Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Proposals/Apps

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Apps


This WikiProject, if created will govern and develop Wikipedia articles concerned with mobile Application Software, or in short, called Apps. Now, the reason why such a project is necessary is because these articles do not have a common project to fall under and get divided under various other WikiProjects. Apps have become extremely popular among the masses and this has evidently resulted in the a large number of pages being created on them.

What this Project would do (like every other project) is create templates, infoboxes, assess articles, monitor the development of such articles. But, unlike many other WikiProjects, it has very recreational project and since almost everyone is now familiar or has come across the subject matter of the project, no one would find it odd to join the project. There is also a great scope for growth because of the massive number of Apps that exist and continue to be created. A Manual of Style especially for Apps can also be developed under this project.

All in all, WikiProject Apps has a great potential and could be fairly or massively successful depending on the participation of fellow Wikipedians.The Wikimon (talk) 09:55, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

List of important pages and categories for this proposed group
List of WikiProjects currently on the talk pages of those articles
Please invite these and any other similar groups to join the discussion about this proposal. See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Council/Directory to find similar WikiProjects.

Why do you want to start a new group, instead of joining one of these existing groups?
There are many similar groups which these articles could easily fall into. But, with the degree of differentiation that Apps now come with, it would only be fair to align all of them under this project. Governance of these pages would also be highly simplified. The Wikiprojects mentioned above have their plates full with many articles and are unable to cater to Apps, per se. This project would only help take that burden of the shoulders of other projects.


Please Add your names here if you feel you can help by governing this project and support the idea.

  1. The Wikimon (talk) 09:55, 7 April 2013 (UTC)
  2. Buster7 I always support new ideas. Fertile ground for change. Good luck. Governing? Not so much since my first question would be ....What's an APP?
  3. Ched :  ?  17:38, 7 April 2013 (UTC) He's talking about a download that can be used on an iPhone, tablet, droid device to improve the usability of wikipedia on smaller screens. —
  4. Basket Feudalist 15:49, 7 April 2013 (UTC) Yes, original idea. Good luck with that.
  5. Sounds like a good idea to me. ZappaOMati 16:07, 7 April 2013 (UTC)
  6. I don't know enough about App development to help with the coding - although I don't mind looking at it. I do support this though, my 7" droid tablet would LOVE to see something decent along these lines - the one I've got isn't worth squat. — Ched :  ?  17:36, 7 April 2013 (UTC)
  7. I fully agree with this proposal. From what I've come across on Articles for Creation, such a Project could really make a difference. A MOS for Apps would especially be in order, as well as infoboxes and notability criteria. Cheers, FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 18:13, 7 April 2013 (UTC)
  8. Pshh, I totally support this. I am surprised there wasn't already one. — -dainomite   02:50, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
  9. Sounds like a real winner for Wikipedia. Count me in!!!Synergee (talk) 03:09, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
  10. XapApp (talk · contribs) 03:34, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
  11. The Anonymouse (talk | contribs) 04:06, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
  12. Great idea! —Theopolisme (talk) 10:48, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
  13. Agreed. Numbermaniac - T- C 11:44, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
  14. Fully support this, sounds like a GREAT idea!! ♥ Solarra ♥ ♪ Talk ♪ ߷ ♀ Contribs ♀ 12:07, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
  15. Times have changed!!!This has became necessary.ElectroPro (talk) 22:08, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
  16. Makes sense Cabe6403 (TalkSign) 08:39, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
  17. How much support do we need before it can be started? Numbermaniac - T- C 12:22, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
  18. Absolutely support this, as it is a GREAT idea!! ♥ Solarra ♥ ♪ Talk ♪ ߷ ♀ Contribs ♀ 14:37, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

No thanks![edit]

  1. Never have used "apps" — and never likely to try — but thanks for inviting someone in their eighth decade.
    Gareth Griffith-Jones – The WelshBuzzard – 08:14, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
You're never too old to learn, GG-J... The Wikimon (talk) 08:15, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
Ha, ha! I thought you'd be asleep at this time of day. Glad to see you settling in so well!— Gareth Griffith-Jones – The WelshBuzzard – 08:20, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
I take this opportunity to reveal to you that I suffer from a very serious ailment. Its cancerous, and its called Wikisomnia... Doc says I have a few years left... The Wikimon (talk) 10:58, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
  1. I would prefer a Mobile Software task force within WikiProject Software as an alternative. ViperSnake151  Talk  19:12, 24 May 2013 (UTC)


