Wikipedia:WikiProject Orphanage

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Wiki letter w.svg Welcome to WikiProject Orphanage!

WikiProject Orphanage is dedicated to clearing up the immense backlog of orphaned articles. There are thousands of articles and images on Wikipedia with few or no links to them. The value of this project should not be underestimated as the wikilink is one of the important characteristics of a wiki and is indeed what provides Wikipedia with its ease of quick information retrieval. Plus, if you are new to Wikipedia, de-orphaning articles is a great way to learn a wide variety of useful skills. De-orphaning, when done correctly, will allow you to learn how to navigate within Wikipedia, how to format wikilinks, and how to utilize cleanup tags.

Goals and scope[edit]

Special pages (maintenance) Information
Broken redirects
Dead-end pages Dead-end pages
Dormant pages Dusty articles
Double redirects Double redirects
Lonely pages Orphaned articles
Long pages
New pages New page patrol
New pages feed Page curation
Protected pages Protection policy
Short pages
Uncategorized Categorization
Uncategorized cats
Uncategorized templates
Unused categories
Unused files (images)
Unused templates
Without interwiki links
Most interwiki links
Most-wanted articles
See also: Maintenance departments

There are 88,362 articles tagged as orphans out of a total 6,394,911 articles on Wikipedia. This is 1.38% of the total articles, and an incredible amount to work on, so we need your help.

While it may seem simple at first, not every article can be de-orphaned, and de-orphaning can be a difficult task, so this project aims to educate and make it easier. But please remember that de-orphaning is about maintaining and improving the quality of individual articles by integrating them with others in a relevant and meaningful way; it's not about keeping score. The value of de-orphaning is not determined by the number of incoming links you added or how many orphan tags you removed, but rather by the quality of integration. Therefore, the primary goal of the Orphanage is to improve Wikipedia by building the web in a way that enhances the quality of all affected articles.

Note that this project deals primarily with articles rather than images. For orphaned images, see Category:Orphaned non-free use Wikipedia files.

Our current aim is to clear the backlog of orphaned articles on Wikipedia, so that all articles can be found by a series of links from the Main Page. Note that an article with categories can be found in this way because it can be reached from other articles that share the category; however, categories currently are not counted in the definition of orphan. The project also aims to make the process of de-orphaning easier. Through collaborating with other projects, providing information, and above all helping editors to cooperate, the Orphanage will make the task of de-orphaning a little less daunting. If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to help us improve in our goal, please feel free to leave a message on the talk page.

What can we all do to help?[edit]

Surely you're wondering what you can do to help our cause. With the current backlog all the help that is offered is welcomed. De-orphaning an article is a good way to start.

Suggestions for how to de-orphan[edit]

Suggestions for how to de-orphan an article provides information regarding how to find articles that can be linked to orphans and add them. There is also a host of other relevant information in the main article.


To add yourself to the list of participants, edit this section and add your username to the bottom of the Active list using this format:

{{Wikipedia:WikiProject Orphanage/table|Your Username|Active}}
To receive Backlog drive notifications on your talkpage please add your name here. If you would like a userbox, to proclaim your project participation on your user page, it can be found in the template section below.

Active members[edit]

