Wikipedia:WikiProject R&B and Soul Music

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Some Wikipedians have formed a project to better organize information in articles related to R&B, soul music, and funk music singers, musicians, bands, songs, and record labels.

This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list there.

Scope[edit]

A significant number of articles on important and influential R&B and soul-related persons or organizations, both past and contemporary, are small, underwritten stubs, fancruft, or non-existent. R&B and soul music, more so than any major music genres, have poor coverage in the Wikipedia. Hip-hop generally fares better; whether hip-hop will be included as part of this project is a subject open for vote. The purpose of this project is to expand, copyedit, and/or create these articles.

I understand that this is going to be a big task, one that not one person can handle by themselves. Also, I realize that there are a lot of articles to be made, which is why I will try and organize the project in steps and waves, so that we take care of everything, but we don’t try to do too much at one time.

R&B can stand for either rhythm and bass or rhythm and blues.

Members[edit]


Navigation[edit]

Parentage[edit]

Similar Projects[edit]

Related Projects[edit]

Structure[edit]

In general, this project will follow the rules set up on the WikiProject Music page. Here are just a few added notes:

  • Do not create links for articles for albums, songs, or persons that do not exist, unless an article is seriously needed and you can create that article. When you do create an article for a song, person, or album, be sure to run a search and link your article on any other Wikipedia pages where it should be linked.
  • Try to be as concise as possible. The article should cover all phases of the group's career (even unpopular ones), but it should do so in as few words as possible. Try to include only important and major facts and group information; simplification and directness are important.

Specific to articles on solo performers/persons[edit]

  • Follow the same basic Wiki biographic format for the person. Be sure to mention their ethnicity, exact repertoire, record label, and significance.
  • The body of the article should focus on the performer’s career, including only significant personal information (marriages, offspring etc) and avoiding trivia (favorite food/color). If the person was in a major group, discussion of their participation in the group should be brief and focus on the person’s major contributions to the group.

Specific to articles on groups/bands/acts[edit]

Articles for performers should adhere to the following format:

  • The header should contain the band name, any important abbreviations or aliases, nationality, genre repertoire, year and place of creation, year of disbanding, record label, significance, and all members of the group. If there were more than ten members, list all founding members and any important successors.
  • The body of the article should focus on the group, including how the members met, how they started the group, and the inner workings of the act itself. Personal details about individual members should be mentioned only if they affect the group or its members.

Template/Examples[edit]

The articles on Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and The Supremes are in the direction we want to push the other articles towards.

Use this example page as a guide to creating and/or cleaning up articles for each act. It contains editing directions and a style guide: /Example Page

Hierarchy definition[edit]

Phase one: cleaning up present articles[edit]

  • Three articles are close to ready for being featured. These three need to be slightly revised to follow the format similar to the other music articles and the template.
  • The articles for R&B and soul music need formatting, link cleanup, and expansion. Other major genres in serious need of attention:
  • Sound samples should be uploaded to both artist and genre pages.

In need of major improvement[edit]

I = needs image (photo in addition to album cover), R = needs references/fact-checking, S = needs sound samples, N = needs neutralizing/points-of-view attributing, E = needs major expansion, D needs full discography

(if you find more related articles that need cleanup, add them here).

In need of minor improvement[edit]

These articles only need a few minor fixes. No articles in this section should need major expansion or POV editing.

I = needs image (photo in addition to album cover), R = needs references/fact-checking, S = needs sound samples, D needs full discography

Sufficiently improved[edit]

Phase two: creation of new articles[edit]

This will be a listing for important acts or figures who do not presently have articles.

Article alerts[edit]

Featured list candidates
Good article nominees
Requested moves

Project Templates[edit]

R&B and Soul Music related article[edit]

{{WikiProject R&B and Soul Music}} Place this tag on top of all R&B or Soul related article talk pages:

WikiProject R&B and Soul Music (Rated NA-class, Top-importance)
WikiProject icon This page is within the scope of WikiProject R&B and Soul Music, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of R&B and Soul Music on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
 NA  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
 Top  This page has been rated as Top-importance on the project's importance scale.
 


Member[edit]

You may wish to put this on your userpage after you join. You can add it by copying and pasting the following code {{User R&B and Soul Music wikiproject}}. This template also adds you to Category:WikiProject R&B and Soul Music members. If you don't wish to use this userbox but still wish to be on this category then just add [[Category:WikiProject R&B and Soul Music members|{{PAGENAME}}]] to your user page.

