The very existence of Wikipedia is proof that there are more people in the world wanting to build than to tear down. Were that not true, vandals would have overwhelmed and destroyed us years ago.
I believe knowledge should be beautiful! If you need any help with diagrams just let me know and I'll see what I can do.
- 1 General notes
- 2 Gallery
- 3 The Brews project
- 4 Good Article reviews
- 5 Vector bloom
- 6 Gifts
- 7 Historical records
Links I find useful
- Diagrams: Graphics Lab • Requested diagrams • Top 200 maths vectorisation requests • Images for conversion • Available fonts • SVG check
- Community: The Five Pillars • Community portal • RfC portal • Teahouse • All policies and guidelines • The Signpost
- Other: GA nominations • Page view statistics • Special:PendingChanges • Wikipedia:Template_messages/User_talk_namespace • GALMorous
- File:Spread of avalanches in G-M tube.jpg
- File:Sphere symmetry group d3h.png
- File:Catena of soils.jpg
- File:Gametic meiosis.png
- File:Molly Sheehan Wikipedia 1.jpg
- Any Brews Project file preceded by "@"
- Commons:Coxeter-Dynkin diagrams
- Upload image
- (Remove SVG request / link to new version)
- Link back to source / credit on new version
- Update Wikipedia pages
- Update user page
Here you can see most of the graphical work that I've uploaded to date (almost entirely SVGs) in reverse chronological order. Note that many of these are vectorisations of previous works. In these cases, click on the image to find a link to the original author. I do all my vectorisations by hand to ensure the best quality (compare this and that to see what I mean: one tenth the file size, incalculably better quality). For a full list of uploads see my upload list.
The Brews project
The Brews Project is a personal project of mine to vectorise many of the great diagrammatical contributions of Brews ohare.
SVG requests made: 99
Conversions made (✓): 23
Conversions already done (✗): 1
Currently planned (@): 1
Below is a sort of todo list I'm working my way through.
Good Article reviews
A good article is an article that has passed an independent review ensuring that it is well written, verifiable, broad, neutral and if possible, illustrated. You can identify good articles by this icon: , which appears in their top right corner. Below you can find a list of the good-article reviews that I've conducted, as well as the template that I use to do them.
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Total: 5 (P/F : 4/1)
Writing and compliance with Manual of Style
- Prose is clear and concise.
- Lead section.
- Words to watch.
- List incorporation.
Verifiability & original Research
- All references presented in appropriate layout.
- Sources are reliable.
- Sources support the content.
- Likely-to-be-challenged information is cited.
- Statistics cited.
- No original research.
- No copyright violations / plagiarism.
- Addresses main aspects of topic.
- Stays focused.
- Images present if possible.
- Correct copyright tags.
- Images relevant.
- Captions appropriate.
- Neutral point of view.
- Previous review issues adequately addressed (if applicable).
- No technical issues.
Vector Bloom is an ongoing initiative of mine hosted once a month. The idea is to draw 10 or more diagrams (vectorisations are permitted) on a single day. Then I'll add comments on how 'the bloom' went.
Update: This initiative has been canceled. Contrary to it's original aims, Vector Bloom ended up decreasing productivity. This is because it incentivised 'saving' vectorisations for later (so I could tackle them all at once). This then created a barrier: if I wanted to do a vectorisation, I would be committing myself to doing 10, or I'd be wasting the ones I did. Anyway, I'd like to find some other way to increase my productivity in this area, but until then, I'll just be working sporadically as usual.
Bloom 1 (14/2/2017)
This bloom was dominated by 'arrow style' diagrams, and I feel like I learnt a lot about easily placing text. I finally started using one of Wikipedia's available fonts for the first time (letter placement issues be gone!). I also drew some icons that we're hoping will make it into a new Wikiproject banner template. All in all it was a pretty successful bloom, though the uploading process to a lot longer than I had anticipated.
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Links to information on the internal history and evolution of Wikipedia. My current task is to hoover up the primary sources in meta:Category:Wikimedia history. There are also some interesting pages in Category:Wikimedia hardware.
Secondary sources are those which provide any amount of commentary or summary of events. If known/meaningful, the date of the topic under discussion is written in (round brackets), and the date at which the secondary source was written is written in [square brackets].
- Meta Statistics
- Size of Wikipedia
- Wikipedia statistics
- WikiProject Editing trends
- Meta:Historical/Why Wikipedia runs slow
- [2003-05-01] GNU Encyclopedia Project Name
- [2003-10-10] Status quo – essay on progress towards best/worst cases.