Name Status
Jim Cartar (talkcontribs) Active
Rtewqq (talkcontribs) Active I'll try to help as much as I can – last edit in 2016
Seraphim (talkcontribs) Active – last edit in 2014
Adam Schwing (talkcontribs) Active – last edit in 2010
Amwyll Rwden (talkcontribs) ?
Ainlina (talkcontribs) Active
SkyWalker (talkcontribs) Active
Puddingpie (talkcontribs) Active
Correogsk (talkcontribs) Active
Penguin0267 (talkcontribs) Active
Manishearth (talkcontribs) Writing de-orphaning app (Student)
Lamro (talkcontribs) Active
Hippie Metalhead (talkcontribs) Active
ErikTheBikeMan (talkcontribs) Active
Arbitrarily0 (talkcontribs) Active
Mavromatis (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Danielspencer91 (talkcontribs) Semi-Active (I'm a Student!)
Sultec (talkcontribs) Active
Jtle515 (talkcontribs) Active when I get around to it
Syed (talkcontribs) Active
Mjquin_id (talkcontribs) Active when I have time
Cae prince (talkcontribs) Active whenever I can spare time
Annelid (talkcontribs) Active
Pinkygirl91 (talkcontribs) Active When I Can
ssaa08 (talkcontribs) Active
OlEnglish (talkcontribs) Active
Daiyusha (talkcontribs) Active
Aditya (talkcontribs) Sporadically active
PiFanatic (talkcontribs) Active when I've got the time
AncientToaster (talkcontribs) Active when I remember
Sgc21896 (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Leif edling (talkcontribs) Active
Josemanimala (talkcontribs) Active
Annalise (talkcontribs) Sporadically active
SaltedCracker (talkcontribs) Active
Avalik (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Dylanfromthenorth (talkcontribs) Active but new to it
Adamuu (talkcontribs) Active
Postcard Cathy (talkcontribs) Active
chrisjj (talkcontribs) Active
wingedcheetah (talkcontribs) Active but new and quite busy
Sebwite (talkcontribs) Specializing in adding navboxes to pages
Unionhawk (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Flipper24 (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Scoreed (talkcontribs) Active but new
shraktu (talkcontribs) Active
Watercleave (talkcontribs) Active
Carlton Bankz (talkcontribs) Active, but new
Aboriginal Noise (talkcontribs) Active, did this at another website
Lonefolf (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Jminthorne (talkcontribs) Active
Miyagawa (talkcontribs) Active
Deepak D'Souza (talkcontribs) Active, at least 1 every day I log on
Rambler24 (talkcontribs) Active
Biglovinb (talkcontribs) Active
Wackofnotrade (talkcontribs) Actively trying 2 help w/out messing up
Jeffrey Mall (talkcontribs) Active
Fletch79 (talkcontribs) Active
royalsabri (talkcontribs) Active
Tech12 (talkcontribs) Active when I can
Kamots (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
scoutHawk_01 (talkcontribs) Active
Dan Tromedlov (talkcontribs) Active
Georgejdorner (talkcontribs) Active in field of World War I aviation
Blacktav (talkcontribs) Actively wanting to learn
Blackash (talkcontribs) Active
Majestic27 (talkcontribs) Active
CheeseDeluxe (talkcontribs) Active, when I'm not GA reviewing
Mattg82 (talkcontribs) Active, remove unneeded tags using AWB
Youre dreaming eh? (talkcontribs) Semi-Active, but new
slaporte (talkcontribs) Active
Eguygabe (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Beeb144 (talkcontribs) Active
Twaitsey (talkcontribs) Active
Chrisraynash (talkcontribs) Sporadically Active
Optiguy54 (talkcontribs) Active
Gz33 (talkcontribs) Active
kstueve (talkcontribs) Active
Hippychickali (talkcontribs) Active
Ajstov (talkcontribs) Active
Aqua3993 (talkcontribs) Active
Bryher16 (talkcontribs) Active
RAFIAMAN (talkcontribs) Active
Lmaggiesmith (talkcontribs) Active
Molestash (talkcontribs) Active
Sadads (talkcontribs) Active, particularly in novels. Also removing unneeded tags using AWB
LordVetinari (talkcontribs) Active when I can
otr500 (talkcontribs) Active
Deadlyninja (talkcontribs) Active
Lrkleine (talkcontribs) Active, but learning
Scalziand (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
MaynardClark (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
