Wikipedia:WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia

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Welcome to WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia

WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia aims to produce recordings of Wikipedia articles being read aloud. See the spoken articles for articles that have already been recorded, and the requests for instructions on how to request a recording of a particular article.


Why should you participate?[edit]

Here are just some reasons why it is worthwhile creating spoken recordings of articles.

  • Spoken articles make Wikipedia content available to those who can understand English but cannot read it.
  • Users can listen to Wikipedia articles while they perform tasks that preclude reading but not concentration (such as running, or housework).
  • Visually impaired users can use screen readers, but they may not be as accurate as a human vocal performance. This is particularly true of articles relating to science, mathematics, linguistics, and other areas commonly requiring unusual or unfamiliar pronunciation, or the use of symbols.
  • They are a valuable learning tool for those learning English. If a link is given to the version of the page that was recorded then users may listen to the words while reading them.
  • They are a valuable learning tool for auditory learners (people who learn most effectively by listening to information delivered orally).
  • Some may find it easier to concentrate on an article while listening to it, especially in an environment with distracting sounds (with the use of headphones).
  • In performing the articles aloud, readers can catch inconsistencies, redundancies, and awkward phrases not noticed by other editors, thus improving the written version of Wikipedia.

A few caveats...[edit]

  • Recording and editing articles can be time-consuming, and recordings are sometimes abandoned or have their source text dramatically changed before they are finished. It helps to start with smaller, more manageable articles first and then move up to bigger ones.
  • Incorrect pronunciation can mislead non-English-speaking users. This can be solved by looking up the pronunciation for words before performing the recording.
  • To maintain a consistent vocal sound and to avoid the degradation in sound quality that comes from re-editing compressed audio files, edits to an existing recording should be done by the original recorder. Thus, in cases where a recording needs to be modified and the original recorder is not available to do it, the recording may need to be re-recorded entirely or removed.
  • Wikipedia articles are constantly evolving; once created, audio versions become less and less accurate when compared with the current article. This can be solved with updated audio recordings.
  • There is no way to follow or indicate links, although Audio Hyperlinks are one possible solution.


For people wishing to listen to articles that don't yet have a spoken version:

  • Software that converts text to voice is readily available and can be easily used to read out Wikipedia pages on-the-fly. See screen reader.
  • The web-based Pediaphon service uses speech synthesis to generate MP3 audio files and podcasts of Wikipedia articles in different languages. Note that it is highly discouraged to use this software for creating recordings for others as nothing can replace the user's voice and it may also miss words. If this is used, you will not be awarded any credits for the project.


Spoken Barnstar[edit]

Spoken Barnstar
Spoken Barnstar

This project has its very own official barnstar, the Spoken Barnstar. According to Wikipedia:Awards by WikiProject

This award was introduced on June 28, 2005, by Chameleon. To award a contributor with the Spoken Barnstar, use: {{subst:Spoken Barnstar|1=Put your message here. ~~~~}}

Audio Barnstar[edit]

Audio Barnstar
Audio Barnstar

The Audio Barnstar is more general and may be awarded to editors who make a significant contribution to the wiki by creating and/or adding original or rare audio files, historical recordings, self-made music, self-made examples of sound effects or musical styles, natural sounds, etc.

To award a contributor with the Audio Barnstar, use: {{subst:Audio Barnstar|1=Put your message here. ~~~~}}


Use any of the following userboxes:

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{{User WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia}}
This user is a participant in WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia.
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{{User WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia2}}
This user is a participant in WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia.
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{{User WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia3}}
This user is a participant in WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia.
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{{User WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia4}} linked pages
{{User WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia5}}
This user is a participant in WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia.
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