- [2004-02-25] German TV coverage of Wikipedia – brief TV feature on Wikipedia which had a viewership of 2.26 million people.
- [2004-02-29] Der Spiegel article – third-party article about Wikipedia.
- [2004-10] Content reviews – two third party reviews of German Wikipedia.
- [2004–present] Wikipedia:Wikipedia's oldest articles – discussion of the oldest surviving data.
- [2005-03-25] H.J.saga – recollections of early disputes over POV policy.
- [2012–2013] Wikimedia history – a project that attempted to consolidate historical information about Wikimedia.
-  Historical archive/Sandbox
- (2000–2006) [2005–2006] History of wiki deletion process – details of how page deletion has worked over time. Includes links to pages about the workings of wikiwiki software.
- (2000–2008)  History of user rights
- (2000–present) History of Wikipedia (article)
- (2001–2005)  WQ/Retro – retrospectives by 'oldbies'.
- (2001–2010) History of Wikipedian processes and people
- (2001–2010) Funding – a brief summary of the funding of Wikipedia, as well as information on the creation of the Wikimedia Foundation.
- (2003) [2003-12-31] Refreshing brilliant prose – categorising legacy brilliant prose articles after the introduction of formal voting.
- (2004–2006, 2010) [2006–2015] Historic debates
- (2004–2007) Hardware orders up to 2007
- (2004–2011) Stewards history
- (2004–2017) Frequent proposals
- (2004–present) Goings-on
- (2004–present) The Commons Log
- (2005–present) Signpost Archive – a popular and long-running newsletter on English Wikipedia.
- (2007–present) Wikimedia servers
Timelines are chronologically ordered lists of events with minimal commentary.
- (1989–2007) Wikipedia timeline, The Wikipedia Hole.
- (1993–2011) Timetoast Wikipedia timeline
- (2000–2012) Wikipedia timeline
- (2000–2012) Overall timeline
- (2001–2003) Histoire de Wikipédia – relates to the history of French Wikipedia.
- (2001–2008) Wikipedians timeline
- (2001–2008) Timeline of public perception of Wikipedia
- (2001–2009) MediaWiki timeline
- (2001–2015) Africa Portal/Timeline – projects, initiatives, and events related to Africa and Wikimedia.
- (2001–present) Logo history
- (2001–present) Wikipedia milestones
- (2002–2013) Sister projects timeline
- (2002–2013) Site operations timeline
- (2002–present) Meta Milestones
- (2003–2007) Site operations timeline
- (2012–2016) Press clippings
- (2013) MediaWiki timeline/2013 – a continuation of the (2001–2009) MediaWiki timeline.
Primary sources are direct records/logs of events as they happened with no commentary.
- Wikipedia mailing list archives
- Wikitech mailing list archives
- Nupedia mailing list archives
- Censorship – a discussion page about censorship, filtering content, user preferences for reading, ethical relativity, and other subjects.
- WikiProject Film/Essay on writing film articles (meta link)
- GNE Project files – failed Wikipedia-like project.
- Friends of Wikipedia – a list of sites that link to Wikipedia.
- Imported pictures – an archive of images formerly used on Wikipedia by permission.
- MediaWiki:Disambiguationspage – an old MediaWiki page.
- Template:Substub – a template that was used to tag very short articles.
- Template:Totally-disputed – a template that was used to tag articles whose neutrality and accuracy were dispute.
- Template:Noncompliant – a template that was used to tag articles that violated multiple policies.
- (2001) Moving commentary out of Wikipedia – a discussion that eventually lead to the creation of MetaWiki and namespaces.
- (2001) The future of Wikipedia
- (2001-01-27) A few comments about Wikipedia – evidence of early discussions happening in article space, and a discussion of naming conventions / redirects.
- (2001-01-27) Re: A few comments about Wikipedia – creation of the first known talk page (it was for GeorgeWBush).
- (2001-01-27) Hello, "FreeLinks" work, and redirected pages – an explanation of the original wiki-linking / article naming system, and why it was abandoned.
- (2001-01-28) Re: Hello, "FreeLinks" work, and redirected pages – an explanation of some of UseModWiki's initial limitations: images had to be externally stored and there were no headers. Also shows how article space was originally multilingual.
- (2001-01-30) wikipedia traffic – at this time there were at most 224 unique visitors in a 23-hour period.
