Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Orphanage

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Interview for The Signpost[edit]

The WikiProject Report would like to focus on WikiProject Orphanage for a Signpost article. This is an excellent opportunity to draw attention to your efforts and attract new members to the project. Would you be willing to participate in an interview? If so, here are the questions for the interview. Just add your response below each question and feel free to skip any questions that you don't feel comfortable answering. Multiple editors will have an opportunity to respond to the interview questions, so be sure to sign your answers. If you know anyone else who would like to participate in the interview, please share this with them. Thanks, Rcsprinter123 (natter) @ 17:36, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

Orphaned medical articles[edit]

I have started Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/Orphaned articles (shortcut: WP:MED/O) as a holding area for orphaned medical articles. Editors who de-orphan articles may wish to add it to their watchlists.
Wavelength (talk) 21:25, 18 October 2014 (UTC) and 14:31, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

What to do with miscellaneous biographies?[edit]

I came here after reading Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-10-22/WikiProject_report.

Many biographies on Wikipedia are orphans. Someone might be notable or even famous, but have no noteworthy connection to any top-level concept. In some cases, these people can go into "list of people from X university", but it seems wrong to me to sort people by the school they attended especially when usually that kind of information is stored in categories. What does this project recommend for cleaning up biographies of this sort? Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:24, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

Until a definite decision is made about how to de-orphan biographical articles, they could be collected in Wikipedia:WikiProject Biography/Orphaned articles (shortcut: WP:BIOG/O).
Wavelength (talk) 18:41, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
You can check these search results and these search results.
Wavelength (talk) 02:27, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
This search and this search found no results.
Wavelength (talk) 04:00, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
A de-orphaner can ask "What noteworthy thing(s) did this person do?" or "What noteworthy thing(s) happened to this person?", and then look in the answer for an entity important enough to have its own Wikipedia article.
Wavelength (talk) 04:43, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
I find that many biographies don't clearly meet notability guidelines. In many cases all I can manage to do in good conscience is to add a {{notability}} tag to the article and add |att= to the {{orphan}} tag. ~KvnG 12:33, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Congratulations, de-orphaners![edit]

Congratulations on your WikiProject Report in the Signpost!

Historic footage of a distinguished de-orphaner accepting congratulations and zooming back to work.
Congratulations, de-orphaners! Hope you like your bouquets.

Evidently, there is much, much more activity on this project than is apparent at first glance. In just one category alone, Category:Orphaned articles from February 2009, the month that articles were tagged by a bot, the backlog has been reduced by 90,000 articles !!! It was at 114,437 in 1 March 2009, and today, 26 October 2014, it's down to 24,940.

Congratulations, de-orphaners! -- Djembayz (talk) 21:49, 26 October 2014 (UTC)


Criteria clarifications...[edit]

Hello everyone! I've been working on a new userscript for this project (details at User:Technical 13/Scripts/OrphanStatus), and I need your help in setting the criteria for the script to make it as useful as possible. I need clarification of exactly what the but the incoming links to the redirects do count clause on redirects means and some discussion on whether or not "List of ..." articles are excluded or not. I did some testing of the script, of which some may need to be re-tagged based on the answer to my need for clarification of "lists", but I will happily take care of that. Thanks and happy deOrphaning! — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 15:14, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

I'd interpret "but the incoming links to the redirects do count" as meaning:
  • If FooABC has a redirect from Fooabc, that doesn't in itself count as de-orphaning it
  • But if there's a link from an artice (other than a dab page and all the usual exclusions) to the Fooabc redirect then that does count as de-orphaning it.
It seems logical enough: that link is intended for the article, even if it goes via an old/less-used name instead of directly. Is that the sort of answer you were looking for? PamD 20:00, 4 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Not exactly what I was hoping for as to what the answer might be, but logical and yes, helpful. Thank you PamD. What about the "List" pages? Do those not count just like disambigs? That is what I'm guessing. :) — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 20:28, 4 December 2014 (UTC)
A link from a List of... page does deorphan an article. See Wikipedia:Orphan#Criteria. ~KvnG
  • I don't see List of... pages listed at all on WP:O#C, which is why I was asking for clarification here. I've always considered List of... pages as DAB pages, in which case they would not count towards deorphaning, which is why I wanted to be sure (because the way I've always thought of it is harder to code). Thanks. — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 15:14, 7 December 2014 (UTC)
Lists are definitely not the same as disambiguation pages. Anything not mentioned in WP:O#C counts as an incoming link and lists are not mentioned. I will add this clarification to WP:O#C and we'll see if anyone wants to take issue with this reading. ~KvnG 17:18, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live![edit]

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Hello everyone!

You may have received a message from me earlier asking you to comment on my WikiProject X proposal. The good news is that WikiProject X is now live! In our first phase, we are focusing on research. At this time, we are looking for people to share their experiences with WikiProjects: good, bad, or neutral. We are also looking for WikiProjects that may be interested in trying out new tools and layouts that will make participating easier and projects easier to maintain. If you or your WikiProject are interested, check us out! Note that this is an opt-in program; no WikiProject will be required to change anything against its wishes. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

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Harej (talk) 16:56, 14 January 2015 (UTC)