Hi guys! Thanks a lot.. So for the question asked: click on the link at the start which is about the mobile application software. It will take you straight to the page which explains what an App is all about... Basically it's those gadgets, games, support and recreational additions that you find on mobile devices. Simpler than that: Temple Run is an App... The Wikimon (talk) 16:35, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the advice. I actually just meant it as a joke. I still use a rotary phone...with a VERY long cord! B7
  • I'm puzzled on one point: How would an infobox for an app be any different from the standard template:infobox video game or template:infobox software (as applicable).

    On a separate point, can the proposer show that there are any number of people who would be willing to help? A WikiProject is not an area but a group of people (as WhatAmIDoing likes to say so often), and I would be concerned that there would not be enough people to help with this. Maybe the group should work as a task force of WP:WikiProject Software instead of being free floating. --Izno (talk) 02:26, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

    Perhaps you're right about those infoboxes since all of these will fall under one of them. But that was my point. It could have some very different headings added, something only related to apps. And in my opinion, the apps would never really be well described on a Software infobox. But that's entirely my opinion, because I think we need a seperate project especially for apps, considering the number of them that exist.
    On your second point, true that it doesn't harness enough support. But after a task force is formed, would it be good to start the project after some time and no longer be a task force? Or would you recommend more people to come and support this proposal? Thanks a again for an excellent query. You really got me thinking! :-) The Wikimon (talk) 02:39, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Comment I've notified several related WikiProjects on their talk page about this proposal. XapApp (talk) 03:24, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
    Thanks a lot XapApp!! Much appreciated... And you can surely support this, you have it in your name! The Wikimon (talk) 04:11, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
    Ahahah, thanks for reminding me of that. ;) ~XapApp (talkcontribs) 08:26, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
  • What's a download? Can I get one for my "Pretty Kitty" phone?```Buster Seven Talk 18:42, 7 April 2013 (UTC)
    Sigh ... OK . I got sucked into that one .. lol. How ya doin Buster?
  • I think that this should be an independent WikiProject and not a task force because 1) there are plenty of app articles 2) there should be enough users to help, considering the amount of users that edit app articles and 3) most app articles don't truly fall under any other WikiProject scope. The Anonymouse (talk | contribs) 04:14, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
    Stole the words out of my mouth. Exactly my point. With so many articles and users editing them so regularly, a task force would be too small a unit to take care of all the articles. If you could, would you please get some people you know to support it? I see that you are on WP: Apple... And I wanted to know if I can join it as well... The Wikimon (talk) 04:31, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Comment This is what I meant when I talked about AfC. FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 15:06, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
  • You're right! Can we please get this Project in motion? How many supports more do we need? The Wikimon (talk) 15:10, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
    The proposal page says 6-12 active Wikipedians, so we're ready to get started. The Anonymouse (talk | contribs) 15:57, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
    If that's the case, can someone start this? Yay! Numbermaniac - T- C 02:17, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Note: The Wikimon, the user that created this proposal is currently blocked as a sock puppet of Vrghs jacob. See his talk page for more info. I've emailed The Wikimon asking about WikiProject Apps and await his reply on it. XapApp · talk · contribs 01:49, 12 April 2013 (UTC)
    I've received his reply now. He has given us his approval of proceeding and creating this WikiProject. I don't think I'm experienced enough yet so one of you guys should create the WikiProject. P.S. Screenshot of The Wikimon's reply -XapApp · talk · contribs 13:44, 12 April 2013 (UTC)
Well, me neither, but hope this trods along. FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 13:56, 12 April 2013 (UTC)
Well the idea itself is sound enough to be overseen to press forward. I know absolutely nothing about creating apps or how they work, but I would be open to the idea to recruiting people who are :-) ♥ Solarra ♥ ♪ Talk ♪ ߷ ♀ Contribs ♀ 14:37, 12 April 2013 (UTC)