- (2001-05-01) GNU Encyclopedia Tech FAQ – musings about the nature of the GNE project.
- (2001-05-17) To delete or not to delete
- (2001-06-12) Why I am suspicious of subpages – Larry Sanger expresses initial doubts about the use of subpages.
- (2001-06-14) Accidental linking and hard-wired category schemes – Larry Sanger discusses the benefits and drawbacks of subpages.
- (2001-06-28) Estimating article numbers – early discussion on the size of Wikipedia. Includes mention of a proposal to have individual pages for victims of the September 11 attacks.
- (2001-07-02) Case against subpages – Larry Sanger argues against the use of subpages.
- (2001-08-07) Wikipedia teamwork – early musings on collaboration.
- (2001-08-13) An impending scalability problem – an early example of the concern for reviewing edits to articles.
- (2001-08-26) Edit lock – a description of a feature of Wikipedia when it ran UseModWiki.
- (2001-09-08) Recent Changes – text that used to be at the top of Recent Changes.
- (2001-09-18) RefactoringPolicy – an early discussion on how and where discussion of articles should be conducted.
- (2001-09-26) – the first WikiProject.
- (2001-09-26) International Wikipedia/TextToTranslate – the first translation project for the Wikipedia interface.
- (2001-09-30) September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack/In Memoriam and its talk page – mostly preserved for their page histories.
- (2001-10-05) Politics/Wanted – a list of requested politics articles from 2001 and 2002.
- (2001-10-17) WikiProject proposal – an early blueprint for WikiProjects, written by Manning Bartlett.
- (2001-10-18) Cutting each other a bit of slack – Larry Sanger muses on what would eventually become Wikipedia's culture of wikilove and wikiquette.
- (2001-10-18) Blocked IPs – a list of blocked IPs during the UseModWiki era, mostly preserved for its page history.
- (2001-10-19) WikiProject Concepts and its subpages – early idea for a WikiProject which failed. Similar functions have since been successfully implemented by WikiData.
- (2001-10-19) Summary of the debate about the neutral point of view – Larry Sanger attempts to promote discussion about the (apparently contentious) NPOV policy.
- (2001-11-09) Advertising on Wikipedia – an early discussion on the use of advertising on Wikipedia. Jimbo claims that operating expenses were the primary reason that Larry Sanger had to leave the team (Larry was paid full-time).
- (2001-11-20) New logo? – Larry Sanger proposes seeking a new logo (now the current logo).
- (2001-11-21) Get rid of subpages entirely – a community discussion about the use of subpages opened by Larry Sanger.
- (2001-12-20) Nostalgia Wikipedia – an archive of Wikipedia circa 20 December 2001.
- (2001–2002) Rules to consider – the earliest discussions of Wikipedia's policies and guidelines.
- (2001–2002) Search engine commentary
- (2001–2004) Wikipedia:Do not use subpages – original policy and final discussion regarding subpages in mainspace. Policy seems to have been adopted since the switch to the 'PHP wiki', and was possibly manually (and retroactively) enforced before then. Hierarchical organisation is now supported by the category system.
- (2001–2007) Wikipedia arranged by topic – a proposed category scheme.
- (2002) Self-linking pages – an old maintenance project.
- (2002-01) Announcement about my involvement in Wikipedia and Nupedia--Larry Sanger
- (2002-01) Logo suggestions
- (2002-01-02) Final international solution – a proposal for a system for making alternative-language versions of an article discoverable from each other. At the time of writing it seems as if automatic linking took place.
- (2002-03-1) My resignation--Larry Sanger
- (2002-04) Threats – users expressing perceived threats to the project.
- (2002-04-05) Visions – playful ideas about what the future of Wikipedia might look like.
- (2002-04-06) Best cases – essay on the attainable goals of the project, including a request to admins.
- (2002-07) Unsuccessful searches (2002-07)
- (2002-08-19) Worst cases – an essay on the perceived threats to the project.
- (2002-09-23) Future of international Wikipedias as part of the main community – a discussion about the status of non-English Wikipedias.
- (2002-10-02) Wikipedia and corporate structure – essay about the incorporation of Wikipedia.
- (2002-10-01) Open letter to the Enciclopedia Libre group
- (2002-10-01) Open letter to the Enciclopedia Libre group/Notes – selected notes from a mailing list on the subject of open letter.
- (2002-10-29) Lag – various complaints and possible solutions to the lag problem on Wikipedia, from 2002–2003. Currently, complaints about lag are more typically aired on meta and IRC.