USchick (talkcontribs) Active
Adhirk (talkcontribs) Active whenever I'm in office
DeFaultRyan (talkcontribs) Sporadically active when I've got time
Kwamikagami (talkcontribs) Scan the new lists for language articles: let me know if there's a search term I should add to the AWB filter.
TheAMmollusc (talkcontribs) Active
Cwmhiraeth (talkcontribs) Active
Christopholes (talkcontribs) Semi-active
ArcAngel (talkcontribs) Active
fulleraaron (talkcontribs) Active
HarveyMGB (talkcontribs) Sporadically Active
lezelmaz (talkcontribs) Active
Breawycker (talkcontribs) Active when I can
Mgumn (talkcontribs) Active, but very, very new
Feedintm (talkcontribs) Semi-active. Mostly spending time on adding/removing orphan tags
Jdcollins13 (talkcontribs) Active
StewartNetAddict (talkcontribs) Newly-Active. Introducing links and removing orphan tags.
Jonathandeamer (talkcontribs) Newly active as of February 2012
Adamkriesberg (talkcontribs) Active, Feb 2012
DoctorKubla (talkcontribs) Active
marie22446688 (talkcontribs) Active, new and learning
Listmeister (talkcontribs) Active
Ewokonfire (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Tosk_Albanian (talkcontribs) V. active
Neuhmz (talkcontribs) Semi active
Benjamil (talkcontribs) Active
Adsandy (talkcontribs) Active
Mrmagikpants (talkcontribs) Active, new
StampArt (talkcontribs) Semi-Active, new
SirkusSystems (talkcontribs) Active
DJB3.14 (talkcontribs) Active
Mfbjr (talkcontribs) Active, new
Acronin3 (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
Yorkshiresoul (talkcontribs) Active
Traveler100 (talkcontribs) Active
FoCuSandLeArN (talkcontribs) Active
jamesmcmahon0 (talkcontribs) Active
LaunchAxis (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
SarahStierch (talkcontribs) Active
The Giant Purple Platypus (talkcontribs) Active, new
andrewman327 (talkcontribs) Active
Mathijsvs (talkcontribs) Active
Gaurav Pruthi (talkcontribs) Active
Justinralphman888 (talkcontribs) Active
ToastyMallows (talkcontribs) Active
paul_oz2013 (talkcontribs) Active
Osy (talkcontribs) Active, new
Bloody Huntman (talkcontribs) Active
Cypherquest (talkcontribs) Active
Michael73072 (talkcontribs) Active
Anniepresto (talkcontribs) Active & new
CaitlinStewart (talkcontribs) Active
TheFlyingFoot (talkcontribs) Active
Lau liz van (talkcontribs) Active
Cookiesaretasty (talkcontribs) Active, when I have time
A3BDFAD9EC0B (talkcontribs) Active
PaintedCarpet (talkcontribs) Active
Depthdiver (talkcontribs) Active
Tim1357 (talkcontribs) Active
Molly-in-md (talkcontribs) Active
Laurenthian (talkcontribs) Active
Kvng (talkcontribs) Active
Jonathan Tessier (talkcontribs) Active
R.M. 221 (talkcontribs) Newly-Active
Danielh32 (talkcontribs) Active: main activity is adding movies to actor's filmography
Thebrainkid (talkcontribs) Active
LukasMatt (talkcontribs) Active
gbawden (talkcontribs) Active
SpiritedMichelle (talkcontribs) Active
Gilded Snail (talkcontribs) Active
123chess456 (talkcontribs) Active
Nicholasemjohnson (talkcontribs) Active
payam22 (talkcontribs) Active
dnllnd (talkcontribs) Sporadically active
Vin09 (talkcontribs) Active
pgold009 (talkcontribs) Active, new
Lilianarice (talkcontribs) Active
WookieeV (talkcontribs) Active
Vrac (talkcontribs) Active
Matthespian (talkcontribs) Active, and New
Lucasstar1 (talkcontribs) Active, and new.
Lakun.patra (talkcontribs) Active
Eventflow (talkcontribs) Active
Coolabahapple (talkcontribs) Active
NAFS-India-2008 (talkcontribs) Active
Samjared (talkcontribs) Active
JeremiahY (talkcontribs) Active
3gg5amp1e (talkcontribs) Active
Ouanor (talkcontribs) Active
Brackattax (talkcontribs) Newly active, will help when I can
Knope7 (talkcontribs) Active
TheEditor867 (talkcontribs) Active
Lucasstar1 (talkcontribs) Active
Green Green Wave (talkcontribs) Active
Green daemon (talkcontribs) Active
Gimubrc (talkcontribs) Active, new user, new member
ShuffleboardJerk (talkcontribs) Very Active
Laatu (talkcontribs) Active, but new to de-orphaning :)
Eno Lirpa (talkcontribs) Active
