Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/News/June 2010/Project news

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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter: Issue LII (June 2010)
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Project news

From the Coordinators

On behalf of the coordinators of the IX Coordinator Tranche, we welcome you to a redesigned Bugle! We believe that the new format will allow us to cover the news and current events of the project more thoroughly, but comments, feedback, and ideas are welcome here. How do you like the new format? What do you want to see added or expanded upon in future Bugles? Additionally, we encourage anyone who would like to write a piece for next month's Bugle to do so by going to our new news and editorials division. Virtually any topic is acceptable, so don't be shy; jump right in! It's your space to communicate your thoughts, knowledge, and ideas to a majority of the project's members.

In other news, we are currently in the process of setting up a new working group which would be centered on outreach activities. Among the various wikiprojects currently operating on Wikipedia, Milhist is unique for a number of reasons; one is our lack of an outreach department to manage membership affairs. Our original Outreach Department was mothballed due to low participation, but this left us with little in the way of outreach coordination. The proposed working group is the brainchild of Tetobigbro (talk · contribs), and the initial setup for the group is located at Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Coordinators/Recruitment. Ideas for outreach activities are welcomed, and users interested in joining are encouraged to sign up for the working group at the link provided.

Finally, the quarterly report to the project concerning our Black Project articles has been compiled. Since the last report the black project field has expanded to include three new articles, two of which are currently located in the user namespace. Although most articles covered by the working group have seen little activity over the past three months, a handful have been cited for problems relating to inadequate sourcing and pop culture guidelines. Full details of the report can be found here.

For the IX Coordinator Tranche, TomStar81 (Talk) and Ed (talkmajestic titan)

Strategy think tank

A new working group, titled the Strategy think tank (shortcut WP:MHSTT), has been formed. This will perform a number of functions:

  • The archives division will be a central repository of important discussions and debates that have occurred in the project over the years.
  • The news and editorials division will produce articles and editorial pieces for the project monthly newsletter, and provide a central venue for members to comment on and contribute to the newsletter.
  • The statistics and observations division will compile and maintain historical statistics regarding the project and its activities.

In addition the working group will develop policy proposals, essays and Academy articles for the project. We see this working group as an important new initiative in helping to guide the direction of milhist, and to ensure it remains relevant to our members' needs and to Wikipedia's development. Discussion about the group's role and functions is ongoing, so comment is welcome here. All interested members are encouraged to sign up! —Ed (talkmajestic titan) and EyeSerenetalk