcontribs) Sporadically Active
Optiguy54 (talkcontribs) Active
Gz33 (talkcontribs) Active
kstueve (talkcontribs) Active
Hippychickali (talkcontribs) Active
Ajstov (talkcontribs) Active
Aqua3993 (talkcontribs) Active
Bryher16 (talkcontribs) Active
RAFIAMAN (talkcontribs) Active
Lmaggiesmith (talkcontribs) Active
Molestash (talkcontribs) Active
Sadads (talkcontribs) Active, particularly in novels. Also removing unneeded tags using AWB
LordVetinari (talkcontribs) Active when I can
otr500 (talkcontribs) Active
Deadlyninja (talkcontribs) Active
Lrkleine (talkcontribs) Active, but learning
Scalziand (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
USchick (talkcontribs) Active
Adhirk (talkcontribs) Active whenever I'm in office
DeFaultRyan (talkcontribs) Sporadically active when I've got time
Kwamikagami (talkcontribs) Scan the new lists for language articles: let me know if there's a search term I should add to the AWB filter.
TheAMmollusc (talkcontribs) Active
Cwmhiraeth (talkcontribs) Active
Christopholes (talkcontribs) Semi-active
ArcAngel (talkcontribs) Active
fulleraaron (talkcontribs) Active
HarveyMGB (talkcontribs) Sporadically Active
lezelmaz (talkcontribs) Active
Breawycker (talkcontribs) Active when I can
Mgumn (talkcontribs) Active, but very, very new
Feedintm (talkcontribs) Semi-active. Mostly spending time on adding/removing orphan tags
Jdcollins13 (talkcontribs) Active
StewartNetAddict (talkcontribs) Newly-Active. Introducing links and removing orphan tags.
Jonathandeamer (talkcontribs) Newly active as of February 2012
Adamkriesberg (talkcontribs) Active, Feb 2012
DoctorKubla (talkcontribs) Active
marie22446688 (talkcontribs) Active, new and learning
Listmeister (talkcontribs) Active
Ewokonfire (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Tosk_Albanian (talkcontribs) V. active
Neuhmz (talkcontribs) Semi active
Benjamil (talkcontribs) Active
Adsandy (talkcontribs) Active
Mrmagikpants (talkcontribs) Active, new
StampArt (talkcontribs) Semi-Active, new
SirkusSystems (talkcontribs) Active
DJB3.14 (talkcontribs) Active
Mfbjr (talkcontribs) Active, new
Acronin3 (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Yorkshiresoul (talkcontribs) Active
Traveler100 (talkcontribs) Active
FoCuSandLeArN (talkcontribs) Active
jamesmcmahon0 (talkcontribs) Active
LaunchAxis (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
SarahStierch (talkcontribs) Active
The Giant Purple Platypus (talkcontribs) Active, new
andrewman327 (talkcontribs) Active
Mathijsvs (talkcontribs) Active
Gaurav Pruthi (talkcontribs) Active
Justinralphman888 (talkcontribs) Active
ToastyMallows (talkcontribs) Active
paul_oz2013 (talkcontribs) Active
Osy (talkcontribs) Active, new
Bloody Huntman (talkcontribs) Active
Cypherquest (talkcontribs) Active
Michael73072 (talkcontribs) Active
Anniepresto (talkcontribs) Active & new
MrLinkinPark333 (talkcontribs) Active
CaitlinStewart (talkcontribs) Active
TheFlyingFoot (talkcontribs) Active
Lau liz van (talkcontribs) Active
Cookiesaretasty (talkcontribs) Active, when I have time
A3BDFAD9EC0B (talkcontribs) Active
PaintedCarpet (talkcontribs) Active
Depthdiver (talkcontribs) Active
Tim1357 (talkcontribs) Active
Molly-in-md (talkcontribs) Active
Laurenthian (talkcontribs) Active
Kvng (talkcontribs) Active
Jonathan Tessier (talkcontribs) Active
R.M. 221 (talkcontribs) Newly-Active
Danielh32 (talkcontribs) Active: main activity is adding movies to actor's filmography
Thebrainkid (talkcontribs) Active
LukasMatt (talkcontribs) Active
BethNaught (talkcontribs) Active
gbawden (talkcontribs) Active
SpiritedMichelle (talkcontribs) Active
Gilded Snail (talkcontribs) Active
123chess456 (talkcontribs) Active

Inactive list[edit]

These former members haven't been seen around in a while or are unfortunately no longer involved with WikiProject Orphanage. We hope they'll come back and move themselves to the active list!

Name Status
Aervanath (talkcontribs) Inactive
Pico del Teide (talkcontribs) Inactive
Joanna Ingles (talkcontribs) Inactive
Tadramgo (talkcontribs) Inactive
Sassf (talkcontribs) Inactive
leujohn (talkcontribs) Inactive
Jagordon (talkcontribs) Inactive
Raven1977 (talkcontribs) Inactive
Qsung (talkcontribs) Inactive
RockManQ (talkcontribs) Inactive
Bharathprime (talkcontribs) Inactive
mynameinc (talkcontribs) Inactive
CaveatLector (talkcontribs) Inactive
m9999 (talkcontribs) Inactive
freenaulij (talkcontribs) 2007 December 14
JetLover (talkcontribs) 2008 May 1
Lights (talkcontribs) 2008 July 11
Lex Kitten (talkcontribs) 2008 February 25
gs44631 (talkcontribs) 2008 March 22
kodmkl (talkcontribs) 2008 July 31
leobold1 (talkcontribs) 2008 June 9
Fattyjwoods (talkcontribs) 2008 July 12
LadyEditor (talkcontribs) 2008 May 26
Karces (talkcontribs) 2008 July 10
Cookiecutter43 (talkcontribs) 2008 August 5
Fbu08 (talkcontribs) 2008 September 9
Ericloyd (talkcontribs) 2008 September 16
Vrefron (talkcontribs) 2008 September 17
Zane McFate (talkcontribs) 2008 October 8
Mrammaraskar (talkcontribs) 2008 October 11
Marie_eileen (talkcontribs) 2008 October 24
Aviationalyours (talkcontribs) 2008 November 2
Hairlossmatters (talkcontribs) 2008 November 3
Foolestroupe (talkcontribs) 2008 November 3
Hunting dog (talkcontribs) 2008 November 7
Avocado (talkcontribs) 2008 November 28
Unscented (talkcontribs) 2008 December 17
Bonatto (talkcontribs) 2008 December 13
Oddbodz (talkcontribs) Inactive

Progress[edit]

Orphaned articles
(refresh)
All articles 118,935

Summary of tagged orphans (in Category:Orphaned articles)

Note that the bot addbot started tagging orphans in February 2009, which accounts for the large number of orphans tagged that month.

Toolserver list summarizing articles tagged or untagged, courtesy of User:Para.

Templates[edit]

Description Template Example
Add link to orphaned articles by subject. {{WikiProject cleanup group|Orphaned articles|Physics}}
Orphaned articles in Physicsthe tool's wiki page
Add link to orphaned articles by subject. Within todo list
{{tasks
|cleanup={{WikiProject cleanup list|France}}
|geocoord= {{WikiProject cleanup group|All articles needing coordinates|France}}
|orphans= {{WikiProject cleanup group|Orphaned articles|France}}
|photo= [[:Category:Wikipedia requested photographs in France]]
}}

Categories[edit]

Click the "►" below to see all subcategories:

Subpages[edit]

See also[edit]

Obsolete orphan lists[edit]

These are kept for historical purposes only, they are no longer used:

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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