Wikipedia:WikiProject Metalworking

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Welcome to the Metalworking WikiProject! We're a WikiProject dedicated to improving the coverage of Metalworking on the English Wikipedia, including materials, processes, techniques, equipment, and more. Feel free to contribute to this page, or add yourself to the list of contributors below. If you have any questions or suggestions about the project, make sure to see the Talk page.

Please make sure to follow all Wikipedia policies when contributing to the project, including WP:MOS, WP:POV, and WP:SOURCE. Thanks so much for helping out!

What we're about[edit]

Scope[edit]

Any articles in the Category:Metalworking and its sub-categories fall within our scope, as well as any articles that pertain in a direct way to the subject of Metalworking. We also work closely with similar projects whose scopes frequently coincide with ours.

Goals[edit]

  • To improve Wikipedia's coverage of metalworking by creating, expanding, and maintaining such articles.
  • To provide guidelines and recommendations for articles within our scope.
  • To serve as the central point of discussion for issues related to metalworking in Wikipedia.

How you can help[edit]

Be bold and contribute! Improve any articles you come across, look for articles to improve from our Cleanup listing, ask any of our regular contributors, or check the Work section below for specific projects.

Work[edit]

There's always work of some sort to be done; if you can't find any particular projects here to interest you, peruse pages within the Metalworking category to look for improvements you can make, or check out the Cleanup listing for articles that need improvement.

Feel free to add any tasks here that you think deserve the attention of the whole project; please sign using ~~~~ and make sure to strikethrough or remove items as they are completed.

Keep in mind that if a machine exists for only one purpose or process, it's usually better to devote a section of the article for the process to the machine, rather than give the machine a separate article. If a complete, sourced article can be written about the machine, then by all means do so; this usually is not the case.

Vital articles[edit]

These are articles vital to the subject of metalworking; it would bolster the quality of Metalworking on Wikipedia significantly to bring them up to Featured article status.

References and sources[edit]

If you take a look at the categorical cleanup listing, you'll see that the two biggest categories by a huge margin are "Articles needing additional references" and "Articles with unsourced statements." I feel like most of the content across these articles is fairly reliable, so adding references and verifying shouldn't be a particularly arduous task. If anyone has access to technical manuals or other kinds of reliable sources, it would be a huge benefit to the project, disproportionate to the effort required. I've begun working on this, I've got access to one of the best libraries in the southeastern US, but I lack the appropriate expertise to efficiently find the right texts. --Kierkkadon talk/contribs 04:57, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

I want to make it clear that I'm not impugning the value of unsourced contributions; on the contrary, I think very highly of much of the content covered by this project, unsourced or not. I'm not a deletionist, neither do I think that content should just come out of left field; but I do know that in metalworking in particular a lot of important information is just held as expert knowledge that's difficult to attach to a source. Add to that the tendency for technical manuals to be really dense and ... well, technical, and it's obvious why metalworking has so much content with so little referencing. This may not be true of all subjects, but metalworking is an area where I think we are better off having experts add their knowledge and then others follow along later verifying and referencing. For what it's worth. --Kierkkadon talk/contribs 05:13, 31 January 2013 (UTC)
I agree. And I feel that metalworking isn't alone regarding this theme—it holds true across various content areas in Wikipedia. It holds most strongly in industrial, commercial, and applied science areas, even more than in areas of pure science, academe, pop culture, and personal hobbies. So I'm glad to be a part of building areas like metalworking. It takes time, but it's a worthwhile pursuit... — ¾-10 01:30, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

Request for reassessment[edit]

I just recently did a lot of rewrites and content-adding to Fixture (tool). It was listed as stub-class, now I think it deserves a better qualification but I don't feel comfortable basically grading myself on my own work. --Kierkkadon talk/contribs 23:02, 26 January 2013 (UTC)

I've basically done exactly the same thing to Centerless grinding. I'd love for somebody to reassess it; I don't quite think it qualifies as Start class anymore. --Kierkkadon talk/contribs 17:33, 31 January 2013 (UTC)

Requested articles[edit]

Contributors[edit]

User Current projects
Kierkkadon I'm trying to restart this whole WikiProject. I do whatever work I can on articles, especially adding references to metallurgical manuals and materials textbooks. I rewrote this Project page, trying to give it a cleaner look while simultaneously updating the to-do lists and resources. --Kierkkadon talk/contribs 18:44, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
¾-10 Article expansion. Referencing improvement. Watchlisting to revert vandalism. Making chips. Sharing knowledge. Content areas that I have a soft spot for include industrial history, machine tools and machine tool builders, reading the memoirs of "practical men", as they used to put it years ago (as well as practical women). But I also end up editing in other areas too ... — ¾-10 00:14, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
User:M Trigg-Hogarth I am hoping to help with the surface engineering side of things but new to contributing to Wikipedia so please bear with me! February 2014
For the old list of contributors, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Metalworking/Old participant list.

Related projects[edit]

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Templates[edit]

Main page: Template list
Navigation 
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Stubs 
{{metalworking-stub}}—put at the bottom of the article, below the categories