Yamont (talkcontribs) Will find ways to add links
EllsworthSchmittendorf (talkcontribs) Active
F1lover22 (talkcontribs) Semi-Active (I Have Exams)
MorbidEntree (talkcontribs) Active when possible (I have school and other WikiProjects).
Ajpolino (talkcontribs) Active
Bonifate (talkcontribs) Semi-Active (new user)
Pianoman320 (talkcontribs) Active
BlackcurrantTea (talkcontribs) Sporadically active, concentrating on the Feb 2009 backlog
Dthomsen8 (talkcontribs) Active
Skylord_a52 (talkcontribs) Sporadically active
Sparklegirl87 (talkcontribs) Active but I am new
CoolieCoolster (talkcontribs) Active
Info2Learn (talkcontribs) Whenever I get the chance!
SewerCat (talkcontribs) Somewhat active
TordenOfItami (talkcontribs) New
Forceradical (talkcontribs) Active&new
Outoftheazul (talkcontribs) Active
Clawsyclaw (talkcontribs) Casually active
nerdgoonrant (talkcontribs) Active
ThePortaller (talkcontribs) Active
Pufferfyshe (talkcontribs) Active, at least a little bit
AmericanAir88 (talkcontribs) Active
SpiritPrince (talkcontribs) Active when I can
Milesjolly1997 (talkcontribs) Active
TheLordJagged (talkcontribs) Active
Ds2320 (talkcontribs) Active
StraussInTheHouse (talkcontribs) Active
TemTem (talkcontribs) Active but new, focusing on the February 2009 backlog
Mr. Anon515 (talkcontribs) Active
Melodydove (talkcontribs) Active
Tt225 (talkcontribs) Active, doing some of the 2009 backlog
JF1982 (talkcontribs) Active, but new and still learning
Mcampany (talkcontribs) Active
Topindian (talkcontribs) Active
Nat965 (talkcontribs) Active when I can
Oronsay (talkcontribs) Active
FiveFaintFootprints (talkcontribs) Active
Jmfcomo (talkcontribs) Semi-Active, maybe?
Jmertel23 (talkcontribs) Active
Shadow of the waxwing slain (talkcontribs) Active-ish
Narky Blert (talkcontribs) Active? Maybe. I spend most of my time fixing bad links to WP:DAB pages (current backlog 8,213) – but have de-orphaned a few pages, and have taken a few {{orphan}} tags off when there was a link or two in. It's a WikiGnomish sort of thing
Rap Chart Mike (talkcontribs) Active when I can be
Greyjoy (talkcontribs) Active
Robincantin (talkcontribs) Active
Teratix (talkcontribs) Active
aurornisxui (talkcontribs) Active
Atlantic306 (talkcontribs) Active
Geekdiva (talkcontribs) Active when my real-life limitations allow (new as of 12/18)
SamCordes (talkcontribs) Active
James Hyett (talkcontribs) Active
DannyS712 (talkcontribs) semi-Active
Starbreezexd (talkcontribs) Active
amitavanath12 (talkcontribs) Active I'll try to help as much as possible
rollidan (talkcontribs) Semi-active (I'm a student)
Sam Sailor (talkcontribs) Active
Bsoyka (talkcontribs) Semi-Active (Student)
OliverEastwood (talkcontribs) Active
Chialynn (talkcontribs) Active
Non-monic (talkcontribs) (Over)Active
Rhea Nawar (talkcontribs) Active when I'm here
Robincantin (talkcontribs) Active I've been doing a few every day.
Njavedd (talkcontribs) Active I'm a student, I'll try my best to help out
Krazio (talkcontribs) Active
Azrkhan (talkcontribs) Active
VFF0347 (talkcontribs) Active - New to the Project as of Sept 2019, I will try to de-orphan several (3-5) each week here at the outset.
KazMalKen (talkcontribs) Casual active I'm a student, I'll try my best to help out
The Lord of Math (talkcontribs) Active
Allenros (talkcontribs) Active
SoftHiss (talkcontribs) Active Joined 3/5/2020.
TuorEladar (talkcontribs) Active I will try my best. I'm a student, though.
Epluribusunumyall (talkcontribs) Active Also a student, but will try to be active as much as possible during quarantine
OldGalileo (talkcontribs) Active
The war moose (talkcontribs) Active
Brad Thomas Hanks (talkcontribs) Active
I-Bin-A-Bibi (talkcontribs) Active
VersaceSpace (talkcontribs) Active when I can be (stop adding me to the inactive section)
Sideriver84 (talkcontribs) Semi-Active
TsunamiPrincess (talkcontribs) Active I am here to help, as often as I can.
Midknight1342 (talkcontribs) Active I'm here to help the best I can!
JoeNMLC (talkcontribs) Active