Musical note nicu bucule 01.svg This user is a member of the
R&B and Soul Music WikiProject.


R&B and Soul Music Award[edit]

  • If you notice an editor making excellent edits to a R&B or Soul related article, add this to his talk page using:
{{subst:R&bs-barnstar|reason}}
Barnstar-R&BandSoulMusic.png The R&B and Soul Music Award
<reason>, I award {{SUBST:PAGENAME}} this rhythmic barnstar. [[User:{{subst:REVISIONUSER}}|{{subst:REVISIONUSER}}]]


  • Thanks to our fellow User:Tom Morris there is an alternate version of the barnstar, accessible through:
{{subst:R&bs-barnstar|alternate=yes}}
Barnstar-SoulandRandB.png The R&B and Soul Music Award
<reason>, I award {{SUBST:PAGENAME}} this rhythmic barnstar. [[User:{{subst:REVISIONUSER}}|{{subst:REVISIONUSER}}]]

Welcome[edit]

Welcome messages to be used for editors of hip hop related articles.

{{subst:R&bandsoulmusic WN}}~~~~

produces:

Hello,

I noticed that you edited a R&B or Soul music related article. Wikipedia currently has a R&B and Soul Music WikiProject which aims to improve all R&B and Soul Music related article. You are free to join or can explore what the project is about by clicking here. Here are some other good links to help you get started with Wikipedia:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and someone will show up shortly to answer your questions. Again, welcome! 

You may find useful to use this other template if the user is non-registered

{{subst:R&bandsoulmusic anon}}~~~~

produces:

Welcome

Hello, and welcome to Wikipedia! I noticed that you edited a R&B or Soul music related article. Wikipedia currently has a R&B and Soul Music WikiProject which aims to improve all R&B and Soul Music related article. You are free to join or can explore what the project is about by clicking here. Here are some other good links to help you get started with Wikipedia:

You are welcome to continue editing articles without logging in, but you may wish to create an account. Doing so is free, requires no personal information, and provides several benefits. If you edit without a username, your IP address (WikiProject R&B and Soul Music) is used to identify you instead.

In any case, I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your comments on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your IP address (or username if you're logged in) and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask your question and then place {{helpme}} before the question on your talk page. Again, welcome!

~~~~

Recruiting[edit]

We also need new members for this project, if you want to call your wiki-friends, go ahead, and use this template.

{{subst:User:Eduemoni/Inv}}

Invitation[edit]

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Would you like to tell many people in non-member talk area, so you can use.

{{subst:User:Eduemoni/Inv2}}

produces:

Invitation[edit]

Musical note nicu bucule 01.svg


You can also use {{Template:R&B Invite}}, it produces

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A special thanks goes to Miranda who designed this banner.

Portal Templates[edit]

Selected Article[edit]

{{R&B and Soul Music Selected article}}

produces on the article talk page:

BlueNote.svg BlueNote.svg PAGENAME is chosen to become one of the random selected articles on the R&B and Soul Music Portal. A selected article should be R&B and Soul Music-related, well-written and interesting. Featured, A-class and GA class are considered well-written. If you can update or improve this article, please do. If you support or oppose this nomination, please leave comments

Selected Biography[edit]

{{R&B and Soul Music Selected biography}}

produces on the biography article talk page:

BlueNote.svg BlueNote.svg PAGENAME is chosen to become one of the random selected biographies on the R&B and Soul Music Portal. A selected biography should be R&B and Soul Music-related, well-written and interesting. Featured, A-class and GA class are considered well-written. If you can update or improve PAGENAME, please do. If you support or oppose this nomination, please leave comments

Useful templates[edit]

Templates:

Infoboxes:

Stubs:

Categories of Rhythm and Blues and Soul Music[edit]




Tools[edit]

Main tool page: toolserver.org
  • Reflinks - Edits bare references - adds title/dates etc. to bare references
  • Checklinks - Edit and repair external links
  • Dab solver - Quickly resolve ambiguous links.
  • Peer reviewer - Provides hints and suggestion to improving articles.

External watchlist[edit]

Directory Directory of WikiProjects

 

Council WikiProject Council

 

Guide Guide to WikiProjects