- (2002-11-06) United Wikipedias Forum – a proposal for handling communication between different language Wikipedias.
- (2003) Wikimedia cache strategy evolution during 2003 – proposal.
- (2003) Separate database and web servers – proposal.
- (2003-01-13) Common words, searching for which is not possible
- (2003-01-19) Burn All GIFs – discussion on a proposal to ban the GIF format.
- (2003-03-08) Japanese – first known use of Japanese characters on Wikipedia.
- (2003-03-24) How to draw a diagram with Microsoft Word
- (2003-03-24) How to draw a diagram with OpenOffice.org Writer
- (2003-05-30) What to do with www.wikipedia.org – discussion on what to do with this webpage.
- (2003-06-20) International logo contest
- (2003-06-27) Wikiquotionary – proposal.
- (2003-08-06) Talk:Wikimedia press releases/Second press release – early press release that seems to have gone unpublished.
- (2003-08-06) Talk:Wikimedia press releases/Third press release – early press release that seems to have gone unpublished.
- (2003-08-23) User:Papotages~metawiki – seems to be a memorial for a user of French Wikipedia.
- (2003-09-27) Linguistic democracy in a multilingual project – discussion outlining perceived difficulties relating to the cooperation of different language Wikipedias.
- (2003-10-13) User:Mediator~metawiki – some kind of defunct method for communicating between different language Wikipedias.
- (2003-10-15) Link style vote – a discussion about how to display links on Wikipedia.
- (2003-10-22) Wikimedia's first press release/status – short discussion about the timing of the first press release.
- (2003-12-01) Refreshing brilliant prose - History and religion
- (2003-12-01) Refreshing brilliant prose - People and culture
- (2003-12-01) Refreshing brilliant prose - Science
- (2003-12-01) Refreshing brilliant prose - Others
- (2004-02-02) Cache bugs
- (2004-03-20) Votes for deletion/Lists – a mass-discussion on deletion of lists.
- (2004-03-26) Foundation-L Proposal – successful proposal to create a new mailing list, including an example of voting.
- (2004-04-16) Modèle1 – French Wikipedia discussion and voting about what do with a particular problematic user.
- (2004-05-08) Official position history – proposal to give out 'titles' to users so that they can liaise with third-parties more effectively.
- (2004-06-02) Petition for the return of the Old Wikipedia – a petition to change the standard skin back to the older style, before Monobook.
- (2004-08-09) Multilingual communication – a proposal for a translation system so that different language users can communicate in their native languages.
- (2004-08-13) Contingency planning
- (2004-10-29) Wikinews/Worst cases – essay on the perceived threats to Wikinews.|
- (2004–present) Fundraising archives
- (2005-01-30) How to draw a diagram with OpenOffice.org Draw
- (2006–present) meta:Communications committee – a group authorised by the Board. They maintains the press clippings pages from 2012 to 2016.
- (2011–2019) Wikimedia monthly activities meetings
- (2017-04-01) Requests for adminship/Wikipe-tan – an example of Wikipedia culture (in this case humour). Wikipe-tan is a community mascot anthropomorphisation of Wikipedia dating from 2006.
The following are collections of very early discussions. The dates of the discussions are difficult to ascertain, because they have all been moved at least once and many of them are from very early era Wikipedia. Additional date information can be found on their talk pages.
- Historical/Wikipedia and Nupedia
- Historical/Humor and General Interest
Indices are lists of links to primary or secondary sources without commentary (other than possibly dates) attached.
- Internal news media
- Wikipedia:List of newsletters
- Wikipedia:Historical archive – pages removed from the Wikipedia namespace.
- meta:Category:Wikipedia history
- Wikipedia commentary – old list of essays which have since been moved to meta, and has itself been moved to meta.
- Category:Wikimedia history
- Category:Wikimedia by year
- (2006–present) meta:Reports – place for groups working with Wikimedia to post reports of their activities.
- (2000–2010) Meta Archives index – Category:Archives has sub categories and may contain more recent sources.
- (2001–2006) Events by chronology
- (2001–2009) Meta Historical archives index
- (2001–present) Wikipedia in the media
- (2001–present) Wikipedia:Press coverage
- (2002–2006) Wikipedia:Press releases – see also the meta index/timeline for press releases.
- (2003–2016) Wikimedia press releases
- (2004–2007) Category:Wikimedia hardware
- (2006–2018) foundation:Resolutions
- (2003–2016) Wikimedia press releases