Inactive list[edit]

These former members haven't been seen around in a while or are unfortunately no longer involved with WikiProject Orphanage. We hope they'll come back and move themselves to the active list!

Name Status
Aervanath (talkcontribs) Inactive
Pico del Teide (talkcontribs) Inactive
Joanna Ingles (talkcontribs) Inactive
Tadramgo (talkcontribs) Inactive
Sassf (talkcontribs) Inactive
leujohn (talkcontribs) Inactive
Jagordon (talkcontribs) Inactive
Raven1977 (talkcontribs) Inactive
Qsung (talkcontribs) Inactive
RockManQ (talkcontribs) Inactive
Bharathprime (talkcontribs) Inactive
mynameinc (talkcontribs) Inactive
CaveatLector (talkcontribs) Inactive
m9999 (talkcontribs) Inactive
freenaulij (talkcontribs) 2007 December 14
JetLover (talkcontribs) 2008 May 1
Lights (talkcontribs) 2008 July 11
Lex Kitten (talkcontribs) 2008 February 25
gs44631 (talkcontribs) 2008 March 22
kodmkl (talkcontribs) 2008 July 31
leobold1 (talkcontribs) 2008 June 9
Fattyjwoods (talkcontribs) 2008 July 12
LadyEditor (talkcontribs) 2008 May 26
Karces (talkcontribs) 2008 July 10
Cookiecutter43 (talkcontribs) 2008 August 5
Fbu08 (talkcontribs) 2008 September 9
Ericloyd (talkcontribs) 2008 September 16
Vrefron (talkcontribs) 2008 September 17
Zane McFate (talkcontribs) 2008 October 8
Mrammaraskar (talkcontribs) 2008 October 11
Marie_eileen (talkcontribs) 2008 October 24
Aviationalyours (talkcontribs) 2008 November 2
Hairlossmatters (talkcontribs) 2008 November 3
Foolestroupe (talkcontribs) 2008 November 3
Hunting dog (talkcontribs) 2008 November 7
Avocado (talkcontribs) 2008 November 28
Unscented (talkcontribs) 2008 December 17
Bonatto (talkcontribs) 2008 December 13
Oddbodz (talkcontribs) Inactive


Orphaned articles
All articles88,034

Summary of tagged orphans (in Category:Orphaned articles)

Note that the bot addbot started tagging orphans in February 2009, which accounts for the large number of orphans tagged that month.

Toolserver list summarizing articles tagged or untagged, courtesy of User:Para.


Description Template Example
Add link to orphaned articles by subject. {{WikiProject cleanup group|Orphaned articles|Physics}}
Orphaned articles in Physicsthe tool's wiki page
Add link to orphaned articles by subject. Within todo list
|cleanup={{WikiProject cleanup list|France}}
|geocoord= {{WikiProject cleanup group|All articles needing coordinates|France}}
|orphans= {{WikiProject cleanup group|Orphaned articles|France}}
|photo= [[:Category:Wikipedia requested photographs in France]]


Click on "►" below to display subcategories:


See also[edit]

WikiProject orphan lists[edit]

Obsolete orphan lists[edit]

These are kept for historical purposes only, they are no longer used:


External links[edit]

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